The Professional Women of the Finger Lakes event theme was "She's a Star," and these winners and nominees certainly are.
CANANDAIGUA — And the honorees are …
The Professional Women of the Finger Lakes announced its Women of Distinction Award winners at a dinner May 3 at The Inn on the Lake.
Teresa Paré, from the Law Office of Teresa Paré, received the Entrepreneurial Award. Paré, who grew up on a dairy farm in Canandaigua, opened her law office in 2008.
Bonnie Cazer, principal at Middlesex Valley Elementary School, received the Professional Achievement Award. Cazer, who started as a parent volunteer before embarking on a career in education, served as an aide and then a teacher before becoming an administrator.
Marge Donhauser, owner of Donhauser Nursing Services, received the Volunteer Service award. She also has volunteered countless hours at Happiness House, Light Hill, Bridges for Brain Injury, Wood Library, NoWhereToGo and various food pantries.
Margie LaTourette, who owns Mostly Clay Inc., received the Women Helping Women award. A Canandaigua resident for almost 30 years, LaTourette has been active with many organizations, including Embrace Your Sisters, Tea at Two Fashion Show, and Positively Pink in Pittsford Breast Cancer Walk, and is a board member for Operation Buildup.
Maeve Mahoney, a junior at Canandaigua Academy, received the Youth Leadership award. A student athlete who started a photography business through the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, she is interested in pursuing a career in medicine.
Erica Wright, an integral member of the Professional Women of the Finger Lakes and vice president of her family-owned company, Finger Lakes Extrusion, received the Woman of the Year award. Besides spending time with family and professional and volunteer work, she is a member of the International Association of Plastics Distributions Environmental Committee and competed in the Finger Lakes Triathlon last September, winning the women’s division.
Here are the nominees:
For Professional Achievement, Raquel Hulster, Lifetime Care; Brenda Stoker, Canandaigua National Bank; and Aimee Ward, Ferris Hills at West Lake.
For Entrepreneurial, Marie Gray, Sweets by Marie; Katy Hodock, The Unique Toy Shop; and Nicole Casiani McLean, Via Girasole Wine Bar.
For Volunteer Service, Kari Buch, United Way of Ontario County; Samantha Johnson, Canandaigua National Bank; and Daryl Snider, Five Star Bank.
For Women Helping Women, Pamela Hawkins, The Circle of Spirit.
For Youth Leadership, Lauren LaBarge, Canandaigua Academy; Christine Lindstrom, Bloomfield High School; Alicia Quarterman, Naples High School; Jessica Sheehan, Bloomfield High School; and Maeya Yeatman, Naples High School.
Guest speaker was Stephanie Kunes, president and CEO of the National MS Society New York Chapter and Canandaigua resident.