Glendale philanthropist Cathy Zappala said she works hard to give back to her community because she knows what it is like to grow up in a low-income household, and she knows the struggles many families face on a daily basis. A longtime volunteer and business woman in Glendale, Zappala was among a group of women honored Sept. 22 at the Hilton Glendale for her community leadership during the Women Extraordinaire: Celebrating 20th Anniversary event.
Zappala was one of the top 20 achievers recognized by the family-run Business Life magazine, which began honoring women that display leadership in philanthropy and business in 1990. An additional 19 winners were announced as the top achievers for 2010.
"She's so deserving," said Donna Hekler, Zappala's longtime friend and fellow volunteer. "She's not usually recognized for all that she does with charities. She's a great businesswoman too."