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Local women recognized at GOP dinner

Aug. 24, 2013 @ 12:13 AM

HUNTINGTON -- When it comes to celebrating the 19th Amendment, T-Anne See, chairwoman of the Cabell County Republican Executive Committee, can think of no better party than to pay tribute to the female leaders of Cabell County.

See joined about 100 guests to celebrate those women during annual Women of Influence Dinner on Friday night at the Guyan Country Club.

The event annually commemorates the amendment that gave women the right to vote in August 1920, and See said it is important to recognize the roles of women during the years leading up to the amendment and the 93 years since.

"It's a fun event to host," said See. "It's hosted by the GOP, but it isn't a partisan event. We want to honor every woman in our community that has had an impact, and it's a night of celebration of their achievements."

The event included the presentation of awards and a keynote address from Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee.

This year, three women received Women of Influence honors during the event.

Del. Carol Miller, R-Cabell, and Del. Kelli Sobonya, R-Cabell, were recognized with the Woman of Influence awards for public service.

Helen Freeman, president and artistic director of Huntington Outdoor Theatre, was recognized with the Woman of Influence award for community involvement.

Members of the H.O.T. production of "Hairspray" performed during the event, and even helped present Freeman's award.

"We wanted to honor her tonight for everything she's done for the community with Huntington Outdoor Theatre," said See. "She has been contributing to the community with the theater for 20 years."

Even as the theater ended its 20-year run last month, Freeman said she has been blessed to have many influential people in her own life that helped her realize her goals with the theater and in her personal life.

"I know I am blessed to have lots of influential women guide me in my life," said Freeman. "I love working with people who want to help people be better. That is what life is all about is influencing others and making a difference."

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