For 25 years, the YWCA has saluted the best and brightest women in central Ohio.
On Wednesday, at the Women of Achievement Award luncheon, six more received the honor, 10TV's Andrea Cambern reported.
Audrey Tuckerman is Vice President of Investments at Merrill Lynch.
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She has been recognized for her skills in the business world, but
on Wednesday she was honored by the YWCA for her work in the community, Cambern reported.
Tuckerman was one of six chosen for the annual Women of Achievement award. Her connection with the Y began 18 years ago.
"My mother-in-law, Judy Tuckerman, was very involved with the Y and actually asked me to go to the Women of Achievement luncheon," Tuckerman said. "And so I went to the luncheon and was in total awe of these women and their accomplishments and I said to her, I'd like to get involved."
Tuckerman began by helping to raise money for the Y.
After she became a board member, she worked to build the YWCA Family Center which provides temporary shelter for homeless families, then helps find them permanent housing.
"We said 'We have to do this,'" Tuckerman said. "Central Ohio is way too strong a community to have homeless families treated the way they are."
A mother of three, Tuckerman teaches her children that it is our obligation to help others, Cambern reported.
"So I've really tried as a mom from the youngest ages to get my kids involved in community," Tuckerman said. "When we were building the family center, my kids would stand on the corner and do lemonade stands and raise money."
The family center helped 650 families last year, Cambern reported.
For her part in healing a community, the Y recognizes Audrey Tuckerman as a Woman of Achievement.
Each of the winners of the Women of Achievement award is as extraordinary as Audrey Tuckerman. The other six are Mary Cusick, Lisa Hinson, Teresa Long, Linda Stoverock and Tei Street.
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