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Malta House of Care’s “Wonder Women of ’19”

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Marriott Hartford Downtown, 200 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103 United States
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Michelle M. Murphy Executive Director, Malta House of Care Foundation mmurphy@maltahouseofcare.org 860-548-1593 or 860-729-1433 (cell)   Malta House of Care to Celebrate the “Wonder Women of ‘19” HARTFORD, Apr. 12 – They range in age from 17 to 96; their job titles include college president, Whole Foods dishwasher, and financial executive. One holds the distinction of being the first female Mayor of a U.S. capital. They are Malta House of Care’s “Wonder Women of ’19” – six outstanding community servants who will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and fundraiser on Thursday, April 25, 6-8:30pm, at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Hotel. Tickets to the event are $100; all proceeds will support the Malta House of Care Mobile Medical Clinic, which provides free primary care to uninsured adults on a van that goes to four Hartford-area neighborhoods each week. The honorees are: Jody Bell, 17, of Greenwich, an entrepreneur who started a website called “In Case of Deportation” in response to the fears of her immigrant classmates at Greenwich High School. Geared toward kids ages 8-18, it explains what deportation is; how to talk to family members about it; and provides links to resources for kids whose parents face deportation. Daisy Cocco De Filippis, PhD, of Waterbury, president of Naugatuck Valley Community College. The first Dominican president of a U.S. community college, she is known for her practical, common-sense leadership of a school that attracts many first-generation college students. Since 2008, when she took office, enrollment and retention have risen steadily and the Danbury campus has expanded. In 2017, NVCC was named one of the top 25 community colleges nationwide in advancing opportunities for low-income students. Janet Grace of Coventry, volunteer advisor (for the past 30 years) to the “Instructors of the Handicapped” swimming program in Manchester, founded in 1956 to match physically and mentally challenged children and adults with able-bodied teenagers for Sunday afternoon lessons at Manchester High School. Nearly 4,000 people with disabilities have learned to swim through IOH – and their instructors have learned even more. Antoinette Lazarus of Farmington, chief compliance and risk officer for Landmark Partners, a funds management company based in Simsbury. Annie has distinguished herself professionally at places like Phoenix Equity Planning Corp., Aetna Financial Services, Cigna Retirement and Investment Services, and Prudential Financial. But personally, she is perhaps best known for her tireless community involvement, especially with the YWCA, Saint Francis Foundation, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Hartford Community Loan Fund, 100 Women Who Can -- Farmington Valley, and the West Indian Credit Union; she is a founding member of the latter two. Lhakpa Sherpa of West Hartford, who has summited Mount Everest nine times – more than any other woman in the world. The 46-year-old mother of three, a survivor of domestic abuse, works as a dishwasher at Whole Foods in Bishop’s Corner. and is also an entrepreneur, having just started her own guided-expedition company, Cloudscape Climbing. She hopes to break her own world record later this spring by climbing Mount Everest for the 10th   Ann Uccello, 96, of West Hartford -- the consummate trailblazer. In 1967, this daughter of Italian immigrants was elected Mayor of Hartford – the first female mayor of any capital city in the United States – after serving for two terms on the Hartford City Council. She was known as a pragmatic leader and a calming influence during a period of racial unrest in Hartford and nationwide. A member of the CT Women’s Hall of Fame, Ann has two streets named after her – one in Hartford and one in Italy. This year’s “Wonder Women” event is the ninth annual celebration in support of Malta House of Care, which was founded in 2006 and has since provided 51,969 free patient visits to uninsured adults. An independent non-profit, Malta receives no local, state, or federal funding. Its care is provided by a small paid staff and 50+ medical volunteers, who donate 1,000 hours or $2 million of in-kind care each year. To cover its clinical expenses, Malta relies on partnerships with non-profit institutions – particularly the Archdiocese of Hartford and St. Francis and Hartford Hospitals – along with grants from foundations, corporations, and family funds and thousands of individual donors. For more information about Malta House of Care, visit www.maltahouseofcare.org. --30—

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