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 Theatre Doors Closed
Sponsored by LUNA and Century Bank

Our film festival has been postponed until October 17 at 7pm. Save the date and join us for LUNAFEST Las Cruces 2020 at the historic Rio Grande Theatre in downtown Las Cruces. Experience an evening of powerful short films made by and about women, meet local women filmmakers, and learn about how LUNAFEST and Soroptimist empower women.

The proceeds will benefit Soroptimist Dream Programs: Live Your Dream Awards provide financial assistance to women who persevere to complete their educations despite significant personal obstacles. Dream It, Be It empowers high school girls through workshops on defining goals, overcoming obstacles to success, managing money, and professional etiquette.

Films are RATED EQUAL™.

 Outdoors Open
Sponsored by Melissa J. Reeves, Attorney

Let's focus on what we still can do. We still can enjoy the out of doors. We still can  look for ways to help others in our community. Because the Soroptimist Challenge lets you do both at the same time, we are extending the closing date of the program from April 15 until June 30.

The proceeds from the Challenge will fund next year's scholarships and  educational programs. We hope those who are able to register will do so to support those important programs. This year we awarded more than $5,000 in cash awards through Live Your Dream, Dream It Be It and our new GED scholarship program. Will you help us give more in 2020-2021?

Whether you register or not, we invite you to find health and joy in the beautiful landscapes that surround us. For inspiration, check out our Challenge - Maps.

Domonique Janelewis Follows Her Dream

Our 2020 first place Live Your Dream Awardee, Domonique Janelewis, will complete a bachelor’s degree in family and child science at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Spring 2021, with the goal of mentoring at-risk youth. A single mother who works full time at Families and Youth, Inc., she was chosen for the award for her determination to complete her education despite obstacles. “I've been abused, in state's custody, homeless, and I didn't let any of that stop me from following my heart and going back to school. I woke up every day, walked my daughter to school, got on the city bus and went to class. I took algebra three times before I passed it,” says Janelewis.  “I know from experience that not everyone has a strong support system. Together with my experience and my educational background, I plan to guide [youth] along their journeys by encouraging and motivating them to be the best version of themselves.” This $1500 award will help Janelewis complete her final semester on schedule. Janelewis will advance to the regional level of this international award program where she is eligible for additional educational funding.

Live Your Dream Awards provide women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with funds to offset costs of attaining post-secondary education or training, including expenses that most scholarships don’t cover. This year’s winners also received new laptop computers from Shannon and Maggie Reynolds.

Our 2020 cash awards for education were made possible by grants from the Devasthali Family Foundation Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the John and Eunice Davidson Fund and individuals who supported Soroptimist fundraising programs.

"I've been abused, in state's custody, homeless, and I didn't let any
                                 of that stop me from following my heart and going back to school."

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events









Bridget Burris, DDS. • Hear on Earth • Billy the Kid Hair Designs • Busy Bees • Barnes & Noble • Allen Theatres • New Digs Clothing Exchange

          MULTI-YEAR SPONSORS:                                                   Logo Hear on Earth              

We join many of the biggest foundations such as the Clinton Global Initiative and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in putting the empowerment of women and girls front and center. Our goals also are aligned with the United Nation’s agenda for women’s equality.   Soroptimist International


Our Mission: Empowerment through Education
Soroptimist of Las Cruces supports women's education in southern New Mexico with our Dream It, Be It Award and Live Your Dream Awards
that provide financial support for educational programs beyond high school.  The Dream It, Be It Career Support conference teaches high schools girls enduring life skills. 

[Listen to the October 2019 interview on QueTal 101.5 FM]

Celebrating 50 years
of service to Las Cruces by providing women the financial support needed to complete their educations and live their dreams.