Soroptimist International of Alvin presented over $10,000 in grants to community organizations that benefit women and children.

SIOA presents awards, grants at luncheon

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Grants, scholarships and awards were given by the Soroptimist International of Alvin (SIOA) members during their End of Year Luncheon on June 21.

SIOA awarded a total of $10,800 in grants during the event. The grants went to the Alvin High School Close Up, ARC Gulf Coast, Brazoria County Alliance for Children, Coat Coalition Communities in Schools, Crossover in Christ Mission, Hand in Hand Child Development, Hope Dental Clinic, Imagine Enterprises Thelma Ley Anderson Family of YMCA and ACC Upward Bound.

“These organizations provide needed services to women and children in our community,” SIOA President Lorilyn Wynn said. “We are pleased we can provide that assistance.”

SIOA helps women in other ways by supporting educational endeavors that foster economic independence and stability and a higher quality of life.

The $700 Live Your Dream Award went to Alvin Community College student Crystal Correa, of Alvin. Correa was also awarded District III scholarship for $1,500 and then won a $6,000 scholarship during the South Central Regional Soroptimist conference.

There were four runner-up in the Alvin Soroptimist Live Your Dream competition including Neisha Pander, of Alvin, Mandy Jordan, of Santa Fe, Megan Brewer of Alvin and Ma Vega Campos of Webster. Each received $500.

The $500 PathFinder scholarships for ACC students were also awarded to Bridget Moore, Pander and Correa. High School recipients included Kyli Bingham, Bridget Byrd, Joyce Ellis, Anna Rader and LeAnn Thai.

During the event, SIOA also recognized local women who have made a significant impact on the organization and community.

This year’s award recipients included Ann McGilvray, who was named Volunteer of the Year, and Gay Williams, who was honored as the Woman of Distinction for 2016.

SIOA participates in Men Who Cook in order to provide grants for local groups and help women directly with scholarships and resources for other needs.

Chartered in 1984, SIOA is part of an international volunteer group and composed of local business and professional women with the desire to help improve the lives of women and children.

For information about becoming a member, e-mail Lorilyn Wynn at [email protected]

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