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Oh, what a night! Courier celebrates our 2015 Women of Distinction! • Brooklyn Paper

Oh, what a night! Courier celebrates our 2015 Women of Distinction!

Meet your Women of Distinction: Courier Life’s honorees gather outside Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights last night.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

“The question isn’t who’s going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me,” famously said late American novelist Ayn Rand, who should have been at our women of distinction awards night to see some fierce females get their dues.

Courier Life Publications and Community News Group honored 25 of the borough’s best and brightest during a June 10 gala at Sirico’s Caterers in Dyker Heights, the accolades capping our 2015 Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction magazine, which came out last month and profiled honorees whose ranks included volunteers, executives, small business owners, and animal experts.

The honorees — nominated by their peers and selected by independent judges — were picked for turning simple workdays into exceptional opportunities to improve our lives and advance Brooklyn, claimed the publishing giant’s president, Jennifer Goodstein, who was master of ceremonies.

“These are the women who are shaping our borough and influencing our present and future,” she said. “Whether volunteers, government officials, or business owners, they bring their own unique skills to improve Brooklyn.”

Their stories were inspiring: A retired homeowner became a leading civic activist — on a dare. A microbiologist gave up her globe-trotting career to minister to impoverished Brooklynites. A dance teacher took it upon herself to fulfill the holiday wishes of 600 children.

Their combined efforts contributed to raising public consciousness about important issues, remarked keynote speaker and Park Sloper Ophira Eisenberg, a stand-up comic, writer, and host of National Public Radio’s hit trivia comedy show “Ask Me Another,” which is recorded in the borough.

“I am moved by the women’s commitment to their communities and their desire to constantly help other people,” said Eisenberg after bringing the house down with her comic stylings.

The event was coordinated by senior account executive Stephanie Stellaccio, with help from administrative assistant Jennifer Stern.

Check out a PDF version of our 2015 Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction magazine here. Our online round-up, with videos of each recipient, is located here.

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