Otto will be honored along with 12 other women leaders at The Third Annual We Can Do It! Awards luncheon Oct. 17.
The 11 a.m. ceremony is set to be held in the Law Offices of Keesal, Young & Logan – 400 Oceangate Ave.
The event, sponsored by the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, honors women who have blazed new trails in their professions and whose achievements serve as inspiration for women of all ages.
“Elinor’s life and work is the continuing story of the thousands of women we now refer to as ‘Rosie the Riveters,' Long Beach City Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske said.
"These pioneering women worked on assembly lines rolling out airplanes, tanks, and military machinery to support our troops overseas during World War II."
"Women like Elinor have forever changed the way our nation views the role of women in the workplace.
Schipske is president of the Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Rosie the Riveter was the affectionate term taken from the 1940’s song, “Rosie the Riveter” and referred to all women who worked for the war effort on the the home front.
The luncheon will include a presentation about the individual honorees, entertainment from the High Tide Quartet, and gourmet menu served by Keesal, Young, and Logan’s in-house chefs.
The awards will be presented at the law offices of Keesal, Young and Logan, 400 Oceangate Ave.
Proceeds from the luncheon go to The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works on enhancing the Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center at Clark Avenue and Conant Street in east Long Beach
The Rosie the Riveter Park and Interpretive Center is the only public setting in the United States to honor the women who worked in the airplane factories in World War II. For more information call 562-570-6932. Read more about The Long Beach Rosie the Riveter Foundation here.
Also set to be honored are:
- Bea Antenore – former president of the Long Beach PTA Council where she served two terms, 75 schools, and 26,000 members. While in this position she successfully fought for school crossing guards, free fingerprinting for children, and the banning of alcohol from parks and beaches.
- High Tide Quartet – all four singers are also members of the Golden Sands Chorus of Long Beach. Kathy Mitchell (lead); Joyce Spillane (tenor); Maureen Coleman (baritone); and Lillian Zellmer (bass), have sung at a number of fundraisers, special events, and other venues throughout Long Beach.
- Public Service - Martha Thuente – Former Chair, North Long Beach Redevelopment Project Area Committee (NORTHPAC), Long Beach Veterans Day Committee Chair.
- Education - Mary Thoits – Manager, Long Beach City College Senior Studies, teaches World Affairs, WWII Women’s Air Force Service Pilots.
- International Trade - Doris Topsy-Elvord – First African American Woman to serve on: Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and Long Beach City Councilwoman (6th District); First Justice of Peace Commission (Archdiocese of Los Angeles), co-founder of the African-American Heritage Society of Long Beach, and serves on various non-profit boards.
- Healthcare - Lillian Lew – Families in Good Health Director (St. Mary Medical Center), former Indo-Chinese Refugee Employment Project Developer (State of Hawaii), former LULAC Headstart Community Analyst (Long Beach).
- Historic Preservation – Kaye Briegel – California State University of Long Beach Oral Histories
- Arts and culture -- Karen Harper -- Oral History Project, Hmong Association of Long Beach, Historical Society of Long Beach.
- Non-Profit Leadership – Shirlee Jackert – Executive Director, Camp Fire, USA.
- Corporate Leadership -- Connie Turner – Public Affairs Regional Manager, Southern California Edison.
- Local Business Leadership -- Mary Lynn Sophiea – Owner, Baja Sonora Mexican Restaurants.
- Volunteerism -- Mary Alice Braly – Rancho Los Alamitos Trustee, 49ers Foundation Board of Directors, Steel Magnolias.