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Girl Scouts, YWCA Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Orange County Women of Achievement Awards

Nomination Deadline Tuesday, December 1

Newburgh - Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County are pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Orange County Tribute to Women of Achievement awards.  Now in its 24th year, the Tribute awards recognize women in Orange County who have made a difference for local women and girls through their professional, personal, or school-based activities. There is also an award for an Outstanding Young Woman of the Future presented to a young woman age 16 to 21 who has already demonstrated a commitment to improving the quality of life in her community.

Completed Tribute to Women of Achievement nomination forms are due to the Selection Committee for review by 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Nomination forms are available online at and, or by contacting Eileen Hickey at (845) 236-6002 ext 223, or by email to

In all, more than 230 women from throughout Orange County have been recognized since the award's inception in 1992. Honorees have hailed from a diverse range of professions and volunteer activities including arts, business, health and human services, public service, military, and education. Strong candidates will exemplify the missions and ideals of the Girl Scouts and YWCA.

"The Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement is Orange County's only event solely dedicated to recognizing the accomplishments of women and girls in Orange County. Highly accomplished women, from all walks of life, live, work, and volunteer in our community. We want to learn more about them," said Crush. “I encourage people to nominate the women of achievement in their lives and help share their stories."


Maureen Crush, Esq., of Newburgh, is serving as this year's selection committee chair. A 2012 Tribute alumnae and 2015 dinner chair, Crush was recognized for her work as an attorney and as an active community volunteer. She is a founding partner of the law firm Crush & Varma Law Group P.C. located in Fishkill and is on the board of Leadership Orange, Hudson Valley House of Hope, and Independent Home Care, Inc. She also is a Delegate of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York and past President of Habitat for Humanity.