Three Outstanding Women Honored For Women’s History Month
In recognition of Women’s History Month, three outstanding women were honored in the name of the late Gloria D’Amico at the Museum of the Moving Image on March 23, for their contributions to the community: Assemblymember Catherine Nolan, community leader Eartha Washington, and Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone. Assemblymember Aravella Simotas offered a welcome to the gathered guests of about 50 men and women, and APAC performer Anna Lise Jensen presented a stirring rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner”.
Congressmember Carolyn Maloney then spoke, reminding the audience that Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have all made annual proclamations concerning Women’s History Month, and that she is sponsoring a bill for a women’s museum in Washington D.C. Though she told a humorous story about her three year effort to replace a statue of Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the Capitol Hill rotunda, she admitted seriously, “Our [women’s] story is often not told at all.”
Simotas next introduced Nolan by remarking, “My inspiration for public service is sitting in this room.” Maloney further commented, “Cathy cares about people in the dawn of life, the twilight of life and the shadows of life,” referring to the work the assemblywoman is involved with for childbirth and families, seniors, and the underprivileged. Nolan rose to accept her award, quipping, “It’s great for my teenage son to know that women are sticking together.”
Though Washington wasn’t able to attend the ceremony, SHAREing and CAREing President Anna Krill, a breast cancer support organization, accepted the honors on her behalf. Simotas spoke of Washington’s many accomplishments, among which are having served as president, and now board member of the Astoria Civic Association, currently as vice president of SHAREing and CAREing, and as Chair of Elmhurst Hospital Community Advisory Board. She further spoke of her as, “A model of civic engagement, who has devoted 31 years to service in New York City.”
Finally, an Artistic Achievement Award was presented to Sacramone, introduced by Maloney as having run APAC since 2005 and causing the organization to flourish, with programs for both children and seniors. Sacramone referred to her infant son when she said, “I have a vision of us having dinner as a family at his father’s restaurant… then going to a show at a beautiful performing arts center that his mother helped to establish in Astoria – of him seeing how much I love my work in the community and him wanting the same for himself.”
Councilmembers Peter Vallone Jr. and Jimmy Van Bramer spoke briefly to congratulate the honorees, while plaques and flowers were presented and photographs taken to commemorate the event.