Club raises funds for numerous organizations and awards educational scholarships
The Pompano Beach Chapter of Soroptimists International recently announced the results of their fund-raising efforts for 2017-2018. The Soroptimists, which means “best for women” are focused on improving the lives of women and girls through community-based projects and scholarship awards to women and girls seeking to further their education.
One of the primary recipients of the Pompano Beach chapter is Woodhouse, a facility in Pompano Beach that works to impact and enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This year, thanks to the hard work and community support we were able to give Woodhouse over $35,000 to support their on-going efforts. Randall Bishop, CEO of Woodhouse was prolific in his praise for the efforts and donation. “Your work has literally saved lives,” he stated. Natosha Melvin, Administrator of Woodhouse II and the Truman Worden Training Center, as well as a Soroptimist, was equally ebullient. “Working with the very special people at Woodhouse has made me so aware of how much the efforts of the Soroptimists mean to the Woodhouse program,” she stated.
In addition to the Woodhouse gift, the chapter presented six scholarships to local women, through two major initiatives. The first of these is “Live your Dreams” awards that are given to motivated women who are the primary financial supporters of their families and are seeking to improve their lives through additional education, training and skills. These awards were presented to Yanique Mills and Kharmen Worrell with a Special Pompano Chapter 2018 award to Harmony Adams.
The Violet Richardson Awards, named for the first president of Soroptimists, is given to high school girls who are pursuing their leadership aspirations through volunteer service. This year’s winners are Jordan McCrone, Kennedy Smith and Sarah Tiufekchiev.
Due to their ceaseless fundraising efforts, the Soroptimists of Pompano Beach were also able to provide gifts to numerous local groups. Among those receiving donations were Broward Children’s Center, Stepping Stones, Children’s Diagnostic Center and Hepzibah House. Additional gifts were presented to the Holy Grill of St. Nicholas Church, Wreaths Across America, who ensure the graves at national military cemeteries are decorated with wreaths for holidays, the Sample MacDougal House, Pompano Beach Historical Society, All Shoes for Haiti, M.U.S.I.C, Inc and the Firewall Centers.
Bim Krutek, Soroptimist president of the chapter for 2017-2018 was equally enthused and pleased about the efforts of the group this year. “We have achieved the largest amount of funds this year through the hard work of every member of the organization”, she beamed. Throughout the year the members work of multiple charity fund-raising events including raffles, a rummage sale, the dinner dance and auction event and working at the Seafood Festival to name a few. We also support the local elementary school with Christmas projects, have monthly service nights and participate in many Pompano Beach community activities.
When asked what we are looking forward to in 2018-2019, Pamela Sargent, in-coming president of the organization stated, “More of the same efforts and hard work. We are excited about how our efforts in the community are making a difference in so many lives.”