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In The Press

Online ‘Hats and Heels’ fundraiser is a success

BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK

JUNE 1, 2020 5:53 PM PT

Local Soroptimists said they were able to raise enough money for their transitional housing program and other philanthropic efforts despite having to take their largest annual fundraiser online.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual Hats and Heels, originally set to draw several hundred locals decked out in their finest tea-time attire to the Fairmont Grand Del Mar on April 5, became a virtual gathering on Saturday evening. It is organized by the North San Diego and Poway Soroptimist International chapters. Though each has their own philanthropic endeavors, they work together on the transitional housing project to help women and their children who have fled domestic violence rebuild their lives.

Soroptimists raise over $100K at ‘Hats and Heels’

BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK

APRIL 3, 2019 11:40 AM PT

Early estimates are that more than $100,000 was raised in net profits on Sunday during “Hats and Heels,” the ninth annual fundraiser organizer for the North San Diego and Poway Soroptimist International chapters.

“Another huge success,” said North San Diego Soroptimist President Ginny Brown, who was on the fundraiser’s committee.

Previously dubbed “High Tea,” the club’s largest combined annual fundraiser was again held at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley. Brown said there was around 385 attendees, mostly women, but many men as well.

“We are so grateful to our lead sponsor, Lee Proimos, for his generous support at the Platinum Level and to his table mates, Don and Linda Bailey, who were our highest bidders at $10,000 (during) the Fund-a-Need paddle raise,” Brown said.