Three accomplished women well-represented the Glendale Soroptimists’ “Live Your Dream” theme at the 12th annual Accolades Luncheon at the Glendale Hilton.
These “dreamers” were presented with awards, certificates and their tables’ centerpieces of spring flowers on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, with nary a shamrock or glass of Guinness present. Soroptimist President Liz Mirzaian welcomed her audience of approximately 70 members and guests. Preceding the luncheon, Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian offered greetings from the city.
The awards presentation was deftly handled by Accolades Program Chairwoman Lou Rhodes. Dr. Carol Ann Burton, a mother of four daughters, was awarded the Ruby Award that represents women making an extraordinary difference in the lives of women and girls. Burton is an obstetrician and gynecologist who now devotes her career to teaching. She is a clinical associate professor at USC School of Medicine. Burton is a member of, and the immediate past president of, the YWCA of Glendale’s 2011 board of directors and has numerous other community volunteer titles to her name. Another claim to fame is having delivered Mayor Najarian’s son, Alexander, 16 years ago. Hizzoner was quick to acknowledge Burton for that accomplishment.