Soroptimist International of Lodi presents awards

From left: Krista Keaney, Maria Martinez and Jennifer Higgins were recently presented awards by the Lodi Soroptimists.

Soroptimist International is a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. The Lodi chapter presented two $1,000 Live Your Dream Awards to Maria Martinez and Jennifer Higgins. The awards ceremony took place on March 26, 2015 at Temple Baptist Church in Lodi.

Each year, the Soroptimist International’s Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million worldwide in cash grants to head-of-household women returning to school. Recipient Maria Martinez, a mother of three, will use the award to complete her bachelor’s degree in organizational behavior at the University of the Pacific.

Recipient Jennifer Higgins, a mother of two, plans to use the award for her Associate Degree in nursing at Modesto Junior College.

Krista Keaney received the Ted Lacy and Lloyd Hill Memorial Awards. These awards are given in honor of the husbands of long-time Soroptimist members Bev Lacy and Pat Hill. Krista is the mother of two. She returned to school to pursue a degree in biology at Consumnes River College.

Autumn Pacheco received the Brenda Kosaka Memorial Scholarship. Autumn attends Menlo College in Atherton majoring in sports management and is a member of the women’s wrestling team.

Jaclyn Smith-Ortiz, from U.S. Congressman Jerry McNerney’s office presented each of the award recipients with a certificate of recognition for their awards, one from Congressman Jerry McNerney and the other from Senator Cathleen Galgiani.

Soroptimist International of Lodi is a non-profit organization that relies on charitable donations and local fundraisers to support its programs and welcomes new members. For more information, visit or or email

— Source: Bev Lacy

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