The Oakland Soroptimists' 2016 Awards Tea in February was a day of education awards, honors, community grants and celebration! Club members gathered at the historic Camron-Stanford House on Oakland's Lake Merritt and shared afternoon with the award winners.
A very special 2016 Ruby Award was presented this year to The Honorable Nancy O'Malley, District Attorney of Alameda County. In presenting the award, SI Oakland Club President Cheryl Poncini commented on Nancy's work on many fronts, including her groundbreaking work on human trafficking.
Jill and Joan Barcelona, the 2012 recipients of SI Oakland's Violet Richardson Ward Awards - when they were seniors in high school -- spoke about how the awards for community service made a difference in their lives. The twins are both set to graduate from UC Berkeley this year! The 2016 Violet Richardson Ward Award was presented to Taniya Bazille in recognition of her community service while in high school. Taniya started college in another state this spring so her mother accepted the award on her behalf.
The 2016 Live Your Dream Award from SI Oakland was presented to Jennifer Cumbie, who is working to finish her college degree while raising her young daughters. The SI Redwoods club presented its Live Your Dream Award to an Alameda County area applicant whose identity we are keeping private because of her personal situation. She is working to become a physician while helping to support her family.
This year's Community Grant Award was presented to A Safe Place, a local women's domestic violence shelter. Carolyn Russell, the organization's Executive Director, accepted the award.