Thursday night, over 100 locals celebrated outstanding women in the Daviess County community with a little dessert before dinner and heard from keynote speaker and Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch.

Held at the Eastside Park Community Building, six local women were honored for their service to Daviess County during the inaugural Women in Business Awards hosted by the Washington Times Herald.

Crouch, an Evansville native, addressed the crowd before nearly 30 honorary nominees were introduced and Tara Brower, Lana Helms, Terri Kelso and Kremp, Luann Stoll and Elaine Wellman were honored.

“My father gave me the confidence to follow my dreams,” said Crouch, who served as Indiana’s State Auditor before coming lieutenant governor under Governor Eric Holcomb, and shared with the community some of hardships she faced as for being tall — one thing that really set her apart from her peers. “When I accepted the differences in myself, I learned to respect the differences in others. It’s those differences that make good leaders,” Crouch said.

The ability to to help shape the next generation of leaders, Crouch said, is one thing that makes Indiana special.

“Our future is being built today,” said Crouch, adding that although the Hoosier state leads the country in advanced manufacturing and is building momentum in other areas too, there is still more that can be done.

The awards

The Women in Business Awards had been on Times Herald Publisher Melody Brunson’s to-do list for quite some time. This year, the project went from a to-do to a must-do. Support shown at the late afternoon event proves the community thought it was a must-do too.

“We were happy to be able to honor so many wonderful women in our community,” said Brunson, who helped present the awards while Times Herald Digital Specialist Angela Allen emceed the event. “This has been a long-time dream of mine and it’s been really humbling to have so many people come out to help celebrate women who make a difference in our community each and every day.”

While full profiles of the six women honored Thursday night can be found in today’s Women in Business magazine included in today’s Times Herald, four of the honorees were able to attend the roughly two hour awards program. Those on hand to accept their awards were Kremp, who was named the nonprofit winner; Brower, the financial services winner; Kelso, the small business winner and Helms, who won the healthcare award. Unable to attend were government winner Wellman and education winner Stoll.

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