"Distinction" was the buzzword at the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland Inc. annual dinner and silent auction Thursday at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, off Route 30, east of Greensburg.
The dinner was held to honor the 2003 Woman of Distinction and Corporation of Distinction.
The dinner was held to honor Mary Catherine Motchar, who was named Woman of Distinction, and Timken Latrobe Steel, named Corporation of Distinction.
Motchar, of Greensburg, is owner and president of Arbor Industrial Supplies Inc. She attended the dinner with her fiance, Jim Clayton.
"As you know, no one wins an award by themselves," Motchar told attendees. "They must have a good support system from family, friends and business associates."
Timken Latrobe Steel, a subsidiary of the Timken Company, manufactures high-speed tool and die steels and metals used in industries including aerospace and automotive. Joyce Petrunyak accepted the award on behalf of the company.
"We are honored to be able to support the young women who are involved in your fine organization," Petrunyak said.
Also nominated for "Woman of Distinction" were Ann Emmerling, executive director of the Blackburn Center Against Domestic and Sexual Violence; April Steffey, business development director of the Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation; and Rebecca Thorne, co-owner of the Thorne Group, provider of home health services for the elderly.
In addition, the council honored 11 recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award for the class of 2002.
The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts, representing accomplishments in leadership, community service and career planning and personal development.
The recipients were: Kelly Camarote; Emilie Dneaster; Danielle Dorn; Megan Egleston; Erica Fontana; Carla McCormick; Laura Morton; Deanna Pennington; Stephanie Sellinger; Heather Shannon; and Melissa Gallo.
Gallo also gave the evening's invocation and benediction.
"Girl Scouting really is a place where girls grow strong," Gallo said. "And let us be thankful for that."
Opening comments were made by A. Tereasa Rerko, chairwoman of the Girl Scout Council of Westmoreland board of directors, and Debra Hepler, the group's executive director.
Ricki Wertz sparkled as emcee, with the help of program remarks by scout Melanie Roha.
Also honored at the dinner was the late Winnie Palmer, wife of Arnold Palmer.
A plaque in her honor was accepted by Rich Govi, who read a letter on behalf of the Palmer family.
"She (Winnie) never sought or welcomed the limelight, but as you said, she led an exemplary life of community service and leadership in Westmoreland County. We hope that it will be a fine evening and sent our very best regards and good wishes to all. Sincerely, Arnold Palmer."
Attendees included: Sherry Aiken, Barbara Artuso, Becca Baker, Marcie Bellush, Eric Bononi, Westmoreland County Commissioner Tom Ceraso, Donna Daugherty, Ernie Emmerling, Fritzi Free, Michele Free, Mike Gallo, Amy Gera, Juliene Graham, Tom Grundy, Jackie Hahn, Jamie Houseman, Jean McKenna, Judy Modecki, Molly Shimko, Joe Sisley, James K. Steffey and James M. Steffey, Ted Steiner, State Rep. Tom Tangretti and Sandy, William Thorne and Barbara Tomko.
Last updated by ArborIndustrial Sep 8, 2011.