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Elko Soroptimists Host roaring '20's Wine Tasting

Soroptimist International of Elko Vice President Marianne Kobak McKown poses in her fab fashionable flapper getup.

ELKO — Join the Soroptimists from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Northeastern Nevada Museum for a journey back to the 1920s. Guys and gals can get all decked out in their finest from the era. It’s an event that is sure to be the bee’s knees.

Elko Soroptimists work toward bettering our community. This fundraiser will help them carry out their “Dream It, Be It” program for teen girls and contribute to supplying the Magic School Supply Bus.

“Most people don’t think about teen dating violence,” said Soroptimist President Elaine Cassell. “One-third to half of girls experience abuse and about 12 percent of this is dating abuse.”

The “Dream It, Be It” program instills pride and self-worth in area teen girls.

Career counseling and mentoring are provided to send young ladies on the right path into adulthood.

Teen girls face certain obstacles when working toward their future and Elko Soroptimists assist them in finding ways to break down the barriers for success, Cassell said.

This year’s wine tasting will be slightly different than in years past. Besides beer and wine the party will also feature liquor of a 1920s theme. Candy girls will be milling around the event selling chocolates and tickets for the drawings during the evening, said wine tasting chairwoman Marianne McKown, the club’s vice president. There will also be a silent auction with prizes donated by businesses.

During the evening the group will also be presenting the Live Your Dream Scholarship of $1,000 to the winner, Morgan VanBlarcom. Each year Soroptimists International gives $1.6 million to around 1,200 women.

These are women who have faced incredible challenges including poverty, domestic abuse and substance abuse. Scholarship money is provided to help these women achieve a higher education.

Besides doing good things for Elko County girls, the local Soroptimists are also great at promoting their cause and gaining new membership. Elko’s club is currently fourth in the world for achieving more memberships this year. The increase is tallied by the percentage of new members rather than numbers.

Tickets for the wine tasting can be purchased from any Soroptimist member, at Barbara Maple Country Financial, located at 1082 Lamoille Highway, or from their Facebook page. Tickets can also be purchased at the event.

Pre-sale tickets cost $25 per person or $40 per couple and tickets purchased at the door cost $30 per person and $50 per couple. Attendees must be 21 or older.

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