The Latest Updates

NEW Sustaining Donor Option!

Can’t be a Soroptimist member, but would still like to help Santa Cruz County women and girls complete their education? Become a Sustaining Donor by sending us a monthly donation of any amount you choose! A bank transfer from your bank to ours is the easiest way to make your donation. If you would like to become a donor, send us an email and we’ll arrange it.

Dinner for 6 Raffle Winner wowed by catered gourmet dinner

A Dinner for 6 Raffle is just one way that we at Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the Sea raise funds to support local area women in reaching their educational goals.

“The event was a catered gourmet dinner for 6 at a private villa; it was a phenomenal event! I mean…I’m virtually without words as to what a wonderful event it was with a delightful setting, phenomenal chef, and host and hostess that…well, I’d of liked to have adopted them all! Very, very special! What a great cause! What a great event!” – winner of the Soroptimist Capitola-by-the-Sea Dinner for 6 Fundraiser.

This year’s Dinner for 6 winner was hosted at the home of one of our members in the Soquel hills on October 21. The guests were blown away by the event and thoroughly enjoyed the setting as well as the fine food and company. The raffle winner gave us the above glowing review. We thank the guests for being so gracious and for their support of the Soroptimist mission.

Capitola Soroptimists Launch Search for “Live Your Dream” Applicants

Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the-Sea has launched its search for applicants for its 2024 “Live Your Dream” awards program.

Women who are enrolled in or have been accepted into a bachelor’s or a technical training program, are heads of their households and have a demonstrated need are eligible to apply for a “Live Your Dream” award.

Deadline to apply is November 15, 2023. Applications are available online at, click on the “Live Your Dream” logo and review the eligibility requirements and application instructions. Winners will be announced in January 2024 and an awards ceremony will be held in March.

Each winner will be awarded $2,000 that may be used to pay for anything they need to help them complete their educational program such as food, rent, car repairs, child care and health care. The Club typically makes three awards to local women.

“Live Your Dream education and training awards are designed for women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including domestic abuse, poverty, teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol addiction, to pursue an education,” said Laura Knapp, Live Your Dream program chair. “Our winners are typically single moms who want to be able to support themselves and their children and know that a good education makes that possible.”

Capitola Soroptimist Fundraiser At Shakespeare

Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the-Sea has successfully completed another season renting cushions, beach chairs and blankets on cold nights at all 50 of the Santa Cruz Shakespeare (SCS) shows in the Audrey Stanley Grove in Delaveaga Park, 501 Upper Park Rd., beginning July 8 and continuing thru August 27.

Proceeds from the booth are the Club’s major fund-raiser and a portion is shared with SCS.

Night life at Santa Cruz Shakespeare on July 13 when our team got a $50 donation on our first transaction!

Support our non-profit organization by making a tax-deductible contribution!

Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the-Sea is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.  We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and your contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Tax ID 94-9771973.

Make checks payable to: Soroptimist International of Capitola and mail to:
P.O. Box 576 Capitola, CA 95010

Thank you for your support!