(MTN News-HELENA) Every year Salute to Women takes a moment to recognize women who make the Helena area a better place to live and are a role model to other citizens.

Laura Erikson was honored with the YWCA Woman of the Year Award at a Lewis & Clark County Commission meeting Thursday morning. Erikson is the County’s Community Development Coordinator and helps organizations like YWCA get the funding they need.

“There’s a lot of people in the community that do a lot of hard work everyday. But for them to be recognized it’s extremely special,” said Laura Erikson who is the YWCA Woman of the Year Awardee.

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Salute to Women then surprised Aimee Grmolgez at work with the Woman of Achievement Award. She was honored for providing strong public leadership and mentoring a wide range of girls and woman of all ages.

“I just feel really shocked I guess that I won. There are so many wonderful women in Helena that really give back to our community so I feel really honored that they picked me this year,” said Grmolgez.

The two women will be formally awarded at the 2016 Salute to Women luncheon on March 17th.


Reporter: Sara Stinson