LEWISTON — Nominations for this year’s YWCA Women of Achievement Awards have been extended to July 15.

The YWCA is seeking nominations for three award categories: The Lee Young Leadership Award, The Tonie Ramsey Service Award and the Priscilla Gendron Legacy Award.

The YWCA Central Maine Women of Achievement Award Gala will take place on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Agora Grand Event Center.

Women of Achievement Awards are presented to women who have achieved excellence in their professional field or personal pursuits, passions and causes. Award recipients are leaders of integrity within their communities and serve as mentors for other women. The awards program seeks to honor the spirit of women’s collaborative leadership and to recognize advocacy in the name of community building, rather than personal attainment.

Nominees should have worked or served primarily in the state of Maine. A strong candidate will have made significant contributions to improving the lives and overall status of women and people of color in the state of Maine and demonstrate a commitment to the YWCA mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

From the nominations received, three recipients will be chosen. The award namesakes, Lee Young, Tonie Ramsey and Priscilla Gendron, have all contributed their expertise, service and philanthropic support to the YWCA. Their legacies were honored at the inaugural Women of Achievement Awards Gala in 2015.

Award criteria and nomination forms may be found online at www.ywcamaine.org/2016-women-of-achievement-award/.

Nominations may be mailed to: YWCA Central Maine, 130 East Ave., Lewiston, ME 04240. They may be emailed to [email protected]

FMI: 207-795-4050, www.ywcamaine.org.

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