Soroptimists Plan Accolades Luncheon

The Soroptimist International of Glendale will hold its 16th Annual Accolades Live Your Dream luncheon on March 19 at the Oakmont Country Club.  Three women will be honored at the event.

The Live Your Dream Award is for 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. Elaine Morales is this year’s recipient. She is a single mother with a 5-year-old son. She is currently a student at Pasadena City College majoring in business administration and plans to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona in the fall of 2016 and obtain a bachelor’s degree in business. Morales currently works part time, while attending school full time.

The Violet Richardson Award is named after one of the organization’s founders, and is for a student who is involved with volunteering in her community. This award comes with a cash grant for the girl and her charity.   Alexandra “Allie” Izzard is this year’s awardee. She is a junior at Crescenta Valley High School. She is in her 18th season with Girls on the Run L.A. and is currently serving as a junior coach at Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School. After eighth grade she became a coach and continues with her teams, guiding the girls through lessons to become a positive influence in their community and confident leaders of tomorrow.

The Ruby Award is 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 is Karyna Gonzalez. Gonzalez is the Domestic Violence Services manager at the YWCA of Glendale. Due to her efforts, the domestic violence program has evolved into a progressive and dynamic first responder and leader. The program is primed to be proactive in the area of education for prevention and implement mechanisms to counter future development of possible abusive experiences as well as providing financial literacy programming to further economic empowerment opportunities to clients. Because of these improvements, the YWCA of Glendale has greater capacity to offer more and offer better services.

For luncheon reservations, call (818) 500-8831 before March 15.