Live Your Dream Awards! (formerly known as the Women’s Opportunity Awards)


Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).

Applications are available at the Hood River County Library or the White Salmon Library or by contacting Kate Dougherty at 541-490-4296 or Applications may also be downloaded – application forms and reference forms are included at the bottom of this post. The application deadline is November 15, 2014.

The Soroptimist clubs of Hood River and Mt. Adams will provide five $1,500 cash grants to award recipient. Two of the recipients will then be advanced to the Soroptimist Northwest Region level, where recipients could receive up to an additional $5,000.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

These awards help improve the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

The Hood River and Mt.Adams clubs are part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.  Almost 80,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.


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Wine, Women & Wow! 2014 in just 24 hours!


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Wine, Women & Wow! 2014 presents SPOTLIGHT ON VENDORS

RobinAllen -webWWW: Robin, many of us know you for your retail business, That’s Swank, specializing in beautiful vintage clothing – but you do so much more than that!

RA: I also work with The Gorge Magazine as their Fashion Editor. But what I’ve been really enjoying lately is acting as a professional Wardrobe Stylist and Personal Shopper! I love advising and guiding people to develop their own ultimate style, helping them create a perfectly focused wardrobe.

WWW: You are the best promo for your styling services – you always look fabulous, so put together!

RA: It’s not about designer labels, WHO’s clothes you’re wearing – it’s HOW you’re wearing it that makes you feel & look like a million bucks. This works even if it is just the outfit you are wearing to take the kids to practice, going grocery shopping or even gardening in! What you wear affects every aspect of your life – I show my clients how easily looking chic can be acheived!

WWW: In addition to individual consultations, you’re also offering a class soon?

RA: Yes, I’m calling it the “Cheap to Chic Wardrobe Styling Workshop.” It will be held at the Columbia Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 28th, from 3pm to 6pm. Attendees will receive tips, tricks and secrets to getting the wardrobe they want on the budget they have. They’ll learn how to stay organized, how to keep from being overwhelmed and how to face your closet head on with complete confidence & excitement!

WWW: How would you best sum up your approach to fashion?

RA: I’ve always loved this quote from Coco Chanel: “A girl should be two things: Classy & Fabulous.”

Tickets for Robin’s workshop are available through or at the CCA Art Gallery in Hood River. To learn more about Robin and her styling services, check out her website.

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