Soroptimist’s Celebration of Service recognizes Nevada County organizations |

Soroptimist’s Celebration of Service recognizes Nevada County organizations

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Soroptimist International of Grass Valley held its first ever Celebration of Service on Thursday, May 23, at Club 141 in Grass Valley. President Gale Pylman, President-elect Judy East, committee chairs and members of the women’s and youth outreach committees presided over the presentation of cash awards and certificates.

The organizations applied for the awards, then each committee evaluated the projects for which the funds would be used and selections were made.

The Women’s Outreach Committee gave awards to Community Recovery Resources, which were received by Ariel King-Lovett and Cindy Santa Cruz-Reed.

Brandy Kolmer accepted the award for Western Sierra Medical Clinic (Miner’s Family Clinic).

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition (DVSAC) Executive Director Gail Guest Brown told the crowd that in addition to the award, immediate past President Heather Smee-Fosburg and husband Gary are sprucing up part of the DVSAC’s client area.

Women of Worth was also included in the awards.

The Youth Outreach Committee was pleased to provide funds to New Events and Opportunities (NEO), accepted by Youth Outreach Coordinator Lynn Skrukrud and assistant Halli Ellis.

Directors Pat and Gary Novak of The High School Hangout at Grace Lutheran Church received Youth Outreach’s other award.

A special treat was the opportunity to hear from our 2013 vocational scholarship winners Marissa Lynn Wieliczko and Caroline MacMillen.

Both young women completed their high school requirements early and have made plans to continue their education. The final acknowledgment of community service was presented to the Newman Foundation. Betty Stiving accepted the certificate of appreciation for the foundation. For more information, visit

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