Soroptimist 9th Annual Girls' Night Out!
Our ninth annual “Girls’ Night Out” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Milestone Reception Hall in Easton with a theme of “Merry Mistletoe,” setting the tone for an evening of holiday spirit, shopping and fellowship. Each year the event fills the large ballroom with a sold out crowd of 160 women.This year’s co-chairs, Melissa Kelly and Elizabeth Devlin, have planned a dazzling schedule for the women-only event that features a plated dinner, silent auction, cash bar, and take-home craft, which is new to the event.
Attendees are asked to bring their Christmas lists and shop with the nearly 20 vendors from local retail establishments. The infamous 50/50 bead raffle completes the evening’s lineup. One hundred percent of the proceeds from Girls’ Night Out support SITC’s signature project—Partners In Care—and other “Best for Women” projects.
Announcing our 2014-2016 Signature Project
PARTNERS IN CARE - Upper Shore
Partners In Care, was founded to help older adults remain independent in their own homes. More than 2,600 volunteer members at four sites across Maryland help each other in a formalized program based on reciprocity. Using the service-exchange model, people contribute their time and skills to the ‘community pool’ to accomplish what needs to be done. Every person is asked to participate to become part of the solution. In this way, assets already in the community are identified and utilized, accomplishing more than in traditional models. People are empowered to remain independent.
Partners in Care Upper Shore connects older adults who need transportation to volunteers who will drive them to doctor’s appointments, the grocery store and other places.
“It’s neighbors helping neighbors,” said Pam O’Brien, program coordinator for the Upper Shore.
Why Women and Girls?
Soroptimist means “best for women” and that’s what we strive to be—an organization of women at their best helping other women to be their best. As a volunteer organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams.
It’s true that both men and women live in poverty, face discrimination and must overcome obstacles. But throughout history—in every country in the world—women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender.
By initiating club projects that benefit women and girls, and by honoring women who help women and girls, Soroptimist clubs and members improve the status of women and girls. Soroptimist projects and programs aid women economically, and empower them to make positive changes in their lives and their communities.
- One in three women have been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
- According to a recent report, of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually, 80 percent are female.
- Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income, and own less than 1 percent of the world’s property.
- Of a total 550 million working poor, 330 million (60 percent) are women.
- Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women.
- Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 percent are girls.
- By age 18, girls have received an average of 4.4 years less education than boys.
—from SIA website: soroptimist.org
ALL OF OUR FUNDRAISERS help support the “Best for Women” projects of Soroptimist International of Talbot County, including our 2014-2016 Signature Project: Partners In Care Upper Shore, our Live Your Dream Education and Training Award and Violet Richardson Award.