40th Anniversary Celebration Followup
The 40th Anniversary event at Surly Brewing was an evening full of laughter, fun and memories. The celebration was attended by approximately 90 guests representing four generations of MWP members. The event, chaired by Beth Johnson, was planned by a hardworking committee that met for almost a year. The committee consisted of Laura Tripet Dodge, Cathy Skrip, Ruth Markowitz, Char Ryan, Stacey Stillmunkes, Beth Quinby, Annalisa Jayasekera, Hanin Harb, Debra Nelson and Miriam Zachary. Farren Swanson and Char Follett worked collaboratively to produce a special 40th anniversary edition of the MWP newsletter which can be viewed on the MWP website.
The celebration included a networking cocktail hour. During this hour, guests shopped the self-care products by nine women business owners, and browsed the books published by MWP members. There was a photo booth where guests could take fun selfies. Guests could look at MWP momentos from the past at the commemoration table. During the dinner, a panel of four generations talked about what MWP meant to them. The panel, moderated by Ruth Markowitz included Farren Swanson, Janet Thomas, Felixia Valerius and Char Follett. Char Follett, a founding mother of MWP, received a standing ovation after a touching speech about the changes MWP made 40 years ago in the psychology field. Three awards were given out that night; A student scholarship award was given to Taryn Olson, The Founding Mother’s Award was given to Susan Johnson and Linda Cohen received the Women Who Make a Difference Award.
The evening also included a personal video message from U.S. Senator Amy Klobucher. Senator Amy Klobucher recognized the work MWP has done in the field of psychology and for women in general and talked about some of the legislation she has worked on that has helped improved women’s lives, including legislation that mandates insurance coverage of eating disorders. The event closed with a one hour concert by Ann Reed, an award winning singer and songwriter. Her music brought tears to those in the audience as her music touched on issues close to MWP member’s hearts. During the concert, Ann Reed told stories about her own personal life and experiences. Thanks to all the committee members and the volunteers who worked to make it a special night.
A special thanks to MWP member Stacey Stillmunkes and her husband for donating their time and the photo booth from Photo Booth Creations (www.photoboothcreations.com)This is a text block. You can use it to add text to your template.