Bronx Chamber Hosts Visionary Women of Distinction Luncheon

(back, l-r) Geri Sciortino, Chamber vice president; John Collazzi, Assemblyman Michael Benedetto’s chief of staff; Rosemary De Luca; Elizabeth Figueroa, New York Botanical Garden associate vice president for Community Relations; (front, l-r) Laura Guerriero, Bronx Times Reporter publisher and Sharleen Brown, Bronx YMCA executive director.
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In honor of Women’s History Month, the New Bronx Chamber of Commerce hosted its ‘Visionary Women-Champions of Peace and Non-Violence’ Women of Distinction Luncheon on Friday, March 29 at the Villa Barone Manor. This year’s honorees were Darlene Rodriguez, Today in New York/WNBC-TV anchor and Dr. Esther D. Henry, House of the Lord Ministries Inc. senior pastor. District Attorney Darcel Clark was the keynote speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies Mary Calvi, CBS2 This Morning and CBS2 At Noon journalist, debuted her novel, ‘Dear George, Dear Mary’ during the celebration.

The Women of Distinction Planning Committee with Mary Calvi (front, r) and her new book.
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The Chamber’s president Lisa Sorin (l), chairman Joseph Kelleher and vice president Geri Sciortino (r) presented Mary Calvi with a beautiful bouquet.
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The Chamber honored female students from high schools throughout the Bronx by providing them scholarships for their outstanding scholastic performance.
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Students were presented scholarships made possible by Con Edison/Everything Matters, Hutchinson Metro Center/Simone Development Companies, Manhattan Parking Garages, Metro Optics Eyewear, Orange Bank & Trust Company and Sandra Erickson Real Estate Inc.
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Up and coming high school women leaders met with Mary Calvi (c).
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