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on Aug 03, 2011 in News

Jessica Watson to receive Spirited Woman Rising Award (Baltimore, MD)


Spirited Women of Baltimore Power Lunch, Benefiting the American Red Cross of Central Maryland, Takes Place Wednesday, August 17, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

2011 Winners are Katherine Pinkard Bowers and Jessica Watson both of Baltimore, Spirited Women Rising; Debi Katzenberger of Glen Burnie, Md., Spirited Woman in Balance; and Amy Michelle Gross of Owings Mills, Md., Spirited Woman of Baltimore

Tickets are $50 each if purchased by August 10 and $65 if purchased after August 10, or at the door.

Visit www.MyCity4Her.com, call 410-327-9090, or email m@mycity4her.com,  cm.mba@mortons.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

(Baltimore, July 22, 2011)  Mortons The Steakhouse and MyCity4Her.com announce the Spirited Women of Baltimore award winners to be celebrated at a Power Lunch to be held on Wednesday, August 17, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Mortons The Steakhouse located at 300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore.

Tickets to the luncheon, which consists of a choice of Mortons chicken Christopher or single cut filet mignon, mixed field green salad, mashed potatoes, sauted garlic green beans, and Mortons double chocolate mousse cup with fresh berries for dessert, are $50 each if purchased by August 10 and $65 each if purchased after August 10, or at the door. Proceeds from ticket sales benefits the American Red Cross of Central Maryland.

The Spirited Women of Baltimore™ award winners encompass all of the ideals of the American Red Cross volunteerism, generosity, sacrifice, preparation, compassion, sensitivity and humility, according to Monyka Berrocosa, CEO of MyCity4Her.com. This annual event was created as a means to raise awareness and provide continued support to the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross. As the 2007 winner of Mortons The Steakhouses Women of Spirit award, I wanted to continue this award and partnership with the American Red Cross in addition to honoring local women in our community who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to volunteerism and service.

The 2011 winners are:

Spirited Women Rising (tie) Katherine Pinkard Bowers and Jessica Watson, both of Baltimore

This award recognizes an up and coming, young woman who is starting to make her powerful mark on the Baltimore community and/or the business world.

Katherine Pinkard Bower
Katherine Pinkard Bowers is an active member of the American Red Cross of Central Marylands Young Professionals Committee and has led initiatives including a high-profile fundraising Gala at the B&O Railroad Museum. She was recently elected to the chapters board of directors, making her one of the youngest board members in the organizations 106 year history. She is also a member of the Johns Hopkins Universitys Homewood Museum Advisory Council; as well as involved with the Association of Baltimore Grantmakers.

In her personal life, Katherine is a nationally-ranked equestrian. Currently, she is pursuing her M.B.A. at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School while working for PNC Financial Services Group.

Jessica Watson
Jessica Watson is passionate about, and actively shows her support of, other women in business. She is a manager for B’more Creatives, a networking group for women in the creative profession, and is involved with the Marketing Director Support Group. In her spare time she volunteers with Tyanna Foundation. Her most recognized accomplishment has been her role as the driving force behind the Baltimore Design Conference, which welcomed nationally renowned speakers and artists to Baltimore. The first of its kind in Baltimore, this event continues to foster opportunities for growth and collaboration, as well as rejuvenate the creative spirit that thrives in Baltimore.

Jessica is a successful local entrepreneur and owns her business Points North Studio, s a full service graphic design and marketing firm built upon a strong foundation of delivering high quality creative work that will produce results for their clients.

This summer 2011, she co-founded a coworking space Federal Hill to offer affordable office solutions to other entrepreneurs.

Spirited Woman in Balance  Debi Katzenberger, Glen Burnie, Md.

This award honors a working mother who is successfully juggling all that life brings her family, career, all the while engaging in spirited endeavors, such as community service, mentorship, and philanthropy.

Debi Katzenberger, a full-time working mother and grandmother, is the creator of the Kamiâs Jammies program at the Casey Cares Foundation. She initiated this program after her own nine-year-old granddaughter, Kamryn, passed away from complications of leukemia. Kamryn felt special when she wore new pajamas instead of the gowns given to her in the hospital, and Debi wanted to pass this symbol of joy and normalcy onto other sick children by providing new sleepwear and monthly pajama parties to pediatric patients on extended hospital stays.

Since 2007, the program has been implemented at 20 Maryland hospitals and Debi has collected 8,000 new pairs of pajamas. Throughout the program’s growth and success, she has managed to maintain a full-time job, overseeing 30 employees at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield.

Moreover, Debi has volunteered for Casey Cares about 15 hours a week for the past four years.

Always thinking about how to further improve the lives of hospitalized children, she was instrumental in Casey Cares receiving a grant to create Casey Cares Care Packages, which are tote bags with information regarding the child’s disease, a new pair of pajamas, a thermometer, water bottle, toothbrush, playing cards, journal, etc., to make the stay in the hospital easier for patients and their families.

Spirited Woman of 2011- Amy Michelle Gross, Owings Mills, Md.

This award celebrates an accomplished, spirited woman who acts as an example, leader and mentor in her community and profession and has done so for some time. This woman encompasses a variety of ideals, including volunteerism, generosity, sacrifice, preparation, compassion, sensitivity, and humility.

Amy Michelle Gross works as a program director at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. However, her professional accomplishments are offset by a heartfelt commitment to community service, volunteering and family. She has volunteered with numerous organizations, serving as a member of the Art in the City Event Committee, a volunteer leader of community planning and outreach for The Associated, as well as vice president of Art With a Heart. She has taken on many career-related leadership roles on professional boards and organizations including the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers and The After School Institute.

Most significant is her involvement in mentoring. After participating in the United Jewish Communities Advancing Women Professionals local group mentoring initiative, she organized a peer mentoring group of women professionals who meet regularly to share professional insights, help each other strategically problem solve and to support one another’s career development.

At the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, she has developed strong partnerships with Marylands nonprofit sector, as well as those in Washington, D.C., and Israel. She has initiated such projects as the Baltimore Jewish Leaders Assembly and Acharai and the Shoshana Cardin Leadership Development Institute. Before coming to the Foundation five years ago, she was the Director of Community Initiatives at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

All of this years nominees will be acknowledged and recognized at the luncheon. The event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and networking, followed by lunch at noon, and the program where Spirited Women award winners are honored.

To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit www.MyCity4Her.com , call 410-327-9090, or email m@mycity4her.com or cm.mba@mortons.com.

The event is sponsored by The Law Office of Jane Frankel Sims, LLC, Estates & Trusts. Media sponsors are The Baltimore Business Journal, Fox 45, and WomanTalk Live. Additional partners include Lynne Bricks Womens Health & Fitness, Being There Senior Care, LLC, and Planet Fitness.

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