Soroptimist International of Coronado (SIC) holds one fundraiser every spring, the well-known and much anticipated Legends Luncheon. When the COVID-19 public health orders made it necessary to forgo the luncheon, club members quickly “reimagined” it as an online event, an opportunity to continue vital fundraising. The women and girls who receive services funded by SIC need that support now more than ever.

The purpose of the luncheon is two-fold: fundraising and honoring a woman or women who have made a difference. The online auction will take place through a link available at the Soroptimist International of Coronado website, coronadosoroptimist.org, from May 15-18. Visitors to the website will also find complete profiles and photos of the Legends, an auction catalog filled with photos and descriptions of your favorite items from local merchants, and a list of SIC Partners in Giving.

This year’s luncheon theme is “Empowerment Through Education” and the women chosen to be honored as Legends are the six Superintendent/Presidents and Chancellors of our local Community Colleges and Districts: Cindy Miles, Chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (2009- 12/2019); Dr. Sunita “Sunny” Cooke, Superintendent/President of MiraCosta Community College District; Dr. Joi Lin Blake, Superintendent/President of the Palomar Community College District/Palomar College; Dr. Constance M. Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District; Dr. Kindred Murillo, CEO of Southwestern College; Dr. Martha Garcia, Superintendent/President for Imperial Valley College.

It is both unique and historic that all these CEOs are women. Collectively, these six Community College CEOs have been in their positions from 18 months to fifteen years. They have had lengthy careers in advanced education, and as CEOs, their leadership and educational vision touches thousands of students annually. They all make a difference, and their careers and work personify the Soroptimist Mission and Vision. You are invited to the website to read more about each of their stories and backgrounds.

A primary goal of the club is to provide a sustainable positive impact on the lives of women and girls. This is done through scholarships, grants, and gifts to organizations that support the ideals of “better for women.” In addition to our signature grant “Live Your Dream,” and a mentoring program “Dream it, Be It,” Soroptimist funds go towards local legacy scholarships. These include the Jane Granzer scholarship, the Sybil Stockdale scholarship (NJROTC), Middle school and High school service awards, the Carol Raiter scholarship, Monarch School, Barrio Logan College Institute, Southwestern College, and Casa Hogar Sion orphanage college scholarship. SIC scholarship awardee alumni often return to relate how the money, recognition, and mentoring changed their lives. 2020 grants included Generate Hope, Mary’s House, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Point Loma Nazarene College kNOw More Trafficking Youth education program, Reading Legacies literacy program, and Coronado Public Library.

Support comes from sources other than the luncheon. These Partners in Giving started giving late in 2019 and have been generous through today and beyond, including a new fund established by current and past Luncheon Chairs. Partners in Giving to date include: Past and Present Luncheon Chairs Carol Lambert, Kathy Tyner, Sue Gillingham, Janet Francis, Sandy Gross, Yvonne Barnum and Carol Raiter (donated in her memory by Eric Raiter); Women Helping Women Partners Coronado Island Sinclair-Jan and Sets Iwashita, Dr. Douglas and Mia Campbell, Dr. Jean Roesch, Wendy McGuire and Dev Purkayastha; Living Their Dreams Partners Cal Private Bank, Carol Lambert, Dawn and John Ovrom, Dr. Blossom Sanger, Karen Pray, Kathy Tyner, KC Spring, Randall Moore; Building Bridges of Opportunity Partners Abby Jarl-Veltz and Joshua Veltz, Boney’s Bayside Market - Debby Boney, Coronado Hospital Foundation, Crown City Escrow - Cynthia English, Dr. Dick and Tippy Thibodeau, Ellen Breitner, Felicia Bell- Shore Life Luxury, Gail and Bob Bardin, Gooch and Maureen Goetschius, Dr. Paul and Jennifor Alvord, Sandy Gross in honor of Genevieve Rohan as 2020 Soroptimist of the Year, Sandy and Ed Gross, Yvonne Barnum; Soroptimist Friends Partners Barbara Henry, Genevieve Rohan, Karen Ketts, Law Offices of M. Tami Sandke, APC, Lee Lane PhD, Marlys Simmons, Nancy Cuddy, Nancy S. Smith, Noel Murphy, Sue and Dave Gillingham, The Gensler Group -Dan Gensler, Valerie Papaccio.

Join the Auction

Join SIC in supporting these programs and mission through the upcoming auction. There are fabulous auction items at every price level, donated by many local merchants. Visit the auction catalog and get ready to bid on items from 1906 Lodge, Hollands Bicycles, Gepetto’s Toys, Root 75, Glorietta Bay Inn, Bluewater Boat House, Coronado Island Film Festival, Coronado Department of Golf Services, Sewall Healthy Living Center, Coronado Chamber of Commerce, Ace Hardware, IB Pet, The Gondola Company, Buona Forchetta, Island Pasta, Blue Bridge Hospitality, Swaddee Thai, Coronado Taste of Oils, A Bit of Gold, The Flower Lady, Coronado Vintage, Miss Match, Blue Boheme, Emerald City, Kel Casey Photography, Fair Trade décor, Chef Gaby, American Asphalt and Concrete. There are items and packages donated by members, and a “donate now” button for those wishing to make an online cash donation in lieu of the traditional luncheon “raise the paddle.”

Access the auction catalog at coronadosoropotimist.org, and look for “Click here for Auction Info” or through links on the Facebook page Soroptimist International of Coronado.

Note that because this is a virtual auction, if you bought a ticket to the luncheon, you can convert the purchase price to a donation by contacting the luncheon Co-Chair Carol Lambert at carol-lambert@att.net. Please contact Carol for any other questions, and “see you” at the auction!

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