The Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
"Helping Women Achieve Independence"
“It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself.”
- Eve Reeves
Recipient of the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines. Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped to plan this fund to assist other mature women make it through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the fund has assisted more than 35 women with grants ranging from $500 to $2000. Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse, some are single mothers, some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees, and some are on the verge of becoming homeless.
All recipients are facing similar challenges to those Virginia faced. The members of Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in her name.
2009 Virginia Wrage grant recipients (l-r) are
Terry Tindell, Janelle Seitz, Christianne Cardriche
and Sylvie Griffith. With them are
Foundation President Jo Ann Rodriguez (far left)
and Alicia Estrada (front), committee chair
Grants are distributed once a year in December. Maximum grant amounts have been increased to $2000.
Virginia Wrage grants are funded through our Foundation.