Heroines of Washington Award Winners Announced

News Anchor Alison Starling Served as the Evening’s Emcee

Arlington, VA | Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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Jessica Wagoner
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The March of Dimes announced the 16th Annual Heroines of Washington award recipients at a black-tie gala on November 15, 2016. The event honored the significant contributions of eight women in the D.C. region who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service.

Congratulations to the 2016 Heroines of Washington winners:

·      Healthcare Heroine Award:

     Sponsored by Optum

     Beverly Allen, MedStar Washington Hospital Center


·      Professional Services Heroine Award:

     Sponsored by Middleburg Wealth Management

     Marnell Small, Bellamy Management Services


·      Public Sector Heroine Award:

     Sponsored by Northrop Grumman

     Maureen Riordan, Department of Justice


·      Real Estate Heroine Award:

     Sponsored by Womble Carlyle

     Karen Singer, Formerly of Corporate Office Properties Trust


·      Technology Heroine Award:

     Sponsored by Vencore

     Gail Schnell, Schnell-Tech Solutions, LLC


·      Rising Heroine Award:

     Asma Chaudhary, Vencore

     Sharnikya Howard, Probity, Inc. 


·      Lifetime Achievement Award:

     Amy Caro, Northrop Grumman


In addition to the awards presentation, more than 300 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent auction. The event successfully raised more than $195,000 to support local March of Dimes programs, including research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Since 2001, Heroines of Washington has honored 101 “Heroines” and has raised over $2.5 million to support the March of Dimes. To learn more about the event, please visit marchofdimes.org/heroines. 


Event sponsors include: Optum, Middleburg Wealth Management, Womble Carlyle, Vencore, Northrop Grumman, MorganFranklin Consulting, United Bank, DC Magazine, SmartCEO and Umbrella Syndicate.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family.

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