Hosted by Soroptimist St. Helena Sunrise
Hosted by Soroptimist St. Helena Sunrise
LUNAFEST Napa Valley—A Series of Short Films About, For and By Women
LUNAFEST is our premier fundraiser. It has grown from attracting an audience of 30 to nearly 500 attendees. Our LUNAFEST beneficiaries are Girls on the Run Napa and Solano; NEWS Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services; and Soroptimist St. Helena Sunrise.
Our club mission is to support our local and global community by improving the health and wellbeing of women and girls, and we believe that Lunafest is perfectly aligned to meet these goals. Please think of helping support our beneficiaries with a sponsorship—information below.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center
6:15 PM Wine, Savory & Sweet Reception
7:00 PM Showtime
Tickets - $55 General / $20 Student
LUNAFEST®, the fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, is being hosted by Soroptimist of St. Helena Sunrise. All proceeds from LUNAFEST will benefit Girls on the Run Napa & Solano, NEWS - Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse Services and Soroptimist of St. Helena Sunrise. Thus far, LUNAFEST, which is created and funded by LUNA®, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women®, has raised over $4.1 M for non-profit organizations.
Each year, our club participates in three Soroptimist scholarship and award programs. Through these programs, we recognize young girls and non-Soroptimist women for their accomplishments in our community.
Each award has its own set of guidelines, application process, and gift. Check out each program's details.
Let us know if we can recognize you, or someone you know.
This is a Founder Region specific award, given in honor of Violet Richardson – the president of the first Soroptimist club in Alameda County in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It's what you do that counts.” She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.
The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where applications are reviewed. One applicant is recognized with a certificate and gift for her charity organization. Each of the Founder Region’s awardees then compete to be selected as the Region’s awardee, recognized at our annual conference.
This award honors non-Soroptimist women who are making extraordinary efforts on behalf of other women. This award gives the club and the entire organization the opportunity to say “thank you” and encourage others to explore ways to assist women.
Past award winners participate in programs supporting local community efforts such as those for seniors and underprivileged.
Do you, or someone you know, do great things for women and girls in our community? If so, send us a request for more award and scholarship details!
This program, formerly called the Women's Opportunity Award program, was established in 1972 by Soroptimist International of the Americas to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family.
Live Your Dream Awards applicants have faced economic and social barriers, and personal hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their educational and professional goals—until now.
The program begins in September when clubs order and distribute the award applications, it continues through April with clubs giving awards to women in their local communities, in May district and region winners are honored at region conference, and the program concludes for the year with the announcement of the Federation winner in July.
In 1996, Soroptimist International of St. Helena Sunrise founded the girls' soccer team at the St. Helena High School. At that time, there had never been a girls team, although there had been a boys soccer team for years. The school district, at that time, indicated that in order to start a girls' soccer team, we would have to raise about $10,000. With the help of Roger Louer (a long-time vintner and supporter of St. Helena athletics), local merchants, Ana's Cantina (who catered the event), club members, and the girls who were interested in joining the very first SHHS girls' soccer team, a fundraiser was held at the Native Sons Hall, wherein we made our goal, by raising around $12,000. The girls' soccer team came to fruition and has been a success ever since. Deanna Becker was an avid soccer player and coached youth soccer teams and was the first coach of the SHHS girl's JV soccer team. Deanna was a strong role-model for our young girls. Deanna passed away in 1997, and to honor her commitment to girls' soccer, the Soroptimist of St. Helena Sunrise club created a scholarship in her name, for a senior high school student, who has played on the girls' soccer team. To date, we have awarded over $34,000 in Deanna's name.