Oct. 30 event to be held via Facebook Live, Zoom
By SHERI GASSAWAY
Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT), a non-profit group dedicated to helping women enter and succeed in the building trades, is hosting its 2nd Annual Tradeswomen Awards Gala on Friday, Oct. 30.
The event, which will be held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. via Facebook Live and Zoom. It will include the award ceremony and shout outs to new apprentices and those who have journeyed out into their trade.
Last year’s inaugural Blue Collar/Black Tie Tradeswomen Awards Gala sold out with some 400 people in attendance. The black-tie optional event was held at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall in St. Louis.
Since this year’s event is just one day away from Halloween, it will be called the Boo Collar/Black Tie Tradeswomen Awards Gala. Participants are encouraged to join in costume, and there will be a costume contest.
“This year has been like no other with the coronavirus pandemic,” said MOWIT President Beth Barton. “But we still wanted to recognize the hard work and achievements of area tradeswomen and honor unions, contractors and industry members who have gone the extra mile.”
NOMINATION DEADLINE OCT. 21
Award nominations will be accepted through Wednesday, Oct. 21 at noon. Incomplete nomination forms will not be counted. The award categories include:
- Tradeswoman of the Year – This award will honor a tradeswoman of a Missouri union with at least four years of experience. She has achieved a skill level respected by her peers, supervisors and the community, shows passion for her work and mutual respect for co-workers. To nominate a tradeswoman, visit https://forms.gle/26NSB1wx4Ma5SHZe7.
- Union/Apprenticeship Program of the Year – MoWIT’s goal is to honor unions/apprenticeship programs that support, advocate and sustain women in the workplace. How has this union made innovations, broken barriers and improved the status of women in the skilled trades? Make your nomination at https://forms.gle/gA7t5ENDQQpC5CZx7.
- Contractor of the Year – The group’s goal is to honor contractors who support, advocate and sustain women in the workplace. How has this company made innovations, broken barriers and improved the status of women in the skilled trades? Nominate a contractor by visiting https://forms.gle/bZm4RHihSJ6FgiGJ6.
- Lifetime Achievement/Legacy Award – This award will be presented to a tradeswoman who is a working or retired member of a Missouri union. She has mentored and dedicated her life to serving others, made significant contributions to the building trades, achieved a skill level respected by her peers, supervisors and the community and shows passion for her work and mutual respect for co-workers. To nominate a tradeswoman, visit https://forms.gle/ovRVKWF5Q3Zm8QKx6.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information and the latest updates, visit mowit.org or call 636-926-6948.