Dedicated to Advancing the Status of Women
The Zonta Club of Tampa is dedicated to advancing the status of women locally and globally. We are an organization of business professionals and executives who support our community and the world at large through service and fundraising.
The Zonta Club of Tampa was chartered on April 24, 1940. In our 75 years of community service, we have supported charitable organizations through thousands of service hours, and most notably raised over $250,000 to build the Zonta Boys and Girls Club of Tampa, located across from Lowry Park Zoo.
For many years we have provided Jane Dowdell Career Assistance Grants (Scholarships) to needy students who are heads of households involved in higher education or technical training. Funds have assisted students with equipment needed for classes, car repairs, childcare and other expenses not typically covered by scholarships. Learn more about our good works.
Woman of the Year
During our annual ZONTASTIC event on March 9, we honored the Zonta Club of Tampa’s 2018 Woman of the Year, Sally Dittman.
After retiring from the Michigan School System, Sally and her husband moved to Ruskin, Florida in 2005. She immediately began dedicating her life as a full time volunteer serving Ruskin, Sun City Center and Wimauma. She became an actively contributing member of the Education Committee of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, the Apollo Beach Women’s Club, the Riverview Women’s Club, the American Association of University Women, Kiwanis Club, and 100 Women Who Care.
In addition, she serves as a Mission Smiles Supporter, a helper at the Guadalupe Food Pantry, a Ruskin Elementary Angel, and a Gannon University Friend. She has proven to be a successful fundraiser for all these groups, as well as being adept at securing tangible donations for organizations such as Learn To Fish, Miracles Outreach, and the Mary Martha House.
Sally’s passion for addressing human trafficking and improving education came together at Ruskin Elementary School, where Sally volunteered as a tutor. Sally met the founder and executive director of Parents and Children Advance Together (PCAT) Literacy Ministries, an after-school literacy program for students at risk of school failure in low-income communities. Bringing this program to Ruskin Elementary School became a goal for Sally. She raised the first $10,000 to bring a pilot PCAT program to the school in 2015 as a partnership with the South Shore Campaign Against Human Trafficking.
Sally’s belief in the power of education goes beyond elementary schools. She also mentors young women at Gannon University and trafficking victims living in residential facilities.
About the Event
Zonta Club of Tampa President Alex Furnari presented the award to Sally at the club’s annual Zontastic luncheon at the Doubletree Inn in Tampa. Event supporters and participants included PCAT, the PACE Center for Girls, the Dress Barn of Citrus Park, the Tampa Gem Sertoma Club, and members and friends of Zonta.
Zontastic included a style show presented by Dress Barn and a silent auction with items donated by Mellow Mushroom, the Village Inn in Hillsborough, Janettics Hair Studio, Outback, PDQ, Ukulele Brands, Dr. Adam Scheiner, Longhorns at Citrus Park, Fresh Market, Whiskey Willy’s, Perfect Nails, Dinner Done, the Empress Tea Room and Nutrition Smart.