To the editor:
Whidbey Island Soroptimist International clubs joined again Feb. 2 to host a very successful second annual Whidbey Island Red Dress Ball at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club, in collaborative support of their “Heart of a Woman” programs. The South Whidbey Island club hosted the venue with the support of club members from Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey.
Several corporate sponsors stepped up to underwrite the cost of the evening, including Whidbey Island Bank–Janice Vaughn, Kari Homly and Pam Bickel; Windermere Real Estate Oak Harbor, Coupeville, Freeland and Langley–Joe Mosolino and Eric Mitten; Coastal Community Bank–Tara Long; China City, Mukilteo Coffee Roasters–Gary and Beth Smith; Dancing Fish Farm–Brad Thompson; Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle; M. K. Gould; Matt’s Import Haven; The Building Source and private donors.
Floral arrangements were donated by Flowers by the Bay’s Tracy Schultz, table chocolates by Whidbey Island Distillery, and printing by Sound Business Center-Steve and Bev Heisino. Each $100 sponsorship donation equates to one more heart-health screening for women in need on Whidbey. Last year this event, coupled with corporate sponsorship, raised $8,300 for the local Heart of a Woman program.
Raffle tickets were sold throughout the event for three gift baskets, one sponsored by each of the island’s Soroptimist clubs. In the end, a total of $805 worth of raffle tickets were sold! Following introductions of the Red Dress Ball planning committee and VIP attendees, the evening program began with guest speakers.
The evening’s festivities raised $12,000 for the Whidbey Soroptimists’ “Heart of a Woman” program!
The Heart of a Woman Committee would like to thank our corporate sponsors, our Island community and the members of all three clubs for their donations of time, talent and treasure and show of support for this worthwhile program for women in our community.
Visit our All Whidbey Soroptimist Red Dress photo album at www.sisouthwhidbey
Chair, Heart of a Woman Program
Soroptimist of South Whidbey Island