The 2019 Women of Achievement Awards to Honor 25 Distinguished Women and 1 Exceptional Young Woman

Cribs for Kids to host the 14th annual Women of Achievement Awards in celebration of Women's History Month in Pittsburgh

Online PR News – 17-March-2019 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cribs for Kids will recognize 25 distinguished women and one exceptional young woman for their achievements within their professional fields and communities during the 14th annual Women of Achievement Awards on March 13, 6:00 - 9:00 pm, at The Omni William Penn Hotel. This event celebrates Women's History Month in Pittsburgh and highlights the outstanding accomplishments of successful, prominent women in the region.

The 2019 awards will include the introduction of the Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service, which serves as a way to commemorate the life and incredible career of Laura Ditka who passed away in 2018. Ditka had dedicated her life to public service, law enforcement, and supporting victims. Each year this honor will be bestowed upon a woman who has dedicated her time to advocating for women and children.

This year the Women of Achievement event will also feature a new accolade, the National Junior Woman of Achievement Award. This Award will honor Isabella Chavez, 16, founder of Cribs Without Borders which provides safe sleeping environments to less fortunate newborns across all borders.

"It is our privilege to recognize all of these distinguished women who are making a difference in their communities. Their endeavors are truly inspiring, and we commend them for all they have accomplished and will accomplish in the future. We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who have helped make this event a success," said Judith A. Bannon, Founder and Executive Director of Cribs for Kids.

2019 Distinguished Honorees Include:

Dr. Lisa M. Abel-Palmieri, Ph.D.: Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

Heather Abraham: KDKA TV

Rosemary C. Crawford: Crawford McDonald, LLC

LaRae Danielle Cullens: Dream2S.T.E.A.M, A Child's Place Inc., Wright Childcare Solutions

Kierra Falbo, MPO: Orthotics Resident at the University of Michigan

Susan Fancsali: USA Ambassador Ms. Pennsylvania

Renee DeMichiei Farrow: Architectural Innovations

Anissa Gilbert: PNC Bank

Claire Guth: University of Pittsburgh Manufacturing Assistance Center

Dr. Karen Hall, MSOL, Ed.D: ESPN3 Sports Broadcasting Company

Sarah Homitsky, MD: Allegheny Health Network

Magdeline Jensen: Retired, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh

Katharine Kelleman: Port Authority of Allegheny County

Heather Lyke: University of Pittsburgh Athletics

Christina Orr Magulick: Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP

Lauren McLean: The Still Remembered Project

Gretchen Mullin-Sawicki, Ph.D.: Community College of Allegheny County

Pamela Pitell: Don Parker Sales Inc

Christine Ree: Township of Moon

Diane Scabilloni: First National Bank

Dana Slizik: Dana Ann Slizik Consulting

Victoria Snyder, M.Ed, MSLP: Ya Momz House, Inc., Hip-Hop on L.O.C.K., OpticVoices

Grainne Trainor: Blue North Restaurant

Tomilyn Ward LPC, MPC, NCC: MAYA Organization

Antonia Whitehead M.S.Ed.: Holy Family Institute

2019 Title Sponsors: Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield together with Allegheny Health Network.

2019 Additional Sponsors: UPMC, Pittsburgh Pirates, The Maya Organization, Beyond Spots & Dots, Nextier Bank, Centimark.


About the Women of Achievement Awards - Founded in 2002 by Bonnie DeCarlo and JoAnn Forrester, the Women of Achievement Awards is an event honoring Western Pennsylvania's most outstanding women who have demonstrated a commitment to the betterment of their communities, excellence in their professional fields or outstanding accomplishments for the advancement of women. The annual awards ceremony raises funds for Cribs for Kids.

About Cribs for Kids - Cribs for Kids is a national infant safe-sleep education program that helps to reduce the risk of injury and death of infants due to accidental suffocation, asphyxia, or undetermined causes in unsafe sleeping environments. Since 1998, Cribs for Kids has been making an impact on reducing the rate of infant sleep-related deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep and providing portable cribs to families who otherwise cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Cribs for Kids currently has more than 1400 partners throughout the United States implementing infant safe-sleep programs in their communities. Visit for more information.

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Press Contact:
Maggie Phoenik
Program Coordinator
Cribs for Kids
5450 Second Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15207
412-322-5680 ext. 11