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Outstanding women to be celebrated
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This year's Outstanding Women are Darlene Barber-Martinez, Olga Valencia Castañeda, Domenica Escatel, Margaret Hunter, Lisa Mantarro Moore, Susan Rich, Sue Richardson, Alana Scott, and Jessica Self. Betty Jean Reynolds will be honored as a Living Pioneer Woman and Patricia "Patty" Bettencourt Tharp will be honored as a Woman of History. Outstanding Young Woman honorees are Vanessa Astorga, Kiana Engel, Allison Jensen, Mehr Sahota, and Katherine Swartz.

Awards will be presented Saturday, March 10 at the Stanislaus County Commission for Women's 39th annual dinner, held at the Assyrian Cultural Center of Bet-Nahrain, 3119 Central Ave., Ceres.

The event begins at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The awards program gets under way at 7 p.m.

Cost is $45 per person, and pre-paid reservations are required. Contact Jennie Sweeney 404-4414 or or e-mail Details are also available online at

The Stanislaus County Commission for Women is an independent, nongovernmental organization to promote within the community an awareness of issues that concern women.