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Carmen Sarro Award presented to Pamela Ripling

Volunteer who oversees Circle of Hope fundraisers is honored with Zonta Community Service Award

Posted: March 30, 2013 10:00 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2013 10:00 p.m.

Nominees for the Carmen Sarro Award are (front row, left to right) Cathie Rydall, Molly McCarthy, Cheryl Phillips and Pamela Ripling, (middle row, left to right) Sue McCabe, Irene Thomas-Johnson, Adele Macpherson and Sue Smyth and (back row, left to right) Michelle Jenkins, Cindy Bernsdorf, Sue Endress, Cyndi Diaz and Karen Schnurr.

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Pamela Ripling, who oversees Circle of Hope’s three signature fundraisers in her volunteer position of event coordinator, has received the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award from the Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Ripling was selected from a slate of 14 women nominated by SCV nonprofit organizations for the honor at Zonta’s annual Women in Service brunch held at Robinson Ranch Country Club in Canyon Country.

All 14 nominees were honored during the program before Sarro’s daughter, Christine Sexton, announced the winner and presented the award to Ripling.

A Zonta committee selects the Carmen Sarro winner each year as the nominee who best epitomizes the commitment to volunteer service that Sarro maintained throughout her lifetime.

"We are pleased that 14 diverse organizations submitted nominees this year, representing thousands of hours of community service," said DaAnne Smith, event chairwoman. "It is evident when going through the applications that the Santa Clarita Valley is blessed with many giving women."

With this year’s brunch, Smith said the Zonta Club of SCV has been honoring service to the community for 29 years and found it appropriate that the top award honors Carmen Sarro, who shared her time and talents with many community organizations in addition to Zonta.

Sarro was a longtime SCV volunteer. She died in 2003.

Ripling was nominated by Circle of Hope, Inc., where she serves as secretary and, more recently, event coordinator, overseeing Circle of Hope’s three signature fundraisers.

She was instrumental in putting together the organization’s successful 2011 Holiday Gala, which brought new supporters and ultimately expanded the number of people touched by Circle of Hope.

Ripling has been an active volunteer since moving to the SCV in 1985.

In addition to her busy life as a wife, mother of three and prolific community volunteer, she operates her own data processing company and is a published author.

She also volunteers for SCV schools, the American Cancer Society, SCV Education Foundation and Literacy & Arts Festival.

She has been an English tutor at College of the Canyons since 2011.

Before Ripling was announced as the Carmen Sarro Award winner, emcee Carol Rock introduced each of the 14 honorees, saluted the organizations that nominated them and presented each with a nominee’s award.

Each honoree received a yellow rose corsage, the symbol of friendship for Zonta International.

More than 125 guests attended the Saturday morning program.

The 14 outstanding women saluted at this year’s ceremony, and their nominating organizations, are: Julie Benson, Single Mothers Outreach; Cindy Bernsdorf, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles; Cyndi Diaz, Soroptimist International of Santa Clarita; Sue Endress, Rotary Club of Santa Clarita Valley; Michele R. Jenkins, College of the Canyons Board of Trustees; Irene Thomas-Johnson, Child & Family Center Foundation.

Also Adele Macpheson, Domestic Violence Center of SCV; Sue McCabe, American Association of University Women; Molly McCarthy, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley; Cheryl Phillips, Assistance League Santa Clarita; Pamela Ripling, Circle of Hope, Inc.; Cathie Rydall, SCV Senior Center; Karen Schnurr, Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley; and Sue Smyth, Henry Mayo Home Tour League.

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