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November 15, 2012

She's an inspiration

State's first female U.S. attorney tells local girls to reach for goals

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“Attorney Ortiz, with her background, hard work and success, epitomizes what our mission is — to create an environment where girls can learn to see their true potential through education and experience,” said Robin Whitson, executive director of Girls Inc.

Ortiz has served since 2009 as Massachusetts’ first female U.S. Attorney. Last week’s event was Nov. 8 at the Renaissance Golf Club, 377 Kenoza St. The celebration also kicked off a money-raising effort by Girls Inc. to help low-income girls become members or participate in club activities. More information is available by calling the club at 978-372-0771 or at the club’s website — girlsinchaverhill.org.

The event also honored three women from the community. Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien, a registered nurse/case manager for Merrimack Valley Hospital and Haverhill’s only female city councilor, received the “Bold” award. Molly Sullivan Sliney, a two-time Olympic fencing winner and educational/motivational speaker to children, received the “Smart” award. Penelope Guerrero Perez, a member of the Girls Inc. community and a shoe designer for the successful Timberland brand, received the “Bold” award.

Guerrero Perez, with tears in her eyes, talked about the confidence that Girls Inc. developed in her when she was a young participant at the club. She summed up the event by holding up a sign that displayed, in big bold letters, the words “Don’t quit.’’

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