CALEXICO — Two women working to better themselves were helped by Calexico's Soroptimist International chapter Tuesday.
The Calexico women, Socorro Van Borstel-Cital and Guadalupe Murguia, were given $500 women's opportunity awards and applauded by chapter members at a lunchtime gathering at the Hometown Buffet here.
Soroptimist Club vice president Diana Moreno-Inman said the women now will be eligible to win regional-level awards.
Each year, one first-place winner receives $5,000 and two second-place finishers receive $3,000 in each of the Soroptimist's 29 regions. The winner of the regional award then becomes a candidate for one of three $10,000 finalist awards.
Club president Rowena Carrillo said each award winner had to write an essay and provide biographical information to Soroptimist committee members.