Nominations for the 2019 class of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania will be accepted between January 15-March 15, 2019. Check this site in January to download the nomination form.
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Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 6 Notable Women as Pennsylvania’s 2018 Distinguished Daughters
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today honored six outstanding women as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were recognized with medals for their achievements at an event at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.
“These women are being recognized today because of a unique and important contribution each has made to the commonwealth,” Governor Wolf said. “They make us all PA Proud, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”
The 2018 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Edith Bell (Pittsburgh), Mary Lou McLaughlin (Pittsburgh), Siobhan A. Reardon (Philadelphia), Dr. Carol Shields (Bryn Mawr), Judith M. von Seldeneck (Philadelphia), and Judy Wicks (Philadelphia).
Marilyn Ware, a congressman’s daughter who led national businesses, served as ambassador to Finland and championed causes ranging from the election of Republicans to the preservation of Lancaster County farmland, died Thursday in Denver, Colorado, where she was under a doctor’s care, family said. She was 74.
Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Recognize 8 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2017 Distinguished Daughters
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf today recognized eight outstanding women from across the state as this year’s Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania. The women were honored with medals for their achievements at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.
“This incredible group of women is here today because of a unique and important contribution each has made in her own community and beyond,” Governor Wolf said. “Frances and I recognize their hard work and dedication, and we are honored to name them as Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.”
The 2017 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania include Dr. Jeanne Donlevy Arnold (Lebanon), Laurada Byers (Philadelphia), Mary Colvert Carroll (Naalehu, HI), Diane P. Holder (Pittsburgh), Susan Kemenyffy (McKean), Beverly Lange (Ardmore), Andrea Mitchell (Washington, D.C), and Cynthia Shapira (Pittsburgh).
“Tom and I are proud to honor 2017’s Distinguished Daughters, who have given so much of themselves to others, in both their professional and philanthropic lives,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We can’t thank them enough for the impact they have made, and hope that this important distinction will help inspire the next generation of Pennsylvania girls and women to set their own bars high.”
Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania began in 1948 to honor women who have shown distinguished service through professional careers and/or voluntary service. The women are nominated to receive the honor by non-profit organizations within Pennsylvania. They do not need to be natives of Pennsylvania, but must have lived in the commonwealth at some point.
- 2017 Press Release431.5 K | 11/14/2017
Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Honor 10 Women as Pennsylvania’s 2016 Distinguished Daughters
Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania are grateful for the support of the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition for their video interview with each of the 2016 Daughters. This inspirational video captures the unique qualities of the extraordinary women honored each year by the Governor of Pennsylvania.
left to right: Susan Shoval, Lynn Yeakel, Michele Ridge, Frances Wolf, Judith Horgan, Suzanne Yenchko, Jeanne Schmedlen
The mission of Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania is to recommend to the Governor outstanding women to be honored for their extraordinary service and contributions to the Commonwealth.