County Accepts Nominations for Annual Women’s Hall Of Fame

Alameda County is now accepting applications for the 18th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame, which will honor outstanding local women in 12 different categories.
Organizers of the Hall of Fame have decided to expand the program in 2011 by adding the 12th category, Philanthropy.  Women in this category will be honored for “efforts to increase the well-being of humankind by promoting and championing charitable aid.’’
Other categories are: Business and Professions; Community Service; Culture and Art; Education; Environment; Health; Justice; Non-Traditional Careers; Science; Sports and Athletics and Youth.
The inductees for 2011 will be honored at a luncheon and awards ceremony Saturday, March 19, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral on Lincoln Avenue in Oakland.  The event will be hosted by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.
The deadline to submit nominations is Dec. 3.   To submit an online nomination or to obtain more information, go to http://www.acgov.org/cao/halloffame/, or call (510) 272-3884 or (510) 259-3871.
“Last year, we had our largest-ever event with nearly 500 people in attendance,’’ said Susan S. Muranishi, Alameda County Administrator and co-chair of the Women’s Hall of Fame Planning Committee.
“We hope the event is even bigger in 2011 – with more people in attendance to honor some very special women and more donations available to give to some very deserving charities in Alameda County,’’ she said.
The program raises money for local charities addressing issues affecting women and children. In 2011, the Women’s Hall of Fame will also sponsor a Youth Scholarship to help an 11th or 12th grade female student further her education.
“We are very excited about the 2011 Women’s Hall of Fame because, as this program grows, we are bringing new levels of recognition to outstanding local women who make vital contributions to our communities,’’ said Shirley M. Bordelon, chair of the commission.
The 2011 Women’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced in January. Tickets to the March 19 luncheon and awards ceremony are $75.