Cape May County’s Women of Wonder will be recognized at a luncheon at the Flanders Hotel in Ocean City on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
The Atlantic Cape Foundation and the Cape May County Women’s Commission announced the 2021 Women of Wonder award recipients recently.
They are as follows: Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chase Jackson, executive director of the Ocean City Arts Center, and Marilyn Miller, director of the Sam. S. DeVico Senior Center in Middle Township.
“The Women of Wonder League recognizes women who are role models and who have contributed to making Cape May County a better place to live, learn, play and work,” said Maria Kellett, associate director of the Atlantic Cape Foundation and dean of the Cape May County campus. “It’s such a pleasure to honor these stellar women and give them the recognition they deserve for doing amazing things in our community.”
At this year’s event, the Women of Wonder League will also honor veteran Doris E. Barnes, 100, of Ocean City. Barnes is a retired U.S. Marine sergeant whose service to the country included managing and distributing secret and confidential technical documents for the officers in the 1940s, carrying the files in a briefcase handcuffed to her wrist.
Women of Wonder League events raise scholarship funds for at-risk students in Cape May County attending Atlantic Cape Community College.
Organizers said the Women of Wonder League stands by the notion that building a child’s confidence in academic environments allows them to reach new heights in the classroom and in everyday life.
“We are delighted to honor women from across our county with the Women of Wonder award,” said Violet Rixey, chairwoman of the Cape May County Women’s Commission.
She continued, “It’s a day of gratitude and encouragement that includes a spotlight on Atlantic Cape Community College students endeavoring to achieve their academic goals, many of whom come back to thank us for giving them an opportunity they otherwise may not have had.”