For a list of 2017 Culinary Caper supporters:

Over the years our fundraising efforts have allowed us to give grants to local community organizations that help people in need. Some of the groups which have recently received grants from us are: Boys & Girls Club of Contra Costa (formerly El Sobrante Boys & Girls Club), Community Alliance For Learning (Writer Coach), Early Childhood Mental Health,

I Care, NIAD Art Center, The Quinan Street Project, Read Aloud, Richmond Art Center, Rosie the Riveter Trust, San Pablo Committee on Aging, Ujima Family Recovery Services, West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club, West County Adult Day/Alzheimer's Respite Care Center, YMCA of the East Bay - West Contra Costa Branch.

Our group meets on Thursdays at noon

at the historic Rockefeller Lodge in

San Pablo, California.


Live Your Dream

This award assists a woman, who has the primary financial responsibility for her family, to obtain the skills, training and education necessary to improve her employment status and standard of living.  Applications are due November 15, 2017 and are available online: 

Violet Richardson Award 

A teenager (14-17) is honored for community service.  Both she and the organization she works with are given grants.  Applications are due December 1, 2017 and are available online:


Lives We Impact

The Teddy Bear Tea on November 4 was wonderful! Rain disappeared and the sun came out to brighten the sky. Adults and children were dressed in their finest tea party attire and enjoyed all of the activities of the day.  We want to thank our guests for their generous support.  Proceeds

of this fundraiser will support the projects of groups in our

community who work hard to provide

important services.


Soroptimist International of Richmond welcomes you to our website!


This website will give you a glimpse of the women we are and the work we do locally and globally. For over 75 years, members of Richmond Soroptimist have worked to help women and girls in our community and beyond, while building lifelong friendships and having fun.  We invite you to give us a hand by joining us as an active member, a one-time volunteer, a guest at one of our events or as a donor.

​​​​​In addition to grants for organizations, our group gives awards to individuals who are furthering their education or doing volunteer work in our community.

High School Scholarship 

Every spring we give a scholarship to a local high school graduating senior who is heading to college.  Check with high school counselors for an application or download it here:

Scholarship applications must be submitted

no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.

The name Soroptimist is a coined word from two Latin words:  "soror" meaning woman and "optima" meaning the best. The group was founded in Oakland, California, and chartered on October 3, 1921. Soroptimist continued to grow and thrive for decades, expanding into several countries and territories around the world. Today, Soroptimist has almost 95,000 members in about 120 countries and territories who contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

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                      24th Annual                                        Culinary Caper

    The 24th Annual Culinary Caper, Chef Show and Wine Tasting was a tremendous, sold-out, success!  After a wet winter and early spring, the sun came out on Sunday to shower the day with sunshine. The spirit was festive with the grounds filled with guests happily tasting food, wine, craft beers and bubbly non-alcoholic beverages. We had a few new vendors and the addition of tasty focaccia and kale salad augmented the delicious food that our faithful, Culinary veteran chefs always supply. Craft beers were a great addition. Our visitors enthusiastically and generously participated in the silent and live auctions. To culminate the event, four lucky people were cash drawing winners.

     Soroptimist International of Richmond members want to thank everyone who supported this event.  Our talented chefs and beverage participants were so extremely charitable in providing plentiful food, drink and service for the day.  We truly appreciate our generous guests. Through their benevolence, we will be able to help local community groups who provide assistance to people who need their services.  An event such as this is not possible without extra help from family and friends. So, to all those who lent a helping hand, we want to thank you as well. Thank you, everybody, from the bottom of our hearts!

     All in all, it was a spectacular day.  We are all looking forward to celebrating the 25th Culinary Caper next year!


 Mark your calendars for next year:

   The 25th Annual Culinary Caper

  will be on Sunday, April 29, 2018.​​