Wednesday at Colby-Sawyer College, local women and and organizations were recognized for their exceptional commitment to the community. The Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice celebrated its 17th annual “Women Who Make A Difference” luncheon where guest speaker and author of NY Times Best-Selling book “The Gift of Failure”, Jessica Lahey, informed and inspired the audience of more than 220 people.
The highlight of the event was the annual awards, where MJ Harrington and Co. Jewelers in Newport won the “Above & Beyond Business Award”, noting their years of support of local organizations and events. In addition to receiving this award, Dave Lantz, owner of MJ Harrington, won the luncheon raffle and immediately turned his share of the over $2000 back to the good works of the Pediatric Program.
Callan Rees, a Junior at Mount Royal Academy in Sunapee, was honored with the “High School Student Who Makes A Difference Award” for her work in her community, school, and church.
In addition, Charen Urban of Newport was named the prestigious 2016 “Woman Who Makes A Difference” citing her years of service from her home area to worldwide causes.
Cathy Raymond, the VNA’s development director, told YCN News that this was the largest gathering in its 17 years being held, which raises funds every year for the agency’s Pediatric Program.