JANESVILLE - Nominations are now being accepted for the 45th annual Women of Distinction and Young Women of Distinction Awards. The awards recognize women who have made significant impacts in our community.

An independent panel of community members, past recipients and YWCA board members select the award recipients. To be eligible, nominees must live, work or volunteer in Rock County.

Recipients will be honored at the annual Her Night to Shine gala, which will be held April 23 at the Pontiac Convention Center in Janesville. Proceeds from the gala benefit the YWCA's empowerment center and transitional living program, Transitions.

Forms are available at www.ywcarockcounty.org. Nominations must be received by 4 p.m. on Jan. 28. For more information, contact Jennifer Draz at 608-352-2014.