35th Annual Zonta Expo

The Zonta Club of the Black Hills hosted its annual fundraising event.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – For 35 years, Zonta Club of the Black Hills has been hosting their annual expo – a fun night out with friends.

All proceeds benefit organizations that help women. The club has given $30,000 back to the community.

Among the many booths offering free swag and activities Thursday, there was a Dress for Success style show, a Teen Up presentation, and an A.L.I.C.E information presentation.

Dress for Success is a nonprofit organization to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Teen Up helps teens and the community to team up, finding passion and providing leadership by partnering with the community. The A.L.I.C.E. training is a safety program used in schools, which stands for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, evacuate.

The keynote speaker this year was Kristen Hadeed, who spoke on female empowerment and growth in her experience working with employers in their early 20s.

This year’s theme was “Speak up, Speak out, Speak easy.”

Mary Kaiser, former Zonta president, says, “we tried to incorporate the roaring 20 and the speakeasy atmosphere because its fun, but also the ‘speak up’ and ‘speak out’ for women or anyone that has something they need to speak out about.”

Zonta’s mission is to improve the status of women through international and local collaboration, networking and community.

Click here for more information on the Zonta Club of the Black Hills.

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