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From STAFF REPORTS

8:25 pm | May 25, 2016


If this is the first time you’ve heard the word “Soroptimist,” you’re not alone. This term simply describes people who support and empower women. The Altadena Pasadena club is part of an international organization that helps support community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls by supporting community organizations, giving scholarships to women returning to school and offering self-esteem workshops for teens.

“Until women reach pay and gender equality, we need to continue to empower young girls to reach for the stars and to make sure there is a star for them to reach,” said Camille Levee, who is on the planning committee.

The Altadena Pasadena Soroptimists hosted a tea and fashion show to recognize and honor Door of Hope and the Women’s Room at Friends in Deed, both organizations support and provide services to women in need. Door of Hope, a faith based organization that helps families rebuild by providing transportation, housing and a restoration program designed for homeless families with children, recognized Shauna Goddard-Barger for her work.

Friends in Deed, a daytime refuge for women who are alone and homeless or at risk, honored Harriet Montier for her service. The Women’s Room is a dedicated safe space for women and children as they continue on the path to success. Montier has also been an usher at the Friendship Baptist Church for over 50 years and continues to serve the community through volunteer work.

“What’s most rewarding is getting our name out there, the work we do for other women and the friendships we make,” said Lynne Eodice, who does publicity for the Soroptimists.

The afternoon concluded in a fashion show with wearable outfits and handmade toppers. Models wore clothes in the Planet Chic Collection by Mary Anne Ayers. This former flight attendant designed a line of wearable clothes for women on the go and donated 20% of her sales to the Soroptimists and their mission of empowering women and girls.