Patricia Ray received Zonta’s 2016 Women of Achievement Award. She has been a nurse, a lawyer with the Limbaugh Firm and a long list of services to the community. More than 500 people came to Ray’s Plaza Conference Center in Cape Girardeau as the Zonta Club presented its 12th annual Women of Achievement Awards. The event, which was sold out, honors local, professional women in the community. It also serves as the club’s largest fundraiser. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to three people: Mary Greaser, Naomi Newman and Mary Scherer, the three founding members of the Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau. The Celebration Award went to Megan Boudreaux, founder of Respire Haiti, an organization that provides education, medical care, discipleship and community outreach in Gressier, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The other nominees for the Women of Achievement Award were: Dr. Kate Barnette of the Center for Orthodontics; Charlotte Craig, former director of the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center and longtime volunteer with the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri; Elizabeth Gray of Realty One Associates; Sandy Hastings, owner of Servpro of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties; Brenda Newbern, executive director of the Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau; Michelle Outman, president of h.o.w.? Ministry and Kathy Smith, owner of Extra Hands Inc.