The top leadership development organization for girls in Mississippi, Girl Scouts of Greater Mississippi, held its annual Women of Distinction award ceremony to honor seven outstanding women, including two W alumnae.
The Women of Distinction ceremony held last September celebrated women of courage, confidence and character who have shown a desire to give back to their communities.
Residential and commercial interior designer Mary Ann Petro, was honored for her continued focus on creating beauty throughout the Southeast. Her awardwinning work has allowed her to receive the Alumni Achievement award from The W and Who's Who of Interior Design.
Petro's most notated achievement was the design of her home garden "Swan Lake," which placed her in the Garden Club of America Collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Her work also has been featured in several well-known magazines including Mississippi Magazine, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles and Bespoke International. When she is not designing for clients, she makes room in her schedule for philanthropy. She has served on the Red Cross and Jackson Symphony League boards and the Trust Board for Baptist Hospital.
Maggie Lampton, also a recipient of the Women of Greater Distinction award, was honored for her involvement in many community and church projects.
Lampton was the former president of the Junior League of Jackson, which is Mississippi's largest nonprofit organization that focuses on volunteerism and improving the quality of life in the community. As president, she secured partnerships with the Cancer League and Art for Heart.
Her volunteer work has spanned from her high school years as a nurse's aid to her adult life as a preschool and youth Sunday school volunteer. Like Petro, Lampton has also served on multiple boards including First Presbyterian Day School, Jackson Preparatory and Palmer Home.