Rhonda Murphy among Fresno event's honorees

FRESNO, Calif.

The annual luncheon serves as a fundraiser for the shelter but it also empowers others. "It's important for us to recognize the women in our community who are embedded in our community and have chosen their passions to follow, because it really does inspire the community to do the same," said Marjaree Mason Center Executive Director Pam Kallsen.

Murphy empowers the community through fitness. She volunteered at Marjaree Mason Center after a friend suggested the idea. "She said, 'do you think you can meet with these women, try to give them a little encouragement and help them feel more self-empowered?' I said, 'all I know how to do is to get them in shape.' She said that might make them feel better. I realized right there, if you can make a person feel more confident and like they have more control over their life, fitness is a great component of that," said Murphy.

Murphy wasn't the only familiar face at the luncheon. Action News anchors Dale Yurong and Liz Harrison served as its emcees.

This year's luncheon also comes at an especially exciting time for the Marjaree Mason Center. Construction on the new Clovis shelter will begin in just over a week.

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