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!
We If you wish to donate online, any size gift, prior to Dec 23, will help supply Holiday presents for one of our deserving families. Thank you!
Volunteers just delivered new mattresses and a bunk bed for RJ and his little brother – these are two happy little boys. Thanks to the app called “Next Door”, our nearby neighbors answered the call when we reached out, asking for some basic furnishings and home supplies. This beautiful family of 5 transitioned from sharing one bedroom in a house, to getting their own 2 bedroom, 2 story apartment in Lomita. Much gratitude to ALL who donated. We look forward to the upcoming Adopt A Family Holiday Program…… reach out to us if you’d like to participate.
Sue and RJ
Every square inch of the delivery van was PACKED!
RJ and Becky
Read the news article published June 2014:: Laguna News article. Keystone Club.2014
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach, Keystone Club
Our first year in this very beautiful venue…. specacular!! With over 35 Raffle and Auction items our guests went away with some fabulous prize. Many members of the community were in attendance along with our core faithful group that has been there over the last 10 years. Our special speakers were Paul Leon, Steve Edmondson and an 18 year old young man named AJ who, along with his mom, have recently graduated from the Illumination Foundation organization. They were living in their car for many months prior to becoming involved in the Illumination Foundation – one of the charity groups supported by the Treehouse. AJ and mom were able to obtain temporary housing through “IF”, work and save enough money to move into their own home. AJ is now the Student Body President of this local high school.
The benefactors of our fundraising are as follows… “Tony’s Scholarship Fund” of the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna. You can read more about that in the ‘Boy’s and Girls Club’ recent posting. The Treehouse will also be supporting the Laguna Resource Center and Illumination Foundation annual Adopt A Family Event during the upcoming holidays. Please enjoy our pictures!
The Treehouse volunteers wanted to make a gift for each of the Benefit Event guests to take home – to remember this special fundraiser and the reason behind it. Starting with 150 bare pieces of 2×4 we proceeded to sand, stain and decorate these plain pieces of wood and came up with amazing creations:
Special thanks to Anthony VanMeter, Tom Ely, Ana Nevarez, Ria Wilson, Jamie DeLuna, Sue Bottassi, Sharon Irvin, and Leah Haley for all their hard work and dedictation to finish this project!
Our annual dinner was spectacular as always with many surprise Silent Auction and Raffle Donations – many coming from the art community of Laguna Beach. Photos will follow. Thank you to Sammy Montoya who generously opens his heart and restaurant to our group every year… check out his website if you’re interested in having a catored event or to reserve his event facility in Santa Ana. http://lachiquitamexicanfood.com/public/index/index