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Mon River Fleet seeks nominations for Women of Achievement awards

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By Jennifer R. Vertullo
Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, 1:26 a.m.

The Mon River Fleet is seeking nominations for its annual Women of Achievement awards.

Women from across the State Health Improvement Plan partner communities of Braddock, Clairton, Duquesne and McKeesport will be recognized for their achievements promoting better health during the Mon River Fleet's fifth annual Women of Achievement dinner and awards ceremony on Oct. 9. Awardees, guests and sponsors will board the Gateway Clipper Empress from McKeesport's Tenth Ward to sail the Monongahela River through the fleet communities.

The fleet's facilitators encourage the public to acknowledge women who play an active role in community health, government and social service by nominating them in one of 10 Women of Achievement categories. The categories are health, education, social, spiritual, safety, recreation, lifetime achievement, future leadership, volunteerism and outstanding special projects.

“There are so many great things being done by different people in our community,” said fleet facilitator Michele Matuch, who coordinates the Women of Achievement event. “We have a dedicated committee of about 35 women who believe it's important to recognize women in our communities who are doing wonderful things. This is something the Mon River Fleet is very proud of.”

This year's event is supported by platinum sponsors UPMC and UPMC Health Plan; gold sponsors McKeesport Hospital Foundation; and silver sponsors Mon River Fleet Lions Club, Riverside Care Center and Senior Care Plaza. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Nominations are open through Monday and may be completed online. Forms are posted on www.monriver​ Paper copies are available through McKeesport Hospital Foundation by calling 412-664-2590.

Event tickets are on sale and may be purchased online using the credit card order link at www.mckhospital​

Jennifer R. Vertullo is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1956, or

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