In 1985, Loveman’s began a tradition of recognizing ten of Chattanooga’s best dressed women for their personal sense of style and fashion. Since those early years the award has evolved to symbolize the many extraordinary contributions women have made to our community. These women were actually Women of Distinction, too.
In 1993, the Woman of Distinction award was presented for the first time to honor women who set themselves apart through their professional achievements and civic, cultural, philanthropic, human service, and environmental commitments to the community. The late Jimmy Lou Rye chaired the luncheon which has now become a signature Spring event benefiting the work of the American Lung Association.
Over 320 local women have been honored as Women of Distinction for their achievements and accomplishments. Each of these women is unique and essential to this community as we face the ultimate challenge: to live, to grow, to inspire, and to leave an honorable legacy.
In addition, each year the Tennessee Woman of Distinction is honored for her years of distinguished leadership, volunteer activities, philanthropic work, or professional accomplishments which have contributed to improving the quality of life in Tennessee.
The Woman of Distinction is one who:
Volunteers her time to help improve the quality of life for others;
Establishes standards that inspire and encourage other women to achieve their full potential;
Provides leadership and influences decisions that shape and define our city, state, and nation.
These women give of themselves through their time, energy, and talents to make a difference in our world. They are our Wives, Mothers, Sisters, and Friends. These Women of Distinction are representative of what every woman does – juggling professional careers, families, community service, and philanthropic work.
Paraphrasing Robert Lewis Stevenson: The woman is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who as gained the respect of intelligent friends and the love of children; who leaves the world better than she found it, whether by an improved flower, a perfect poem or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of the earth’s beauty or failed to express it; and who looked for the best in others and gave the best she had.
The American Lung Association in Tennessee, the Women of Distinction Committee, all the Sponsors and supporters say THANK YOU to the many women who have been honored over the last 32 years – a huge THANK YOU for making a difference in our world.