Soroptimist International Awards Martinez Women
May 02, 2016 02:07PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Award Recipients (LtoR): Amy Moran, Violet Richardson Award; Marianne Griffin, Ruby Award; Lenore Delfino, Rose Camarata Gaffney Memorial Scholarship; and Sara Bacon, Live Your Dream Award.
Soroptimist International of Martinez held its 13th Annual Awards Tea on Sunday, April 17, at Haute Stuff Restaurant in Martinez. Awards were given to young women in recognition of their accomplishments and their career goals.
The Violet Richardson Award was given to Amy Moran, an Alhambra High School senior. Amy has spent summers volunteering in Mexico with her youth group to build a home for an impoverished family. She enjoys being part of something bigger than herself to help others.
The Rose Camarata Gaffney Scholarship Award was given to Lenore Delfino, also an Alhambra High School senior. Lenore has achieved success in her volunteer work with 4H and Grange groups. Lenore learned of a need for a K9 dog for the Martinez Police Department and organized a fundraiser that brought in $13,000 to acquire the dog. She plans to further her training as a veterinary technician.
The Live Your Dream award was given to Sarah Bacon. Sarah found herself in the situation of being a single mother raising two children and recognized the need for education in order to provide a good home for her family. The Live Your Dream runner up award was given to Natalie Lopez-Schiefer, also a single mother, who plans to further her education in the accounting field.
The Ruby Award, named in memory of the first Soroptimist president, was awarded to Marianne Griffin, teacher at Alhambra High School, for her exemplary work through multiple contacts with students. Ms. Griffin is a mentor to many students each year and teaches the Leadership Class.
Each awardee was presented with a special proclamation certificate from Supervisor Federal Glover’s office. In addition to financial awards, club members presented 31 fleece blankets to Yvonne Chevalier, a supervisor for Contra Costa County Children and Family Services Department. The blankets will be given to children entering or transitioning in foster care.
Soroptimist International of Martinez is a non-profit service organization whose goal is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The club meets the second Monday of each month. For more information, go to www.soroptimistmartinez.org or call Judy Moon, 925-229-1413.