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2017 Soroptimist Awards and Scholarships Banquet


Date and Time: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:30 pm
Location: First United Methodist Church Centennial Hall
1050 SE Ireland Street, Oak Harbor
Cost: $25
Food is provided by Oak Harbor High School’s Wildcat Catering


On April 20, starting at 5:30 pm, Soroptimists from Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey will gather to present their Live Your Dream Awards, celebrating what it means to be a woman who dares to dream and reach for the stars.


Not only will attendees hear inspiring stories from grant and scholarship winners, but they will meet Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Captain, US Navy, Retired. As this year’s keynote speaker, Oak Harbor resident Captain Piper will talk about her experiences as a NASA astronaut that included two space shuttle missions and numerous space walks. Anyone with a dream that reaches into outer space will thrill to hear Captain Piper’s message.


Since 1972, the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award has dispersed more than $25 million to women who have overcome poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges. Recipients may use the cash grants to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain additional education or training.


The 2017 Live Your Dream Opportunity Scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior girl seeking post high school education and training following her graduation in June.


At a time when national politics involving women’s issues has reached an equally fevered pitch at local levels, and many Whidbey Island women have responded by joining marches and public political dialogues, members of Whidbey Island’s Soroptimist Clubs continue to work tirelessly–funding grants, scholarships, and local programs that directly benefit women and girls on the Island.


Soroptimists believe the most effective way to empower women and girls is by providing them with resources to improve their economic and social standing—for themselves, their families, and their communities. The 2017 Soroptimist Awards and Scholarships Banquet will honor women who dare to dream and are reaching for the stars.


All community members are cordially invited to join the celebration and meet some very inspiring women. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at the Soroptimist Thrift Store Upscale Resale, 210 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor or at Jones Accounting, 1199 SE Dock Street, Oak Harbor.