Marlen Esparza Honored with Bright Light Youth Award

Wednesday at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, DC, Crittenton Services of Greater Washington celebrated it’s 124th anniversary of promoting the healthy development of teen girls.

The High Tea honored a distinguished group of women who have demonstrated leadership, commitment and dedication to making a difference in the lives of women and girls. It also gave voice to 80 talented teen girls who are eager to show what they have learned and even more eager to advocate for other teen girls.

Among the honorees was Olympic hopeful Marlen Esparza, who is currently in China preparing to qualify for the London Summer Games. She won the Crittenton Bright Light Youth Award.

“Marlen Esparza is an incredible role model for the girls Crittenton serves. Our girls know of boxing as a male sport; they are so excited to meet a woman boxer,” said Pamela Jones, president and CEO, Crittenton Services. “Her determination to achieve her goals is an inspiration to us all, and we appreciate her taking time to be with our girls and share her story.”

Also honored was CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, Lockheed Martin Vice President Linda Gooden, and FCC member Deborah Taylor Tate.

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