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La Jolla Soroptimists’ fundraising luncheon surpasses goal

The Soroptimists of La Jolla awards luncheon, held March 28 at the Holiday Inn Express, surpassed its fundraising goal, according to luncheon chairwoman Jas Grewal.

The event raised more than $6,000 for the club’s community service projects, which promote and support women and girls.

The luncheon, attended by approximately 100 people, was made possible by the many sponsors, including Holiday Inn Express, Indigo Cafe, Patty’s Linen Rental, the La Jolla Shores Hotel and the La Jolla Village Lodge. The catering, linens and banquet room rental were all donated.

The club gave out its Violet Richardson, Women’s Opportunity and Making a Difference for Women awards during the event.

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The Violet Richardson Award winner, Emily Roberts, was presented with a $500 scholarship and $250 toward her selected charity, The Miracle League of San Diego, a baseball league for physically and mentally disabled children. Roberts is a senior at Canyon Crest Academy and is a varsity rower. She will attend college in the fall and has narrowed her choice to three universities.

The Violet Richardson Award is a program that recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts and recognizes and honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17.

The Women’s Opportunity Award winners were first-place winner Myeisha Thomas, who received $2,000, and second-place winner Marcia Rodriguez, who received $600. Thomas is in her final year of the nursing program at UCSD.

Rodriguez is attending college and aspires for a career in fashion design. The program is designed to benefit women who are entering the work force or higher education for the first time. Applications for the award were submitted in the fall, and a panel of judges from the community chose recipients from many qualified applicants.

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The Making a Difference for Women Award was presented to Deborah Lindholm, who was given $1,000 to benefit her organization, the Foundation for Women. Her organization is dedicated to eliminating global poverty by creating and funding microcredit programs globally and locally.

Locally, the microcredit program is reaching San Diego women and families living below the poverty line. This award recognizes a professional woman in the community whose professional and personal life has contributed greatly to the advancements of women and girls.