Soroptimist International of Long Beach – Investing in Dreams

The “everyday runway” models featured fun, accessible fashion

Past award recipients inspired guests with their stories of success.

Lauri Blanchard pulled off an entertaining, inspiring show with support from the entire committee

Soroptimist International of Long Beach held its third annual fall fashion show Saturday October 28th at Long Beach Marriott. The event highlighted everyday fashion outfits modeled by women who have received scholarships and support from the local nonprofit club. After enjoying several runs of on-trend fashion outfits, the crowd was uplifted by the words of three women who shared their stories of difficult circumstances and their gratitude for Soroptimist’s support with scholarships and Live Your Dream awards.

Each of the three women has pursued her education at CSULB and/or Long Beach City College. One woman graduated with a STEM degree and now works as a bio-engineer in cancer studies. Another studied social work and now works for the domestic violence shelter that protected her family when she was younger. The third young woman is pursuing a degree in speech therapy and walked the runway with a smile that brightened the room.

This fun event raises money each year to support programs such as Soroptimist Day of Success which provides women entering or re-entering the workplace with a donated professional outfit, a make-over session, and interview preparation. Other programs include Live Your Dream providing support for education and training; Dream It, Be It providing career exploration and training at Jordan High School; and support for local domestic violence shelters.Save