Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Salute to International Women's Day 2015. Courtesy photo

Salute to International Women’s Day 2015. Courtesy photo

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 5 with its annual march across the Walkway Over the Hudson.

This year’s theme is “Fit Women make Fit Leaders.” The event will include nonprofit vendors handing out information on their services, entertainment, and inspirational speeches from local leaders in the community followed by a walk in solidarity across the Walkway.

The event will begin on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge at 8:30 a.m.

Speakers will include Dutchess Community College President Dr. Pamela Edington giving the keynote address; Krista Jones founder of Sparrow’s Nest, the Women’s Leadership Alliance’s 2015 Nonprofit of the Year; and Pari Forood, executive director at Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

At the event, attendees are also invited to cast their vote for the Women’s Leadership Alliance’s 2016 Nonprofit of the Year. The candidates this year are Astor Services for Children & Families, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val-Kill, Girl Scouts – Heart of the Hudson, and Omega Women’s Leadership Center. During the presentations, Jones will announce the winner.

Entertainment will be provided by The Poughkeepsie High School Choir, conducted by Joe North; Kyleigh Rothmand; BeeBee the Clown; and the Evergreen Chorus of the Sweet Adelines.

This is a wonderful opportunity for young women, families and students to learn about women’s issues and for all of us to share in the solidarity of spirit with women around the world. Everyone is welcome to attend.

MidHudson Regional Hospital and IBM are Gold Sponsors of the event. Silver Sponsors include Associa New York, Dutchess Community College, KeyBank, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, The Arc of Dutchess, and Poughkeepsie Galleria.

Parking on the Poughkeepsie side of the river is limited. Refreshments will be provided by Sam’s Club and samples by Hudson Valley Skin Care and Harney & Sons Fine Teas.

For more information and to make your reservations, please visit dcrcoc.org or call Chelsea at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1000.

Preregistration is encouraged though there is no cost to participate.

For more on the Women’s Leadership Alliance visit www.wlahv.org

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