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Leading ladies! Power Women gala honors Brooklyn’s formidable females

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From left, gala emcee Lisa Evers, Fox 5 News, helps present honoree Michelle Neary her award with Victoria Schneps-Yunis.
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Chantevia Stapleton receives her award.
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Fourth from right, honoree Carrie Anne Cavallo, of Schpoont and Cavallo, is joined by her guests.
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Dr. Kim Best accepts her award.
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From left, a guest from Broadway Stages accepts the Dynamic Duo Award on behalf of honoree Michelle Lee, along with Broadway Stages’ Gina Argento and Monica Holowacz, Dynamic Duo recipient.
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Angela Blum-Finlay and her guest enjoy the festivities.
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Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin receives her award.
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Gail L. Smith accepts her award from Schneps-Yunis and Evers.
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Briget Rein accepts her award.
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Hall of Fame Award recipient Margarette Tropnas is stunning in red.
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Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Sylvia Mariamoff says a few words.
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Monica Nation of JPMorgan Chase arrives at the gala.
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Cristen Agostinacchio and guest.
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Barbara Felker receives her award from Schneps-Yunis and Evers.
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Dr. Marilyn A. Fraser receives her award.
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Onida Coward Mayers accepts her award.
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Caroline P. Cohen accepts her award.
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Josephine Augello accepts her award.
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Sponsor Dime Community Bank helped make the night possible, and was on hand for the networking portion of the event.
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MetroPlus Health Plan helped sponsor the event.
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SUNY Downstate Medical Center helped make the evening possible.
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DMV Service Centers LLC / JSA Tags Inc. was a sponsor for the evening.
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Sponsor Northwell Health had a table set up for networking.
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Honoree Raisa Chernina says a few words.
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Schneps-Yunis, Global Leadership Award recipient Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, and Evers.
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Cloe Luv, center, arrives with her loved ones.
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Elise Pettus is congratulated by Evers and Schneps-Yunis.
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Honoree Angela Buccinni wows with her acrobatic skills.
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Sonia Bonilla accepts her award.

These ladies are nothing short of extraordinary.

Schneps Media praised the borough’s most influential women entrepreneurs, business owners, and community leaders at its annual Power Women Awards and Networking Event at Grand Prospect Hall on March 14.

Each female honored showcased a passionate, uplifting commitment to what they do, according to the event’s host.

“These are glamorous women who each have a story to tell that has helped Brooklyn for the better,” said Schneps Media President and Publisher Victoria Schneps-Yunis. “They deserve to take their time walking down this red carpet — it’s their moment.”

The event’s newest honor, the Global Leadership Award, went to Elizabeth Melendez Fisher, the chief executive officer and co-founder of Selah Freedom, an organization that concentrates on ending sex trafficking and exploitation worldwide.

Proceeds from the evening’s raffle went to the Selah Way Foundation, which aids in the fight against sex trafficking.

“I am so honored to win this award among these influential women,” said Fisher. “I think this event is so important to honor and uplift the women changing lives in this community.”

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award went to 96-year-old Sylvia Mariamoff. Better known as “the attitude lady,” Mariamoff is still giving back to her community by teaching Yiddish and hosting trivia classes two days a week at her local senior center. The honoree had some simple advice for aspiring power women.

“You can’t just stay in the house,” said the trailblazer from Sheepshead Bay. “It’s important for women to keep busy.”

Another honorable Brooklyn lady boss, Cloé Luv, is the chief executive officer of a non-profit, Brook Brovaz Development, an entrepreneur coach, and a music consultant. She also founded Women With Voices, a program that amplifies female stories and provides services to aid women.

“I’m a Brooklynite to the fullest,” said the East Flatbush native. “I could never live anywhere else — I’ve gone to many places, but Brooklyn culture is my soul.”

The awards shined as bright as the women receiving them — who will continue to inspire the community until next year’s festivities.

The organizers also recognized the sponsors (see opposite page) who made the gala possible: Dime Community Bank, MetroPlus Health Plan, SUNY Downstate, The Avondale Care Group, the firm of Schpoont and Cavallo, JP Morgan Chase, Broadway Stages, DMV Service Centers / JSA Tags Inc., Flushing Bank, Northwell Health, and Inwood Country Club.

Updated 1:10 pm, March 21, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
As the guest of honor, it was a privilege to speak to these fine women and girls. We can do anything that a “man” can! We just need a little help to do it because of the patriarchy! If not for awards like this, we would be lost. Thank you, Mr. Schneps, for guiding us and assisting WOMEN!
March 21, 2:43 pm
Woman from Brooklyn says:
It was an Honor to hear Dr. HONEY Pooter tell us how to be more successful, while still being a woman. We cried, we laughed - people ate, prayed, loved! It was an estrogen-fuelled celebration of all things women and success! A lot of cake may have been eaten - but shhh, I'm not telling! Ha ha ha!
March 22, 5:30 am

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