Salute to Women

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Salute to Women logoAbout Salute to Women

Salute to Women is a celebration of remarkable women in the Greater Lafayette Community. The first Salute to Women was held on March 15, 1974. Realizing that the local community lacked an environment of support for women and that many women were not being recognized for their achievements, the Lafayette Women’s Political Caucus conceived the idea of a Salute to Women awards dinner. The Purdue Women’s Caucus joined in as a sponsor.

Salute to Women Organizers

During it’s first two and a half decades, the Salute to Women program was coordinated by several local women’s organizations:

Lafayette Women’s Political Caucus
Purdue Women’s Caucus
American Association of University Women
Lafayette Business and Professional Women
Lafayette Altrusa Club
Association for Women in Communications
American Business Women’s Association
Association of Women Business Owners
YWCA Greater Lafayette

YWCA Greater Lafayette became the sole sponsoring organization in 2000.

Meet the 2019 Salute to Women Honorees

Vanessa Pacheco

2019 Woman of Innovation

Pacheco (she/her/hers) currently serves as the Coordinator for Civic Engagement at Purdue University where she supports students leaders as they work to address the root causes of issues that impact our community.

Cathy Benner

2019 Woman of Distinction

For 15 years, Cathy devoted time, love, and commitment to her mother, Jean, diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and a very special friend, Michele, diagnosed with ALS, leading her to open the region's first non-profit adult day service, Joyful Journey.

Sana Booker

2019 Woman of Distinction

Booker is the City Clerk for West Lafayette, a position she has held since she was elected in 2015. Booker is also known for her accomplishments within Purdue University, Hanna Community Center and Carroll County Chamber of Commerce.

Tamara House

2019 Woman of Distinction

When her son, Grant, passed away at the age of 25, Tamara House made it her mission to make his dream, an after-school meeting place where kids with special needs would feel welcome, come true. That's when Grant's House was born.

Sarah Johnson

2019 Woman of Distinction

Johnson spent a 37 year career working in Purdue Residence Hall Dining Services. Rising from entry level to Director of Dining Services for University Residences, Johnson oversaw a nationally recognized 10 year project to re-engineer student dining.

Cynthia Koh-Knox Sharp

2019 Woman of Distinction

Koh-Knox Sharp is currently Clinical Associate Professor in Pharmacy Practice and Faculty Liaison for Continuing Pharmacy Education and Professional Development at Purdue University. She is extremely active in a variety of community/student groups.

Grayce Lechtenberg

2019 Mary Keller Ade Woman of Wisdom

Lechtenberg has dedicated her life to a variety of charitable causes for more than 52 years. Serving in leadership positions for various organizations and boards, she helps to raise funds and further the mission and reach of each organization.

Submit a 2020 Salute Nomination

Do you know someone who should join these seven women in the Salute to Women hall of fame? Nominate her! The nomination period for the 2020 Salute to Women is open until December 31, 2019. Download a nomination form and nominate someone today!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Jordan Bonfitto via email or telephone at 765-423-7018.