Women Making History - 2021

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This is our 28th year to recognize outstanding women in our community! 

Due to COVID-19, this event will have a different look this year; however, it will still provide the opportunity to recognize and appreciate remarkable women all over Erie County.

This March, we will celebrate one previous recipient each day. 

A committee gathered to determine the individuals to be acknowledged based upon their continued belief and support to the Mercy mission. This unique look will be highlighted on all social media platforms and will feature a video upon conclusion.  

We welcome you to partner with us by participating as a donor. 

This pandemic has impacted how we celebrate the accomplishments of those who are assets to this community. However, we can create and foster an approach to continue the history of this incredible event.

A Celebration of Previous Recipients



Catherine McAuley Sponsor — $10,000


Anonymous Donor

Sojourner Truth Sponsor — $5,000

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AHN Saint Vincent Hospital
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield

Dynamic Alumnae:

Catherine Anderson Joy Greco Sr. Rosemary O'Brien, SSJ
Margaret Aste Sr. Carolyn Gorny-Kopkowski, OSB Mimi O’Connor
Maureen Barber-Carey Elisa Guida Janet Pawlowski
Candace Battles Ann Halupczynski Lee Penman
Barbara Bauda Colleen Hammon Christine Hetz Phillips
Jeanne Bender Sr. Mary Herrmann, SSJ Judy Pratt
Kathleen Benson Melanie Hetzel-Riggin Willie Rahner
Sr. Kevin Berdis, OSF Sr. Phyllis Hilbert, SSJ Laurie Root
Betsy Bort Mary Hoffman Shirley Schell
Malinda Bostick Amy Cuzzola Kern Kathleen Scheppner
Julie Chacona Jessica Horan-Kunco Sr. Phyllis Schleicher, OSB
Edith Coccarelli Marianne Levstek Sr. Stephanie Schmidt, OSB
Christine Colao-Nickson Barbara Lewis Ann Scott
Rev. Cheryl Corneliussen Mary Ellen Lieb Gertrude Simmons
Debbie DeAngelo Sr. Rosanne Lindal-Hynes, OSB Mary Hembrow Snyder
Daria Devlin Sr. Patricia Lupo, OSB Linda Stevenson
Ellen DiPlacido Peggy Maier Mary Ann Tempestini
Nancy Dusckas Nancy Marchini Angela Vincent
Jane Earll Christine H. McClure Terese Vorsheck
Corrine Halperin Egan Sr. Phyllis McCracken, SSJ Bettye Walker
Julie Fedders Sr. Miriam McMullen-Pastrick, OSB Vicki Washek
Dr. Annette Franklin Brenda McWilliams Mary Watson
Dorothy A. Smith – Frazier Tina Mengine Pam Will
Sr. Mary Fromknecht, SSJ Mary Miller Gayle Wright
Mary Jo Fulton Jennifer Mock

Martha Washington Sponsor Level – $2,500

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Clara Barton Sponsor Level – $1,000

Tami Carrara
Thomas Elward


Scott Amy Cuzzola Kern

Other Sponsors

Anonymous Donors Emmaus Ministries
Benedictine Sisters of Erie Ina Fisher in Honor of Christine Hetz Phillips
Carl & Nicole Brugger Jennie & Chris Hagerty
Burton - Quinn - Scott Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc. Wendy and Leah Humes
Cathedral Prep, Villa Maria Academy, and Mother Teresa Academy Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania
Custom Engineering, Co. Tungsten Creative Group

A special thank you to Meg Loncharic.