LA CRESCENTA — One young woman had to overcome physical and emotional abuse to get her life back and the other spent most of her youth helping others.
On Wednesday Soroptimist International of the Verdugos recognized them both for their achievements.
Sarah Burell, 28, received the organization's Women's Opportunity Award, which recognizes women who reclaim their dreams, said Nancy Hathaway, the organization's charter president and co-founder.
Karla Bernabel, 17, was given the Violet Richardson Award for outstanding community service and volunteerism, Hathaway said.
The award recipients, their friends and family and members of the Soroptimist chapter gathered at the T Room in Montrose for an intimate and quaint ceremony that hid the struggles and efforts of Burell and Karla.