YWCA names Elba vet the Fabulous Female of the Year
YWCA of Genesee County has announced this year's Fabulous Females recipient.
Beth Allen, DVM, of Elba, has been chosen for her courage, dedication and willingness to share her life's experience with the community.
The yearly award goes to a woman who has given exemplary service and has served as a role model through personal or professional endeavors. Allen fit the bill through her work as a veterinarian and animal advocate and her volunteer work as facilitator for a bipolar support group at Mental Health Association in Genesee County.
A victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse, Allen has dealt with her own mental illness, including bipolar disorder and depression.
"I believe with all my heart I am here for a purpose," Allen said. "And to pass on as much as I can about what I learned through all this to others going through recovery from trauma or mental illness."
She has also been active in Crossroads of Harmony, as a photographer and artist.
The 14th Annual Fabulous Females brunch is set for noon Nov. 17 at Batavia Downs on Park Road. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the event includes a delicious sit-down meal and white chocolate raspberry torte.
The event will serve to honor Allen and offer some inspirational moments from guest speakers Diana Beechler, of Oakfield, who will give an update on how she is recovering from a horrific farm accident and Melinda Rath Sanderson, who heads the Women's Business Center at Canisius College.
Tickets are $25 each or $160 for a table of eight. For more information or to reserve seats, call 343-5808.
Congratulations Dr Beth. Thank you for all the cats you had spayed and nuetered for me! You are an awesome lady and I wish you all the best. Wish I could have been there.