The Woman Today magazine welcomed more than 200 guests to the Greysolon Ballroom on Thursday, April 4, for the third annual Rosie Awards: Recognizing Women as a Driving Force event.

Duluth Media Group Advertising Director Megan Keller opened the evening, and Annie Lepper of MPECU (the presenting sponsor for the Rosie Awards) followed with remarks. This year’s keynote speaker was Deb Otto. Magazine account executive Ali Comnick announced each winner and read the submission statements from their nominators.

With $5 of every ticket sold going to Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center, organizers were able to raise over $1,000 for the nonprofit.

In-depth stories on the Rosie Award winners can be found in the June issue of The Woman Today magazine.

Kimberly Stokes poses with the Rosie Award after accepting it at Greysolon Ballroom. Tyler Schank /


Rosie Award

Kimberly Stokes

Most Engaged Volunteer

Laura Plys

Silent Advocate

Alisha Blazevic


Crysta Reeves


Suzanne Ross


Erin Pepelnjak (Erin was unable to attend the event.)

Guests listen as Duluth Media Group Advertising Director Megan Keller welcomes them to the 2019 Rosie Awards at Greysolon Ballroom. Tyler Schank /

The Woman Today, established in 1996, was purchased in late 2015 by Forum Communications Company, which also owns and the Duluth News Tribune.