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On the Town: Soroptimists end-of-year grants; Paula Devine's holiday party

December 25, 2013|By Ruth Sowby
  • Glendale Soroptimists grant recipients included Glendale Commission on the Status of Women Commissioners, from left, Paula Devine, Lynda Burns, Denise Miller (Chairwoman) and Seda Khojayan.
Glendale Soroptimists grant recipients included Glendale… (Photo by Ruth Sowby )

"'Tis the Season of Service" was the theme for the annual grant-presentation luncheon held by the Glendale Soroptimists. The Embassy Suites was the sweet setting for the festivities. Last Thursday, dozens of Soroptimists dressed in red gathered to celebrate the holidays and some of Glendale's outstanding do-good programs.

Susan Hunt, the organization's president, welcomed members and guests. Glendale City Councilwoman Laura Friedman offered greetings from the city. Soroptimist Sandy Schultz introduced the service grant awards with her announcement that $27,000 in grants would be awarded this Wednesday.

Earlier in the year, $21,000 had been given to the cancer services programs at Glendale's three hospitals — Glendale Memorial, Glendale Adventist and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

That totals $48,000 that Soroptimists raised from their popular "Bras for a Cause."

The most recent grant-giving included some of Glendale's worthiest programs that help to empower women and girls. Camp Rosie, sponsored by the Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, focuses on the self-development and enrichment of girls in local middle schools and high schools.

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Paula Devine, a member of both the commission and Soroptimists, said the Soroptimists had given the commission $12,000 in seed money to start Camp Rosie seven years ago. Since then, more than 300 girls have gone through the program. This year's grant was accepted by Denise Miller, commission chairwoman.

Other commissioners present were Lynda Burns and Seda Khojayan.

"Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County" also snagged a grant. This is the seventh year that girls ages 8 to 13 can take part in the celebratory 5k walk/run event. The organization's goal is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The program has a three-pronged approach that stresses self-care, the importance of good friends and making a difference in the community.

This year, the girls collected stuffed animals and food for Glendale's Ascencia, an organization that helps the homeless locally and was also a Soroptimist grant recipient. Soroptimist Joan Allan presented the grant to "Girls on the Run" and a second grant to the Glendale Unified School District. Accepting was Vickie Atikian-Aviles.

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