Luncheon to honor three Springfield women

Dr. Pam Cross Young, Joy Fagan and Alicia Sweet Hupp will be recognized as this year’s Extraordinary Women of Clark County at the “Celebration of Extraordinary Women” spring luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7 at the Hollenbeck Bayley Creative Arts and Conference Center.

“It will be a very uplifting, powerful event,” said Cathy Crompton, chair of the Women’s Partnership Fund. “It’s a chance to recognize lots of women and the Partnership Fund, which is helping make a difference through philanthropy.”

This is the third year for the event, which recognizes local women in a variety of professions.

Young is a Springfield resident and assistant professor in the School of Education and Health Sciences at the University of Dayton. A lifelong educator, she spent nearly 25 years as a teacher and administrator in the Springfield City School District and later the Ohio Department of Education.

Fagan is the founder and President of SiFi Minstry, Inc. and the Safe Harbor House, a non-profit organization helping women face a variety of life issues. She is a graduate of Cedarville University, where she spent several years as a speaker.

Hupp is the President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Sweet Manufacturing. A Springfield native, she graduated from North High School and Wittenberg and has been active in numerous local organizations and boards.

The guest speaker will be Sally Crane Cox, founding Board Chair of the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Neenah Ellis, the General Manager of WYSO Public Radio for the Miami Valley.

While three professional women are being recognized, three other young women from Project Jericho will also be involved, taking pictures and sharing their art. It’s a chance for them to learn from strong role models.

Crompton emphasized the event is open to everyone.

“You don’t have to be a woman to join us,” she said. “People from all different professions will be there, and there will be a lot of networking opportunities.”

Crompton said the event will also be a good chance to learn about the Women’s Partnership Fund, which is focused on helping Springfield area women fulfill their potential.

Tickets cost $40 each. Anyone interested should RSVP by Thursday. For more information, call 937-324-8773.