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On the Town: Soroptimists grant 'Gifts of the Heart'; Armenian Relief Society gives gifts

December 25, 2012|By Ruth Sowby
  • Presenting a grant for Tech Trek was, at left, Soroptimist member Paula Devine to American Assn. of University Women's Laura Guillory.
Presenting a grant for Tech Trek was, at left, Soroptimist… (Courtesy photo )

"Gifts of the Heart" was the theme of Glendale Soroptimists' Grant Presentation Luncheon. The Glendale Hilton in its holiday splendor was the setting for over 100 members and guests welcomed by President Gayle Craig on Thursday (Dec. 20). At each table setting was a small rounded plastic heart tied with a red bow. Service Grants Committee member Janet Hamilton said the hearts represent "how much we appreciate your [charity] organization and how much we want you to succeed."

Fourteen organizations succeeded in snagging cash awards to the tune of $16,775 in total grants given by the generous Soroptimist ladies. Each grant was in the vicinity of $1,000. The first grant went to the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women. Commission Chairwoman Denise Miller accepted the award from Soroptimist member Lilit Aladadyan. More commissioners present at the luncheon were Vice Chairwoman Lynda Burns and Commissioner Paula Devine. The grant will fund the Commission’s Camp Rosie, focusing on the self-development and enrichment of girls in middle schools and high schools in Glendale.

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Another grant was given to a program of the Glendale American Assn. of University Women (AAUW). Physicist and AAUW member Laura Guillory accepted the award from Soroptimist member Devine that will fund the Tech Trek science summer camp for girls. The program is close to the heart of Glendale Water & Power analyst Lana Haddad. Her daughter Janet Haddad-Lott, 13, was a participant this summer. She received a scholarship to Tech Trek that offers a one-week immersion into science and technology for girls from Wilson and Toll middle schools. Haddad-Lott is a Wilson student. She plans on becoming a marine biologist, largely due to her experiences at Tech Trek. The program is funded by the AAUW and the Glendale Soroptimists.

Glendale Healthy Kids’ Executive Director Sharon Townsend Roth accepted a grant on behalf of the organization. Soroptimist member Susan Hunt presented the award and announced that the funds would go toward expensive asthma medication for girls. Glendale Healthy Kids serves 2,200 hundred children in Glendale. The organization’s clients have little to no medical or dental insurance. Fifty percent of the participants are girls and young women. Roth remarked that Glendale Healthy Kids will begin a program to help women veterans.

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