Kitty Van Bortel, President of Van Bortel Auto Group and Deborah Hughes (CRCDS '87), Executive Director of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, received the Helen Barrett Montgomery Women of Vision Award at CRCDS on October 6, 2016. This award, given to women in leadership who embrace and promote the empowerment of other women, was presented during a luncheon as part of the school's Fall Lectures.
Kitty, a well-recognized role model for businesswomen in the greater Rochester area and throughout the nation, was selected as TIME Dealer of the Year in 2016. Committed to giving back to the community, The Van Bortel dealerships sponsor Camp Good Days and Special Times, the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Rochester Women's Foundation, the local chapter of the National Liver Foundation, AIDS of Rochester, Quad A for Kids, American Heart Association, Pluta Cancer Center, local Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, Pet Pride of New York, and Mercy Flight. A board member of the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Kitty has worked closely with Deborah in their shared passion to empower and inspire women.
Deborah leads the effort of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House to interpret the legacy of the great reformer to inspire and challenge individuals to make a positive difference in their lives and communities. She works to preserve and share the National Historic Landmark that was Susan B. Anthony's home and headquarters. As such, she oversees programs to collect and exhibit artifacts related to Susan B. Anthony's life and work, offers tours and develops interpretive programs for individuals and groups.
An ordained minister, Deborah has provided leadership for hurricane relief teams in New Orleans, flood relief in Iowa, and participated in peacemaking trips to El Salvador and the Middle East. She is a strong advocate for human rights and equal opportunities for all, especially those who suffer discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or economic circumstances.
Dr. Barbara A. Moore, Director of the Program for the Study of Women and Gender in Church and Society and Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology at CRCDS presented the awards.