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Women of Worth, a local charity that helps women in need get back on their feet, has received a donation of $1,500 from Newman’s Own Organics.

“This is huge for us,” said charity founder Sandy Schmidt of Meadow Vista.

Schmidt has been raising money to get an office started where she can receive women who need help and have volunteers.

Paul Newman, owner of the company that donates all its profits to charity, wrote the check and sent a letter of congratulations.

The award came through Nevada City resident Kate Frame, who is national sales manager for the company.

Frame was recognized for work going “above and beyond the ordinary” to contribute to the success of the company. It is the seventh time she has been recognized by the company according to Newman’s Own chief executive officer Peter Meehan.

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The company rewarded Frame by letting her name a charitable organization to which the company would donate money. That was Women of Worth.

Schmidt founded Women of Worth in 1999 after she struggled to get a job, housing, education and care for her children in the wake of a divorce.

Teddy Bear window winners named

Four awards have been presented for best window display in downtown Nevada City in connection with the 32rd annual Teddy Bear Convention beginning today and continuing through the weekend.

The grand prize went to Nevada City Traders, 219 Broad St.; Best Theme: Fur Traders, 233 Broad St.; Tedd’s Choice: Susan Sotelo, Network Real Estate, 220 Broad St.; The Great Beardini: Fur Traders, 319 Broad St.

The Teddy Bear Convention is from noon to 5 p.m. today and continues from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is being held at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Admission is $5; seniors and students are $3 (Good for all three days and returns). On Sunday, a family is $8 and all kids under 12 are free.

For more information, call Charles Woods at 265-5804.

Hospital plans First Aid class

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital will offer a Heartsaver First Aid class from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20.

This is a two-year American Heart Association certification that also meets OSHA requirements.

Pre-registration and pre-payment of the $50 fee is required. For more information call Educational Services at 274-6108.

– The Union staff

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