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Soroptimists celebrate women

Awards presented by Greater SCV chapter at luncheon

Posted: April 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 12, 2012 1:55 a.m.

City Councilwoman Marsha McLean, left, presents Shari Frazier and Lil Lepore, of Vino 100, a certificate of recognition from the city of Santa Clarita. Frazier and Lepore were named winners of the Ruby Award.

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Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley presented awards and scholarships to winners of a variety of annual awards during a recent luncheon held at the Tournament Players Club in Valencia.

Lil Lepore and Shari Frazier of Vino 100 in Valencia were named winners of the Ruby Award.

The Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional or volunteer work.

Award chairwoman Pam Jaffke presented the award.

“Lil and Shari have generously given of their time and resources to nonprofits in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Jaffke. “They have tirelessly worked many events and donated their time, their employees’ time and their wine. They are an outstanding example of women helping women.”

The Jacquie Petersen Award, which presents dance scholarships to deserving students, was presented to four students: Rachel white, Monica Bowcott, Karen Sanchez and Kimberly Ochoa.

The award was named for Petersen who raised the money for the award by her participation in Dancing with Our Stars.

Chairwoman of the award, Dora Zavala called Petersen to the podium to help make the presentations.

Petersen attended the event and was visibly moved to be able to present dance scholarships in her name.

“If I could afford to give dance scholarships to every student who need one I would,” said Petersen, as she fought back tears.

The Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place.

Chairwoman Suzy Hanna presented the award to Audrey Abergel.

Abergel, a senior at Valencia High School, earned her scholarship award for raising funds to help the people of Darfur.

Ann Piscitello, chairwoman of the Women’s Opportunity Award, presented the $1,000 cash award to Lisa Prather.

The Women’s Opportunity Award is presented to a woman who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills, and employment prospects

Prather was selected from 10 applicants. She has three children, two with autism and applied for the award to help her return to school.

“This will help so much and I want to thank the Soroptimists for this award,” she said.

Soroptimist International is an international organization of business and professional women with the goal of improving the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

For more information about Soroptimist International of Greater SCV visit or email



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