Ramos-Williams named Woman of the Year
The Republican Women of Cape Coral honored Connie Ramos-Williams as its very first Woman of the Year during their Women of Distinction awards dinner on Friday. Williams, who has lived in the Cape Coral area for 20 years, was chosen from a field of 54 nominees. She said that it was a privilege to be selected from a group of so many deserving woman.
“I’m extremely honored, especially because it’s the first year they’re doing this,” said Williams. “There are so many incredible women here in Cape Coral that just being nominated is a huge honor. Being the recipient of the (Woman of the Year) means a lot to me. It puts a lot of emphasis on continuing to empower, inspire, and mentor women in the community.”
Williams went on to say that the event was important because it would encourage local women to get more involved in areas like politics, philanthropy, and mentoring.
“I think organizations like this that put a lot of emphasis on those things help to inspire and bring out the best in each and every woman in our community,” Williams said.
Williams has owned a number of business including Parent and Child Magazine. Five years ago she set a goal of donating $100,000 a year to local non-profits in need and will surpass the half a million mark this year. Williams is also involved in a number of organizations that help at risk young girls including Dress for Success, a nonprofit that provides professional attire and development tools to disadvantaged women.
Pati Smith, the Chairman of the event’s planning committee, said that the community support for the event has been overwhelming.
“There has been an overwhelming response,” said Smith. “We never dreamed that in our inaugural year that we would have over 50 nominations and I know that it will get bigger and better. It’s amazing how excited people are about honoring women in this community who really make such a difference.”
In addition to recognizing Williams as the Woman of the Year the organization’s selection committee also chose five other nominees to be named as Women of Distinction. Their accomplishments ranged widely and included a Cape Coral city council member, a high school principal, and a JROTC cadet.
The evening’s keynote speaker, Christine Collins of Lee Health, pointed out the one quality that tied this diverse group of women together.
“The one theme that went through all of the finalists’ letters was service above self, and that is what makes a Woman of Distinction. Service above self.” said Collins.
The event also served as a fundraiser.
“A portion of the proceeds will go to the group’s Caring for America projects which include veteran issues such as training rescue dogs for veterans with PTSD,” a post-event release from the organization states.
“We surpassed all our goals with this event” said Missi Lastra, RWCCF president, in the statement. “The success of this event has allowed us to provide our first scholarship to a local youth at the Mayor’s Scholarship Dinner later this month.”