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TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes and the County’s Commission on the Status of Women honored four local women and young women for their extensive volunteer work in their communities at the 12th Mercer County Women of Achievement awards Nov. 10.

The Commission on the Status of Women selected four women, including the Mercer County Young Woman of Achievement for a resident under 18 years old, to recognize for their contributions to residents of Mercer County community through volunteer work. Hughes also honored McKenna Wolcott-Wind, a young Hamilton resident who won the title Miss Preteen Central New Jersey and who will represent Mercer County in the national pageant in Orlando, Fla. this month.

“Each year, we have the distinct pleasure of selecting some outstanding women to honor in Mercer County,” said Hughes. “As County Executive, it is my pleasure to honor each of this year’s recipients and I thank them for making Mercer County a better place to live, work, and play through their dedicated volunteerism.”

The Mercer County Woman of Achievement awards were presented during the Commission on the Status of Women’s 12th Annual Awards Reception at Mercer Oaks Golf Club in West Windsor. This year’s honorees for Woman of Achievement are:
  • Liz Cohen. Ms. Cohen is a licensed social worker at Princeton Hospice with Princeton HealthCare System, and creator of the Yes We CAN! Organization on behalf of The Crisis Ministry’s hunger prevention program. Yes We CAN! has been instrumental in raising hunger awareness and community action in coordinating and operating effective food drives throughout Mercer County, enlisting the help of countless volunteers to collect nearly 3.5 tons of food monthly for distribution to those in need.

  • Sister Peggy Fitzgibbon. Sister Fitzgibbon serves as a volunteer teaching English as a Second Language and Basic Adult Education to residents at El Centro de Recursos para Familias of Catholic Charities, providing quality educational classes to members of the community who may not otherwise have such an opportunity. When not instructing classes, continues the mission of El Centro de Recursos para Familias of Catholic Charities by reaching out to the community, visiting hospitals, nursing homes, and high crime areas of the city and providing information and programs built around encouraging education and positive self-esteem.

  • Carolyn Phillips. Ms. Phillips serves as a volunteer to CASA of Mercer (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and advocates and guides children through the trials of the foster care system, working with great care and determination to protect the rights and wishes of a young person dealing with personal life challenges. She serves as a source of stability in the life of her client, showing herself to be sincere and invested in the growth and progress of that child, as well as a protector from outside influences and self-destructive tendencies.

  • Megan Krishnamurthy, Young Woman of Achievement 2010. Ms. Krishnamurthy volunteers her time at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton in a variety of capacities, helping wherever she is needed. In addition to her volunteer work, Megan is a member of the National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Spanish Honor Society, a contributor to the Year Book Club and the school newspaper, a Youth Leader at KCO, and at The Red Cross Club, where she has volunteered her time for the Special Olympics, March of Dimes, and the Measles Initiative.