Assembly Majority Floor Leader, Chris Holden
Assembly Majority Floor Leader, Chris Holden

In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month in March, Assembly Majority Floor Leader, Chris Holden will recognize the 41st Assembly District’s Unsung Hero and Women of Distinction on Thursday, March 3rd at his District Office Open House, 600 N. Rosemead Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107.

With over fifty nominations throughout the district, centenarian Marilee Scaff, Ph.D. from Claremont has been named the 2016 Woman of Distinction for the 41st District. Scaff celebrated her 100th birthday last November. She has been active in the local League of Women Voters where she was President and received their Ordway Award for “performing outstanding service to the community.”

Honorees from throughout the district include Ruth Hopkins (Altadena), Valerie Bires (Alta Loma), Devorah Lieberman, Ph.D. (La Verne), Janie Duncan (Monrovia), Cynthia Olivo, Ph.D. (Pasadena), Theresa Bruns (San Dimas), Kristine Lowe (Sierra Madre), Dr. Marina Khubesrian (South Pasadena), and Wendy Dean (Upland).

“Congratulations to Marilee Scaff of Claremont and all the Women of Distinction,” said Assembly Majority Floor Leader Chris Holden. “Their contributions to our community have truly made a positive impact.”

On February 12th in Sacramento, Danny Bakewell, Jr. accepted the 41st Assembly District Unsung Hero Award on behalf his father Danny Bakewell, Sr. Bakewell, Sr. is an American civil rights activists and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the National Black United Fund and served as president of The Brotherhood Crusade for over thirty years.

“It is my honor to present the Unsung Hero Award to a man who, at a time when very few minorities were involved in community projects, had the courage to step up when duty called,” said Holden.