photos by Dawn Hough Sebaugh Photography

Hats & Heels

A pair of local philanthropic organizations have proved the power of collaboration, hard work, and a sensational party for the ninth year running. Soroptimist International of North San Diego (SINSD) and Soroptimist International of Poway (SIP) together raised more than $100,000 in net profits at Hats and Heels, benefiting women in need.


The event, previously known as High Tea, hosted nearly 400 guests – in their best hats – at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for an afternoon of social entertainment. The live auctions, games, raffles, and paddle raise were all popular opportunities to contribute, and included a range of items from a diamond necklace from Unicorn Jewelry to a two-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Entertainment included music from Poway High School senior Kylie Kim and her father, Stan, and singer-songwriter Floyd A. Smith from The 5th Dimension.

Amanda Roane, a graduate of the Soroptimist Transitional Housing Program, shared her story on stage as well.


Proceeds from Hats and Heels will benefit a number of 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.

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