Abilene, a professional opera singer for 17 years in Europe, was
recognized by the city of Abilene for her positive impact on the
arts, and April 28, 2002, was proclaimed "Martha Pender Day." Pender,
voice lessons in Abilene, helped found the Abilene Opera Association
and Paramount Performing Arts Series.
She is also a member
of the Harmony Club, which helps young singers pursue their careers,
Service Award for her accomplishments.