Since 1971, Mary Lou Costanzo served as a member of the Zonta Club of Jamestown. Her positions included president, area director, district historian and member of countless committees. Whenever she was needed, Costanzo was always willing to lend a hand.
When she passed away in 2011, the Zonta Club of Jamestown kept her memory alive by establishing the Mary Lou Costanzo Scholarship Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
After graduating from high school at age 16, Costanzo went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mercyhurst College. She returned to college and earned a Master of Social Work degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work. She spent most of her professional life working as a social worker with the Jamestown and Dunkirk branches of Catholic Charities. Through Zonta, she continued to make a difference in the lives of others through her service and dedication.
The Zonta Club of Jamestown is one of 1,200 clubs that make up an international organization dedicated to advancing the status of women through service and advocacy programs. Its members are made up of executive and professional women from all backgrounds who work together to make a difference in the lives of young women today.
On Saturday, Zonta will hold its third annual Tour de Zonta Bike Rally. Spots are still available, and participants may register on the day of at Plumbush Bed and Breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. Participants will travel along one of three scenic routes through Chautauqua County's rolling hills: a 13-16 mile intermediate route, a 30-35 mile experienced route and a 50-60 mile expert route. Water and healthy snacks will be provided at checkpoints along the routes. The cost of the rally is $30.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Costanzo Scholarship which will be awarded to a female student who demonstrates financial need, has obtained vocational certification, an associate or bachelor's degree and is returning to school to further her education after an absence of a year or more.
For more information on the Mary Lou Costanzo Scholarship, or to make a tax-deductible donation, contact the Community Foundation at 661-3390 or visit online at crcfonline.org.
For more information on the Tour de Zonta Bike Rally, and other Zonta programs, call 789-5309 or visit online at zontajamestown.org.