After Cheryl Boswell welcomed attendees, Beverly Rook-Twibell and Debbie Menz introduced WIN's 2017 Scholarship winners: Linda Myers from the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Jade Wasson from Spokane Community College, Chelsie Golden of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, and Vicky Lambert from Lake Tech College. Winner Miranda Herron of North Georgia Technical College could not attend.
Next, Jasmine Storey, one of WIN's 2016 Scholarship Recipients, delivered a heartwarming speech about her gratitude to the association for all their support. Jade Wasson also thanked WIN on behalf of the 2017 Scholarship Recipients.
Michelle Sullivan, the 2016 MIW, then took the stage to describe the program and introduce WIN's 2017 MIWs: Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray of PPG, 3M's Renee Ricciotti, and Liz Stein from the Assured Performance Network. Fronzaglia-Murray was recognized on Tuesday afternoon since personal obligations prevented her from attending the evening's ceremony, but Ricciotti and Stein each addressed the audience with their appreciation and expressed how honored they feel to be recognized as 2017 MIWs.
WIN Chair Petra Schroeder delivered the closing remarks, noting that the MIW program and scholarship winners truly align with WIN's goals and promising that WIN will continue its journey to attract more women into the collision repair industry.
The evening concluded with dinner, drinks and dessert as WIN members congregated to honor and congratulate the 2017 MIWs and Scholarship Recipients.
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Full coverage of the MIW Gala will be available in the June edition of Autobody News.