Sweetwater Woman’s Club to host annual fundraiser

Festive decor, one-of-a-kind crafts and homemade treats will cover tables at the 52nd annual Sweetwater Women’s Club Bonita Holiday from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 in an effort to raise money for scholarships for local high school students.
There are 13 high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District, and the Sweetwater Woman’s Club aims to provide a scholarship for around a thousand dollars for a graduating senior at each one, according to publicity chair and former president Jan Lawry.

The long-standing fundraiser will take place at the Sweetwater Woman’s Clubhouse located at 3855 Sweetwater Rd. in Bonita from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26.

“My favorite part of the event is to see all of the people, not just from our area in South County, but people all over the county coming to benefit our local charities and high schools,” Lawry said. “I just love it, people return every year and it’s just amazing to thank them.”

Food that will be for sale includes homemade baked goods, and cheeseballs that the Woman’s club makes year after year. Lawry said they order the cheese from Wisconsin and make different flavors including cheddar, pork, horseradish and swiss almond.

Other food vendors will be selling chocolate, candies and jams. People can also come and purchase plants or decorations to spruce up their home for the holiday season.
Aside from vendors selling crafts, decor and food, the Sweetwater Woman’s Club will also be raising money through raffle tickets, which cost $20 for 25.

Through the raffle, people can win a wide variety of prizes including but not limited to 30 themed gift baskets, 25 mystery bags, Barona golfing tickets with a pro-golfer, Native American jewelry made by Salvatore Sifuentes and gift cards.

Lawry said giving scholarships to local students is just one of the ways the Sweetwater Woman’s Club gives back to the community.

In 2018, the Sweetwater Woman’s Club focused on donating to Domestic Violence Shelters through South Bay Community Services, the Chula Vista Community Collaborative, the Chula Vista Welfare Council and Camp Beyond the Scars Childrens’ Burn Institute.

“It is important to help those in our area who are in need and help organizations that also help our community,” Lawry said.