Written by David Castellon
Former WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton will be the keynote speaker at the 34th Annual Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Fresno Convention Center.
Bolton is one of the most accomplished female athletes in the world, winning gold medals as a member of the U.S. women’s Olympics teams in 1996 and 2000. She also had a highly successful basketball career that included being named USA Basketball Female of the Year, Sports Illustrated magazine’s best woman athlete by home state and being inducted into the women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
“’Mighty Ruthie’ Bolton was the original franchise player for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs. She has scored over 2000 career points, she is 4th on the WNBA’s all-time 3-pointer list, and she is the only player in the history of the Monarchs to have her number retired,” states her website.
“While Ruthie was gathering accolades for her on-the-court domination, she silently suffered abuse at home from her then husband,” states a press release from the Marjorie Mason Center, which is organizing the awards event.
It goes on to say that Bolton remarried and has become an advocate against domestic violence.
“I hope that after sharing my story, other people dealing with domestic violence can feel empowered and know that without a doubt they, too, can turn their pain into power,” Bolton said in the press release.
The Marjorie Mason Center is Fresno County’s only dedicated provider of safe housing and support services for domestic violence victims.
Top Ten Professional Women and Leading Business Awards honors local professionals and bring awareness to domestic violence.
“This event pays tribute to ten women who have served as role models and given back to their communities, all while making strides in their professions, and one business will be honored as the Leading Business of the Year for its support of women and women’s issues, the press release states.
To nominate someone for this award, go online to www.mmcenter.org/top-ten. Nominations are due by July 21.
Information about sponsorship and buying tickets also are on the website.