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Kathryn and Marty Nelson look at auction items during the Soroptimist International of Central Solano County's Denim and Diamonds fundraiser at Cordelia Fire Hall, Saturday. (Barry Eberling/Daily Repuiblic)

Solano County

Soroptimists hold Old West-tinged fundraiser

By From page A5 | May 18, 2014

CORDELIA — Cordelia is a pioneer Solano County town and on Saturday evening it hosted a fundraiser with the flavor of that era.

Soroptimist International of Central Solano County held its eighth annual Denim and Diamonds event. The group transformed the Cordelia Fire Hall into the Old West.

Marty and Kathryn Nelson were invited to the event by a friend who is a Soroptimist member. They saw good reason to come.

“Getting to support the Soroptimist and participating in a good cause,” Kathryn Nelson said.

They dressed up in western wear for the occasion, complete with cowboy hats, as did many other participants.

Beth Shedden has been a Soroptimist since 1988. She helped decorate the Cordelia Fire Hall to reflect the theme of “western garden.” Many of the plants and flowers came from her own yard.

“I brought my backyard here,” Shedden said.

She was glad to do the work.

“That’s my passion, my fun,” Shedden said. “I love to decorate the hall.”

Those attending got to browse through auction items on tables and write down bids. The items ranged from tickets to Giants and A’s games to golfing at Rancho Solano or Paradise Valley golf courses to a necklace and earrings to a hand-woven shawl.

The Denim and Diamonds event is a major fundraiser for the local Soroptimist group. The club in recent years has supported such organizations as the Solano County Family Justice Center, Heather House, Child Haven, Meals on Wheels, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Mission Solano’s women’s and children’s center, Princess House, The Leaven, Assist-a-Grad, Coats for Kids and the NorthBay Cancer Center.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.


Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • ReaderMay 18, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    And a Soroptimist would be??? A little description regarding the subject of a news article is a basic journalistic requirement. Without it, the article is meaningless.

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  • Arletta CMay 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    We are an international women's service organization, with local clubs in Fairfield-Suisun and all of the other cities in Solano County, as well as around the world. D&D is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The money raised will go to support a variety of groups both locally and internationally, working to improve the lives of women and girls. I happen to be the president of Soroptimist International of Central Solano County this year; we meet each Tuesday at 12:10 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, and always welcome new members!

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  • Mr. PracticalMay 18, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    It's possible Barry had a word limit for space. I would rather hear about the event and people. I can Google Soroptimist.

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  • Tough Lover Etta JamesMay 18, 2014 - 8:08 pm


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