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Monterey Park, CA—The East Los Angeles-Montebello Business and Professional Women (BPW) has selected community activist Carol Sullivan, as its 2017 “Woman of Achievement.” She will be honored at a dinner at MERCI, 525 N. Chandler Avenue, Monterey Park, on Wednesday, October 25th. Networking starts at 4:30 p.m. and the dinner starting by 5:00 p.m. Cost of the dinner is approximately $10. The dinner is open to the public. Contact Linda Wilson (626) 307-5650 or [email protected] to make a reservation.

Sullivan is a member of the City of Monterey Park’s Community Participation Committee which plans the City’s annual trip to the Hollywood Bowl. She was co-chair of the City’s Centennial Committee and helped organize and plan the City of Monterey Park’s Centennial Dinner and other events for Monterey Park’s Centennial. She was on the City’s first Holiday Snow Village Committee. She was on the original Committee, which developed the Geranium Festival, including painting electrical boxes on the streets in Monterey Park. She is now back working on the Geranium Festival. She is on the Monterey Park Library Foundation’s Board and has helped organize their annual dinner fundraisers and the “Day at the Races.” She is an active member of the Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley organizing the basket drawing for the annual Empty Bowls luncheon, hosting breakfasts for the families when they stay at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and participating in other fundraising events for the organization. In addition, she has helped her husband Larry with the Monterey Park Breast Cancer relay that was held for two years and with the hosting of Special Olympics. People know if they need someone to help with an event, they can call on her.

Sullivan was born in Hawaii, graduated from Mark Keppel High School and attended East Los Angeles College. While in high school, she worked at the Garfield Theater. From there she worked for St. Paul Fire and Insurance Company for four years. She had a tennis shop for fourteen years, worked for Chicago title for 27 years and from which she retired three and a half years ago.

This recognition program is part of East Los Angeles-Montebello BPW’s celebration of National Business Women’s Week® (NWBW). National Business Women’s Week® lets communities, companies and organizations celebrate the contributions of workingwomen and companies that have made strides toward improving working women’s lives in their communities. Emma Dot Partridge, Executive Secretary of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women, came up with the concept of National Business Women’s Week® with the first celebration being April 15-22, 1928. In 1938 NBWW moved to the third week of October. U.S. President Herbert Hoover was the first President to issue a letter recognizing NBWW and the contributions and achievements of working women. Every President since then has issued a proclamation recognizing NBWW.

East Los Angeles-Montebello BPW is a member of the California Federation of Business and Professional Women and also a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, inc. (NFBPWC) and BPW International. NFBPW is the oldest organization of its kind in the world; devoted entirely and actively to the interests and needs of all women irrespective of their occupations and of their status. Our mission is to achieve equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information. Today, we continue the fight for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, the ratification of the CEDAW treaty and equal pay for women. Membership is open to anyone who supports this and other items on our Public Policy Statement.

The recognition dinner is open to all interested people. For more information about the dinner or about BPW contact Linda Wilson, East Los Angeles-Montebello BPW, at (626) 307-5650 or [email protected]

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