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Newtown Resident To Receive Heart Of Women Award



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DANBURY — The 2024 Heart of Women Award will be presented to Linda Jones, president of the board of Families United Newtown.

Readers are invited to join the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce and its Women’s Business Development Council for networking and special recognition of this year’s recipient on Wednesday, February 28. The event will run from 5 to 8 pm at The Amber Room Colonnade.

Guests will network, enjoy a cocktail, and meet local business owners before dinner and the presentation of the Heart of Women.

The mission of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Business Council is to develop and enhance the personal and professional growth of women in the greater Danbury community and to further inspire and celebrate women through a collective network of guidance, education, support, and leadership.

Each year, the Women’s Business Development Council selects a local woman to receive the Heart of Women Award. The honoree is a woman who has made a difference, inspired others, and forever positively impacted the lives of others in the community.

“As a parent of a child with autism, I saw firsthand how the world responded to him. Because of that experience, my family and I felt it was important to create Families United in Newtown as a place where our kids would be accepted for who they are … and have fun,” said Jones. “Building a FUN community takes a village — it is truly a group effort of volunteers and mentors who are filled with love, kindness, and passion for giving selflessly to others.”

Founded in 2011, the Heart of Women Award has been presented to the following women: 2022, Dianne Yamin, Probate Judge; 2019, Donna Palomba, Jane Doe No More; 2018, Kathy Purdy, Hillside Food Outreach; 2017, Patricia Zachman, Women’s Center of Greater Danbury; 2016, Dawn Blom, DPZ Dawn’s Pizzazz; 2015, Julia Horne, Principal, South Street Elementary School; 2014, Linda Anderson, The Scotty Fund; 2013, Janet Robinson, Newtown Superintendent of Schools; 2013, Pat Llodra, Newtown First Selectman; 2013, Wilda Hayes, Ann’s Place; 2012, LouAnn Bloomer, TBICO; 2012, Marie Hatcher, Matthew’s Hearts of Hope; and 2011, Jane Martellino, Yes! Grace Rocks.

The nominee must demonstrate the spirit of creativity, innovation, and initiative by responding in a proactive manner to an issue, concern, or event that affects the lives of others. Must have made a lasting difference in the lives of individuals of all abilities and backgrounds. Routinely goes above and beyond the call of duty. Actions reflect her passion and personal commitment of time, talent, or treasure on behalf of others. Demonstrates leadership in coordinating volunteer efforts of individuals or groups for fundraising, special events, programs, or services that benefit the community. Inspires others to get involved, take responsibility, or assume leadership to effect positive change.

Tickets and Sponsorship can be purchased by check or credit card.

For inquiries, email info@danburychamber.com or call 203-743-5565.

Linda Jones will be honored this month with The 2024 Heart of Women Award.
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  1. debz says:

    In my few, but precious, opportunities I’ve had to interact with Ms. Jones, I’ve found her to be an extraordinary person. She has a knack of helping people be the best of themselves. Congratulations Linda, and thank you for what you’ve done for our community.

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