Distinguished Women’s Gala Welcomes Friends from Near and Far



Photo Label (L-R) Martha Tiller, Patti Webster Hamilton, Laurie Cunnington, Tamara Darvish, President Keith Pretty, Catherine Rodewald, Lynn Heinzerling Stinson and Donna Niester

Northwood University recently honored the contributions of seven nationally known women at its 45th Annual Distinguished Women Awards Gala held at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa on Saturday, November 8th, 2014.

With the black tie affair officially welcoming the group to the class of 2014, the honorees which include five Northwood alumnae, were provided the opportunity to share their stories as the crowd of approximately 350 guests listened on.

While celebrating business leadership and community service, the event provided the opportunity to bring Northwood University to the attention of those who share its dedication to the principles of higher education. The event was preceded by a private reception hosted by 2010 Distinguished Woman Petra Levin at The Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, a student forum held at Northwood University Florida, and a Flower Breakfast with President Keith Pretty and Distinguished Women alumnae at Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa.

The 2014 Distinguished Women are:

Laurie Cunnington

Birmingham, MI and Delray Beach, FL

Tamara Darvish

Potomac, MD

Patti Webster Hamilton

Tequesta, FL

Donna Niester

Fort Gratiot, MI

Catherine Rodewald

Frisco, TX

Lynn Heinzerling Stinson

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Martha Tiller

Dallas, TX

Established in 1970 by the Northwood University Board of Trustees under the inspiration of founders Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, the Northwood University Distinguished Women Awards were created to recognize the enormous contributions women make to communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public and private sector services world-wide. The awards are presented annually and never in absentia. Each Distinguished Woman receives a medal that was originally designed by the late sculptor, Giulio Tamassy.