Brooklyn women recognized at Courier awards ceremony

We honor the borough’s distinguished women

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Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman (right), spiritual leader of the Union Temple of Brooklyn, and president of the New York Board of Rabbis, accepts her award from Courier sales coordinator Sara DaSIlva.
Guest speaker Borough President Markowitz takes to the podium to speak about his favorite subject — Brooklyn.
Ana Oliveira, right, senior vice president of Investors Bank, accepts her award from Courier sales assistant Jennifer Stern.
Dr. Melony Samuels, left, founder and executive director of the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, shares the spotlight with Courier senior account executive Jeanne Eisenhardt, who presented the award.
Honoree Rachel Amar, center, public affairs manager for Waste Management, Inc., is flanked by Courier senior account executive Stephanie Stellaccio, left, and Brooklyn Paper publisher Celia Weintrob.

We’re proud to say that Brooklyn women are a cut above the rest.

More than two dozen of the borough’s prominent females were formally honored for their work and service when Community Newspaper Group and Courier Life Publications held its third annual Brooklyn Women of Distinction awards ceremony at the El Caribe Country Club in Mill Basin on June 12.

The accolades capped our 2013 Brooklyn Women of Distinction magazine, which came out last month and commemorated 25 honorees, who represented all levels of the workforce — from executives, entrepreneurs, and preservationists, to activists, volunteers, and social service employees.

Several of the women — nominated by their peers and selected by independent judges — were chosen for their smart response in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Some mobilized urgent recovery efforts in their communities, while others pitched in to help clean up and deliver vital supplies to devastated areas.

One Coney Island activist rushed to help her neighbors, as a 15-foot wall of water gushed into her own apartment.

Another awardee — a waste management executive — helped to remove 22 tons of debris from the shattered Rockaways.

Yet another honoree availed her beauty salon for complimentary, morale-boosting makeovers.

The other local celebrity in the room was Brooklyn, itself.

Borough President Markowitz joined the evening’s keynote speaker — Brooklyn-born, NY 1 reporter Jeanine Ramirez — in tooting the borough’s horn proudly, both of them calling it a world-class destination.

Markowitz recanted a recent visit to Williamsburg — once prime sirloin for undesirables — where he said he was astonished to see “bus-loads of Japanese tourists” exploring the lively streets.

“I said to myself, ‘What is going on?’ ” chuckled Mr. Brooklyn, adding he also drew attention in the hipster enclave for his “one-colored hair” and absence of body ink.

Markowitz presented each awardee and CNG with proclamations, and declared June 12, “Brooklyn Women of Distinction Day.”

Ramirez, who grew up in Sunset Park, spoke about the “Manhattani­zation of Brooklyn,” and called the honorees the “building blocks” of a borough on the rise.

The ceremony was coordinated by Courier and CNG executive staff Stephanie Stellaccio, Celia Weintrob, Jennifer Stern, Jeannie Eisenhardt, Carol Magluilo, and Sara DaSilva.

Attendees included Les Goodstein, senior vice president of News Corp., CNG publisher Clifford Luster, and Ralph D’Onofrio, vice president of advertising at CNG and the New York Post.

Check out our 2013 Women of Distinction magazine at

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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