The Soroptimist International of Glendale held its 14th Annual Accolades Luncheon on March 21 at the Glendale Hilton. Three women were honored at the event, themed We Honor With Heart.
The Ruby Award, given to women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls. This year’s honoree was Lisa Hineman, a nurse practitioner who has tirelessly advocated for cancer patients and their families by serving as a board member or officer for many organizations. Her current position is clinical operations director for the Los Angeles Cancer Network. She is also a licensed pilot and an active member of the Flying Samaritans.
The Violet Richardson Award is named after one of the organization’s founders and is given to a student who is involved with volunteering in the community. This award comes with a cash grant for the student and their charity. This year’s recipient is Sarah Magee, a senior at Clark Magnet High School, and her charity is Ascencia.
“All my work pays off daily, and I hope to continue to volunteer for the rest of my life,” said Magee. Representing Ascencia was Elizabeth Tasmeer.
The Women’s Opportunity Award is given to a woman who is the primary breadwinner for her family and is also going to school to make a better life for herself and her family. This award comes with a cash grant as well. Yadira Sanchez, a student at Glendale Community College with two young boys at home, is the recipient this year. She plans to attain a degree in social work with the hope of being able to serve children and families more effectively.