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Sonya Gettinger is presented the Woman of the Year Plate. From left to right are BPW President Tina Suarez, Ann Chappell, Jessica Koelling, Gettinger, and Joyce Courter.

Sonya Gettinger Named Centralia BPW Woman Of The Year

By Bruce Kropp

"It is my pleasure to announce the 2012 Woman of the Year Sonya Gettinger," Anne Chappell said to a loud cheer from those attending the annual Centralia Business and Professional Woman's Club "Woman of the Year" Award Breakfast Sunday.

Gettinger, who has owned Hollywood Hair for the past 18 years, had come to the Sunday breakfast with her employees to be honored for their work in raising money for the Mental Illness Research Foundation. "I knew when I came there was a lot of whispering going on at work.  I thought something was up, but I wasn't quite sure what it was.  Then when they started talking about everything we all had done, not just what I had done, I figure it was us, it was me," said Gettinger.

Gettinger says she most proud of her staff and customers for getting involved in helping the community. "The thing I'm most proud of is a lot of young people work at Hollywood Hair and they all love to give back to the community, as well as I do, so it was a great team effort where everyone came together for a good cause for all the charities we've been involved in," said Gettinger.

Gettinger estimates during the past six years they have raised $50,000 first for the Relay for Life and later for the Mental Illness Research Foundation. In addition, Gettinger and her employees were honored for their help to the Humane Society, the BCMW Toys and Coats for Kids program, fill the bus school supply drive and assistance to Heritage Woods and Centralia Junior High Students.

Gettinger was nominated for the award by her employee Jessica Koelling.

The annual Woman of the Year Breakfast kicks off a week full of activities for the Centralia Business and Professional Woman's Club. 

Click here to see photo gallery of the BPW Woman of the Year presentation. 

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