Wednesday, June 29 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) – One by one, each of the award winners took the stage as part of the Marjaree Mason Center 2021 Top Ten Professional Women.

The 38th annual event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the organization – celebrating women from different backgrounds and industries while honoring the great work being done in our community.

Marjaree Mason Center CEO Nicole Linder said this year’s slate of nominees all showed a deep investment in their field and as role models.

“We are doing this during Domestic Violence Awareness Month because it is also an opportunity to raise awareness,” she said.

Each winner was nominated by community members and reviewed by a panel of judges.

Action News presenter Graciela Moreno served as emcee while actress and author April Hernandez-Castillo shared her personal story of survival as this year’s keynote speaker.

“Particularly this one talked about teen dating violence and I think most people think of domestic violence that happens between a married couple. But that’s the furthest thing from the truth. “said Lindor. “It happens in any relationship and the rates with teens are actually higher than adults, so I was really grateful to April Hernandez-Castillo for wanting to speak up and share her story today.”

The Central California Food Bank was named a “Leading Company” at the special event.

Co-CEOs Kym Dildine and Natalie Caples co-starred for the charity which helps 350,000 people each month.

“We don’t do the work for recognition, but it’s good that someone said that the Central California Food Bank needs to be recognized for the work it does and that it is run by two passionate women and dedicated, ”says Caples.

Every dollar raised Thursday will go to emergency programs at the Marjaree Mason Center.

ABC30 was proud to be a sponsor of the event.

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