Honorees 96-year-old Tao Portion-Lynch and 95-year-old Nancy Fitch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Special Tribute Honorees 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

On Friday, March 27, 2015, 96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch received a Special Tribute from the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF) at their 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Awards and Scholarship Luncheon at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Tarrytown. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Elise Finch, meteorologist for WCBS-TV. Camille Failla Murphy, Executive Director of WREF, did so much to make this event happen. She couldn’t be in attendance and we hope she feels better.

The Hall of Fame acknowledgments are made to women who have made an outstanding contribution to Westchester County in any one or more of the following fields: the arts, athletics, business, education, government, human services, humanitarianism/philanthropy and sciences. This year’s inductee was attorney Barbara Finkelstein. She is the first female CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, the largest provider of free legal services to low-income and underserved people in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Marlene Furick, Former Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau, presented the Special Tribute to Nancy E. Fitch, the first African-American, and the first woman, to hold the post of City Clerk of Mt. Vernon.

Carolyn Glickstein – who nominated Tao – presented the Special Tribute to Tao who was spoken of as “master Yoga teacher, author, businesswoman and social activist.” Tao received the beautiful blue Tribute plaque, as well as TWO framed Proclamations. Westchester County Legislator Michael B. Kaplowitz declared Saturday, March 28, 2015 “Tao Porchon-Lynch Day.” Tao’s name will be displayed on the Westchester County Center’s outdoor message marquee so be sure to check that out! (If you do, please take a picture and send it to info@thetaoexperience.com). Tao delighted the audience with her remarks – including a short story of her World War II days from her upcoming autobiography, Dancing Light: The Spiritual Side of Being Through the Eyes of a Modern Yoga Master. Check back here for a video of her remarks.

March 28, 2015 is Tao Porchon-Lynch Day in Westchester County

March 28, 2015 is Tao Porchon-Lynch Day in Westchester County

The Women’s Research and Education Fund was established in late 1989 because of the anticipated effect on programs and services that social chances and downsizing would have on women and children in Westchester County. Women comprise 53% of the population of the county and by the year 2000 comprised 50% of the workforce. WREF accumulates studies, analyzes and distributes information concerning the present and future status of women. It promotes the interest of women nationally with particular emphasis on the women and children of Westchester County. It encourages, and assists women to develop their skills and talents through education and training.

The event was sponsored by Avon Products, Inc., College of New Rochelle, Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Group, Stock Family LLC, Stop & Shop, Visiting Nurse Services of Westchester, Inc., Where There’s a Woman, There’s A Way, and an anonymous sponsor.

Check out some of the pictures. Be sure to come back later for the video of Tao’s remarks…

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis acknowledging the honorees at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis acknowledging the honorees at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

95-year-old Nancy Fitch making remarks after receiving her Special Tribute at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

95-year-old Nancy Fitch making remarks after receiving her Special Tribute at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Anveeta Jagasia receiving scholarship from the Women's Research and Education Fund at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Anveeta Jagasia receiving scholarship from the Women’s Research and Education Fund at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, and 95-year-old Nancy Fitch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, and 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Tao Porchon-Lynch, Nancy Fitch and Family at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch and Family at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Alfreda A. Williams, 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and 95-year-old Nancy Finch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Alfreda A. Williams, 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95-year-old Nancy Finch and granddaughter at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch and granddaughter at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95-year-old Nancy Finch and Cheryl Lynn Brannan at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, 95-year-old Nancy E. Fitch and Cheryl Lynn Brannan at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Cheryl Lynn Brannon and 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Cheryl Lynn Brannon and 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Luncheon in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein and Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame - 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein and 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame – 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein and Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein and 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, Tao Porchon-Lynch and Rick Glickstein at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, 96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch and Rick Glickstein at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Tao Porchon-Lynch with Attendees at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with Attendees at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with attendees at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, Tao Porchon-Lynch with scholarship awardee Anveeta Jagasia at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, 96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with scholarship awardee Anveeta Jagasia at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

96-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, Veena Jagasia and Carolyn Glickstein at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch, Veena Jagasia and Carolyn Glickstein at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kennedy at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Carolyn Glickstein, 96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch and Teresa Kennedy at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with her Special Tribute from the Women's Research and Education Fund - 03/27/15

96-year-old Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch with her Special Tribute from the Women’s Research and Education Fund – 03/27/15

Acknowledgment Letters for 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Awards

Acknowledgment Letters for 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Awards

Acknowledgment Letter and Proclamation for 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame Awards

Acknowledgment Letter and Proclamation for 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Awards

Special Tribute to Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame and Scholarship Awards in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

Special Tribute to Tao Porchon-Lynch at the 31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame and Scholarship Awards in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

31st Annual Women's Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY - 03/27/15

31st Annual Women’s Hall of Fame in Tarrytown, NY – 03/27/15

Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy of www.IAmPowerLiving.com and www.PowerLivingMedia.com.

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