Local group raising funds to help women and girls

Community member Harriet Beck stands beside a quilt she made that will be raffled to raise money for Soroptimist International of Evanston, an organization that has been helping girls and women for nearly 10 years. (HERALD PHOTO/Kayne Pyatt)

EVANSTON — The local Soroptimist Club is conducting its annual fundraisers again this year virtually, starting on April 26 and running through May 7. Proceeds from the fundraisers support the local organization’s programs to invest in women and girls in the community with a mentorship program for teenage girls and scholarship grants for single mothers to further their education. The club has been making a difference for women and girls in Evanston since July of 2012.

This year there are three opportunities to contribute to the support of the local Soroptimist programs.

The first fundraiser is the organization’s famous purse and art auction, which can be viewed on their Facebook page: Soroptimist International of Evanston, Wyoming. The name-brand purses filled with wonderful surprises and the original art items are all available for bidding online.  The person with the highest bid for each item at midnight on May 7 will be the winner.

The Lunafest film festival sponsored by the local Soroptimist has traditionally been a well-attended and fun evening for women in the community. This year, because of the pandemic, the film festival will take place virtually. These inspirational short films made by and for women can now be viewed in the comfort of one’s home but an opportunity for connection with other viewers is offered.

General viewing tickets are $10 each, and VIP tickets are available for $20. The VIP ticket includes an opportunity for discussion over Zoom following the films. The films will be offered on May 2 or May 3.

Additionally, on their Facebook page, anyone can purchase a raffle ticket for a beautiful “Baltimore Spring” quilt designed and handmade by Harriet Beck and quilted by Mary Van Syoc.  The quilt is queen-sized and comes with two sets of standard size pillowcases.

A second “Baltimore Spring” quilt made by Bernadette Beaslin and quilted by Kalani Dalton is also available as a raffle item.  This quilt is 37 inches square and can be used as a table topper or hung to display.

Raffle tickets for the quilts are $5 each or five tickets for $20. The drawing of the winning raffle tickets will be on May 3.

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