Give her Wings gala a hot ticket

Lip syncing fun and a chance to support women in need

It's gala season and one of the hottest tickets will be the annual Give Her Wings Gala next week.

Hosted by Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities on Feb. 27 at the Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, the event is being held to raise funds for programs supporting women and girls. It will be an opportunity to meet and mingle, enjoy a cocktail party, take part in raffles and a live and silent auction, and vote on your favourite lip syncing group.

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The evening will also see presentations for three awards — the Live Your Dream Award, the Give Her Wings Award and the Violet Richardson Award — which are given out, along with cash grants, to women going back to school or who are teenage volunteers involved in their school or community.

"We invite you to witness the awards and hear powerful stories as we give awards to women and girls who will now have access to education, empowerment and enabling," Soroptimist member Linda Kozina said in a press release.

Soroptimist International of the Tri-Cities was recently given the Tri-City Chamber of Commerce Not-for-Profit of the Year award for its work in the community. With a mission to empower women and girls, the Soroptimists have been involved in many projects, including a Warm Place for Women, which is a social monthly dinner and an opportunity to collect gently used clothing and personal care items for women in need; the Lunch and Learn program at School District 43's CABE (Coquitlam Alternative Basic Education) school; and Bea's Kloset, a free store for women and girls transitioning on their own.

• Tickets for the Give Her Wings Gala on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Westwood Plateau Golf and Country Club, 3251 Plateau Blvd., Coquitlam, cost $65, and include a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and an awards presentation at 7 p.m., For tickets or more information, email or call 604-944-9017.

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