photo by Dawn Hough Sebaugh Photography

Soroptimist International of North San Diego (SINSD) and Soroptimist International of Poway (SIP) recently hosted their ninth annual Hats and Heels event, raising more than $100,000 in net profits for women in need.

The event hosted nearly 400 guests – in their best hats – at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for an afternoon of socializing, auctions, games, raffles, and live music. Amanda Roane, a graduate of the Soroptimist Transitional Housing Program, shared her story on stage as well.

Proceeds from Hats and Heels will benefit several Soroptimist programs. Transitional Housing is an 18-month program providing survivors of domestic violence with safe housing, financial aid, and mentoring. Live Your Dream provides scholarships to women who provide the primary source of income for their families, allowing them to further their education. Dream It Be It provides career support for girls in local schools. STAT! targets human trafficking, focusing on public awareness, education, and survivor support. Learn more at