Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area announces awards – The News Herald
The Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area announced the winners of the following awards:
- Emily Lloyd of Brownstown Township was the recipient of the Sondra Robin Award and received a check for $500. Lloyd was a senior at Woodhaven High school and a member of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and served as secretary, vice-president and is the current president. Under her leadership the club was able to obtain a grant from S4SD (Strive for a Safer Drive) to present a program to prevent impaired and distracted driving. Another program they started is the “Blessed Box” to help combat food insecurity. This cabinet (box) is located at the back of the school parking lot and is a mini- pantry that allows anyone in the community who needs food to have immediate and direct access. Lloyd will be the first person in her family to attend college when she attends Wayne County Community College. After obtaining her associates degree she plans to attend Wayne State University and study to become a pediatrician. Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock area donated $250 to Woodhaven’s SADD club in honor of Lloyd.
- Kim Allen and Charity Bronson, founders of the Downriver Foster Closet, won the Women of Distinction Award, which recognizes women who help to improve the lives of women in their communities. After months of planning they started the Downriver Foster Closet, a place to give critical items at no cost to families caring for the state’s most vulnerable children. The Foster Care Closet provides essentials families might need such as formula, car seats, clothing and shoes for infants and children up to eighteen years of age. The closet accepts new and gently used donations. A goal this year is to provide a bike to each foster child. A $500 donation was given to the foster closet. For more information or to set up an appointment to donate, call 734-493-6763 or email email@example.com.
- Avia Frazier, a student at Wayne County Community College, received first place for the Live Your Dream Award. She is pursuing an associate’s degree in applied science and received a check for $1,500. Frazier’s educational goals are to first obtain her nursing degree, and work in a hospital while completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She ultimately wants to become a cardiologist. She is an ordained minister and feels that this will enable her to bring comfort to her patients. Gaining an education has not been easy for Avia. She is a single mother of two children and has faced homelessness three times. She said sleeping from house to house was difficult because people did not want them to stay for long periods of time. “My faith in God, prayer, and singing to my children has gotten me through these tough times and this money will help me with school and other necessities,” Frazier said.
- The second place winner of the Live Your Dream Award was Natalie Tye. She received a check for $1,000. Tye is pursuing a degree in psychology and is a sophomore at Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. After graduate school her goal is to become a psychologist, counseling individuals with mental illness and disabilities. She has been a direct care worker for over twelve years and loves working with people.
- Sharlee Anucinski was awarded the Doctor Virginia Wagner Education Award, which honors the efforts of women attending college. Recipients must be working toward obtaining a bachelors, master, or doctoral degree in her chosen field. Anucinski will graduate this year from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in education. Her goal as a teacher is to do more than simply educate students, but to be a guiding hand in helping them achieve their goals. Anucinski received a check for $1,500.
For more information about Soroptimist International of the Flat Rock Area and its programs, email Dianne Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.