2006 Fundraising

"Salute the Irish!" on 3/17/06 honored Therese “Terry” Hennessy with the “Making a Difference for Women Award.”

This fundraiser was dedicated to the Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center. The Jeannette Prandi Children's Center is our permanent project. A major portion of all of our fund-raising efforts support this child-friendly, state of the art forensic interview center for sexually abused children.

Our two additional beneficiaries are the Pickleweed Park Community Center, and the Marilyn's Fund and the Penny Jay Fund for breast cancer victims. Pickleweed Park Community Center in San Rafael has gone through a major renovation. Our donation from this event helped to sponsor an area where children can improve their educational skills through tutoring programs, library services and technology access. The Marilyn Fund provides up to $300 for breast cancer victims to pay for wigs, prostheses and examinations. The Penny Jay Fund provides free mammograms.

We are grateful to our many sponsors who made our event a huge success.

Here is where the money went:

  • $25,000 to The Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center
  • $23,000 to Homework Center at Pickleweed Park
  • $2,500 to Marilyn’s Fund
  • $2,500 to The Penny Jay Fund

Honoree - Terry Hennessy

Honoree - Terry Hennessy

The Women Making a Difference Award, formerly called the Women of Distinction Award, honors women who have made outstanding achievements in their professional, business or volunteer activities. Awardees have demonstrated exemplary character, integrity and leadership; and, have been visible and vocal in their field. Their activities relate to at least one of the following areas: economic and social development, education, environment, health, human rights/status of women, and international goodwill and understanding.

Terry Hennessy is simply a remarkable woman, who serves as a shining example of one woman who makes a difference for many women. Terry is the legislative analyst for the Marin Builders Association, the chair of the Marin Economic Commission, a published writer, the mother of three, the grandmother of nine, past Mayor of Tiburon, and best of all, a member of Soroptimist International of Marin County, and our current President.

Terry lives everything that the Making a Difference for Women Award stands for. For years Terry has been tirelessly committed to aiding women and girls who struggle with alcoholism and recovery. Her endless support to promote change and success for these women and girls, and their well-being reflects her spirit, vision and leadership. Terry has always been dedicated to serving others and inspiring others to do the same.

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