Sparkle women of distinction honored in Claremont
Dec 20, 2012 (Inland Valley Daily Bulletin - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Three Sparkle Women of Distinction were recently honored at The Diamond Center in Claremont.
Jane Weatherton Goodfellow, Kari Anderson, Rosie Bister were celebrated on Dec. 15 at the store, 147 Yale Ave.
Sparkle is a 10-carat diamond necklace shared by six women who are Claremont residents or are Claremont affiliated, said Pam Bergman, a Realtor who lives in Upland and is in the Claremont Sunrise Rotary.
The six women take the necklace one month out of the year and during the remaining six months it is shared with brides or unsung women heroes in the community, said Bergman, one of the six women.
The Diamond Center's Debbie Lantz came up with the Sparkle concept, Bergman said, after reading the book "The Necklace" which involved 13 women who purchased a necklace because they couldn't afford it themselves and wrote about their journey."
"Debbie thought why not get a group in Claremont to do same thing with a different twist," Bergman said.
The concept for the necklace was to honor women who are "unsung heroes of the community or women who are behind the scenes people, volunteers, or people making a difference," Bergman said.
For the Dec. 15 event, the purpose was to "bring women and families together to honor them and share and hear a little bit about their journey and the experience of them wearing the necklace," Bergman said.
Goodfellow, 74, of Claremont was recently selected after being elected to
serve as the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's board chairman, the first time in the hospital's 109-year history a woman was elected, Bergman said.
Goodfellow said she wore the necklace in August and was proud.
"Oh my goodness, it really is quite something," Goodfellow said. "You wear it to Vons and you're sure everyone is staring at you. It's just loaded with diamonds. And I'm not a person that runs around flashing jewelry. It's a fun idea."
Anderson, 37, of Upland was life-long advocate for people with disabilities, Bergman said.
In October, Anderson said she wore the necklace.
"It was a complete, wonderful surprise," said Anderson, who is also in the Claremont Sunrise Rotary. "I wore it from the middle of the day in El Monte, to dinner out in downtown Claremont."
Bister, previously named the Claremont Unified School District Classified Employee of the Year, was honored for being a dedicated Red Cross volunteer, Bergman said.
Bergman said it has not been determined who will wear the necklace in January but there are volunteers in mind.
There is no website for the Sparkle group, Bergman said, but the group wants to raise money to hold an event every year like the Dec. 15 one to honor women.
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