The group said it chose DiFiore, a Bronxville resident, in part for her “special concern for domestic violence victims and her significant measurable contributions to the quality of life for Westchester women.” She will join a list that includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey, famed caterer Abigail Kirsch, actress and activist Ruby Dee and former Republican Assemblywoman Cecile Singer.
A posthumous hall of fame award will be given to Karen Z. Bell, who worked for more than 20 years as a court-appointed law guardian for children. Bell helped to create the Moderate Means Panel at Pace Women’s Justice Center where lawyers work agree to work for reduced pay to help struggling women.
WREF also will recognize 66 young women in Westchester who were chosen for college scholarships totaling $205,500.