San Jacinto Valley women don’t give up

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San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference President Dee Cozart accepts a recognition plaque for the nonprofit from San Jacinto City Councilmember Brian Hawkins, Oct. 7. Valley News/Diane A. Rhodes photo
The annual San Jacinto Valley Women’s Conference has raised and awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to deserving women since its first conference in 2012. The nonprofit usually hosts its annual event in February but due to pandemic-related restrictions, this year’s conference didn’t happen until Oct. 7. This year’s theme of “Women Don’t Give Up” seemed to address both the postponement and the personal stories of some of the guest speakers. The event attracted 85 women, and a few men, to the Elks Lodge in Hemet. San Jacinto Unified School District’s Dawn Lawrence emceed for the second time. On behalf of the San Jacinto City Council, councilmember Brian Hawkins presented a Certificate of Recognition plaque to SJVWC President Dee Cozart to express its sincere appre
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