At the recent board meeting of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Debbie Jones, president of Soroptimist International of Ashland, presented a check for $28,050 to OSF Executive Director Paul Nicholson.

At the recent board meeting of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Debbie Jones, president of Soroptimist International of Ashland, presented a check for $28,050 to OSF Executive Director Paul Nicholson.

Six nights a week from June to October, Ashland Soroptimist members operate the pillow and blanket rental booth at OSF's outdoor Elizabethan Theatre. The club uses half the proceeds to fund service projects for women and girls. The group donates the other half to the Festival's FAIR experience program — fellowships, apprenticeships, internships and residencies for emerging theatre talent.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women whose mission is to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally. For more information go to www.soroptimistRV.org.