By Carole Grosch | Reporter
On a breezy Saturday evening, sounds of music and lively conversation drifted from the Clovis Rodeo Hall as the Clovis Soroptimists International welcomed guests to their primary fundraiser event, Denim and Diamonds.
Soroptimist means “best for women.” This volunteer service organization is made up of women at their best working to help women and girls locally and worldwide, become their best. Proceeds of Denim and Diamonds go to support community projects like the Marjaree Mason Center, CUSD Kids in Transition, and the Clovis Boys & Girls Club, among others. Several awards and scholarships, including the Live Your Dream Awards and Violet Richardson Award, are also given.
The annual fundraiser combined dinner and dancing with live music and a silent and a live auction. The variety of auction items always invokes excitement. Included with this year’s donations were items from Jackson Jewelry, “Once Upon a Time,” Gallery II and Clovis Floral and Gifts.
Jody Jo Mize of KISS Country emceed the event and auctioneer, Neil Sprio, kept the live auction bidding fast and fun. Music was by “Kuzzin Mel & Peggy” and dinner was provided by the Clovis Kiwanis and Classic Catering.
“We had a wonderful crowd and a delicious dinner,” said Judith Preuss, Soroptimist Secretary, and chair of the fundraiser. “We look forward to presenting our support to our major projects with the results of this event.”
Soroptimist International of Clovis is part of an international organization founded in 1921, in Oakland, California. It now has over 100,000 members in 120 countries and territories that contribute time and money to programs to benefit the lives of girls and women.
For more information, to donate or to become a member, visit www.siclovis.org