Published: Mar 07, 2013 4:09 PM EST
Updated: Mar 07, 2013 4:12 PM EST

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Seven Collier County women were honored Thursday for their contributions to Southwest Florida.  The Naples chapter of the American Association of University Women held a luncheon at Grey Oaks Country Club with about 200 people in attendance.

The women have made significant contributions to the community through their philanthropic efforts.  AAUW honored the women in the month of March because it is Womens' History Month, a time set aside to highlight the role women have played in making the world a better place.

The 2013 Women of Achievement are:

Carole Beauregard for her work with the Shelter for Abused Women and Children, the Knights of Columbus and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr. Lois Bolin for her role as co-founder of Naples Backyard History and her tireless advocacy and promotion of the history of Naples and Collier County.

Debra Frenkle for her vision as founder of Freedom Waters, a Naples non-profit that provides adaptive sailing programs for people with special needs.

Dianne Mayberry-Hatt for her leadership of the Education Foundation of Collier County in a new vision, "Champions for Learning".

Jeanne Nealon for her role as the co-founder of Laces of Love, providing new shoes for disadvantaged children in Collier and Lee Counties.

Dr. Dee Pearlmutter (posthumously) for her commitment to the women of Collier County through Planned Parenthood, Haddassah, Democratic Women's Forum, Greater Naples Leadership, Shelter for Abused Women and Children and the League of Women Voters.

Pat Smart for her major fundraising role for the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida.