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)

 

 

Six Year Old Ruby defines GIVING by dedicating her birthday party to Tony’s Treehouse!

Little Ruby is a BIG teacher.  This sweet 6 year old has inspired us, greatly. Together with her Momma “T”, they loved the idea of setting up a Money Tree for friends & family to make donations at her upcoming 6th Birthday party.  The money raised during her October 30 celebration will go directly to the family fund of Tony’s Treehouse.  In speaking with Tanya, this kind Mom shared her thoughts of wanting to do things differently… her dedication of raising Ruby with the mindfulness of generosity.   She stated “we want Ruby to always know the importance of giving… we are blessed to have so much in our life… giving back is a way for us to show our gratitude”.   The party invitation asked guests to consider bringing a small donation in lieu of or with a small present for the charity near & dear to their hearts, Tony’s Treehouse.  The gifts will be presented to Becky, Founder of the organization, at the date of her party.

Let’s rally together & assist sweet Ruby in her efforts to raise Dollars that make a Difference!  Please click on the “Donate Now” button, if you would like to participate. We hope to raise $2000 in support of her efforts, so let’s help Ruby reach her goal!  A gift of any size would bring her much joy!   We would love to include your personal message to Ruby, celebrating her generous spirit and heart.

Thank you for all you do to continue our mission of assisting families and youth in need.

Boys & Girls Club receives Treehouse donation – Martinez Scholarship Fund

In 2010 the Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club established the “Martinez Scholarship Fund” honoring Tony Martinez.  Dollars raised and donated to the fund are used to send needy children of the Club to summer & winter camp as well as field trips during the year.

Last year the Treehouse raised $1000 for the fund.  This year our generous group raised $1,500!

Thank you to all who made this possible.

Treehouse gives to Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club

Thank you to all volunteers and contributors participating in our May “Hearts for Hope” Benefit Fundraiser.  As a result of this event, we are able to dedicate a portion of the proceeds to the “Tony’s Scholarship Fund” of Laguna Beach Boys & Girls Club .  This scholarship is newly established to enable the less fortunate children of the Club to attend the special field trips or camping trips that the Club offers.

 

Please join us July 20, 7:15 pm, to present the Laguna Beach Boys and Girls Club with our first gift to ‘Tony’s Scholarship Fund’.

  

My experience with this Club:

 

The Laguna Boys & Girls Club provided a safe ,fun after school activity for Danny and Tony. Working full time and parenting has its challenges and the CLUB was there for me during times needed so I could work and provide for my family. As with the large majority of single parents, finances were tight and the CLUB assisted me with a scholarship.  That was a huge help for me… but the boys missed many of the field trips since ‘extras’ were not exactly in the budget.

Now the Treehouse is Giving Back. Through the Scholarship Fund we will help fund special field trips and Summer Camp which would ordinarily be out of reach due to family financial struggles.

Thanks for all you do!   Becky