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Soroptimist Wine Tasting raises $7,800 for scholarships, service

April 26, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — It was a good night to be a single man in Calexico.

Women, flirting for a good cause, browsed all manner of merchandise, danced to disco favorites in high-heel shoes and enjoyed their libations during the fourth annual Soroptimist Wine Tasting on Wednesday night.

With a ratio of two women for every man, the Calexico Quality Inn became the embodiment of Jan and Dean's "Surf City" without the, well, surf.

Renee Liebowitz of Calexico said there should be more events like this.

"There are so many beautiful women in Calexico. It's good to get everyone together," said Liebowitz.

Virginia Montejano, president of the local Soroptimist chapter, said all 500 tickets for the event were sold.

She said half of the $7,800 raised will go toward scholarships for local students and half will go for community contingencies.


"This will allow the Soroptimists to help even more of the community," Montejano said.

In addition to wine tasting, there was shopping.

Vendors selling silver and gold jewelry, rotisserie grills and scented candles said they did brisk business.

Silver by Lucy!, founded by Lucy Tagliapietra, has been a part of the event for each of its four years.

Susana Favila from El Centro and Sandie Soto from Calexico checked out Lucy's wares. Each tried on and modeled various silver pieces including necklaces and earring/necklace combinations.

Taglapietra said the combinations were her best sellers.

Alba Leon sold jewelry at the event but the precious metal she hawked was gold.

With business cards of gold, a gold suit and a golden booth, Leon could be a distant cousin of Midas.

She said such events are ideal for her because she is able to expand her client base beyond her family owned store, Alexander's Jewelry & Gifts in Calexico.

Also featured at the wine tasting was art for sale by local artist Hector Madril.

In the room with Madril's work, Javier and Magdelena Sarinaña sold framed lithographs.

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419.

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