Theresa Hoskins of New Martinsville will be one of six women honored at the YWCA Wheeling's annual Tribute to Women Achievement Awards celebration on April 30. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the YWCA Wheeling, 1100 Chapline Street, Wheeling.
Lori Jones, executive director of the YWCA said, "It will be an evening for celebrating the achievements and gifts women bring to our community. The YWCA is honored to recognize the heroic accomplishments of six special women." This years other honorees are: Margaret Dankworth, Posthumously from St. Clairsville, Ohio; Christine Frizzell from Wheeling, W.Va.; Kay Hawkenberry from St. Clairsville; Sandra O'Haver from Wheeling; and Joann Corson Stamp from Wheeling.
The Tribute to Women is one of the YWCA's primary fund raisers, designed to support programs and services like the Y-Not Repeat Boutique, the Family Violence Prevention Program, Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach, and the Women's Residence and Emergency Homeless Shelter. Through these programs, more than 3,000 people receive services every year.
Tickets for the event are available for purchase individually. Table sponsorships are also available in varying degrees. For more information about the event or to learn more about the benefits of being a sponsor, call the YWCA at 304-232-0511.
Tribute to Women ceremonies are held by YWCAs around the globe and allow each association to celebrate the accomplishments of local women in community service, business, the arts, education, and many other arenas.
Hoskins works as the Family Resource Network Coordinator for Wetzel County after working her way up from secretary. Always wanting to achieve her college education, she is currently on the president's list with a 4.0 GPA and is seeking to complete two degrees; the first in Human Services and the second in Early Childhood Care and Education. She has been accepted into the RN Program at West Virginia Northern Community College and will begin in the Fall 2012.
In 2005, Hoskins began passionately working with the West Virginia Adolescent Health Program, showing the dangers and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and risky behaviors to various high school freshman and sophomores around the county.
Hoskins has been the recipient of the Umberger Scholarship for Community Service, the PEO Sisterhood Scholarship, and appointed by the Governor of West Virginia to the Early Intervention Interagency Coordinating Council. She has worked tirelessly to provide Wetzel County with resources that may otherwise be forgotten including the Wetzel County Relay for Life Cancer Coalition.
Dankworth, who passed away last March was a 1938 graduate of Bellaire High School and a 1942 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University. She was commissioned Ensign, U.S. Navy Reserve from Smith College in 1943 and was certified with the Navy Supply Corps from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1944. Dankworth received her M.A. Degree from New York University in 1950 and Certified Academy of Association Management from Michigan State University in 1962.
Following the Naval Officer Training Program at Smith College, Dankworth was commissioned ensign; qualified for the Naval Supply Corps and sent to the Navy Training and Distribution Center at Shoemaker, Calif., where she was the third female officer on this base. One of the highlights for "Peg" during her Naval Service was attending in full uniform the first session of what was to become the United Nations.
After World War II, Dankworth, who always loved nature, became the business manager for the National Recreation Association in New York City, later becoming the first woman executive secretary of the Great Lakes District in Toledo, Ohio, then Assistant National Director of the American Institute of Park Executives, and later National Director of the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. After retiring from her national professional career, she was instrumental in establishing the Morristown National Historic District and founder of the Morristown Preservation Association.
Frizzell, is a graduate of West Liberty University and WVU where she earned a Masters Degree in Social Work. She has been the Victim Witness Coordinator at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of West Virginia since July 1999. In this role Frizzell provides service to witnesses and victims of various crimes prosecuted by the U. S Attorney's Office; including the families of homicide, assault, domestic violence, child exploitation, child pornography, and white collar crime.
Frizzell is a two-time recipient of the United States Attorney's Award for exemplary service. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, she volunteered to be detailed to the Family Assistance Center at the Liberty State Park in New Jersey to work with the World Trade Center Victims and their families. She was recognized by the United States Attorney General for her assistance and her contribution in providing critical support in a time of national need.
Frizzell is a member of the West Virginia Coalition Against Violence Committee, Crimes Against Children Task Force, Hate Crimes Task Force, and is a board member of the Brooke-Hancock-Ohio County Victim Assistance Program. She serves as Chairperson of the Glen Dale United Methodist Child Development Center Board and was instrumental in re-establishing the American Cancer Society's Ohio County Relay for Life and has been co-chair of this event since 2001.
Hawkenberry was certified as a nursing assistant in 1970 and then attended Hill Junior College, Hillsboro, Texas, in 1974 and worked in the CCU & ICU at Osteopathic Medical Center Hospital. By 1979, she was in the Ohio Valley on the board of the Belmont County Easter Seal Society, became an insurance agent, and the first volunteer advocate for rape and sexual abuse survivors with Women's Tri-County Help Center in 1982. In 1986 she began her career as a domestic violence Advocate and later Shelter Supervisor/Coordinator.
She has spent the past 30 years working tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence become survivors and was instrumental in the founding of the only domestic violence shelter in Belmont County, Ohio, known as Peg's House. Hawkenberry, who at times was the only employee of the shelter, recruited her husband, Don, to become a volunteer advocate as well.
Hawkenberry, who retires this year, is ready to follow her dreams with yet another exciting new career as a professional travel agent. A child of poverty, in constant motion-moving all over the United States amid chaos and drama; she learned early in life to resolve problems. She sums up life, "I believe that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it."
O'Haver, associate director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley since 1990, developed and organized the first Day of Caring that has grown from 60 volunteers to 400 in 29 United Way Agencies. She actively assists with the annual campaign, coordinates special events, and assists in the allocation process. O'Haver has been an integral part of raising millions of dollars for the United Way, Ohio Valley Medical Center Foundation, and East Ohio Regional Hospital.
O'Haver's past affiliations have included the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the West Virginia Chapter board member, YWCA Wheeling, National Association of Hospital Development; Ohio Valley Trades and Labor, Assembly and the Wheeling Heritage Project.
Her contributions to the Upper Ohio Valley are not measurable. Having worked for the United Way in the 1970's, the YWCA, OVMC Foundation, East Ohio Regional Hospital, and back to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, O'Haver has blessed so many organizations and lives.
Stamp, who is originally from Washington, DC, attended WVU College of Business and Economics and received her BS in Marketing. She is the owner and designer of Beadjeweled-jewelry design business since 2006.
Stamp has been a very active member of the Ohio Valley since the mid-1970's when she joined the Junior League of Wheeling, Inc., which catapulted her into the world of voluntarism and philanthropy in our community. Since then, she has held office with the West Virginia University Foundation as director, chair of the University Relations Committee, the WVU Presidential Search Committee, the Resource Development Committee, and the Nominating Governance Committee.
Stamp currently holds positions with WesBanco, Inc. Board of Directors; the Community Foundation of the Upper Ohio Valley; Women's Giving Circle; the Oglebay Foundation; Poinsettia Twig of OVMC; Stifel College Scholarship Fund Trustee, chairman; and the George E. Stifel Prize Fund Trustee, chairman. Stamp, along with her husband Frederick P. Stamp Jr., Judge for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia, has two children and resides in Wheeling.
Help celebrate the gifts these women have shared with the community on April 30 at the YWCA Wheeling. To make a reservation for the Tribute to Women, call the YWCA at 304-232-0511. The YWCA is a program of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.