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.

Salute to Women Hall of Fame Record Purchase Salute to Women 2020 Tickets

Meet the 2020 Salute to Women Honorees

Florence Adibu

Intercultural learning specialist, educator, diversity facilitator, and community organizer.

Kristy Blair

Woman of Promise

Registered nurse, dedicated to overcoming internal battles and external obstacles.

Rev. Susan Brouillette

Immigration advocate, instrumental in the development of Lafayette Urban Ministry's Immigration Clinic.

Christa Coffey

former Tippecanoe County Clerk, now serves with the Indiana Supreme Court’s Trial Court Technology team.

Dr. Sarah Hallberg, DO

Leading physician and researcher on therapeutic effects of dietary interventions on Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Dr. Deanna McMillan

Engineer, educator, and community leader. Co-president of Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters.

Inge Dawn Maresh

Dedicated community leader, volunteer and philanthropist. Maresh has a passion for the arts community of Greater Lafayette.

Judge Kristen McVey

First woman to hold the position of Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Tippecanoe County. Elected to Tippecanoe County Superior Court 5 in 2018.

Cindy Murray

Long-time Lafayette City Clerk, community leader and youth mentor.

Julie Pope

End-of-life counselor, entrepreneur, community advocate, and the inspiration behind "Cover Lafayette."

Carol Price

Driving force in the formation of The Healthy Communities of Clinton County Coalition, currently serves as executive director.

Sharon Versyp

Winningest head coach in Purdue Women's Basketball history, community advocate and breast cancer survivor.