The Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Iota Chapter held its bi-annual Women of Valor Scholarship Luncheon June 23 at His Lordship Restaurant in Berkeley.
About 300 people attended the event, which honored civic leaders and recognized two local high school graduates with scholarships.
“This is our third Women of Valor event. It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate women that make contributions in their respective communities and generate funds for our scholarship program,” said Irene Trotter, the sorority’s business manager.
Contributions of 11 civic leaders were celebrated: Barbara Becnel, President of CommunityOne World; Joan Carpenter, District Coordinator for Supervisor John Gioia; Peppina Chang, CEO of Richmond College Prep Charter School; Maxine Fisher, Secretary, Coronado Neighborhood Council;
Diane Holmes, City Clerk, City of Richmond; Tina Landry, First Lady Independent Community Church; Margaret Peterson, Board Member, St. Columba Catholic Church; Intisar Shareef, Professor, Contra Costa Community College; Rosa Tyner, Community Leader/Activist; Marilyn Warren, Corporate Treasury Vice President, Bank of America; Dorothy M. Williams, Nurse Anesthetist.
Honorees received certificates of recognition from Congressman George Miller, Assemblymember Nancy Skinner and Supervisor John Gioia.
A scholarship was awarded to Brandie Bowens, a graduate of Heritage High School in Brentwood, who received the Helen Hawkins Scholarship for Leadership. Samiaya Bradford-Lathan, a graduate of Saint Mary’s College High School Oakland, received the Jernice Poole-Smith Scholarship for Academic Achievement.
Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Inc. is a national business and professional organization founded in 1945 in Los Angeles. The Iota Chapter was chartered in San Pablo in 1962.
Kia Croom is a contributing writer for the Richmond Post.