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Alvin Community College
Soroptimist International of Alvin
News Release
Monday, February 22, 2010

Soroptimist helps raise over $9,800 for The Salvation Army

Soroptimist International of Alvin (SIOA) Committee Chair and Alvin-Manvel Area Chamber of Commerce President Connie Elies (left) and SIOA President Lang Windsor (right) presented a check for over $9,800 to The Salvation Army Captains Mario and Lola Maldonado on Feb. 16.Soroptimist International of Alvin (SIOA) helped collect over $9,800 for The Salvation Army through its annual bell ringing campaign at the Wal-mart in Alvin this holiday season.

SIOA coordinated numerous individual and local organizational volunteers to ring the bell from Nov. 27 through Christmas.

“Bell ringing for The Salvation Army at the Alvin Wal-mart is a strictly volunteer collaboration, coordinated by the members of Soroptimist International of Alvin,” SIOA President Lang Windsor said. “Connie Elies, Soroptimist committee chair, helps to organize all the other civic groups and various churches that also play a huge part in making this program a success.” 

Some of the organizations and churches that participated included: Rotary Club of Alvin, Kiwanis Club of Alvin, First Presbyterian Church of Alvin and more.

“In addition to Connie, each woman in Soroptimist is to be thanked for her part in this process,” she continued. “A special mention goes to Judy Tomlin, the organization's treasurer, who puts in a lot of time keeping up with daily deposits of funds!”

SIOA participates in numerous fundraisers each year, such as Men Who Cook and Serendipity Sale, in order to provide grants for local groups and help women directly with scholarships and resources for other needs. 

“Through the bell ringing, Men Who Cook and Serendipity Sale, we raised $18,737 for our community last year,” Windsor stated.

Chartered in 1984, SIOA is part of an international volunteer group and composed of local business and professional women with the desire to help improve the lives of women and children.

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