Women of achievement honored in Roanoke

They spearhead community projects and advocate for women and children

POSTED: 04:48 PM EDT Oct 03, 2013    UPDATED: 05:48 PM EDT Oct 03, 2013 

They spearhead community projects, advocate for women and children, blaze new trails and ultimately make our community a better place to live. 

Thursday these women were recognized for their contributions at the DePaul Community Resources 11th annual Women of Achievement Award's luncheon at the Sheraton Inn and Conference Center in Roanoke.

One winner is a mother of 7 adopted children. She and her husband are in the process of adopting an eighth.  Tasha Eaton says she likes the children 'that no one else wants.'

"I would say the most difficult children are the ones that need the most love," Eaton said.  "It's not the same on paper for these kids. They are much better than that. They will thrive in the environment you put them in."

Eaton said she could not do it without the support from her husband and the many programs out there that have helped them.  She said their adoptive children also help each other. 

"It's a cycle of helping one another. They are all adopted or from the same background," Eaton said. "When one breaks down or gets upset all of the other ones rally around and understand. They've been in the same place."

Radford University President Penelope Ward Kyle served as keynote speaker.  She and her husband are the parents of an adoptive daughter. She also talked about her brother who was adopted.

Anchor Jean Jadhon from WBDJ7 served as emcee.

The 2013  Women of Achievement Award winners are listed below:

Arts: Ginger Poole Avis
Business: Connie Wright Stanley
Education: Nancy Oliver Gray
Equality: Marilyn A. Rigby
Foster Parenting: Tasha L. Eaton
Government / Politics: Lisa Soltis
Health / Science: Donna M. Littlepage
Human Relations: Katherine F. Walker
Law: C. Kailani Memmer
Religion: Carol F. Hipps Elmore
Social Services: Tamar Turman Wood
Volunteerism: Debbie Snead

DePaul Community Resources provides foster care and adoptive services as well as programs for the disabled.  Its mission is to transform the lives of children, adults, and families with special needs.