MOWIT announces 2021 Tradeswomen Award honorees

Winners will be recognized at awards gala Sept. 17

Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT) has announced the winners of the 2021 Tradeswomen Awards. The recipients will be recognized at the organization’s 3rd Annual Blue Collar/Black Tie Tradeswomen Awards Gala Sept. 17.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, organizers said.

The awards gala, celebrating tradeswomen’s achievements and the great strides made by local contractors and unions to support women in the building trades, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 Grand Hall at 2319 Chouteau Ave. in St. Louis. The black-tie optional event includes dinner, a cash bar, a quilt and 50/50 raffle and the award ceremony.

The event, which is sold out, is being held at 50-percent room capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks will be required.

“We’re requesting that all attendees wear a mask in the hall unless they are seated at their table eating or drinking or standing at the microphone,” said MOWIT President Beth Barton. “We appreciate everyone’s help in making this a safe and fun event for all.”

This year’s honorees include:

  • Brittoni Calhoun, Operating Engineers Local 513, will be honored as the 2021 Tradeswoman of the Year. MOWIT will also recognize Quiana Tate, Laborers Local 42, and Sharon Sitler, Carpenters Local 92, with honorable mentions.
  • Missouri Kansas Laborers District Council’s Construction Craft Laborers’ Apprenticeship Program will be recognized with the 2021 Union/Apprenticeship Program of the Year award.
  • KAI Build will be honored as the Contractor/Subcontractor of the Year, and Pearl Street Electric, LLC will receive an honorable mention.
  • Kevin FitzGerald, a Heat & Frost Insulators Local 1 retiree, will be recognized with the Gina Walsh Lifetime Achievement/Legacy award.

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