Sunday, March 6, 2016 U.S. Senator Bob Menendez presented the Evangelica Menendez Trialblazer Awards, honoring New Jersey women for exceptional achievements.
Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from across the state of New Jersey were in attendance. Senator Menendez also congratulated them for completing their projects and taking time to make the world a better place.
This award ceremony honored six pioneering women who have made significant contributions to the Garden State and our country in law, health care, education, community and environmental advocacy.
The other awardees were:
- Paulette Brown, the first African-American woman to become president of the American Bar Association
- Kyung Hee Choi, Vice President of Asian Health Services, Holy Name Medical Center
- Chelsea Collins, a sixth-grade language-arts teacher in Woodstown, Salem County, who is the New Jersey Education Association’s Teacher of the Year
- Michellene Davis, the corporate executive vice president of Barnabas Heath in West Orange
- Siomara Sanchez, a Cuban refugee who is the president of the National Association of Cuban-American Women
- Cindy Zipf, whose organization Clean Ocean Action campaigns against pollution in the waters in the New York-New Jersey region
"Today we celebrate and honor women worldwide: our mothers, our daughters and our sisters. We celebrate their invaluable and countless cultural, political and economic contributions to our families, communities and lives," said Sen. Menendez. "This is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the great achievements women have made and will continue to make - especially those women who are dedicating their lives to end hunger and poverty around the world."
The Evangelina Menendez Trailblazer Awards were created in tribute to the Senator’s mother, who came to the United States from Cuba to give her children a better life and who passed away in 2009 after a long, courageous fight with Alzheimer’s disease.