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Ingrid Croce was honored as the Spirit of the 2012 San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony at Liberty Station on March 10, 2012.

Croce is a self-made entrepreneur, restaurateur, author, publisher and philanthropist. She opened Croce’s Restaurant in memory of her late husband, Jim Croce, in the mid 1980s — a time when downtown San Diego was in need of development. Not only has she expanded her restaurant, but she is also the owner of Avalanche Records and Books, authored books, raised thousands of dollars for life-threatening diseases, contributes to programs that help victims of abuse, and has been instrumental in lending a hand to the music and arts scene. Croce’s visionary work in the development of our community is one of the reasons she has been chosen for this award.

Croce joined five other San Diego women in receiving acknowledgement of their contributions to the community. This year’s inductees include:

Anne Hoiberg is being inducted as a courageous and generous “activist.” She has been published hundreds of times, including two books — “Women and the World of Work” and “Women as New ‘Manpower’” — which discuss women’s health, women in the military and domestic violence. Hoiberg has held leadership positions in many local, national and international organizations including League of Women Voters, Women’s Political Caucus, American Association of University Women, and National League of American Pen Women. She was invited by NATO to lead an international symposium, Women and the World of Work, in Portugal. Hoiberg has received awards for her work with the United Nations Association.

Barbara Bry is an entrepreneur who is being inducted as an "Empowerer of Women.” Bry is the co-founder of Atcom, but also the creator of Run Women Run, which focuses on electing pro-choice women in San Diego. Bry is also a board member of the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation, the San Diego Jewish Women’s Foundation, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, and a lifetime board member of Connect. As a way to further empower the girls and women in her community, she also serves as a mentor at the University of California, San Diego’s Rady School of Business and an advisor to the UCSD Entrepreneur Challenge.

Lynn Schenk, selected as a “Trailblazer,” is courageous, fearless and pushes for what she believes. As a lawyer, Schenk co-founded the Lawyers Club of San Diego, and works to eliminate gender bias in the law in such areas as community property, credit, and marital equality. Also, Schenk was the first woman elected to the United States House of Representatives representing the San Diego area. Following her position in the House, Schenk worked under Gov. Gray Davis as his chief of staff, and was responsible for increasing the number of women and people of color on the bench.

Makeda Dread Cheatom, director of the World Beat Cultural Center, is being inducted as a “Culturally Competent” woman. The center has been incredibly successful in providing a stage from which women can rediscover themselves and build self-esteem through music, dance, and art. Her selfless acts of kindness and volunteerism have touched many lives in the San Diego community. Her fight for equality through the expression of music and culture is not only inspirational but also vital to many people’s lives.

Jane Booth (1921–2008) has been selected as a "Historian,” and was directly responsible for preserving and archiving thousands of photos into numerous collections that are easily accessible to the San Diego community. Booth took it upon herself to tell the story of women’s history in San Diego through these photos that are kept in the San Diego History Center. Through her hard work and dedication, the history center is able to maintain these 2.5 million photos, and her legacy lives on with numerous photos being added. Booth was honored posthumously.

In 2001, the four co-hosts of the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame organized the first Hall of Fame event at UC San Diego to honor and acknowledge women who have significantly contributed to the quality of life and have made outstanding volunteer contributions in San Diego County. The Women’s Hall of Fame is a collaboration between the Women’s Museum of California, the women’s studies department at San Diego State University, The Women’s Center at UC San Diego, and the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. The ongoing goal of the Women’s Hall of Fame is to recognize and celebrate women’s authentic contributions.

Leslie Lopez from KUSI-TV emceed the evening program, and Justice Judith McConnell served as the induction officiant. Other prominent guests included Congresswoman Susan Davis, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and Debra Reed, CEO of Sempra Energy.

Details about the 2012 Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner are posted on the Women’s Hall of Fame website, womenshalloffamesd.org

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