Seven local women received the 2009 Making a Difference for Women Award from Soroptimist International of San Diego on April 4.
The fundraising event, themed "Up, Up & Away," was held at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. A fashion show featured spring trends from Macy's.
The Making a Difference for Women Award honors women who work to improve and significantly impact the lives of women and girls, and inspire and encourage other women.
The 2009 honorees were: Dr. Viola Frymann, founder and director of Osteopathic Center for Children and Families; Kim Gibbens, director of the San Diego Center for the Blind and Vision Impaired; Tracy Jarman, fire chief, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department; Kim Morgan, executive director of YMCA Youth and Family Services; the Rev. Canon Mary Moreno-Richardson, coordinator of Hispanic Ministries and director of Guadalupe Art Program; Shannon Thompson, founder and director of Shakti Rising; and Joan Wyllie, founder and chief executive officer of Nine Girls Ask.
The 37th annual event raised more than $20,000, which will benefit young women recently emancipated from foster care with mentoring, housing and education; head-of-household women improving their employment prospects with education; and local and international projects helping women and girls.