Spirited Women Awards 2013Following the screening of several nominations by a panel of businesswomen, MyCity4Her.com announces the winners of the 2013 Spirited Women of Baltimore Awards, which “honor dynamic Baltimore women who make extraordinary contributions to their community and those around them.”

BALTIMORE’S SPIRITED WOMAN RISING AWARDS to honor up-and-coming women, ages 21-35, who are starting to make their powerful mark on the Baltimore community and/or the business world.

Emily Chiarizia of Canton

Thomasina Poirot of Federal Hill

Casey Shurman of Lutherville of Timonium

BALTIMORE’S SPIRITED WOMAN IN BALANCE AWARDS to honor working mothers who are employed full-time and successfully juggling all family and career, while engaging in spirited endeavors such as community service, mentorship and philanthropy.

Lori Villegas of Arnold

Kimberly Armstrong of Belair -Edison

Lisa Nitsch of Violetville

BALTIMORE’S SPIRITED WOMAN IN BUSINESS AWARDS to honor female business owners who have successfully used their company’s success and industry leadership to contribute to the community as a thought leader, provide excellence in community service, mentorship and philanthropy to significantly positively impact the region.

 Ella Pritsker of Towson

Vanessa White of Sharp-Leadenhall

Marianne Kelly of Ruxton_

THE 2013 SPIRITED WOMAN OF BALTIMORE AWARD to honor an incredibly accomplished woman in the prime of her life who acts as an example, leader and mentor in her community and profession and has done so for some time.

Alice Ann Finnerty of Guilford

Regarded as: “a truly amazing leader and an outstanding local businesswoman and community volunteer,”

Finnerty owns the oldest consignment store in Maryland, The Turnover Shop, and for several years owned Finnerteas as well.

A mother of six now grown children, a grandmother to many, many grandchildren, a board member and still finds time to be a dedicated board member, community volunteer and activist extraordinaire.  Finnerty guided the Junior League’s largest community investment, helping forge relationships, raise money, get political buy-in and facilitate discussions within the community and among funders and local businesses to create the Hampden Family Center, now a hub of support for the Hampden community.

She went on to lead the HampdenFamilyCenter board for many, many years, took a break and is now back on the board.  She also served on the Union Memorial board of directors and the Hampden Business and Community Councils, on several City commissions, appointed by then Mayor Schaefer,

Finnerty has served on the Mercy High School board of trustees and was a member of their first capital campaign committee and is a past board member of The Caroline Center, for whom she hosted numerous events at the tearoom and assisted with their entrepreneurship program.  Today, she is actively involved in the reunion committees of her local alma maters – Notre Dame Preparatory School and Union Memorial Hospital’s Nursing School– and with her grandchildren’s schools.

Awards Presentation

The Spirited Women of Baltimore will receive their awards at the 7th annual Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch, occurring Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore (100 International Dr.) in Harbor East.

Title sponsor is Dr. Michele Shermak M.D. and additional sponsors include The Law Offices of Jane Frankel Sims, Brick Bodies Fitness, Frankel Acura and Being There Senior Care.  Flowers & Fancies is providing the day’s signature arrangements.

Event proceeds will jointly benefit The Caroline Center, a tuition-free job training program for women in Baltimore, and the Giving Spirits Foundation, a 501(c) 3 organization founded in 2007 with the goal to “shed light and pay it forward.”

“This is our 7th year, and every time I’m heartened by the interest and enthusiasm for this event – not to mention the amazing, often little known women we highlight,” said Monyka Berrocosa, founder/CCO of MyCity4Her, Inc. “To be able to support great charities and raise awareness for their causes just makes it all even more worthwhile. We’re looking forward to a fantastic event!”

For more information about the awards visit https://mycity4her.com/spirited-women-awards or call 410.769.6450.

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Giving Spirits Foundation History

Since its inception, the Giving Spirits Foundation has honored 24 Spirited Women of Baltimore and donated over $100,000 in cash donations as well as supplies and in-kind services to the Red Cross of Central Maryland, The House of Ruth, Marian House and the American Heart Association-Maryland.

Past award winners include E. Rachael Baird of Tilt Studio, Erica McCullough of Living Legacy Cleaning Service, Susan Schapiro, an educational consultant; Bunny Kohn, an  OCN at Sinai Hospital; Sheela Murphy of the Murphy Law Firm,  and Louise Phipps Senft of Baltimore Mediation. Laast year’s winner was Maria Johnson Darby of the Seed School of Baltimore.