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Soroptimist International of Muskogee will present Colleen A. White with its Violet Richardson Award, which honors young women for volunteer action. Ms. White, a 17 year old Eufaula High School senior, will receive a $500 award at the awards banquet to be held at 6 p.m. March 6 at Cowboy’s BAR-B-Q in Muskogee.
White is an active volunteer with the Gospel Rescue Mission where she volunteers monthly. She cooks and serves food to the homeless at the mission. She also helped organize the group, “Priceless”, through the New Community Church. Organized in 2013, it is focused on preventing sex trafficking and supporting those who have been rescued. They planned a rally for 2014 to help raise awareness and invited a spokesman from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics/Human Trafficking Division to present a program discussing the issues of sex trafficking.
White will now advance to the Soroptimist South Central Region District II level, where a $1,000 Violet Richardson Award recipient will be selected. At that level, an additional $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the recipient to her volunteer organization. The program culminates with a $2,500 award to the finalist’s volunteer organization.
Founded in 1952, Soroptimist International of Muskogee is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Muskogee members join with almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women. In addition, the club participates in Soroptimist International of the Americas’ major service project, the Women’s Opportunity Awards program—cash grants for women seeking to improve their economic situation through additional training and/or education.