10th Annual Benefit Event: Tivoli Too! Laguna Beach

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!

Volunteers make 150 handmade wooden plaques for Benefit Event


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!


May 17 Benefit Dinner: La Chiquita Restaurant, Santa Ana

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



Costa Mesa ‘Adopt A Family’ Event update and photos

A very unconventional holiday party….

The 34 + Adopt families received gifts from Santa around a large wildly decorated oak tree, ate hamburgers, hot dogs & homemade baked beans with tater salad for lunch.  See the smiles for yourself:


Many families came to volunteers and simply stated, ‘If not for you, our kids would not have had presents this year – you ‘gave’ us Christmas’.  Thank you to each volunteer who made it happen.

Volunteers have fun at “Wrap Night”

There were over 120 gifts to wrap for the families of our Adopt A Family Program’s upcoming party.  We packed in 18 volunteers to power-house it!  All gifts were wrapped and ready to deliver to the December 21 Holiday party at the Costa Mesa Motor Inn.  Thanks again to all who helped. Also to  Andrea Adelson at the Laguna Beach Independent newspaper for publishing our event and giving the Treehouse great exposure to the community. 


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May Benefit Dinner – Fun Fabulous Fundraiser!

Every year our Benefit Dinner is a reunion for our special group of friends, family and community who come to re-unite and celebrate life lived and life remembered.

So many came up to me after the dinner to tell me how much they look forward to this event… every year.

Thank you Thank you for the over 40 supporters who attended our 8th Annual Benefit Dinner!! Adults and kids alike walked out with one (or more!) of our Raffle Baskets and Silent Auction prizes. Our High Rolling – Raffle Ticket pulling friends pushed our donations over the $1500 mark, which for our little grass-roots organization is LARGE !!

Owner of La Chiquita, Sammy Montoya, and family, served up his always enchanting enchilada plates that we just can’t get enough of… and master bartender Jim LoSasso whipped up his righteous Margaritas to kick off our festivities.

Tony loved a party.  The more the merrier, strangers welcome, friends expected and surprise guests just brought more to love.  Our group on May 18 brought each of those, in support of the Treehouse which continues to pursue current projects along with new endeavors.  More about the new ventures to follow….

Thanks for everything, especially your friendship,


[singlepic=56,320,240,,] Owner of La Chiquita Restaurant of Santa Ana, Sammy Montoya (and family) awarded a plaque in appreciation for his continued support of Tony’s Treehouse and being the host of our annual Benefit Dinner.

Walk for the Treehouse

Dozens of supporters sponsored and attended our First Annual “Walk For The Treehouse” which took place September 22, 2007 at El Dorado Park in Long Beach, California. Together we walked a beautiful 3-mile trail to show our support for Treehouse initiative and raise money. People participating filled their own Sponsor Sheet and raised funds for the upcoming Adopt-A-Family Holiday event. The night before it just poured rain, streets were flooded, it wasn’t looking too good. However, the rain let up long enough to finish the walk and we almost escaped it before starting our Bar-b-Que! Oh well, a few soggy hamburger buns later the weather cleared, we rung out our jackets and headed home.

Be The Cause is the non-profit group that organizes this annual walk. They invite small charities, like the Treehouse, to join the event and independently create their own fundraiser. To me, that translates more fun and less work!!  So many of our events are labor intensive because we’re re-inventing the wheel.   This time our volunteers just got to show up and enjoy the day. Please send an email if you would like to be notified about next year’s event.

My personal fundraising goal was $1,000 and thanks to all of my benevolent spectacular friends and family I came very close!!!