REDDING, Calif. -

Soroptimist International of Redding held its award and recognition dinner Tuesday night.

Folks gathered inside the Red Lion Hotel for the Women's Opportunity Awards Programs. The programs award cash grants to women who seek to improve their economic status.

This year's honorees were Briget Dupree and Crystal Ruben.

The Violet Richardson Award was also given to high school students that volunteered in the community.
Brook Thompson, Bailey Rucker, and Madison Zimmerman won those honors.

Madison Zimmerman suffered a setback a few years ago. Bacterial Meningitis left her deaf and she also suffered a stroke. After years of therapy and rehabilitation, Madison can now partially hear and has regained her ability to speak.

Madison told KRCR News Channel 7 it was the volunteers that her helped her regain communication skills that led her to donate time at Turtle Bay.

"I very much care about our community and I believe that everyone can make a huge difference. And it's especially important for young people to become involved so that we can create a community that is better for future generations," said Zimmerman.

The 17-year-old won $500 and received an extra $250 donation for the charity of her choice. Zimmerman donated the money to One Safe Place.