Each year we hold several events to raise money for women and children in need, and also to raise awareness for our organization. We use all proceeds to fund projects such as arranging interactive events with Stormbreak Girls Group Home or creating baskets of food to give out during Thanksgiving.

Below is a list of upcoming and past events. Club members are encouraged to volunteer to work any club events based on interest and availability.

Past and Ongoing Events

Annual Lasagna Dinner and Silent Auction

(L to R) Jan Lindsay, Soroptimist International of Centre County member and Lasagna Dinner Chairperson; Sue Forster, Centre Volunteers in Medicine Development Coordinator; Richel Perretti, Venture Club President

  • In the spring, our club co-sponsors this dinner and silent auction with Soroptimist International of Centre County and we rotate the community organization that will benefit from the proceeds raised. Since the fundraising dinner was started in 2011, we have raised a total of over $30,000 for the following service agencies.
    • The 2017 dinner raised funds for Centre Volunteers in Medicine's Well-Woman Program which provides cancer screenings and other vital health services to low-income and uninsured women in Centre County.
    • The 2016 dinner raised funds for Child Development and Family Council's Child Care & Education Safety Net program supporting children 6 weeks old through preschool years.
    • The 2015 dinner raised funds for the Women's Resource Center's anti-bullying program targeting 6th grade students through educational sessions in each participating school.
    • The 2014 dinner raised funds for Park Forest Day Nursery Preschool to purchase books and educational resources for each classroom.
    • The 2013 dinner raised funds for Housing Transitions to be able to replace all the mattresses in their Centre House shelter.
    • The 2012 dinner raised funds for the State College Food Bank’s Milk and Eggs Program.
    • The 2011 dinner raised funds for Stormbreak to help renovate their kitchen.

Stormbreak Girls' Group Home

  • Organizing recreational activities with the girls living in the Stormbreak house, including snow tubing, bowling, and movie nights. In addition to spending time with the girls, we raised money to renovate their kitchen in cooperation with our parent group, Soroptimist International of Centre County. Read more about Stormbreak.

Way Fruit Farm Festival

  • The Venture Club attends the Way Fruit Farm Fall Festival in October every year, making scarecrows and painting faces to raise money for women and children in Centre County. It's always a fun Fall event. Read more about the Way Fruit Farm

Thanksgiving Baskets

  • Conducting a food drive to assemble all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal including a gift certificate for a Turkey and distributing them to families in need.

Special Olympics

Women’s Resource Center

  • Providing starter and transition baskets to families in the Bridge Program.
  • Delivering Birthday and Holiday gifts for all family members in the Bridge Program.

Backpack Project

  • Distributing backpacks to schools throughout Centre County each August.

Jared Box Project

Donations to other charities