Callie Awards

Honoring women who make a difference

The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Callie Awards Committee are excited to present the winners for the 19th Annual Callie Awards Ceremony.

Five exceptional local women will be recognized for their excellence in their field of service on March 28, 2019 at the Historic Gettysburg Hotel Ballroom.

Cocktails at 5 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m.
$45 per person
Proceeds benefit the Callie Scholarship for Exceptional Young Women
and the YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County.
RSVP by March 15 to Nancy Lilley, 717-334-9171, ext. 115. or

Business – Wendy Allen — Wendy is a business owner and has had great success as a Lincoln artist. In 2017, Wendy organized the 100 Nights of Taps beginning Memorial Day and lasting through Labor Day at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The 100 Nights of Taps continued to be a success in 2018 and has attracted visitors from around the country and around the world.

Community Service – Faye Niebler – After teaching for 32 years, Faye has continued her dedication to help others by advocating for children, community health and welfare of seniors. Faye serves as chair for the Advisory Board of the Adams County Children and Youth Services, serves on the local Children’s Roundtable, volunteers for Ruth’s Harvest, is an active member of the Encore Breast Cancer Support Group, delivers food for our local seniors through the Meals on Wheels program, volunteers at local runs including the Encore Breast Cancer Awareness 5k, serves with the Gettysburg Area School District Alumni Association and is on YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County’s Tennis Tournament committee.

Education – Brenda Heberling- After teaching in elementary and special education, Brenda continued working for our youth by volunteering with parent support groups throughout the local school districts, the Penn Laurel Girl Scout Council and the Gettys-Trefoil Girl Scouts. Brenda was a founding member of the Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars (GADS) and for 14 years, has taken on different roles within the organization including fundraising chair, treasurer, President of the all-volunteer board of directors and chairs the Awards Committee.

Legacy of a Lifetime – Ruthmary McIlhenny – Ruthmary served on the Board of Directors with the United Way of Adams County for several years and was one of the founding members of the Volunteer Administrative Network. She was a founding member of the Land Conservancy of Adams County, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Society, volunteers with the Historic Gettysburg Adams County, the Eisenhower National Historic Site and the Adams County Literacy Council.

Young Woman – Emma Sanders – A senior at Gettysburg Area High School, Emma participates in band, orchestra, chorus, co-captain’s the Speech and Debate team, is a class officer, is enrolled at HACC and was selected for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. Emma created independent studies as part of her high school curriculum that allows her to volunteer in an elementary deaf and hard of hearing (D&HH) classroom where she works one-on-one with students. She spearheaded a D&HH Awareness Day at Nerd Herd Gifts and Games which reached out to D&HH classes in York, Adams and Franklin County.