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Giving Back

Twenty-three years ago, I received a financial scholarship from the Laguna Club so my boys to attend Summer Camp. Now that many years later, friends of the Treehouse honor our beloved Steven, and give back in this full circle story. Look to StuNewsLaguna.com upcoming article for the inspiring story!

Our gift to the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club in Honor of Steven Hernandez
L to R: Happy Campers and Becky Martinez, Sue Bottassi, Pam Estes, Club Director, Charlene Paniagua
July 2022
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On Pause for now…

Our Treehouse Family is grieving a deep loss.  My beloved nephew, Steven Hernandez, passed away on Dec 20, 2021. He was 34, and like a son to me and Sue.

In honor of his big, loving life, we’ve started the Steven Hernandez Memorial Fund. We’re working out the details, who the Fund will help, and how. Stay tuned.

Adopt A Family event photos are being organized so we can share them soon on FB, Insta, and email. We made our final Gift Deliveries on Dec 17, and for the first time, even delivered a vehicle to one of our families in need. There’s a lot of good news to share, we’re just working with a broken wing right now.

Thank you for your loving support during this most difficult time for our Treehouse Family.

Walk for the Treehouse, El Dorado Park, 2012
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Adopt-A-Family Event in Motion for 2020

Have fun working ‘hands on’ with your family or co-workers…or donate to the cause to make a difference in our County. This season celebrates Tony’s Treehouse 19th Annual Holiday Adopt Program. We are partnering with SOS (Share Our Selves) of Orange County which is a full-service program providing year-round care and assistance to families in crisis.

This year will be VERY different from previous years due to the necessary COVID protocols, and we are only able to give the family members Gift Cards and Gift Certificates. This is not our preference, we love ‘getting personal’ with toys for the kids and a treat for the parents. However, the gift cards will delight the recipients all the same, as all of the families involved in this years program have been deeply affected by loss of income from the pandemic.  You will be given a short bio of your family, their names, ages and interests, favorite stores and retailers that are nearby. Delivery to the OC Fairgrounds is from 9:00AM- 3:00PM Tuesday, December 15th. Please email me directly if you would like to Adopt and shop for a family … Becky@TonysTreehouse.org. If you’d like one of our volunteers to shop and deliver for you, just go to the Donate Now page. A tax receipt will be sent, so please make sure we have your email or mailing address. Thank you greatly!

Here are some pictures from the 2019 Adopt-A-Family event :

The “Mom Squad” of Seal Beach called on their Troops for boots on the ground shopping, wrapping and packing for their Adopted families!

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR BLESSED HEARTS! Happy Holidays, Your Friends at Tony’s Treehouse

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Treehouse First Responders deliver food during Quarantine

Much Gratitude to all who contributed to our COVID Relief food & supply donations. We asked, you answered. In Orange County, our working poor struggle daily for basic necessities. When the pandemic hit, it got much worse, on a grand scale.

Thousands of families found themselves looking at the real possibility of NO way to provide for their children. That’s when your generous dollars were converted into food, diapers, home staples and other necessities.

Our volunteers delivered over 120 bags/boxes of groceries, 12 diaper boxes & 25 stuffed animals….not bad for our pint-sized charity! Here are some pics of our Treehouse First Responders!

Much gratitude to our Treehouse family and friends!

2021 “Adopt A Family” event : Holiday photo collection

THANK YOU TO ALL AMAZING PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED THIS SEASON! We need help in the Social Media department, and when our next Volunteer signs up for the task, they’ll update FaceGram and InstaBook 😉

In the meantime, check out one volunteer Gift Delivery Day, documented by Sarah Jean of Picture Something Productions. SJ volunteered many hours and much energy to capturing some of the Treehouse most heartfelt moments. Please enjoy!

Here’s the Car Delivery day, when our single mom of 3 boys was gifted a used Lexus! She’s now able to take her drivers test to obtain her license, and no longer will the four of them need to depend on public transportation. A special thanks to Carmen Arguello and John Maxwell for the car donation, all the upgrades, repairs, new hoses, brakes and tires!


Behind the scenes, the High Tide Derby Team had loads of fun documenting their eventful shopping sprees and their Wrap Party… you too can have this much fun with Adopt A Family 2022!! The team pulled together and adopted a family of 4, and included some LEGIT new roller skates and free skate membership to Mom, from the team! Way to go y’all!


Another “Wrap Party” in preparation of all gift deliveries… we’re small but ever-so-mighty!

Edison and Evelyn had a blast with Adopt A Family…tons of shopping, wrapping and spreading the love! They are learning young that the Joy is in the GIVING!

Stay tuned for more volunteer photos, we’re typing as fast as we can 😉

Thank you, lovely individuals, for such an amazing 100% stand out participation, including the following business sponsors of Adopt A Family: Picture Something Productions, Laguna Hills, Moore Law for Children, Laguna Beach, Jorge Bendeck Insurance Agency, Santa Ana, Willhoit Construction, Laguna Beach, High Tide Derby, Garden Grove, Steve Edmondson Insurance Agency, Anne’s Bookkeeping, Grass Valley, Larry Howell Insurance Agency, Cerritos, Tomalas Law Firm, Newport Beach, Nguyen Law Group, Mission Viejo. Please forgive any omissions (and send me an email so I can add).

SJ, thanks for being a beautiful ray of Sunshine!

… A HUGE THANK YOU To Sarah Chavez of ‘Picture Something Productions‘, for documenting so much of our Season of Giving through photo and video! You gave your time and energy, we appreciate you and would recommend you to all in need of an event photographer/ videographer, birthdays, anniversary, Mother’s Day! SJ’s ‘documentary’ style of unscripted, unposed photography is fresh and fun! Contact info for Sarah : @picturesomethingproductions sarah@letspicturesomething.com http://www.letspicturesomething.com/

Stay tuned for more updates.

Thank you for your support!

Steven Hernandez Memorial Fund

In honor of our beloved son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew and friend, Tony’s Treehouse gives a $3,000 donation to the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club ‘Summer Camp Scholarship’. Partnering with Steven’s mom, Anna Mudd, all his loving family and community, we celebrate his Texas size heart with this exciting gift to our Community. With this gift, families can afford some Summer Fun, regardless of expense! Stay tuned for some feel-good photos.

* TO CONTRIBUTE, HIT THE BUTTON BELOW TO MAKE A SECURE PAYPAL DONATION* Or… mail a check to address below. All dollars collected will be placed in the Fund, and when dispursed, will post all the Goodness! Thank you greatly!

In Memorium, Jette Rea Anderson

Jette and I first met December, 2018, when she emailed regarding our annual Adopt-A-Family holiday event. She inquired about ‘adopting’ one of our local families in need, to provide presents and a holiday meal for them. I quickly learned that Jette was no stranger to the world of non-profit! She had read an article in StuNewsLaguna about our little grass roots organization, Tony’s Treehouse. Our story touched her and she signed up for our Adopt program.  That was just the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Jette, me and the Treehouse. 

Over the next few months, we set a lunch date to meet up at one of her favorite spots in Laguna Niguel. When Sue and I met Jette face to face, we instantly felt like we’d all known each other all our lives.  Jette listened intently when we told her all about our small foundation. I was lucky for the opportunity to hear about her experience and kind words of wisdom. I soaked it up! That was just the first of many opportunities I had to see first hand, Jette’s Love and Light. My deepest gratitude Jette, for your strong and steady influence. For your Love of Charity and passion of supporting those behind the scenes. Your loving presence will be dearly missed, your grace and love will Forever BE.

Above, Laguna’s local tribute to Jette

BLESS YOUR HEARTS!

I’ve listened to this phrase for years, having been born in Texas.

After our 2020 Holiday Adopt A Family efforts and events, I say it LOUD AND PROUD : Bless Your Hearts!

I could write pages of stories that would send you to the Kleenex box. For now, I’ll stick with the beautiful photos.

Below:   Due to COVID restrictions, the adoptive family asked for gift cards for groceries and clothing.  The Becerra Family made sure they were WELL TAKEN CARE OF for the holidays! And… the children created their own personal greeting cards for their adopted family. 

Meet the Becerra Family (Above:  Edgar, Erin, Edison and Evelyn) who gave the Adopt A Family event a concerted family effort!  Erin and Edgar have raised their children to enjoy charity opportunities and now 8 year old EDISON HAS MOST RECENTLY STARTED his very own La Habra home gardening business called “Herban Farm” IN WHICH HE DONATES 20% OF HIS EARNINGS to Tony’s Treehouse!  Stay tuned for an email and opportunity to support this kind young man and his efforts!   HERE’S EDISONS WEBSITE  : http://www.Neighborhood.Farm

Now more pics:

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR VOLUNTEER PARTICIPANTS DURING THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON.

GIFT WRAPPING AND PACKING CREW TOO!

THANK YOU for all who make this event possible!

Highlights of 2019 Holiday “Adopt A Family”

Donors and boots-on-the-ground volunteers gave money, time and energy creating a bountiful Adopt program.  All our adopted families were blessed with hundreds of Holiday gifts thanks to all your efforts.  In this our 20th year, we remain deeply grateful for every way our faithful supporters continue our Mission of helping families and youth in need.