Soroptimist honor Women’s Opportunity Award recipient on International Women’s Day
March 12, 2012
TRUCKEE, Calif. – Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner presented a $1,700 Women’s Opportunity Award to help a Truckee woman improve her economic situation through additional education and training. The awards were held March 8 at Zano’s Restaurant in Truckee on International Women’s Day – the day celebrating women’s contributions to society.
Tamara Fadel, 47, will use the cash award to continue at Sierra College and plans to transfer to Chico State to complete her bachelor’s degree to major in social work. Once she completes her studies, Fadel, a breast cancer survivor, plans to counsel individuals and family members who are completing their journey through hospice.
The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist International of the Americas’ major service project. Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner is one of 1,500 clubs that make up Soroptimist International of the Americas, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. The Women’s Opportunity Awards program provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.
This program, which begins on the club level, was created in 1972 to help women improve their ability to provide for their families. Each year, more than $1 million is provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $15 million in Women’s Opportunity Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women throughout the countries served by Soroptimist International of the America’s.
Fadel will now advance to the Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.
“I discovered late in life the value of an advanced education but hope to prevent the same situation for my daughter’s future. We are all looking forward to my career advancement as my education progresses. The Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award would certainly be a big help in covering some of my costs as I attempt to work my way back toward the top,” said Fadel.
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The Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner chose Fadel because of her incredible story, strength, optimistic attitude, her 4.0 grade point average and the excellent recommendations she received. Fadel has been raising her daughter and step-grand-daughter and working a full-time job while attending school.
Founded in 1971, the Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Truckee Donner members join with almost 100,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women. In addition to participating in the Women’s Opportunity Awards program, Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner participates in the Violet Richardson Award as well as offers scholarships to female Truckee High seniors and assists the community on numerous projects throughout the year. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, call President Lil Schaller at 530-550-5007.