cm_soroptomist2The Soropotimist International of Vista and North County Inland held their annual Soroptimist Women’s Award Gala (SWAG) to honor three local women and four nonprofits with scholarship and grant awards totaling $24,000. The highlight of the night was the presentation of the Club’s “Live Your Dream” Award to Vicki Gonzales. Vicki will be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and hopes to eventually earn a Master’s and Ph.D. and become a licensed child psychologist. “As a single mother and a college student, the Live Your Dream award will give me the additional burst of courage and determination I need to keep on striving for my dream,” she said.

Over $11,000 from the Soroptimist’s service fund was awarded to four nonprofits. This year’s recipients were the Boys & Girls Club of Vista, Leap to Success, Welcome Home Ministries, and Casa de Amparo. In addition, graduate nursing students Christine Dukovich and Sasha Luecke received $5,000 scholarships in recognition for their volunteer work. Other highlights of the Academy Awards-themed night included a fashion show with designer dresses from Vista’s Garment Gourmet resale shop and an Academy Awards-themed trivia quiz for prizes. For more information visit www.soroptimistvista.org.