2009 Extraordinary Woman Award
THE WOMEN'S Resource Center of Durango honored two extraordinary women – Victoria FittsMilgrim and Susan Lander – with the Extraordinary Women Awards during its inaugural “Girls Night Out” celebration held Friday, Sept. 11, at the Blue Lake Ranch Ridgewood Events Center.
More than 200 guests at the "Girls Night Out" celebration gave FittsMilgrim and Lander a standing ovation when Executive Director Liz Mora announced them as the award winners.
WRC staff and board members forwarded nominees in each category to the Women’s Foundation of Colorado to select the award-winner. Executive Director Gretchen McComb, who selected the award-winners on the foundation’s behalf, chose FittsMilgrim for the business award because of her passion to reach out to women to support them and positively change lives. "My selection for the Extraordinary Business Woman is Victoria FittsMilgrim. Victoria's nominations spoke so eloquently of her commitment to her business and her clients. She is dedicated to her values, her goals, and her passion to reach out to women to support them and positively change lives. It is clear that building better community is a priority via her affordable group coaching program and numerous volunteer efforts, and that she is also a respected role model in the community. Victoria volunteers not for recognition, but because she truly has a desire to see lives changed for the better."
The sell-out event raised more than $18,000 for WRC programs, but more importantly, said Mora, it gave the center an opportunity "to celebrate all the extraordinary women in Durango and La Plata County."
The evening included a buffet of extraordinary hors d'oeuvres prepared by The Yellow Carrot, wine and champagne served up by a handsome trio of bartenders.
Master of Ceremonies Beth Warren kept the crowd entertained with her witty repartee, and dancers with Bare Bones Burlesque & the Salt Fire Circus performed several pieces clad in costumes reminiscent of 19th-century burlesque stars.
Guest of Honor Wendie Malick inspired the audience with her story about finding her voice and using the many public opportunities she has as an actor to make the world a better place.
The night also was an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the Extraordinary Woman Awards, established to honor La Plata County women and the significant impact they’ve had in creating stronger women, girls, neighborhoods, and communities.
Article information from The Women's Resource Center Newsletter - 9/15/09
Images: (Top) Victoria with Rochelle Mann, FLC Music Professor Emeritus; (bottom) Victoria with Susan Lander