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Rep. Napolitano Honors 2011 “Unsung Heroines” Women of the Year

May 9, 2011
Press Release

(Santa Fe Springs, CA) On Saturday, May 7, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano honored 21 women who had been nominated by volunteer organizations for exemplary service as the 2011 “Women of the Year” at a ceremony at Santa Fe Springs Town Center Hall in Santa Fe Springs.

“These remarkable women work tirelessly to improve our community through their volunteering,” Napolitano said. “They rarely receive acknowledgment for time put in behind the scenes, but their impact is deeply felt by all of us who are helped by their efforts. This award is a way to express our gratitude and say thank you to these outstanding women.”

“I’m honored to be recognized among such extraordinary women,” said Mia St. John, former female world champion boxer and mental health activist who was the keynote speaker at the event. “Their hard work and dedication to others truly is an inspiration.”

“I am actually speechless for the first time in my life,” said Monica Malooly, who was nominated by St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Pomona. “I feel honored, blessed, and so proud to be part of my community.”

Each woman had their name submitted by their volunteer organization or community group which felt their contributions deserved special recognition. Napolitano gave out the awards and thanked each woman personally.

The 2011 Women of the Year:

Reverend Jan Chase, City of Pomona – Pomona

Belen Chavez, Pio Pico Women’s Club – Pico Rivera

Marilyn Curtis, Fost Grandparent Program/SYCRCC – Norwalk

Jazmin Garcia, East Los Angeles Residents Association – East Los Angeles

Mary Eva Gomez, St. Hilary Church – Pico Rivera

Marian Guerrero, LA CADA – Santa Fe Springs

Irma Hernandez, Happy Years Senior Club – Montebello

Lihua Huang-Brawley, Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple – Hacienda Heights

Yumei Lu, Buddha’s Light Hsi Lai School – Hacienda Heights

Monica Malooly, St. Joseph Elementary School – Pomona

Patricia Martin, Norwalk Presbyterian Women – Norwalk

Rocio Ortega, Garfield High School Army JROTC – East Los Angeles

Marie Osenenko, Silver Years Club – Montebello

Laura Ramirez, Eastmont Community Center – East Los Angeles

Mary Sabin, Department of Parks and Recreation – Pico Rivera

Irma Schub, Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels – City of Industry

Rosemary Shannon, Soroptimist International of Norwalk Inc. – Norwalk

Suzana Tapia, City of Pico Rivera – Pico Rivera

Ana Valencia, Norwalk Lions Club – Norwalk

Dede Vidales, Garfield Alumni Foundation Inc. – Montebello

Angelina Waites, Palomares Community Center – Pomona



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