The New Bedford Women's Center honored several local supporters during its annual meeting Tuesday evening that have greatly contributed to its mission. 

Senator Mark Montigny was honored with the Outstanding Community Partner Award for his continued support of the Women's Center throughout his years on Beacon Hill.

Most recently, Montigny earmarked $100,000 for the Women's Center to use for training and prevention education in schools and across local communities.

Women's Center executive director Pamela MacLeod-Lima said the senator not only marked the state funds but worked hard to secure them.

"He not only got this through the Senate, he then shepherded it through the conference committee and managed to pull off an override of the governor's veto," MacLeod-Lima said. "This was not just 'I'm gonna put this in and it's all done.' This was some real work."

Montigny remarked that the staff of the Women's Center were the real heroes and made a true difference to women and children in the community seeking help.

"This room is an example of why it takes a village and this is a village that's saving lives everyday and I greatly admire you for that," Montigny told the audience.

Also receiving recognition was New Bedford Police Chief Joseph Cordeiro for his nearly 10 years on the Women's Center Board of Directors. Cordeiro was given the Roberta Hirsch Service Award, an award not given annually, for his dedication to the Center and commitment to continue while serving as chief.

BayCoast Bank was awarded Best Corporate Sponsor for their sponsorship of the Women's Center's annual golf tournament, their largest fundraiser. Kelly Taylor was awarded Volunteer of the Year.