On April 27th, we held our most important award night of the year. We honored a Woman of Distinction, Megan Seiffert, Headwaters Science Institute, for her many years encouraging and educating youth in science. She founded the Headwaters Science Institute to encourage youth to understand and pursue science. Their mission is “ fostering curiosity through science.”

She was given $500 to donate to the charity of her choice, which was Headwaters Science Institute.

Entertainment was supplied by Coco Lowe with her brother Elliot on the guitar. Her powerful and beautiful voice stole the show!

Kim Bateman, Dean, Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee Campus, inspired us with her keynote speech which highlighted the discrepancy of wages between men and women and then shared an ancient fable about climbing a glass mountain and locating the tools or guidance to get to the top. She concluded by noting how the awards given this night helped women achieve our goals.

We gave over $27,000 in financial awards for scholarships and grants.
The Live Your Dream $10,000 was awarded to women with dependents needing financial aid to improve their career opportunities. The winners included Jazmin Garcia, Angele Marie Carroll, Christy Kathleen Goldsworthy, and Sydney Taylor.
The Career Advancement Scholarship $16,000 was awarded to women who want to improve their careers through additional education or training. Winners were Malenie Coral, Sabrina Futral, Perla Mendez Mayra Plascencia, Araceli Lopez and Jasmine Sanchez. We were able to increase the amount of money for these scholarships this year because of generous grants from Martis and the Truckee Airport District.
The Violet Richardson Award is for a high school girl who volunteers in her community. It was given to Zuridey Vazquez-Lopez from North Tahoe High School. She was given $300 for herself and $300 for the charity of her choice, which was the Humane Society of Truckee.
President, Denise Trani-Morris was Master of Ceremonies, and the event was held at the Glenshire Clubhouse.
Shirley Phalen prepared cookies for the participants to enjoy. Joan Kreamer, Pam English, Patti Conk and Kathleen Raber planned the event with Janet Sanzari helping with decorations.