STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — World of Women, the popular women’s group that advocates for females and children, hosted their 22nd annual Women of Distinction Gala at LiGreci’s Staaten, where some 175 ladies and gents gathered for the worthy cause.

And as World of Women enters its third decade supporting a number of local programs, including a heavy concentration on domestic violence, members look with enthusiasm toward further serving the community of Staten Island.

WOW was founded by Patricia Caltabiano in 1995 with the mission of advocating for and helping women and children on Staten Island —  and the grassroots organization is now thriving in its 22nd year.

The Women of Distinction Gala, a celebration of women’s history, lauded  the group’s accomplishments and honored community leaders who’ve made a difference in the borough of Staten Island.

The honorees were lauded for their achievements, volunteerism, time and talents in making Staten Island a better place in which to live.

Says Caltabiano: “We are also proud to honor six women and three gentlemen who by their outstanding community service have helped to create a better community for all.”

The Women of Distinction honored for their service to community were: Traci Cangiano, Ingrid Cognetta, Candace Crupi, Andrea Lella, Carmela Montella, and Paula Mitkowski.

The Gentlemen of Distinction: Ross Decker and Farid Kader with Special Recognition to Anthony Rapacciuolo.

The evening included a scholarship presentation to two adult women returning to school and three college bound seniors.

High School Scholarship Recipients were Morgan Comet and Kathryn Higginbotham, Susan Wagner High School and Lea Jean Francois, Curtis High School.

Adult Scholarship Recipients were Lori Lambertson and Marquita Spicer, the College of Staten Island.

“I am very proud of WOW’s accomplishments and enduring success due to the  tireless efforts of our members to provide programs to benefit those in need in our community. WOW is an organization open to all women with the heart to help others and a little time to spare,” adds Caltabiano.

So because pictures are worth a thousand words, photos from the festive evening  will prove it all true!

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