Corte Madera Women’s Improvement Club hosted its annual Spring Tea and Scholarship Awards on May 10. Redwood High School seniors Hollis Belger and Harper Fong were presented with their community service scholarships.
Belger, 17, started “Juggling for Jude,” a soccer juggling fundraiser to raise donations for St. Jude’s
Children’s Research Center. Through extensive public speaking, outreach and events, she’s raised almost $600,000. Belger has worked with experts helping nonprofits to maximize donor engagement, and uses her knowledge and experience to affect action on both a local and national level. She plans to study public policy and ethics.
Fong, 18, focused much of her high school experience as an advocate for special education students. Growing up, she became aware that special ed students can be undervalued and overlooked by others, being excluded from social and sports activities. In response, she’s championed several school clubs and activities that promote understanding, kindness and inclusion. She also volunteers as a peer tutor with students who have moderate to severe disabilities and hopes to pursue a career in special education.
The Corte Madera Women’s Improvement Club was founded in 1907 as a social and service organization, supporting local charities and awarding scholarships to young women who have demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism and service. For more information, visit cortemaderawomensclub.org.