The 18th Annual Smile with a Child Golf Tournament

This is the Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s 18th Annual “Smile with a Child” Golf Tournament.  You can’t have 17 successful golf tournaments in a row unless it’s the very best – AND IT IS!!! 

Please mark your calendar and make plans to participate and support this fundraising event.  This event provides much needed funding for Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s programs which are so important to children in our community.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

May 15, 2017

The 18th Annual Smile with a Child Golf Tournament 
Red Hill Country Club
8353 Red Hill CC Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

(click on the image to see the complete tournament flyer)

1st Annual Create A Smile Fundraiser – A Huge Success

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley held its 1st Annual “Create A Smile” Gala on September 29, 2016 at the historic Padua Hills Theatre in Claremont California.  Over 130 guests attended the event that included wonderful hors d’oeuvres and wine, a Jazz Concert by Dale Boatman and the CalJAS All-Stars, and magical feats by Magician Jon Armstrong.  Also, there were 13 opportunity baskets each valued at over $300, a 50′ putting green for those wanting to display their skills, a caricaturist to create endearing memories and a wine “mystery” table where a ticket bought a chance to choose a bottle valued from $15-$160.  It was a wonderful way to benefit our Dental Center and Operation School Bell® philanthropies.

Our organization serves about 1,400 children annually through these programs and the need increases each year. 2016, marks our 70th year of continued service to children from low income families in Pomona Valley communities.

On behalf of all the members of Assistance League® of Pomona Valley, and the children we serve, we want to thank our generous donors and the attendees who supported our Gala.  Without their support we could not expand these much needed programs to our clients.  And, special thanks goes to John Alsop for his help and guidance with this event.  John is a member of our Philanthropic Advisory Board and his guidance was a key factor in the success of this new fundraising event.

We also want to thank City of Pomona Council Member Debra Martin, and Yolanda Fuquay, representing Los Angles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, who presented us with proclamations commemorating our 70 years of community service.

Below are just a few of the many pictures we took during the fundraiser.  You can also click on the link to see a slide show with additional photos from the evening.

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If you were a guest that attended, we hope this slide show will remind you of the great time you had.  If you were not able to attend, hopefully you will be enticed to save the date, Sunday September 17, 2017, and attend our 2nd Annual “Create A Smile” Gala.

 


Annual Meeting & Installation of 2016-2017 Officers

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley held its Annual Meeting and Installation of 2016-17 Officers on June 7th at Red Hill Country Club.  The meeting was conducted by Cathy Harden who began her second term as President.

Installing Officers were Laura Romero and René Sippel who presented each officer with an old fashioned school bell and incorporated “bell terminology” into the description of their office.

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Assistance League of Pomona Valley 2016-2017 Board

Below are some of the pictures taken at the meeting/installation.

 

Happy Birthday to Assistance League® of Pomona Valley

Assistance League of Pomona Valley is celebrating its 70th year of service to the Pomona Valley community as a chapter of Assistance League.  Our organization was installed as a chapter of Assistance League on May 24, 1946 in a ceremony held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  This was widely reported in the local newspapers at the time.  For a trip down memory lane here is the article and picture from the Progress Bulletin, May 28, 1946 (article transcribed to make it more readable than the actual pages from our scrapbook)

The Progress-Bulletin, Pomona, Calif., Tuesday Evening, May 28, 1946

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BEFORE THE INSTALLATION -  Members of the Southern California Assistance league and Mrs. Harvey Head, president of the Pomona league are shown in the patio of St. Paul’s Episcopal church before the Pomona club’s installation into the Southern California organization.  Left to right in the front row are Mrs. Ada E. Laughlin, first vice president of the southern California club; Mrs. Head, Pomona’s president; Mrs. John Traenor, 2nd vice president; and Mrs. Helen Jacobs.  Back row, left to right, Mrs. Michael Creamer, Mrs. Carlton Convey and Mrs. Carlton Blaine Lyons, all visiting executives.

Starting with five young women attempting to play bridge, according to a report given by Mrs. Rex Booth, the Pomona Valley JuniorAssistance league, which during the last 13 years has grown to a widely known organization thru its highly successful garden parties, no longer will be known by that name but as the Assistance League of Pomona Valley.

The club on Friday afternoon at St. Paul’s Episcopal church was installed into the Southern California Assistance league by Mrs. John Traenor, second vice-president who acted in the absence of the club’s president Mrs. Hancock Banning.  Mrs. Harvey Head, the Pomona league president accepted the seal of the club from Mrs. Traenor.

Mrs. Booth was called upon following the presentation, to give a brief history of the club for the benefit of guests from Pasadena, Glendale and Santa Monica, who visited here to witness the installation.

She explained that the organizers were five young women just out of college, who were awaiting the time they might enter the Ebell club.  They decided to organize a larger group of young women for a bridge club.  This first group numbered 15.  In later years as the club grew, it was obliged to limit membership to 50. 

The first garden party given by the group netted them $47.  In the spring of 1944 the garden party netted $600.  Starting out with relatives and friends the general guests of the parties, last year about 700 attended and a larger crowd is expected to attend the 13th annual party at the Scripps gardens next month.  It will feature a fashion show, bazaar and awarding of a new Ford convertible coup to a contributor of the club’s philanthropic fund.

If you would like to see the original Progress Bulletin article from our scrap book click HERE

 

Oh, one last thing.  If you have read this far you may have noticed that the new Assistance League of Pomona Valley chapter was planning to hold a Garden Party fundraiser the following month, and that they really knew how to get people to attend.  The gave away a NEW CAR.  It was a 1946 Ford Red Convertible Club Coupe.  Click HERE to see the car and the winner.  

Assistance League® of Pomona Valley Donates Teddy Bears to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Auxiliary

Assistance League of Pomona Valley has donated 70 lovely stuffed teddy bears to the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Auxiliary to be be given to pediatric patients at the hospital.  Stuffed animals comfort the children after surgery and in the ER.  Both organizations have worked for over 70 years to help children in our communities.

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Names left to right: Stacy Mittelstaet, Director of Volunteer Services PVHMC; Sharon Statler, Auxiliary President; Cathy Harden, ALPV President; Carol Holmes, ALPV Public Relations; Kathy Adkins, PVHMC Auxiliary.

 

 

Chapter Visit Completed By National Assistance League®

On March 2nd and 3rd, representatives from the national level of Assistance League conducted a formal Chapter Visit of Pomona Valley.  On Wednesday, it was our pleasure to host Linda DeLuca and Anne Neish with an informal dinner party at the home of our Philanthropic Vice President.   And on Thursday, our visitors toured our Chapter House, Dental Center and Operation School Bell facilities. Breakfast and lunch were provided and a formal discussion was led by Mrs. DeLuca. She explained that the purpose of the day was to share solutions to common problems, to learn from chapter successes, to promote an interchange of ideas and to clarify the national organization’s role as a chapter resource

Our Strategic Plan was used as the basis for guiding discussions regarding membership, fundraising and philanthropic programs. The visit helped participating members clarify our future purpose, goals and strategies.

17th Annual “Smile With A Child” Golf Tournament To Be Held On May 9th

This is the Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s 17th Annual “Smile with a Child” Golf Tournament.  You can’t have 16 successful golf tournaments in a row unless it’s the very best – AND IT IS!!! 

17th Annual Golf Tournament Flyer CoverPlease mark your calendar and make plans to participate and support this fundraising event.  This event provides much needed funding for Assistance League of Pomona Valley’s programs which are so important to children in our community.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

May 9, 2016

The 17th Annual Smile with a Child Golf Tournament 
Red Hill Country Club
8353 Red Hill CC Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

(click on the image to see the complete tournament flyer)

Operation School Bell® February Delivery

On February 24, 2016 Assistance League® of Pomona Valley held its sixth clothing distribution of the 2015-2016 school year. During this distribution we were able to provide new school clothing and books to over 100 students.  So far this school year we have provided clothing and books to over 700 children and we will be serving many more during the balance of the school year. This is made possible by supporters who attend our fundraising events and make generous donations to our programs, grants from the City of Pomona and Southern California Edison and our dedicated members and community volunteers.

We take a lot of pictures at each distribution because each one puts so many smiles on so many faces of both children and parents. And the icing on the cake are the smiles it puts on the faces of our members and volunteers helping with the distribution. It is truly a labor of love. So take a look at the happy faces below. We will never tire of helping create these smiles, and never tire of looking at them.

 

WE ARE ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF POMONA VALLEY
Serving the community for 70 years

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Padua Hills Event Planning in Full Swing

The Community Services Department of Claremont has awarded Assistance League® of Pomona Valley use of the historic Padua Hills Theatre for an upcoming fundraiser. This is an amazing venue where we are planning an elegant night of fun and entertainment to be held on the evening of Thursday September 29, 2016. Please save the date and join us from 5:30-9:30 PM. If you are not familiar with the venue click HERE to see a brief video (wedding orientated) that shows much of the facility.

The event committee, chaired by Sharon Goodrich, held its second planning meeting on February 10th and will tour the site on March 8th. Dale Boatman, President of the California Jazz Arts Society (CalJAS) serves on the committee and is coordinating the event’s musical entertainment. Fabulous food, great wine, must-have opportunity baskets, silent “get-away” auctions, and a few other surprises await guests.

AND, let’s not forget the most important thing; the opportunity to help children!

This fundraiser is part of the strategic plan to expand our Operation School Bell® Program that currently provides school clothing, books and toiletries to over 1,000 low income students each year in the Pomona Valley communities of Claremont, La Verne, Pomona and Diamond Bar.

 

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Operation School Bell® January 2016 Delivery

On January 20, 2016 Assistance League of Pomona Valley held its fifth clothing distribution of the 2015-2016 school year. We provided new school clothing and books to over 129 students and our Community Closet provided gently used clothing to many family members. So far this school year we have provided new school clothing and books to over 600 children, and we look forward to serving many more during the balance of the school year.

This year we have been able to significantly expand the range of clothing we provided by including 2 pairs of jeans/leggings and a warm winter coat for each child. This was made possible by grants we received from both the City of Pomona and Southern California Edison. We were able to find wonderful jeans and coats that were received with huge smiles and thanks from both the children and parents. We want to pass those smiles and thanks along to the City of Pomona and Southern California Edison.

WE ARE ASSISTANCE LEAGUE® OF POMONA VALLEY
Serving the community for 70 years

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Edison International Logo

 

 

 

 

See some of the wonderful smiles below..

 

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