The Carmen Sarro Award

"for Improving the Status of Women through Community Service" 

carmensarroCarmen Sarro is the epitome of the spirit of volunteerism among Zonta members of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The award recognizes and celebrates the life of our dear member, Carmen Sarro, who had such a positive impact on the people and organizations in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Carmen was a two time president of the Zonta Club of Sata Clarita, a charter member of the Canyon Theater Guild, President of the Santa Clarita Arts Council and active in numerous charities including the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center and the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clarita Valley.

The 2018 Women In Service Celebration

Seventeen Women Honored at Women in Service Celebration Nancy Coulter, volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and a seven-year president of the local chapter, has received the Carmen Sarro Community Service Award from Zonta Club of the Santa Clarita

All nominees were honored during the program before Sarro's daughter, Christine Sexton, announced the winner.

In addition to serving as a volunteer in the local American Cancer Society office, Nancy served as the local ACS chapter's Board of Directors/ Leadership Council for two years as chair and one-and-a-half years as secretary. She also served as Volunteer Orientation Co-coordinator for six years, Daffodil Days chair/co-chair for 11 years, Los Angeles Region Legislative Ambassador for four years, a Road to Recovery driver for six years, on the Breast Cancer Committee for six years, and Leadership Retreat chair for four years. For five years she organized and facilitated the SCV Jazz 'n Blues Fund Raiser and was Survivor Art Show co-chair for two years.

Nancy has been a health fair facilitator for 18 years, lead volunteer on the Fight Back Express Bus Advocacy Event and Annual Awards Dinner Chair 12 years.  For four years she was the Chamber of Commerce Health Committee Representative and Valley Industrial Association Representative three years. She has served as Media Historian 21 years and was on the CPS3 Committee doing volunteer recruitment for testing at Relay For Life events.  Nancy was on the Colorectal Cancer Committee two years and Facilitator for their Cancer Forum.  She served on the Prostate Committee three years volunteering, at their health fair and has been a part of the Look Good Feel Better program helping to fit wigs for patients in the office and maintaining the wigs for 14 years.

Before Coulter was announced as the Carmen Sarro Award winner, Mistress of Ceremonies Marlee Lauffer introduced the honorees, and saluted the organizations which nominated them.

The outstanding women saluted at this year's ceremony, and the organization which nominated each of them, include Gayle Abril Nolet, Assistance League of SCV; Susan Beesley, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation; Nancy Butler, Thank A Vet Golf; Tess Carlos-Miku,  SCV Senior Center; and Robin Clough, American Association of University Women.

Also, Nancy Coulter, American Cancer Society, Inc.; Shauna Criner,  SCV JC International; Suzanne Duncombe, Domestic Violence Center of SCV; Lisa Eichman, WiSH Education Foundation; Holly Hanlin, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Auxiliary; Carolina Orozco Hernandez, Samuel Dixon Family  Health Center, Inc.; and Laura Kirchhoff, Circle of Hope.

Also, Kim  Kurowski, Soroptimist International SCV; Lorraine Murphy, SCV Rotary Club; Lluvia Partida, Boys & Girls Club of SCV; Sheryl Schultz, Straightening Reins Foundation; and Penny Upton, SCV Safe Rides.

The program opened with Elisha Soronio, a Canyon High School student, singing the National Anthem. She was joined onstage by her brother Marco, on guitar.

The Zonta Club of SCV has been honoring service to the community for more than 30 years. Close to 200 guests attended this year's event.