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January 21, 2009 > Nominations open for Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame

Nominations open for Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame

Submitted By Laura Lloyd

The deadline for nominations to the 2009 Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame has been extended to February 6, 2009.

The deadline has been extended by three weeks to give the public more time to nominate outstanding women from the community to receive this prestigious honor. This year's inductees will be honored at the 16th Annual Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame awards luncheon on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Hs Lordships restaurant in Berkeley. The event is hosted this year by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.

Nominations are being accepted for outstanding women in each of 11 categories: Business and Professions; Community Service; Culture and Art; Education; Environment; Health; Justice; Non-Traditional Careers; Science; Sports and Athletics and Youth.

"We have already received some outstanding nominations,'' said Susan S. Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator and co-chair of the Women's Hall of Fame Planning Committee. "But by extending the deadline we hope to draw enough additional submissions to give us best-possible nominees in each of our 11 categories.''

In 2008, the Women's Hall of Fame raised $10,000 for the Cancer Navigator Program at the Alameda County Medical Center and for a Youth Scholarship Fund. The money was raised through the sale of hand-made table centerpieces that were donated to the Hall of Fame program.

"If you know an outstanding woman who deserves recognition, please nominate her to the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame,'' said Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold, Chair of the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women. "The more nominations we get, the better the chances are that our inductees will reflect the wide-ranging contributions women make to improving life in our community.''

This year's Women's Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in late February, with the winners to be honored at the April 25, 2009 event. Tickets to the luncheon and awards ceremony are $75, with proceeds going to programs that help women in Alameda County. Nomination forms can be obtained at www.acgov.org, or by calling the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women at (510) 259-3871.

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