Annual Awards Dinner


Soroptimist of Visalia holds awards dinner

Local organization honors community leaders and students in the name of empowering women

Visalia, CA: Today, Soroptimist International of Visalia announces their annual awards dinner will be held on February 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Visalia Convention Center. This honors the women, men and organizations who work to improve the lives of women and girls in our community. The evening will honor the College of the Sequoias Giant Pantry as an organization making a difference in our community along with other community notables such asFamily Healthcare Network President and CEO, Kerry Hydash as well as Read for Life founding member Susan Graves.

In addition, the event will acknowledge scholarship recipients. The Mary Line Sharing Hope Award is a monetary award given in memory of a long time Soroptimist and community volunteer Mary Line. This year’s recipient is Celene Aragon — College of the Sequoias student working toward transferring to obtain a bachelor degree in social work.

The Live Your Dream Program offers a unique scholarship of cash grants of $1000-$3000 to deserving women who are the primary providers for their families. Unlike traditional scholarships, these funds may be used for anything that will assist the woman in pursuing her educational or training goals, including — but not limited to — tuition and textbooks, child care, transportation, or other household expenses. This year’s recipients are Caitlyn Dudek, Michelle Jaramillo and Twyla Dixon. Dudek and Dixon are students at College of the Sequoias while Jaramillo attends Fresno Pacific University.

The evening will conclude with the presentation of special award given to Mary Ontiveros, a Soroptimist member since 2008 who has excelled at furthering the organization’s mission through her work in the club and the community.

Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls. Participation in the Live Your Dream Program is just one way Soroptimist of Visalia furthers that mission.