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Fundraising...
Soroptimist International of Willimantic is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contributions to our club are tax-deductible to the extent provided by United States law. Please click here for a copy of our IRS tax exempt letter.

The monies that we raise in the community go to fund our awards programs, our grant program and our service projects. Our club has several fundraisers during the year to raise funds, some of which are described below.

Take a look at our new and updated Club Brochure!

Current Fundraisers:

Mar. 4, 2017 - Saturday - 6:00pm to 11:30pm, Charity Ball & Anniversary Party, Elks Lodge, 98 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT

Proceeds Benefit Local Programs that Improve the Lives of Women and Girls
Elks Lodge, 98 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT
Cocktails and Bountiful Hors d'oeuvres
Including Carving Stations 6:00 7:00
Enjoy dancing to the music of Rewind
7:00 11:30
Cash Bar ~ Silent Auction
Donation $50 per person
Ally (860) 230-6631   Maryann (860) 617-1703

 

Candy Sales:
This fundraiser began in October, 1997 and continues today. Numerous businesses in our local community have allowed us to put a candy box at their business location to help us raise funds for our service fund. Candy bars are $1.00 each and are refilled by members on a regular basis. The businesses are not responsible for any losses in either candy bars or monies. Since 1997, we have sold $100,000 in candy bars with a profit to our club of over $50,000!! All monies raised goes to our service fund and is distributed back to the Greater Willimantic community.

 


Past Fundraisers:

Foxwoods BINGO Fundraiser - Sept. 26, 2014
Tickets are only $15.00 each for regular admission and can be purchased by contacting Lisa Rose at 860.455.9773. BINGO starts at 6:00 but arrive early for warm-ups and early bird extras. Doors open at 4:30pm. Get your friends together for a fun night out!


Harvest Celebrity Auction:
This fundraiser was held on October 3, 2009 at the historic Redwood in Lebanon, CT. There was live music provided by the Quiet Corner Fiddlers, a Chili Challenge by local restaurants (won by Nita's Restaurant in Willimantic, CT), a wine tasting sponsored by Elm Package Store with cheese pairings donated by Cabot Creamery Cooperative. Our celebrity chair was Regina Barreca, Ph.D, a noted women's humorist, writer, speaker and professor of feminist theory at UConn. Auctioneer services and tent were kindly donated by Ernie Eldridge. Tours of historic Redwood were graciously given by William & Sandy Landon. Please follow this link to view more details of the event.

Harvest Wine Tasting 2011:
We will have a Harvest Wine Tasting on November 4, 2011, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT. Sponsored by Soroptimist of Willimantic and B.P.O.E. Lodge 1311, Wine Tasting by Elm Package Store. Great food, raffles. Music by Phil Palonen. You can view and/or download the flyer for this event here.

Harvest Wine Tasting 2012, Sept. 29, 2012 6:00pm to 8:30pm, Elks Lodge, Upper Level Victorian Hall, 198 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT. Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Willimantic, Wine Tasting by Elm Package Store. Enjoy great
hors d'oevres and wine on the terrace. Raffles, Music by Aija and Steve. Tickets $15.00 donation. Tickets available at Rajean's, 744 Main Street, Willimantic, CT or by calling Lisa Rose at 860.455.9773.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2015 Celebrating International Women's Day was held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street in Willimantic. Proceeds benefit local programs that improve the lives of women and girls.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2014 was held on Saturday,
Feb. 1, 2014 at the Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street in Willimantic. Proceeds benefit programs for women and girls including The Women's Health Services Program at Windham Hospital, providing heathcare for women in need and Windham Area Interfaith Ministry, providing emergency assistance to families in need. Cocktails and bountiful Hors d'oeuvres including carving station 6:00pm to 7:00pm, enjoy dancing to the music of The Night Moves Bank, 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Cash bar, silent auction. Donation $50.00 per person. Sandy 860-642-7867 or Christine 860-642-3418.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2013 will be held at the Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street in Willimantic. Proceeds benefit programs for women and girls including Gina's Friends, a Windham Hospital Fund providing healthcare for women in need and The Domestic Violence Program providing outreach education for area youth. Cocktails and bountiful Hors d'oeuvres including carving station 6:00pm to 7:00pm, enjoy dancing the the music The Night Moves Bank, 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Cash bar, silent auction. Donation $40.00 per person. Sandy 860-642-7867 or Christine 860-642-3418.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2012:
Heart to Heart Charity Ball ~ February 4, 2012 ~ Elks Club, 198 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT. Proceeds benefit programs for women and girls including Windham Area Interfaith Ministries providing assistance for families in need. This is our major fundraiser of the year where we partner with another organization in our local community. This year we are partnering with WAIM.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2011:
This fundraiser to benefit programs for women and children including the Windham Hospital Foundation Fund for Gina's Friends was held on February 5, 2011 at the Willimantic Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT. The evening featured cocktails and Hors d'oeuvres; dancing to the music of The Tirebiters Bank, a cash bar and silent auction. About 150 people braved the weather to support our programs for women and girls. To view pictures of the ball, please click here.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2010:
This fundraiser to benefit programs for women and children including Journey House at Natchaug Hospital was held on February 6, 2010 at the Willimantic Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant Street, Willimantic, CT. The evening featured cocktails and Hors d"oeuvres; dancing to the music of Night Moves. Cash bar, silent auction.

Heart to Heart Charity Ball 2009:
This fundraiser to benefit programs for women and children including Journey House at Natchaug Hospital was held on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at the Willimantic Elks Lodge, 198 Pleasant St., Willimantic, CT. The evening featured cocktails and Hors d"oeuvres 6:00pm to 7:00pm. and dancing to the music of Night Moves Band 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Cash bar, Silent Auction. To download and/or print all the details, please click here. Please note that this invitation is in PDF format. To view the latest updates and a list of sponsors, please click here.

Soroptimist Charity Ball:
This fundraiser was held on Saturday, February 2, 2008, at the Willimantic Elk's Lodge, 198 Pleasant St., Willimantic, CT. To view and/or print out a copy of the invitation with all the details about the ball, please click here.

Soroptimist Garden Tea Party
Was held on Sept. 13, 2014 at the Lebanon Art Gallery, 927 Trumbull Highway, Lebanon, CT. Seating at 1:30pm or 3:30pm. Enjoy tea in a lovely garden setting with sweets and sandwiches. Entertainment. Tickets $20 in advance. Available at Lebanon Art Gallery. To reserve tickets, contact Joyce Burdick at 860.423.8839. Proceeds to benefit local scholarship awards for women and girls. Photos of this fund event can be viewed on our facebook page.

Soroptimist Masked Ball:
This fundraiser was held on Saturday, February 3, 2007 at the Willimantic Elks Lodge in Willimantic, CT. Proceeds went to benefit the PreNatal Clinic at Windham Community Memorial Hospital. To view and/or print out a copy of the invitation with the details about this Masked Ball, please click here.

Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence 2016:

Soroptimist International of Willimantic and
Honorary Co-Chairs Ernie Eldridge, Mayor of the Town of Windham and Wayne Norman, WILI Radio Personality
would like to thank the people who stepped forward to
Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!

A special thank you to The Chronicle and WILI Radio!
Names of contributors were published in The Chronicle on November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

 

 

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