Introduction and Presentation of the
Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service
Laura Ditka was a Woman of Achievement in 2008 for child advocacy. Her life revolved around serving others as she dedicated her life to public service, law enforcement, and supporting victims. Laura spent her legal career as a prosecutor serving for 25 years in the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office, before joining the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office as supervisor of the western region criminal division. She unexpectedly passed away in October 2018 at the age of 55. In her honor, we are introducing the Laura Ditka Award for Advocacy and Service that will be awarded each year at this event. Her family will be accepting the award this year as celebration of Laura’s extraordinary life and example of an inspirational Woman of Achievement.
2019 National Junior Woman of Achievement Award
Isabella Chavez was nominated and selected to be the first recipient of The National Junior Woman of Achievement Award. This award honors a young woman who is doing extraordinary things like achievements in academics, service and leadership. Isabella is an inspiring 16-year-old who exemplifies all of the qualities of a Junior Woman of Achievement. Her drive and compassion for others has led her to create a non-profit organization, Cribs Without Borders. The mission statement of Cribs without Borders is “providing a safe sleeping environment to less fortunate newborns across all borders.” She raises the funds necessary to purchase cribs and delivers the cribs to the families in need in Mexico. We are excited to introduce the first National Junior Woman of Achievement Award and to honor to Isabella for her accomplishments with the award.