Join us for the 32nd Annual Soroptimist International of the San Tans Awards Luncheon
At this yearly Soroptimist International of the San Tans signature event you will discover the many ways our organization directly works to improve the lives of women and girls right here in the East Valley. You will meet representatives from many other valley organizations who also have done outstanding work to support women and children throughout Arizona. You will be inspired to hear the stories from our many award winners including our Live Your Dream winners, outstanding women who despite many obstacles continue to pursue education to improve their own lives. Proceeds from the luncheon contribute significantly to our ability to continue to help women and girls in the East Valley.
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time: Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; Lunch served at 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bernard's at Ocotillo
Ocotillo Golf Resort
3751 South Clubhouse Drive, Chandler 85248
Become an Event Sponsor
Attending the luncheon is a great way to support the efforts of Soroptimist International of the San Tans to improve the lives of women and girls in the East Valley and to honor many individuals and organizations joining us in this endeavor. However, an even better way is to become an individual or business sponsor of
Benefits of sponsorship include:
- Individual or Business Name recognition in the luncheon program
- Introduction during the presentation
- Listing in our spring newsletter and on our club webpage
- Inclusion in press releases sent to community newspapers announcing the luncheon awardees
Friends Level sponsorship is a great choice for an individual or business who would like to contribute just a bit more to helping Soroptimist International of the San Tans fulfill our mission. Friends Level sponsorship will secure you one lunch ticket.
Silver Level sponsorship is a great choice for an individual or business who would like to contribute even more to helping Soroptimist International of the San Tans fulfill our mission. Silver Level sponsorship will secure you two lunch tickets.
Gold Level sponsorship is a great choice for an individual or business who would like to contribute significantly to helping Soroptimist International of the San Tans fulfill our mission. Gold Level sponsorship will secure you three lunch tickets.
Platinum Level sponsorship is a great choice for a business who would like to make a high level contribution to help Soroptimist International of the San Tans fulfill our mission. Platinum Level sponsorship will secure you six lunch tickets. Table signage will be in place at the luncheon for the sponsoring person/organization.
Diamond Level sponsorship is the way to show your ultimate support to help Soroptimist International of the San Tans fulfill our mission! Diamond level sponsorship will secure you a full table of eight lunch tickets. Table signage will be in place at the luncheon for the sponsoring person/organization.
Win one of the beautiful prize baskets which will be raffled at our annual luncheon. Tickets for the baskets are $5 per ticket or 5 for $20. Contact a Soroptimist member to buy tickets today! Tickets will also be available at the luncheon.
2017 "Live Your Dream Award" Winners
Soroptimist International of the San Tans, are proud to announce our 2017 Live Your Dream Award winners. Live Your Dream Awards assist women who are the primary financial support for their families by giving them resources to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families by Soroptimist groups throughout the United States. In 2007, the program received the Associations Advance America Summit Award—ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership's highest level of recognition.
LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD – 2017 WINNERS
First Place: Rhonda White
Life did not start off well for Rhonda. Born to parents in deep poverty with very serious mental health and addiction issues, she was moved 35 times between birth and the age of 16! Without a stable home life or adult guidance, it is no surprise that at the age of 17 she found herself pregnant with her first child – LeAnn – followed 3 years later by son, Richard. Seeking a family of her own, Rhonda married a controlling abusive man, had two more children – Hope and Heaven – suffering 2 strokes following Heaven’s premature birth. Determined to get away from her dangerous home life, with a disability and her 2 young children, she left her abusive husband only to be charged with kidnapping Heaven. Faced with legal challenges, she lost custody of Heaven and now she can only see her through Skype or in person – in Wyoming; not an inexpensive venture. Last summer she and Hope could only visit Heaven because they could stay at a family homeless mission there. Determined none the less, Rhonda enrolled in college at the age of 46 knowing that the only way to break the poverty cycle and be a role model to her girls was through education. On disability and with chronic pain, Rhonda is working toward a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. She was named the most outstanding re-entry student in 2016 by Chandler-Gilbert Community College. One of her instructors wrote about Rhonda, “It is students like Rhonda, who have a second chance to take a different road of opportunity in her life ( in this case, the academic road of opportunity) that has her taking the road map to new possibilities with eyes wide open, focusing on the road ahead to a destination that motivates her to do all she can to find a brighter future.” It is truly an honor for Soroptimist of the San Tans to be one of the rest stops along that road!
Second Place: Kathryn Ernest
Kate had her first child at the age of twenty-two and was in what appeared to be a good relationship with the father until he decided to go into business for himself. He asked Kate to help grow and manage the family business as his administrative assistant and to be a stay at home mom – making the family dependent on one income. In 2014, their second daughter was born and the children’s father was injured at work. As we hear about so much in the news these days, he quickly became addicted to opioid medications, which led to making bad choices, ruining the family’s finances and engaging in criminal behavior. Reluctantly forced to seek government assistance for her children and herself, Kate used this period in her life to reassess where she was headed. To that end, she completed a certificate as a paralegal from Arizona Western College and was accepted at ASU to work toward a B.S. in Justice Studies. The mother of two girls under the age of 5, Kate writes in her application, “My career goals are so much larger than simply having a job that pays the bills. As a single mother, my drive and focus is derived from my desire to not only financially provide for my children and to be able to do so entirely unassisted by government programs, my family, or relying on a man, but to demonstrate to my girls, what a strong- independent- intelligent- and hard working woman looks like.” Awarding Kate will be a small step toward improving the lives of one woman and her two little girls!