ALAMEDA -- The Women Who Dare Awards annual luncheon on Saturday will offer up a serving of motivation as awardees and attendees gather to celebrate the strides of three women and three high school students.
Girls Inc. of the Island City's theme this year -- the 14th year of the event -- is "Breaking Barriers," representing the professional and volunteer successes of the awardees.
The event will be hosted by members of Girls Inc. of the Island City's Best Foot Forward Program -- a multiworkshop program that earned national award for Alameda's Girls Inc.
The Best Foot Forward girls, ages 6 through 10, interview all of the Women Who Dare award recipients and write and give the presentations, introducing the speakers and presenting the awards.
This year's Women Who Dare honors go to three adult women and three high school students.
Teri McKeever is in her 21st year as head coach in the women's swimming and diving program at UC Berkeley. She was the first female to serve on a U.S. Olympic swimming staff in 2004, and the first female to serve as a U.S. head coach, when she led the women's national team in the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.
Nancy O'Malley was appointed Alameda County district attorney in 2009 and became the first female elected to the position in 2011. Under her direction the county opened the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a one-stop center for victims of family violence, sexual assault, and elder and child abuse. It has become a national model for other centers.
Shauna Rosenblum is an Alameda winemaker and one of the youngest wine judges in the country. She is head winemaker at Rock Wall Winery at Alameda Point. Rosenblum has a master of fine arts degree from San Francisco Art Academy and tutors youth in artistic expression. She is among only about 10 percent of women who are head winemakers.
Tram Huynh is a senior at Alameda Science & Technology Institute. She has lobbied with Advocates for Youth in Washington, D.C., for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act and is active in lobbying for women's rights. She said she stayed in the Capitol for five days training to lobby, and met with U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, whose East Bay district includes Alameda. Huynh plans to take peace and conflict classes and premedical studies to become an obstetrician-gynecologist.
Maraena Spencer Yochelson, an eighth-grader at NEA Community Learning Center, organized the first Suicide Awareness Day campaign at her school and through her church leads social justice workshops for youth across California.
Carmen Zheng, a senior at Oakland Technical High School, has been a member of Girls Inc. of the Island City for five years. She has received accolades for her writing and for her technical innovations.
The event will take place at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers' Club, 641 West Redline Ave. at Alameda Point, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $50-$55 and must be purchased in advance. Go to www.girlsincislandcity.org or call 510-521-1743 ext. 225 for tickets or for other information.