Many corporate partners have been TWIN sponsors for 10, 20 and even 30 years, recognizing outstanding female employees for their business and community achievements. The sponsoring companies for the 2012 TWIN are:
"We're proud to be long-time supporters of the YWCA's TWIN awards," said Audrey Meyers, president and CEO of The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. "We believe that communities and families benefit when women succeed in business - it's a win-win situation for all."
This year's honorees include women in the medical, financial, information, insurance, retail and manufacturing fields, along with those in civic affairs and the military.
Brigadier General (U.S. Army, Ret.) Rebecca Halstead is the keynote speaker for the gala dinner. She was the first female Commanding General to lead troops in combat in Iraq and the first female graduate of West Point to be promoted to General Officer. Halstead now heads a leadership consultancy company, STEADFAST Leadership.
"The YWCA provides support for women and families through a wide range of programs," said Helen Archontou, CEO of YWCA Bergen County. "Businesses that sponsor TWIN share our commitment to empowering women and recognize the many contributions made by women in business and, especially this year, in the military."
Proceeds from the event help to support the YWCA Bergen County's diverse women's health programs. The organization's childcare programs and summer camps also receive support, as well as the YWCA's Rape Crisis Center, which provides comprehensive services ranging from prevention programs to 24/7 crisis intervention for victims of sexual violence.
"We believe strongly in the mission of the YWCA Bergen County and we welcome the opportunity to sponsor its TWIN awards program," said Laura Carabello, principal of CPR Strategic Marketing Communications in Elmwood Park, N.J. "These awards recognize truly outstanding women, and they serve to build a circle of leadership that empowers women at all levels."
Corporate sponsors are still being accepted for the 2012 TWIN, and information about sponsorship is available by contacting Jeanne Patrican at (201) 881-1720. Businesses in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties in New Jersey and Rockland County, N.Y. are eligible. Individual tickets are $175 and can be purchased by visiting www.tributetowomen.eventbrite.com.