Wine, Women & Wow! 2014 presents SPOTLIGHT ON VENDORS

Wine, Women & Wow! 2014 is coming up this September 24th and we’ve got fantastic business partners! Spotlight on Vendors offers in-depth information about some of the wonderful participants in this year’s event.

Mary Lively-web

WWW: Mary, how long have you worked as an esthetician and what kind of training have you had?

ML: I’ve had 19 years of experience working as an esthetician/skin care specialist. My clients enjoy the benefits of my advanced training and certification in chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, make up artistry, skin biology, cosmetic chemistry, and acne management.

WWW: It sounds like your clients are in good hands! What other kinds of services do you offer?

ML: I provide complimentary consultations, results-oriented facials, resurfacing treatments, waxing and make up.

WWW: Do you recommend any particular products to your clients?

ML: I offer a full line of clinical skin care products and organic products by Image Skin Care, and mineral make up by Jane Iredale.

WWW: Mary, I know you personally as an active member of Soroptimist International of Hood River and their work empowering women and girls in the Gorge. Are you involved in other community activities as well?

ML: I think it’s important to educate people on how to achieve healthy skin, and look and feel the best for their age, so I frequently teach classes on skin care through community education. I recommend a program of regular professional facial treatments combined with proper and effective skin care at home.

WWW: Can you tell us what sets you apart from others in your field?

ML: Experience, education and trustworthiness.

Looking for more information about Mary’s services? Check out her website at Book a consultation online or email Mary at; you can also call/text at 541-490-5796.

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2014 Women of Distinction Award Winners Announced!

BetteLouYenne©DRehseWatson JacquieBarone©DRehseWatson LorindaHoffman©DRehseWatsonJacquie Barone, Lorinda Hoffman and Bette Lou Yenne have been named as the 2014 winners of the Soroptimist International of Hood River’s Women of Distinction Award.  Each year since 1975, Soroptimist Hood River has worked with community leaders and organizations to honor women whose work in a professional or volunteer capacity has made a significant difference in the quality of our community.

The three women will be introduced by their nominators at an awards luncheon in their honor on Wednesday, May 14, from 11:30- 1:00 pm in the Gorge Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn. Tickets for the luncheon are $18 each and available at Waucoma Bookstore.

In her nomination of Jacquie Barone, Cathy Carter said, “Whatever Jacquie does, she does with her whole being. Her commitment to any cause is immense; she has a huge heart and is always willing to give.” Jacquie Barone started the Hood River Downtown Business Association, has served on the Chamber of Commerce, and organized many community events. She is well known for her beautiful volunteer landscaping work at the Hood River Waterfront Park and the Willow Ponds Residential Neighborhood.

 Bette Lou Yenne has impressed me with her amazing commitment to the community,” says her nominator, Buzzy Nielsen. “Whether through her involvement with FISH Food Bank, Asbury/Our Redeemer Partnership, or the Library, Bette Lou truly has improved the lives of people throughout Hood River County.” The Library credits her as one of the major organizers of the second and successful library campaign. She volunteers weekly at the Cascade Locks food banks and while there, passes out free books to children who come. FISH also commends her for doing the exacting work to get FISH organized as 501(c)(3) Organization. She is now working on fundraising for the new FISH building.

While her children were young, Lorinda Hoffman focused her community volunteer time on projects involving them and their classmates. In 2004, Lorinda added the local Food Bank to her volunteer projects. Lorinda began taking over administrative duties as the health of the long-term coordinator failed. “In the five years I have volunteered regularly at FISH,” says Victoria Kelsey, “I have seen for myself the energy, dedication, and effectiveness that Lorinda shows every day in keeping this very complex operation running smoothly to put much-needed food into the homes of hungry families in Hood River and Mosier.”  In 2009, the FISH Steering Committee recognized the great work Lorinda did and made her a part-time paid employee. “A well-run food bank, efficient, thrifty, organized, supported by dedicated volunteers, is an unfortunate necessity in American towns,” said Kelsey. “Lorinda deserves to be honored as a SIHR Women of Distinction for all that she does for the benefit of so many people.”

(Portraits created by SIHR member, Denise Rehse Watson.)

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LUNAFEST returns to Hood River!

66926_466513180082889_550897_nEstablished in 2000 by LUNA, the makers of the Whole Nutrition Bar for Women, LUNAFEST connects women, their stories and their causes through film. This traveling film festival spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. LUNAFEST was created with two goals: 1) To support and nurture the inspiring and often unsung work of talented women filmmakers. 2) To raise funds and awareness for causes that help, empower and give a voice to women from all walks of life. 100 percent of all LUNAFEST net proceeds are donated to charity, with 15 percent going to our main beneficiary, Breast Cancer Fund, and 85 percent going to directly back to the local community organizations championed by our event hosts. To date, LUNAFEST has raised over $1.9 million dollars for more than 750 worthy causes. When you attend a LUNAFEST, you not only get a night out with great films, but you also get to make a difference in the lives of real women.

Lunafest happens March 12 & 13 with a showtime of 7:00pm at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River. Tickets ($10) are available at the Columbia Center for the Arts and Waucoma Bookstore. You can see a short preview here.

Soroptimist International of Hood River is grateful to our sponsors for this year’s event: Tofurky, a family-owned, local company with nutritious vegetarian products that promote the health of women and Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, a leading provider of women’s health care in the Columbia Gorge.

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