Submitted by Soroptomist of Friday Harbor
When life gives you lemons, of course, you are supposed to make lemonade! But that’s hard to do if you don’t have any sugar to sweeten it. Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor was very fortunate — we had the sweetener!
COVID-19 restrictions kept us from being able to hold our annual fundraiser: our St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza. One week before the event, we had to cancel it. Of course, we were not happy about it, but we knew it was the right thing to do for the health of our community.
We contacted all auction item donors to ask if we might keep them for a later date — and everyone said yes. Some of us were optimistic that we’d be able to hold an event in September; some of us were very wrong. When it became clear that any in-person event was not likely to happen this year, we decided to hold an online auction.
Our community was so supportive, both in bidding on the great items we had for auction, and by donating to one of our special fund-a-needs; Women’s Emergency Fund, Cancer Treatment Transportation Fund, and Scholarships and Awards.
The Friday Harbor Soroptimists wish to thank everyone for their support. We are excited that we will be able to continue our programs for the community, and especially for women and girls.