By: Abigail Richards
The first-ever Granite State Beacon Awards were given out recently and are awarded to women who work to improve opportunities for others, while serving as positive role models. The Boston Globe reports the award was given out to two influential women in New Hampshire
According to the news outlet, Florence Wiggin and Jennifer Turco Beaudet were the first recipients of these recognition awards. The duo beat out 35 other women nominated for the award by members of U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta's Women's Advisory Committee.
Wiggins, who runs an egg business in Stratham, New Hampshire, was selected for the award due to her community work. She volunteers with the Stratham Community Church and sings on the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus Band, while also serving on the Stratham Library's centennial committee.
Beaudet was awarded the honor for overcoming many hardships including beating cancer and being a victim of domestic abuse. She now works to help women who have undergone similar struggles deal with the challenges they come with.
"For some women, success is measured by professional accomplishments and advancement in the workplace," Guinta said during the awards ceremony, according to the news outlet. "For others, it's offering a helping hand to neighbors through civic and charity work. For many women, success includes raising happy, confident and proud children and nurturing them along the path to adulthood. Because of the many contributions made by Florence and Jennifer, New Hampshire is a better place to live, work and call home."
Bedford Patch reports other nominees come from a variety of career paths, including business executives, artists and small business owners.
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