Maria Shriver | Honoring Women's History Month
Over 10,000 people came through the doors after it kicked off with A Breakfast Meet-and- Greet with Women Elected Officials, the day was packed with information and activity;
A tour of the State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Minerva Award Exhibit and Minerva Quilt Project Recognition, “If I Can Do It, So Can You,” panel on the rewards of being a compassionate citizen hero, Chef demonstrations and book signings, “Only in California: A Celebration of California Creativity”, Honoring Our Women in the Military and “I Did It My Way,” a Once in a Lifetime Conversation with Astronaut and educator Dr. Sally K. Ride, Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, award-winning journalist Lisa Ling and award-winning actress, singer and entertainer Rita Moreno.
Maria Shriver officially recognized the Minerva Award Exhibit at The California Museum. Among the women warriors working on the frontlines of humanity throughout California present at the event were:
· Betty Chinn, ’08 Minerva Award recipient, who works with the homeless in Eureka.
· Ramona Delgado, ’06 Minerva Award recipient, co-founder of Sacramento’s WEAVE, the first domestic violence shelter in California.
· Jennie Hernandez Gin, ’06 Minerva Award recipient, co-founder of WEAVE.
· “Sweet” Alice Harris, ’07 Minerva Award recipient, founder of Parents of Watts.
· Dr. Kathy Hull, ’09 Minerva Award recipient, Executive Director of George Mark House in San Leandro, the first free standing children’s hospice in the country.
· Sister Jennie Lechtenberg, ’05 Minerva Award recipient, founder of PUENTE Learning Center in Los Angeles.
· Janice Mirikitani, ’05 Minerva Award recipient, poet and founder of Glide Foundation in San Francisco.
· Ivelise Markovits, ’08 Minerva Award recipient, founder of Penny Lane in Los Angeles, which works with foster children and families.
· Captain Maureen Pennington, ’07 Minerva Award recipient, United States Naval nurse and health advocate.
· Christy Porter, ’07 Minerva Award recipient, Executive Director of Hidden Harvest, innovative poverty/food program outside Palm Springs.
· Helen Devore Waukazoo, ’09 Minerva Award recipient, co-founder of American Indian Friendship House in San Francisco. Services for recovering substance abusers.
Dr. Kathy Hull (left), founded the George Mark Children’s House in San Leandro, CA, the first freestanding residential pediatric palliative care center in the United States, and Captain Maureen Pennington, a United States Navy nurse, managed a string of trauma centers located 10 minutes by helicopter from the front lines in Fallujah, Iraq.
Azure Antoinette, of Get Lit, read a poem at the end of the Minerva introductions of the Minerva Award recipients and the Quilt Project recognition.
For more information and program updates, keep checking back at CaliforniaMuseum.org.
The California Museum, 1020 O Street • Sacramento, CA 95814 • (916) 653-7524
Photos | Kati Garner