Cheryl Crowe of Westfield Named as an Unsung Heroine

Boston --- Cheryl Crowe was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2019 class of Unsung Heroines. Senator Donald F. Humason Jr. (R-2nd Hampden and Hampshire) recommended Ms. Crowe for this recognition because of her vast amount of work for the community in Westfield. Ms. Crowe was honored with 130 other Unsung Heroines in a ceremony on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 from 1-4 p.m., in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.

Ms. Crowe served in the United States Air Force for 10 years. In the past decade, Ms. Crowe has been heavily involved in: the restoration of Hampton Ponds Park, serves on the City of Westfield Planning Board, was both Vice President and President of the Hampton Ponds Association, and is the current Treasurer of the ArtWorks of Westfield Inc.

While working with city of Westfield officials, Ms. Crowe organized volunteer work in Hampton Ponds Park to create a safer and updated area for the community by: getting new lights installed, creating a drug free zone, raising money for new playground equipment, restored the unmaintained tennis courts, and installing a memorial plaque.

During her time as Vice President and then President (from 2010 to 2019), Crowe completely restored the Hampton Ponds Association Community Building and brought the non-profit back to financial stability with the assistance of the CPA Treasurer.

Recently, Crowe worked alongside metal artist Sebastian Glebocki to create an art installation to celebrate the city of Westfield’s 350th anniversary. Serving as the current treasurer for ArtWorks of Westfield Inc., Crowe has notably worked alongside a naval female veteran artist in creating a Veteran’s Mural and a ceremony downtown, which is the first of its kind in the city of Westfield.     

“Cheryl Crowe was a natural choice for the Unsung Heroine Award” said Senator Humason. “She epitomizes the ‘volunteer spirit’ and consistently demonstrates her love for her community. I am proud to nominate her this year.”

The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t make the news, but make the difference.  They are the women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contribution.   

The ceremony included a program emceed by MCSW Chair Nina Kimball, acknowledging each of the 2019 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo, Senate President Harriette L. Chandler and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. The ceremony was followed by a group photograph and a “Just Desserts” reception.

A complete list of this year’s honorees is available by contacting the Commission; to request this list or for additional information please contact the MCSW at 617-626-6520 or mcsw@state.ma.us.

This event was made possible with the generous support of the following sponsors: Baystate Health, Eastern Bank, Girls Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Jacqueline’s Gourmet Cookies, Kerry Goodwin Photography, Polar Beverages, and SM Lorusso and Sons, Inc.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.

 

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Donald Humason