Zonta International holds centennial celebration

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- A global women’s service organization, founded here in Buffalo, is celebrating 100 years.

Zonta International, which works to improve the lives of women and girls, is in the Queen City for the centennial celebration. The weekend-long conference kicked off Saturday morning at The Buffalo Hyatt Regency with remarks from Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

“It’s an important part of our history and also a statement of what women were like 100 years ago in this very community and I think they were pretty progressive in terms of wanting to stand up and fight for women’s rights,” Hochul said.

Zonta International now boasts close to thirty thousand members in 63 countries working to improve the lives of women and girls.

The event will also honor the group’s founder Marian DeForest, who launched Zonata in 1919. DeForest is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery and the group laid a wreath there on Friday.

News 4’s Jacquie Walker will be a guest speaker as the centennial celebration continues Sunday.

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