Soroptimist International of Huntington Presents: 2015 RUBY AWARD
Long Island, New York (Monday, May 18, 2015) - The Huntington Chapter of Soroptimist International presented Julie Levine, President/CEO of the Long Islands Women’s Empowerment Network (LIWEN) the 2015 Ruby Award.
The Ruby Award, honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and girls through their professional and/or volunteer work. This award formerly known as the Soroptimist “Making a Difference for Women Award”, was named after the first federation president, Ruby Lee Minar. The Ruby Award was selected because a ruby is a deep red gemstone associated with wisdom, importance, vitality, strength, vivacity, power and love: all words embodying the strong and compassionate women who are our award recipients. Gayle Snyder, chairperson of the selection committee, stated “the Ruby award gives the club and the entire Soroptimist organization the opportunity to say “Thank you” to a woman who have made an extraordinary difference in the lives of other women”.
The Soroptimist 2015 Ruby award recipient, Julie Levine, is the CEO/President of Long Island Women’s Empowerment Network (LIWEN), the largest Emergency Housing Facility on Long Island. Founded in 2013, LIWEN has housed over 415 families in Suffolk County. “I see the struggles women have on a daily basis” remarked Julie Levine, “and the programs we designed at LIWEN are to assist women in reaching milestone and developing confidence so they can achieve goals for the future and improve the quality of their lives”.
In her closing remarks Julie stated, “Being honored here tonight, by Soroptimist International, inspires and strengthens my commitment to continue serving the women and girls on Long Island”.