Farmington Valley Soroptimist Club
We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
Thank you to all our guests,
sponsors and donors who helped
create a great success with our
A Toast to Women!
fund raising event!
We raised over $30,000 which will
benefit Grace Academy Hartford, Prudence
Crandall Center and awards sponsored by
Soroptimist International of Farmington
Valley to empower women and girls to
live their dreams.
Special Thanks to our
Emcees for the evening:
Erika Arias & Joe Furey from Fox
And Extra Special Thanks To...
Dr. Gina Barreca
Our Special Thanks to our Host
Special THANKS to our EMPOWERMENT
for this event:
Hoffman Auto Group
Petit Family Foundation
Fall - Wreath Selling
A Toast to
Women: an evening of wine and chocolate delights
Ongoing - Women's Self-Defense Workshops
Our club strives to hold one fundraising event in the Fall & Spring
of each club year (Sept. to June) to raise awareness about
Soroptimist and financially support our service projects.
Grace Academy, Hartford, CT ~
Grace Academy is an independent school dedicated to providing a
quality, tuition-free education to girls of all faiths from
low-income families residing in Hartford’s inner city neighborhoods.
Since opening in September 2010, SIFV has provided financial,
in-kind and service assistance to the school. SIFV members provide
workshops and help organize clubs for the girls to participate in.
We find this to be personally gratifying and the organization
greatly appreciates our assistance.
SIFV’s support includes:
- In the 2010-2011 club year, $2,000 in financial assistance
- In the 2011-2012 club year, $2,045 in financial assistance
- In the 2012-2013 club year, $1,200 in financial assistance
- Since 2014, SIFV has donated over
$20,000 in funds raised from its "A Toast to Women!"
wine/chocolate event to Grace Academy!
Grace Academy Cooking Club - SIFV members and Grace Academy
students enjoy the art of cooking!
Prudence Crandall Center (PCC), New Britain, CT ~
Over the last few years, SIFV has assisted PCC, the oldest domestic
violence program in the State of Connecticut, in several ways:
- In 2009, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club
Grant for Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its
"SIFV & PCC Partners to Eradicate Domestic Violence" project. SIFV
was able to purchase beds, bedding, linens, etc. to outfit the new
- In 2010, received a $2,500 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women
and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Welcome to a
New Hope...a New Beginning" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items for, assembled and delivered "welcome" kits
containing personal care/hygiene items for women and infants
arriving to PCC's Emergency Shelter without these necessary items.
- In 2011, received a $500 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the Status of
Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help support its
"Helping Young Hearts Heal" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items such as paint/paint supplies, tables/chairs,
bookcases and other supplies to help establish a Child Resource
Center at PCC's Rose Hill facility. This resource center created a
bright, safe place to aid PCC's child population in its healing
SIFV member Tracy Scala with representatives from Prudence
Crandall Center in the Child Resource Room
- In July 2012, received a $750 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the
Status of Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help
support its "Welcome to a New Hope...a New Beginning" project (see
March 2013 – SIFV members sit in a "sea of blue" welcome kits for
Prudence Crandall Center
Also in July 2012, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club Grant for
Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Helping
Teen Hearts Heal" project. SIFV was able to purchase furniture, a
large TV, home theater system, computer workstations and other
items to create a teen room at Prudence Crandall Center in order
for these victims to have a place for counseling sessions, to
complete homework and to have supervised movie/game nights.
SIFV members Tracy Scala, Joan Hofmann & Eileen Moskey on a site
visit to the PCC Teen Resource Room.
Photos of the PCC Teen Resource Room – furniture,
TV, computer workstations purchased
In October 2012, our club was honored to receive the PCC
"Impact" award at its annual meeting. Members were there to
receive the award on behalf of the club. Senator Richard
Blumenthal also honored the club with a special citation from his
office for its work with Prudence Crandall Center.
Awards given to SIFV for its philanthropic work
with Prudence Crandall Center
SIFV members receive the PCC Impact Award –
Left to right: Lydia Tedone, Joan Hofmann, Eileen Moskey & Tracy Scala
- In Summer of 2013, again received a $500 product grant from
"4imprint" (www.4imprint.com) for re-usable grocery shopping bags
with the Soroptimist "S" logo and "Best for Women" tagline for PCC
welcome kits. This donation will allow the club to continue this
project of donating kits in 2013 and 2014.
- Since 2014, SIFV has
donated over $20,000 in funds raised from its "A Toast to Women!"
wine/chocolate event to Prudence Crandall Center!
- Ongoing - financially via proceeds from our fundraisers and
through procured grants.
Self-Defense Workshops, Canton CT
This community service project, sponsored by the women of SIFV and
Yu's Academy for Martial Arts, is free of charge. However,
attendees have generously donated money and helped us raise over
$2,500 to date to help our service projects which improve the lives
of women and girls in our local community and throughout the
Photo of students and teachers at
for Martial Arts in one of our Self-Defense Workshops for women. The
men were very brave to get suited up so we could really hit them
hard! Thanks to Yu's Academy in Canton, CT for allowing us to
conduct these vital workshops to help women learn basic skills to
more information and photos about the self-defense workshops, please
Your Dream Award
Once again this year the winner will be
awarded $ 2,000.00!
International Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the
Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary
source of financial support for their families by giving them the
resources they need to improve their education, skills and
This year’s application
due date is November 15, 2015. Attached are the
Eligibility form, the
application and the
reference form for two (2) references. The Eligibility form
needs to be completed first to make sure your applicant will qualify
for this award. We encourage applicants to submit well before the
In 2014 our club,
Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, received
many applications. We had one winner who received the $ 2,000 award
AND other applications were forwarded to other regional clubs for
consideration. Three women won the award at the other clubs, for
various amounts. Additionally all the winners are considered for the
regional and national award levels.
Our club’s award dinner
will be in April, 2016. Applicants will be informed in January.
More information about
this award and program is available at
Live Your Dream.
If you have any questions
or if your applicant needs guidance in completing the Eligibility
form or application, please contact us at:
Mary Jean Cummiskey Tel. (860)-651-7529
Susan Bullock Tel. (719)-588-6757
Do you live in the Farmington Valley
and want to learn more about our club? Then contact us! We'd love
to have you as a guest at an upcoming meeting or event!
Ebanks, (860) 944-5022
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