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Zonta Club

Members of the Zonta Club of Bradford celebrated their 65th anniversary at a birthday party Jan. 22 in Togi’s Blue Room. Top row, from left, are Janice Durmis, district lieutenant governor; and Bonnie Close, district governor; and bottom row, from left, Carol Ryan, Bradford president; Diane Balaban, Area 5 director; and Tammy Haley, Bradford vice president. The club will hold a public celebration of Zonta International’s 100th anniversary on July 18.

It’s been 100 years of change for women around the world.

And Zonta International — a group devoted to empowering women worldwide — has had a front seat to those changes.

To celebrate the centennial anniversary of the international group, the Zonta Club of Bradford will hold a dinner at 6 p.m. July 18 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The local club is celebrating its own 65th anniversary this year, too.

The event is also a fundraiser to benefit the Bradford YWCA Building Campaign, as well as for local Zonta scholarships.

“Zonta’s vision is to improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women globally to ensure a world where women live free from poverty, violence and inequality,” said Julie Kleinberger, Bradford Zonta centennial chair. “Our centennial event fundraiser will therefore support the Bradford YWCA and provide educational opportunities to young women through Zonta Scholarships.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Catherine Koverola, president of Pitt-Bradford and the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville. Other special guests will be Sarah Elizabeth Morris and Doga Yucalan, Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship Scholars from Cornell University.

Zonta Club is inviting the Bradford community to help celebrate. Tickets go on sale June 10 for $30 each.

A corporate table for four is $100, and a corporate table for eight is $200. Organizations will appear in the program book, on the table and in through the radio and newspaper.

Tickets can be purchased in Bradford at Northwest Bank, both 33 Main St. and 950 E. Main St. locations in Bradford; Heartstrings at Bradford Regional Medical Center, 116 Interstate Parkway; and Santo Vida Wellness Center, 9 Derrick Road, Suite 3.

People who want to attend can also obtain tickets from any Zonta member or by mail at: Zonta Club of Bradford, PO Box 743, Bradford, PA 16701.

Also, raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each for a catered meal for up to six people, courtesy of Chef Ben from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Raffle tickets for gift baskets will be $1 each.

For 65 years, the Zonta Club of Bradford has taken on numerous service projects to further the club’s mission.

In its 2018-19 year alone, Bradford Zontians worked on numerous service projects in the community.

Among the projects of the Zonta Club of Bradford are the annual Queen of Hearts Card Party, which raises money for the Ruth B. Fisher Scholarship. Since 1978, the scholarship has been awarded annually to Bradford Area High School seniors and University of Pittsburgh at Bradford students.

In January, the group awarded six Amelia Earhart Awards to seniors at Bradford Area High School. The award, named after famous Zontian Earhart, is awarded to young women who have overcome obstacles. In March, Zonta celebrated Rose Day and International Women’s Day by delivering roses to 10 local women and one local man for serving as role models for women and girls.

Also during the 2018-19 year, Zonta bought and wrapped gifts for The Era’s Less Fortunate (ELF) Fund; assembled 250 birthing kits to send to developing countries; ushered for the Southern Tier Symphony; volunteered at CARE for Children; donated $250 each to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), CARE for Children and Destinations-Bradford; and talked with the director of the Bradford’s sober house for women about another service project.