Santa Fe College To Honor Prominent Area Women

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Santa Fe College will honor (from left) Grace Horvath, Bonnie Cameron, Susan Faulkner-O'Neal and Victoria Denmark at its March 31 Women of Distinction ceremony. Another honoree,
Santa Fe College will honor (from left) Grace Horvath, Bonnie Cameron, Susan Faulkner-O’Neal and Victoria Denmark at its March 31 Women of Distinction ceremony. Another honoree, Gloria Fletcher, will receive her recognition posthumously. (Photo courtesy Santa Fe College)

Santa Fe College is set to recognize Bonnie Cameron, Susan Faulkner-O’Neal, Grace Horvath and posthumously Gloria Fletcher during its annual Women of Distinction ceremony on Thursday, March 31.

Victoria Denmark will also be honored at the ceremony as the Woman of Promise.

The ceremony recognizes outstanding female service in Alachua and Bradford counties and was created by the college in 1987.

Cameron and her husband created Bikers on Parade for the USA, the largest and longest veteran’s motorcycle parade in the country. From 2001 to 2009, Santa Fe was the beginning point of the parade.

Faulkner-O’Neal, who attended Santa Fe, is the owner and operator of Faulkner Realty, a Starke company that received the president’s award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for raising tens of thousands for the organization.

Horvath has been a member of the Rotary Club in Gainesville since 2001 and is co-founding chair of the nationally recognized Rotary Reading Safari. The program was created in partnership with Santa Fe College and the School Board of Alachua County.

Fletcher, who held an associate degree from Santa Fe, was a lawyer specializing in children’s rights litigation, employment law and criminal defense at the time of her death.

Denmark is a high school senior honors student at Hope Christian Academy in Starke and is dual enrolled at Santa Fe.

The celebration is scheduled for March 31, but tickets are sold out. Those interested in finding out more can contact event coordinator Teri McClellan at 352-395-5201.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story contained reference to a “Boo 2 Bullying” anti-bullying campaign. “Boo2Bullying” is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit corporation based in Palm Springs, Calif., with no local chapters at Hope Christian Academy in Starke nor at Santa Fe College. After Boo2Bullying’s founder called Santa Fe College, it has since removed any reference of “Boo 2 Bullying” in its announcement about the Women of Distinction recognition.

About Claire Campbell

Claire is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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