The Women’s Employment & Resource (WERC) announces its eleventh annual WERC Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 6, noon, at Radisson Hotel & Conference Centre in Utica. Dr. Laura Casamento, President of Utica College, is the event’s keynote speaker. Mary Jo Ferrare, Regional Director of the Workforce Development Institute, will be honored with WERC’s Luminary Award which is given annually to a community member who has helped women advance in the workforce. The Zonta Club of Utica will be recognized with the WERC Partner Award and Shannon Holmes, Program Director for the Parkway Senior Center, will receive the WERCing Woman of Achievement Award. Beth Coombs, News Director & Co-Host of Talk of the Town on WUTQ 100.7FM, is the luncheon emcee. For reservations visit http://wineforwerc2016.eventbrite.com or call 793-9700. Wine for WERC is sponsored by PJ Green, Kay Sinclair and Fred Sadallah.