Soroptimist International hosts fundraiser this weekend

  • Nov. 6, 2013 5:21 p.m.

A fundraiser for both the ladies and men is set to take place in Red Deer this weekend. Soroptimist International of Central Alberta is hosting ‘Guys in Ties, Girls in Pearls’ on Nov. 8 at the Black Knight Inn.

The event features ‘dueling DJ’s’ as the entertainment. DJ Ransom from Kraze 101.3 will go head to head with The Great Zack-P.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and it’s the first time this type of entertainment has been presented so we are very excited,” said Sherri Smith, treasurer for Soroptimist International of Central Alberta. “There is going to be a really good meal, a balloon raffle in which the grand prize is a trip giveaway, plus some silent auction items and a smaller raffle. There will also be lots of prizes to be given away during the dueling DJ’s interactive event.”

This past April, Soroptimist International of Central Alberta celebrated 25 years of service in Red Deer and surrounding area. In April 1988, 18 community-minded women gathered at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club to charter the group. Since then, the group has supported 55 organizations and agencies with donations of money and volunteer time.

Thirty women have been honoured from a variety of post-secondary programs and institutions from Olds to Lacombe with scholarships. The Women’s Opportunity Awards helps women in their efforts to improve circumstances for their families through education.

Eleven young woman volunteers have been honoured, as well as donations made to their volunteer organizations through the Violet Richardson Award program. The award encourages young women in their volunteer efforts, especially those that benefit women and girls.

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta has also recognized the contributions of more than a dozen individual women have made to improve the lives of women and girls in Central Alberta through the granting of the Making a Difference for Women/Ruby Award.

“A lot of people don’t know who we are,” Smith said of the group. “But there has been so many small things that we have started that have blossomed into bigger things and we are very proud of that.”

Tickets for the event are on sale and can be purchased at Candy Bags Sweet Shop (4, 6791 50 Ave.) Tickets are $80 per person or $600 for a table of eight.

Cocktails are at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.