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Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Winners Announced

Seven have been selected as Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky for 2013.

The annual award ceremony sponsored by Toyota celebrates women with demonstrated leadership in their home, profession, or community. According to a news release, the women must also display qualities of personal integrity, perseverance and leadership.

"It is so important that this program continue," said Helen Carroll, manager of community relations for Toyota's manufacturing headquarters in Erlanger, in a release. "This special recognition for women in Northern Kentucky is critical to the continued growth and encouragement of women to make a difference in our community."

The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Sister Margaret Stallmeyer, president of Thomas More College.

The Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky this year are Barbara Moran Johnson (Wells Fargo & Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce), Janet Scanlon (Scanlon & Associates in Covington & Kenton Co. Animal Shelter Supporters), Dale Silver (C-Forward in Covington & NKY Chamber of Commerce), Judge Karen Thomas (Campbell Co. District Court), and Rachael Winers (Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky in Covington).

The Henrietta Cleveland Inspiring Women Award will be given to Mary Bunning, wife of former US Senator Jim Bunning.

Scholarships, funded by Toyota and the schools, are also awarded to female students who exhibit qualities similar to the honorees. The financial awards are for students of Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College, and Gateway Technical & Community College. This year's winners are Jeanne Coyle (NKU), Sara Marie Foster (Gateway), and Tamara Taylor Pitts (Thomas More).

The awards will be handed out at a ceremont on Thursday, April 11, at Receptions in Erlanger. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 for a table of 10 and advance reservations required.

For more information on reservations call (859) 578-9720.

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