Boys & Girls Club hosts RJ for Summer Fun

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THANK YOU to all donors and everyone who coordinated RJ’s 2018 summer fun, with a special Shout Out to Susan Bottassi & Barbara McMurray.  A BIG thank you to Pam Estes, Andrea Randle, Addie McHale, Liz Their & Hans Laroche for facilitating and sponsoring RJ’s week at the Laguna Canyon Branch location.
Upon asking RJ his favorite part of day camp… he replied, “My favorite part was playing outside and meeting new friends.  My favorite day was ‘Wheels Day’ when I could bring my bike. I want to go to the Club EVERY day!”
Boys & Girls Club gave him many carefree days this season, having exciting adventures and playing with new friends.  Just look at the pictures and you can see the joy written all over his face.

RJ Summer Camp Boys & Girls Club July 2018 (19)

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Let’s send RJ to Summer Camp!

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Our grassroots charity is working to raise $525 for RJ’s Summer Day Camp.  We’re offering a package of 8 donated tickets to the Pageant of the Masters show on July 30, 2018 at 8:30 p.m. Seats are together in the upper Directors Tier, Side BB 64 – 78 at the Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach.   We are seeking a generous individual, corporation, or organization to buy all 8 tickets for $400.  See pics below ~

100% of this purchase will to go toward funding RJ’s Summer Day Camp fees at Harbor Cities Boys & Girls Club ($525 for 7 weeks). He will be able to attend as many weeks as we can pay for, so any additional donations are welcome.  

A little about RJ…

At age 8, RJ is a bright, artistic, loving child, the oldest of his family’s three boys. As the eldest and a responsible little soul, he often assumes the role of “helper” with his two little brothers, ages 1 and 3. His family recently moved from Compton to more family-friendly housing in the Long Beach area. Dad works full time at LAX as a baggage handler. Mom earns money by styling hair. They’ve been together nearly 10 years and have faced their share of heartaches. Four years ago, their second child, three-month-old Brycen, died suddenly from SIDS.  Our Treehouse family pulled resources together and collected funds to pay for little Brycen’s grave marker.  It’s been a difficult path for them, but the family pulled together through the tragedy and hardship.

Tony’s Treehouse would love to help RJ have a fun-filled summer and send him to camp – he’s never been! Can you help us give RJ a slice of carefree summertime in the wholesome Boys & Girls Club atmosphere where he can play outdoors, make new friends, and connect with caring adults and mentors.  Join the Treehouse to make a difference, one child at a time.

 

 

2017 Holiday ‘Adopt A Family’ Program ~ Mission Accomplished!

Another marvelous Season of Giving ~ brought to you by a loving community who rallied to provide dozens of gifts, all shapes and sizes to over 22 adults and children.  Below are just a few highlights of the wrapping, delivering, and celebration of an outstanding Holiday Event for Tony’s Treehouse.   Much gratitude to our donors who contributed time, energy and funds.  A special Shout Out to Shaena Stabler and Team StuNewsLaguna, who continue to publish articles supporting local charities, raising awareness and Spreading the Love!  MANY THANKS TO ALL who participated this year!

Liz Courselle at Gift Drop Off site
Liz Courselle at Gift Drop Off site

In Memory of Stu Saffer, Laguna Beach ~ Generous Soul, Loved by Friends and Community

In honor of Stu’s beautiful life & his commitment to charity, Tony’s Treehouse (501c3) has started a Donation Drive in his honor.  

Gifts will go directly to the Scholarship Fund assisting children of the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club.  Due to financial hardship, the Scholarship recipients ordinarily wouldn’t be able to attend summer camp and field trips.  I was one of the parents who received scholarship for my boys, when I couldn’t afford that extra expense.  This is my way of giving back and saying Thank You to our Community Patriot, Stu Saffer.

To participate, you can mail a tax deductible donation to our Laguna Beach address shown under the “Financial Support” tab, or you can make a donation through our secure PayPal button.  Receipts will be mailed so please provide your email or address as well.  *SEE BELOW WHO YOUR GIFT WILL BE HELPING!

In addition, I want to share how Stu impacted my life and through his kindness, helped raise community awareness for Tony’s Treehouse ~

When I moved to the town in July of 2000, I walked into Stu’s “CoastLine News” office.   It was just months after the sudden death of my 9 year old son, Tony.  I had been a member of the Laguna community for only a short time, and had no idea what love and support were in store for me. 

A single working mom of 2 energetic boys,  I was on a ‘less than shoe string’ budget.   My sons Danny, 9 and Tony, 8 attended the Laguna Boys & Girls Club after school program and summer day camp.  Finances were tight, but I was fortunate to qualify for a scholarship to help with the monthly fees & day camp, which allowed me to work and provide for my family. 

After Tony’s death, I was living the unimaginable.  I started this Foundation in his memory.   Tony was a sweet, loving, generous spirit and this charity was dedicated to honoring his life.   I shared my story with Stu, knowing I would need help.  We have no paid staff and are 100% volunteer operated.  I sat across from him at his desk and told my story.  His initial gruff expression turned into kind and caring as we spoke.  My grief was beyond what words could express, but his empathetic spirit made me feel like I wasn’t alone. 

Originally I visited his office hoping CoastLine News would share our story of the upcoming ‘Bicycle Drive’ we were holding at the B & G Club.  Volunteers would tune up and repair the donated bikes, which we would in turn,  distribute to local needy children and families. 

After our time spent together, we became instant friends, and as we were saying ‘goodbye’ he said, “I’ll do anything I can to help you fulfill your mission and honor the memory of your son.”  I walked out of his office with a wonderful supportive friend of 17 years. 

Stu will be greatly missed.  Many lives have been enriched because of his work here on Earth, and I’m so very grateful to have known him.  

Here are the Field Trips and Summer Camp events in which you can contribute:

$25 gift sends 5 children to a Beach Day Field Trip to Treasure Island
$60 gift pays for one child’s Day Trip to Knott’s Berry Farm
$120 dono sends a child to Disneyland Day Field Trip
$250 provides a Catalina Island 4 day camp experience for one child
$375 sends one child to a week of Action Packed Adventure Camp (APAC)cropped-tonyarrowhead-1999.jpgTony, 1999

Honoring Stu Saffer, Laguna Beach~ Tony’s Treehouse has started a fund to celebrate his spirit of generosity. Stu loved his community and supporting the many charities in town. The Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club, has numerous summer camps and field trips planned for 2017, and your tax deductible donations will provide assistance for children who ordinarily wouldn’t be able to attend due to financial hardship. Stay posted for more details…

Stu Saffer. Becky. Sue. Dec 2015 Holiday Party by Stu News Laguna (2)