The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation to Honor Eleven Local Women
2012-10-08 · By Editor
The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation will honor eleven local women for their leadership and professional accomplishments at the Second Annual We Can Do It! Awards luncheon, sponsored by The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, on Thursday, October 18th. A special tribute to modern Rosie the Riveters, women in blue-collar jobs, is also scheduled.
“The eleven women being honored this year, embody the spirit of our mothers and grandmothers who worked on assembly lines rolling out airplanes, tanks, and military machinery to support our troops overseas. This year’s honorees have blazed new trails in diverse professions much like the original Rosie the Riveters forever changed the way our nation views the role of women in the workplace,” declared Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske, President of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
This year’s honorees are:
- The Honorable Eunice Sato, the first woman elected as Long Beach Mayor – Public Service Award
- Dr. Lynn Shaw, Electrical Technology Professor and President of the Faculty Association at Long Beach City College – Education Award
- Carmen Perez, the first Hispanic to serve on the Port of Long Beach Commission – International Trade Award
- Sister Gerard Earls, Vice President of Mission Integration at St. Mary Medical Center – Healthcare Award
- Maria Elena Durazo, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – Labor Award
- Julie Bartolotto, Executive Director, Historical Society of Long Beach – Historic Preservation Award
- Neena Strichart, Publisher, The Signal Tribune – Local Business Award
- Nien-Ling Wacker, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Laserfiche – Corporate Leader Award
- Sue Ann Robinson, Director of Collections, Long Beach Museum of Art – Arts and Culture Award
- Pat McCormick, Greatest female diver in U.S. history: only woman to win 4 Olympic Gold Medals in diving (1952 Olympic Gold Medalist in 3 meter Springboard, 10 meter Platform Diving, and 1956 Gold Medalist in 3 meter Springboard, 10 meter Platform Diving), founder, Pat McCormick Educational Foundation, Inducted in Olympic Hall of Fame, World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame – Sports Award
- Jill Rosenberg – Long Beach realtor with 40 years of commitment to the Long Beach community because of her passion for volunteer service – Volunteerism Award
- Blue Collar Women – Honoring modern day Rosie the Riveters for their outstanding contributions to the City of Long Beach – Special Recognition
The awards will be presented at a special luncheon at 11am on Thursday, October 18th, in the law offices of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate, Long Beach. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 and sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available. An opportunity drawing for a trip for two on JetBlue will be available at the event.
Proceeds will go to The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works on enhancing the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at Clark Avenue and Conant Street in east Long Beach. The Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center is the only public setting in the United States to honor the women who worked in the airplane factories in World War II. For more information call 562-570-6932. Read more about The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation atwww.lbrosie.com.