CONCORD -- "Bridge to Equality" is the theme of the 12th Women's Hall of Fame Awards induction ceremony and dinner March 20 at the Crowne Plaza Concord, 45 John Glenn Drive.
There are eight inductees in this year's class named by the Contra Costa Commission for Women in the categories of Leadership, Community, Health Care, Justice and Arts.
This year's Women Contributing to the Arts honorees are Walnut Creek resident Lauren Jonas, artistic director and co-founder of Diablo Ballet; and Moraga resident Edy Schwartz, who heads community marketing for the California Independent Film Festival.
Women Creating Community inductees are Sister Ann Weltz of Concord, founder of the Bay Area Crisis Nursery; and San Pablo Planning Commissioner Rita Xavier.
Honored as Women Demonstrating Leadership will be Walnut Creek resident Linda Fodrini-Johnson, executive director of Eldercare Services; and Betty Geishirt Cantrell, director of SparkPoint Contra Costa, based in Richmond and Bay Point.
Women Working for Justice honors will go to Nati Flores of Antioch, program manager of Michael Chavez Center and Monument Community Partnership in Concord.
The Women Improving Health Care honoree will be Janet Frazier of Oakley, founder of Network of Care.
The gala awards celebration, held as part of International Women's History Month, starts with a 5:30 p.m. social hour, followed at 6:30 p.m. by dinner and the awards program, featuring KPIX-TV journalist and news anchor Ann Notarangelo.
Dinner tickets are $75 per person and should be reserved by March 14 by going to www.womenscommission.com.