Annual Fundraiser Supports Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Nearly 400 people attended the 6th Annual High Tea & Fashion Show, held at 92130’s Fairmont Grand Del Mar, to support Soroptimist International of Rancho Bernardo and Soroptimist International of Poway’s Transitional Housing Program. The program provides housing for survivors of domestic violence and their children, as well as other programs supporting women and girls. The event was co-chaired by SIRB club members Pam Warnock and Ginny Brown. The main purpose of the annual event is to raise funds to provide a safe and supportive living environment for battered women and their children. Since 1996, the Poway and Rancho Bernardo clubs have helped over 51 mothers and 115 children reclaim their lives. After the success of last year’s event, the clubs were able to add another apartment to the Transitional Housing Program for women moving away from dependency and abuse.

This year’s fashion show featured students from Palomar College’s Fashion Design & Merchandising Department, providing a learning opportunity for them as they prepare to launch their careers. The Alice in Wonderland characters in costumes, sewn by former Palomar student Cindee Ferris, were a great surprise to all in attendance.

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The gala, auction, and fashion show grossed over $93,000 this year, with which the clubs hope to be able to add yet another apartment to the program. The clubs were pleased with the overwhelming response received from both sponsors and attendees alike. Without the combined effort of both the Rancho Bernardo and Poway clubs, this event would not have been possible. To learn more about the Soroptimist clubs please visit www.soroptimistrb.org and www.sipoway.org. For more information about the High Tea & Fashion Show event visit www.highteafashionshow.org.