Joanne Ely of Delevan and vice president and general manager at M&T Bank in Springville is one of nine area women honored as Women of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Western New York.

Ely has been with M&T Bank for over 24 years and has helped her customers with getting through fraud, contacting the Better Business Bureau, buying their first homes, purchasing vehicles, working on college savings and more. She has organized events such as Relay for Life and is known for playing her character of Bugs Bunny at the community children's Halloween parade she directs every year.

She was also a Sunday School teacher for many years and taught Sign Language to the children and youth in the church. She also serves as an active board member for the Springville Chamber of Commerce and as an active volunteer for Kingdom Bound Ministries, where she assists at Christian concerts.

Ely participated as a volunteer assistant Troop Leader for her daughter's troop for 13 years. She also became active in volunteering for the Cub Scouts and later for the Boy Scouts. Ely obtained M&T Bank's Chairman's Club Highest Sales Rank in 2016 and the President's Council Highest Rank in 2012.

Women of Distinction is the Girl Scouts of Western New York's all-girl run signature fundraising event where nine local women throughout Western New York are honored for their strength in character, dedication to community service and commitment to mentoring and encouraging girls and young women.

Girl Scouts of Western New York will recognize nine honorees at the 2017 Women of Distinction Dinner and Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21 at the Mary Seaton Room, Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle in Buffalo.

This event is open to the community. Tickets and sponsorship information can be found at Proceeds from this event benefit programming for girls throughout Western New York.