Hats & Heels Luncheon

The Soroptimist Clubs of North County and Poway held their annual Hats and Heels luncheon on April 24th at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

Formerly known as our High Tea Event, our annual fundraiser supports both the Poway and North San Diego Club projects for the year. Our major project, Transitional Housing, is fully funded by the proceeds from this annual event. It takes $11,500 per apartment to provide transitional housing for women and their children fleeing a life of domestic violence. In addition, this event provides funds for continuing education programs for women who are head of household, foster teen girls who are high school graduates continuing on to higher education, victims of human trafficking, home caregiving for seniors and other programs empowering women and children.


Each year, members, supporters, friends, and guests wear festive hats and dress for fun at a beautiful local venue and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, silent auction, live auction, and guest speakers while sipping tea, champagne, and enjoying a delicious luncheon service.

Who We Are:

Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Our years of experience working with women and girls has taught us that education is the key to unlocking economic empowerment. When women and girls are educated they have opportunity, choices and power to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families.

What We Do:

Locally, in addition to supporting Soroptimist-wide programs, the North San Diego and Poway Soroptimist clubs work together on a Transitional Housing Program for domestic violence survivors. This 18-month program moves families from dependency and abuse to a safe, self-sustaining life by providing housing, mentorship, and financial help. Since 1997 North San Diego and Poway clubs have helped 71 moms and 171 children. 

The proceeds generated from Hats and Heels makes this and our other programs possible.

Photography by Gilda Adler