Women continue to make great strides in our community, effecting change in local government and education, as well as the realms of fundraising and medicine. Six of those hard-working local women will be honored Saturday at the second annual ShePower Pink Gala.

The gala will be hosted by Arleana Waller, CEO of ShePower, the social and professional networking brand that celebrates the power of women and girls in their efforts to lead.

“I am very excited about our second anniversary of ShePower in Kern County,” Waller said in a news release. “Last year we sold out, and this year we anticipate doing the same. The event brings together powerful individuals as we celebrate unsung SheROEs in our community, while raising money for ShePower Academy.”

Six powerful women will be honored this weekend.

Supervisor Leticia Perez: Perez, who oversees the county’s fifth district, will receive the She Leads award. Active in social and political issues as well as philanthropic efforts, Perez is the first women to serve as president of Kern County Bar’s Criminal Defense section. She spearheads some of the county’s most impactful economic development projects. She also serves as a board member of the Board of State and Community Corrections.

Heather Frank: This Woman of the Year award recipient is project manager of Studio4forty. She produces Wine Women and Shoes, one of Bakersfield’s best-attended events — taking place Saturday — as well as Farm to Table(aux) for the Boys & Girls Club. Frank has raised more than $45 million for nonprofits and continues to raise funds while being a voice for women and children.

Dena Freeman-Patton: This deputy athletics director of CSUB Roadrunners Athletics receives the She Educates award. She is one of few women in her position where under her leadership, athletes have maintained a 3.0 or above GPA with a graduation success of 75 percent. She also led the efforts in securing an $870,000 grant to open the Kegley Center, an academic support hub for CSUB student-athletes.

Dr. Kimberly Dixon: The She Heals award goes to the Clinica Sierra Vista pediatrician who works with the underserved community. She was awarded a $100,000 grant to continue her work in Bakersfield’s underserved community. Daily, she impacts and heals the lives of women and girls.

Judge Tiffany Organ Bowles: One of the few women who sits on the bench and one of the first women to defeat and unseat a judge in an election, the Kern County Superior Court judge will be honored with the Gamechanger award.

Christa Martinez: The Central Valley market leader for Movement Mortgage receives the President award, which is bestowed upon a woman who personally inspires, motivates or affects the president to be a better leader. As an intentional coach, Martinez has empowered the president to do the work and better balance her responsibilities of wife, mother, leader and community advocate.

The gala benefits ShePower Leadership Academy, which aims to increase the number of female leaders by empowering girls ages 8 to 18 through mentorship and personal development.

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