Woman of the Year2019-06-10T13:20:09+00:00

Woman of the Year

Each year, we recognize a dynamic woman from Bonita Springs-Estero, who is well known for her philanthropic and service contributions to improve the local community. Former recipients have all played key leadership roles in local charitable organizations and foundations or may have worked tirelessly on women’s issues that represent the heart of the club’s mission: to improve the circumstances of women at all stages of life, both locally and globally.

2019 Luncheon at Palmira Golf and Country Club

Thank you to our Emcee Stacey Deffenbaugh.  Also in attendance were Bonita Springs Councilman Fred Forbes, Estero Mayor Bill Ribble, and Vice Mayor Katy Errington, presenting Proclamations declaring Zonta Day and acknowledging the work of our Club. Also in attendance to Honor our Woman of the Year, State Attorney Amira Fox.

The event is home to our Annual Fundraiser.  The Gift Drawing and Live Auction of desserts, jewelry, dinners, and wine were fun for all and raised funds for future Scholarship and Grant presentations.

Thank you to the Community Businesses and Friends who donated gifts or services –  Alemar Salon,  Amore Jewelers, Annie Spencer, Artichoke and Co, Bentley Village, Bernadette LaPaglia/photographer, Best of Everything, Bliss Salon, Blush Salon, Bonita Blooms, Bonita Bubbles, Bonita Video/Antonio Correia, Bonita Village, Bonita Vision Center/Dr. Travis Gresham, Bowland, C.B.Nash/ author, Center for the Arts Bonita Springs, CGT Kayaking, China King, Clean Machine Car Wash, Cookies by Corinne, Copperleaf at the Brooks, DeRomo’s, Doc’s Beach House, Everglades Wonder Gardens, Florida Repertory Theater, Headpinz, Heaven Scent Florist, Julie Olander/artist, Key West Express, Lansdowne, Living Well Chiropractic, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., Massage Envy, McDonald’s, Michael Chovanec/artist, Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop, Naples Botanical Gardens, Naples Players, Naples Zoo, Old 41 Restaurant, Orchid Delirium, Palmira Golf & Country Club, Paragon Theater, Paw-radise, Pelican Nails, Propane Connection, Quail Village Golf Club, Quail West Golf & Country Club, Salon IQ, Sneaky Pete’s, St. Matthew’s House, Sweet Melissa’s Ice Cream, Tangerine Coastal Market, Tarpon Cove Yacht & Racquet Club, The Colony Golf & Country Club, TLC Marketing & Creative Services, Watchara Vitale,  White Pear Catering, and our Zonta Sisters!!!!    Visit the Events tab & Facebook for more information & photos.

The 2019 Woman of the year is Sally Smith, long time Rotarian.

Sally, a former Zontian, exemplifies the Mission of Zonta of Empowering Through Service and Advocacy by mentoring young women, volunteering at the Literacy Council, and with her Rotarian and Community friends, bringing clean water, sanitation, schools, and medical assistance to those in need in Guatemala.

Presenting Woman of the Year
Sally and Amira
Receiving proclamations
Stacy
room
live auction
ticket sales
center gift table

Sally

2019 Woman of the Year

Past WOY

Past Women of the Year

Thank you to our 2019 Luncheon sponsors:

  • eBELLA Magazine
  • BCHC Bonita Community Health Center
  • Carol Wood and Claire McMahon Team/John R. Wood Realtors
  • Baird Wealth Management
  • TLC Marketing and Creative Services
  • Smith Wealth Management Group/Merrill Lynch/Bank of America
  • Videographer- Bonita Video/Antonio Correia
  • Photographer – Bernadette LaPaglia
  • Woman of the Year Florals – Heaven Scent Florist

Past Women of the Year Honorees

  • 1998 – Jane Hogg
  • 1999 – Marie Tranovich
  • 2000 – Jacke McCurdy
  • 2001 – Barbara DuFrane
  • 2002 – Diane Lepola
  • 2003 – Nancy Keefer
  • 2004 – Patsy Graham
  • 2005 – Marjorie Rubacky
  • 2006 – Nancy Near
  • 2007 – Fran Usher
  • 2008 – Cherrill Cregar
  • 2009 – Arden McCurdy
  • 2010 – Jane Wheatley
  • 2011 – Trish Leonard
  • 2012 – Jennifer Benton
  • 2013 – Lori Nelson
  • 2014 – Christine Ross
  • 2015 – N/A
  • 2016 – Teri Lamaine
  • 2017 – Brenda Tate
  • 2018 – Tiffany Esposito