Soroptomist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, will present two special awards at a ceremony April 10.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drivein Lake Oswego. The public is invited to attend.

The club will give a $500 Women’s Opportunity Award to Sarah Tedrick, 29, of Canby, to improve her economic situation through additional education and training. Tedrick will use the award to fulfill her transfer requirements at Clackamas Community College, subsequently transferring to Marylhurst University while maintaining her psychology major and preparing for the masters in art therapy program. Once she completes her studies, Tedrick, a domestic abuse survivor and sole provider for her three children, plans to become a child therapist using art concepts to develop recognition, reconnection and life skills for troubled youth.

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptomist International of the Americas’ major service project. The organization is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Tedrick will now advance to the Soroptomist Northwest Region level, where one recipient will receive $5,000. The program culminates with three finalists receiving$10,000 awards.

The Lake Oswego/West Linn Soroptomists chose Tedrick because of her determination and optimistic attitude, her 4.0 grade point average in college and the excellent recommendations she received.

Also at the awards ceremony Samantha Wong will receive the club’s Violet Richardson Award, which honors young women for volunteer action. Wong, a 17-year-old Lake Oswego High School junior, will receive a $250 cash award for her involvement with several organizations. She created a Red Cross youth club at LOHS and spearheaded a fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy. She coordinated fire safety presentations at four of the Lake Oswego elementary schools. Wong volunteers as a tutor at Buckman Elementary School in Portland and created a program to teach clarinet and flute lessons after school by borrowing LOHS instruments to give students an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise.

Wong is most passionate about her work with Catholic Charities at Kateri Park, a low-income apartment complex in Portland, which is home to refugees from Somalia who suffered tragedies in their homeland when civil war broke out in 1991. She is in charge of “Get Artsy,” which allows young Somalian children to express themselves by working with clay, feathers, glitter or just drawing using supplies donated by Catholic Charities.

Wong will now advance to the Soroptomist Northwest Regional 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.

To learn more about Soroptimist International of Lake Oswego/West Linn, call club president Joanna Williams at 503-656-2107.

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