Bea Main to be Honored as Woman of the Year Tuesday

News Release


Mar 19

Bea Main to be Honored as Woman of the Year Tuesday

RIVERSIDE – The Riverside County Commission for Women will present five women with special women of the year honors at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday during the Board of Supervisors meeting in Riverside. Bea Main was selected for this honor in the Fourth District.

"The Women of the Year awards recognize some truly special women whose community service and leadership on women’s issues make Riverside County a better place,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I am impressed and touched by all that Bea Main has done to make a difference in our community"

Bea Main, 90, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and led a career in real estate in San Gabriel, California. She was nominated by a recipient of one of her scholarships, describing her as “the most caring and amazing woman you will ever meet.” Main has helped at least six women attend college or a specialized school by her generous donations of scholarships.

Main is a co-founder and namesake of the San Jose Community & Bea Main Learning Center, a community center in Oasis that was dedicated Friday and will provide after-school programs to children and services to residents of three dozen mobile home parks. She is active in many sewing clubs that make blankets for kids, charity and the poor. She has also donated numerous hours of her time to Child Help in Beaumont.

Main was recognized by Supervisor Roy Wilson as the 2008 Senior Inspiration Awards recipient for the County of Riverside.

Joining Main will be: Lisa Dryan (First District), Lori A. Wood (Second District), Judy Harter (Third District) and Joan Butters (Fifth District).

Twenty-nine women were nominated for the five awards. On April 2, Supervisor Benoit will hold an appreciation luncheon to honor Bea and local nominees Jan Hawkins, Doris Morgan-Hayes, Betty Robinson, Nancy Sarpa-Sanuelson, Silvia Signoret and Aurora Wilson.

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