march of dimes

For Immediate Release



Michele Murphy-Hedrick, (571) 257-2303,

Christina Frederick, Sapient, (703) 908-2488,



The March of Dimes Announces Heroines of Washington Award Winners

Fashion designer Kay Unger served as Mistress of Ceremonies

Arlington, VA (November 20, 2014) — The March of Dimes announced the 14th Annual Heroines of Washington® award recipients at a black-tie gala on November 18, 2014. The event honored the significant contributions of women in the D.C. region who exemplify leadership in volunteer community service. Fashion designer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Kay Unger served as the emcee. Formerly known as Heroines in Technology, this year’s nominations were open to women in more industries and not solely those working in technology.

The 2014 Heroines of Washington winners include:

  • Healthcare Heroine Award sponsored by General Dynamics Information Technology: Dr. Joan Ritter, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • Professional Services Heroine Award sponsored by Middleburg Wealth Management: Kat Calvin, The Advisory Board Company
  • Public Sector Heroine Award sponsored by Sapient: Karen Evans, U.S. Cyber Challenge
  • Real Estate Heroine Award sponsored by Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP: Sherry Cushman, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Technology Heroine Award sponsored by MorganFranklin Consulting: Mimi Yeh, Accenture Federal Services
  • Rising Heroine Award: Angel Rich, The Wealth Factory
  • Lifetime Heroine Award: Kim Shrewsbury, United Bank

In addition to the awards presentation, more than 330 guests enjoyed the awards presentation, dinner, and live and silent auctions. The event successfully raised more than $250,000 to support local March of Dimes programs including research, community services, education and advocacy to reduce the occurrence of birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Since 2001, Heroines of Washington (formerly Heroines in Technology) has honored 87 “Heroines” and has raised over $2.2 million to support March of Dimes programs including research, community services, education and advocacy to improve the health of babies.

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Sponsors include: General Dynamics, Middleburg Wealth Management, MorganFranklin Consulting, Sapient, Womble Carlyle, Lost Note, Say Something Designs, DC Magazine, FedScoop, Federal News Radio, and SmartCEO.


About March of Dimes

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.