Thank You for making our
32nd Annual Home Tour & Boutique
a wonderful and successful day.
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Clubhouse Administrator Roberta Donohue and President Cathi Ruddy welcome you with open arms.
Ladies Night Out at Duke's Malibu
PPWC members are enjoying a lovely evening outside at the Barefoot Bar for Taco Tuesday!
Arlene Weber, President Cathi Ruddy, Jane DuBovy, Trish Bowe,
Cindy Noori, Nancy Niles, Sally Ajdar, and Christie Smith.
A Fun 4th of July In Pacific Palisades!!
The PPWC was thrilled that our Board of Director Member Nancy Niles was this year's Parade Marshal along with her husband Kevin!
A Special Evening at La Señora
An exceptional GM Meeting was held on Wednesday, June 14th at the historic La Señora Research Institute located in Santa Monica Canyon. The center’s focus is on research and education. Its scholars document the Ranch Era of Early California under Spain, Mexico and the United States, especially as it relates to the 1839 Mexican Land Grant Rancho Boca de Santa Monica where Jose Mojica’s Hacienda and the Pascual Marquez Family Cemetery are located.
Our gracious hostess Tish Nettleship, started off the evening with a brief history of the Hacienda, then introduced special quest speaker, Dr.David E. Hayes-Bautista. Dr. Hayes-Bautista is currently Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at the School of Medicine, UCLA. He gave an informative talk on the American Tradition Cinco de Mayo from it’s beginnings in the 1930’s to today.
Tour of the Hacienda and g rounds was headed by Tish before dinner was served in the Patio area. Lively conversations during dinner, everyone was having a wonderful time, and the weather was warm for a delightful end to a great event!
La Señora Hacienda and gardens.
Dinner at the outside patio and bar. (La Señora Hacienda)
The outdoor bar. (La Señora Hacienda)
Beautiful warm evening, great group of ladies, fun event! At the La Señora Hacienda
PPWC's 90th Birthday Party Celebrates
The 90th Birthday Party at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club is an event without equal. This year over 50 nonagenarians and three centenarians (a 101 and two 103 year olds) attended along with their families and care givers to fill up a guest list of 120 voices singing Happy Birthday. Generous donations from local business, organizations, and individuals funded the event which was free to all. Individual birthday cakes graced every beautifully decorated table, piano music by Marie Captain created a loving ambiance, food was plentiful, and above it all, the newly renovated Clubhouse sparkled in its fresh beauty.
PPWC President Cathi Ruddy and the never-tiring organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter spent countless hours preparing to make this a flawless event. We are already looking forward to next year.
Cathy Yonke serves beautifully decorated cakes, individually prepared for each table.
Bill Bruns presents Palisades History before a full house
Bill Bruns welcomes former PPWC President Jean Aroeste
Councilmember Mike Bonin presents a beautiful LA City proclamation to 103 year old guest John Danley, the oldest guest at the 2017 event.
Organizer Fay Vahdani reviews last minute check-in details
90th Birthday organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter Join Councilmember Mike Bonin and PPWC President Cathi Ruddy at the photo booth for a colorful greeting of guests.
Best of friends working together and supporting a common cause: Parvin, Tricia, Fay, and Nichelle.
"The best day ever!" Robin Weitz and Cathi Ruddy
Happy arrivals for the 2017 90th Birthday Party
Haldis Toppel watches over Gift Baskets for everybody. So many businesses and individuals contributed! Marie Captain provides beautiful piano background music.
"The best day ever! Looking forward to next year." V.P. Robin Weitz and President Cathi Ruddy
Pacific Palisades Woman's Club Honors and Supports our Pali High Young Women with Scholarships
Nominees: Lea Toubian - Female Leadership Scholarship,
Sarah Epstein - Journalism Scholarship
Thank You's from our Scholarship Honorees!
2017 Grant Award Night Recipients
photo by Lesly Hall Photography
The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club hosted it's annual
Grant Awards Night Tuesday, March 7th, awarding over
$31,000 to charitable organizations in the areas of arts, recreation, beautification, education, community and charitable organizations. Over 70 people representing 19 local on-profits and Club members filled the clubhouse enjoying hors e'oeuvres and desserts prepared by Club members and K Bakery before the award ceremony.
President Haldis Toppel welcomes the crowd and introduces Robin Weitz and Eva Iimo, the Grant Fund Committee who proudly gave out the awards on behalf of the Club. Funds for Grant Night are from the Home Tour proceeds; the Home Tour is the Club's biggest fundraising effort of the year, which takes place every November. Each year the PPWC members decide by vote how the funds are distributed. Over the years, the Club has awarded over $1 million in grant funds.
The 2016 Grant recipients were: Movies in the Park; Palisades Americanism Parade Association; Will Rogers Ranch Foundation; Boy Scouts of American, Cub Scouts Pack 223; Erika Whoitmore Godwin Foundation (griefHaven); Meals on Wheels; Ocean Park Community Center for Pacific Palisades Task Force for Homelessness (PPTFH); Voice for the Animals; Westside Family Health Center; Canyon Charter School Booster Club; Friends of Marquez; Palisaes Enrichment Program; PRIDE Booster Club for Paul Revere Charter Middle School; Lucas Scholars Program (St Matthew's Parish School); Malibu Orchid Society; Pacific Palisades Garden Club; Palisades Beautiful; and the Village Green.
Masquerade Murder Mystery
On Saturday evening, March 4th, the PPWC held a Masquerade Murder Mystery fundraising dinner with more than 60 people participating - dinner was catered by Casa Nostra. The Club will be hosting a Rummage Sale on Saturday April 1st at the clubhouse from 9am to 5 pm. Pictured is Fay Vahdani; Hospitality Chair, Haldis Toppel, President and Cathi Ruddy, Vice President.
Beautiful tables, by Fay Vadhani and Terri Webb
Murder suspect, aka member Christie Smith
Another murder suspect, aka Nancy Niles
The welcoming lobby for our Masquerade guests!
Tameron Keyes and Robin Weitz with Friends, Flowers by Karen Goldberg
Ladies Day Out at Casa Nostra
Dianne Atkins, Arlene Weber, Haldis Toppel and Julia Winter.
Upcoming Club Events
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
In this season of Thanksgiving, I want to thank each of you who participated in making our Home Tour and Boutique a resounding success. The amount of care and attention to detail and time required to pull off this event is astounding and I want to thank each of you who participated.
In addition, all of you should know of the extraordinary efforts by some of our members so that you can let them know that they are appreciated. Their efforts and ideas are inspiring and a lesson in what can be accomplished with the right spirit.
First, Robin Weitz, Home Tour Chair, has been a delight to work with. We started soliciting homeowners and sponsors back in April and had Home Tour on our minds every day until this last weekend. We had a great time visiting businesses on Montana, including a bed store where we enjoyed “bed massages” as part of our effort to obtain sponsors. Robin recruited one of our home owners in a car-to-car conversation while we were stopped at a red light after driving around looking at potential houses. Another home owner had told me “no,” but Robin would not take “no” for an answer, and patiently explained away the homeowner’s concerns, turning the “no” into a “yes”. She has been cheerfully willing to do every dirty job, even picking up trash, to make this event better. She recruited the Pali Ambassadors to act as docents and friends to help break down tables at the Boutique, and organized the home coordinators and volunteers. She helped write the home descriptions for our brochure. She helped shop for supplies. She was always ready to pick up my spirits with a smile and a positive attitude.
Nancy Elliott, Kathy Later, Haldis Toppel and Krystyna Kaszubowski were Home Coordinators for our three homes. This involved recruiting friends, organizing docents and supplies, looking for a dog-sitter and making sure the homeowners’ needs were met.
Our new member, Josie Tong, stepped in to chair the Boutique, with amazing attention to detail. Once on the planning committee, she hosted meeting after meeting at her home, provided a key introduction to facilitate meeting the owner of the Villa Leon, arranged for the photographer for the Villa and was invaluable. Josie investigated and recruited vendors, sorted them, collected their money, scheduled the day, and found movers to help load in the vendors at no cost. She recruited friends to work at the Boutique in addition to persuading the always helpful Fay Vahdani to be her co-chair.
Fay stepped in to help book the food trucks, place the vendors, tie bows that I could not manage to decorate the Boutique, and be moral support, in addition to recruiting her husband, Ben, to help with the music and sound system. Fay offered her bus bench to help with promoting Home Tour. She had staff from her business help distribute lawn signs. She ordered lunch for the docents and did all this (and more) while running her business, serving the Chamber of Commerce, and mothering a teenager. Josie and Fay (and Robin and I) were at the Boutique the night before the event until 2:00 am, and then returned at 5:30 am for a full day.
Sue Beazley took on ticket sales, organizing will-call, and handling sales at the Boutique. She also negotiated a sponsorship as part of her purchase of a car. She found and donated rare books as extraordinary thank-you gifts for our homeowners. She helped us stay on track with expenditures and we knew that, with her, the money would be handled carefully and reliably. She recruited friends to serve as cashiers. She knew when we needed to shut down ticket sales so that our ticket holders would have a good experience. Her judgment was critical to our success.
Haldis Toppel set up the web site ticket sales, and periodically did trouble-shooting on the electronic ticket sales. She was instrumental in getting the permit for our banner over Sunset. The banner would still be in our storage room if she had not helped. She sold sponsorships and then she agreed to be a home coordinator, recruited docents from the Getty and arranged for the musicians who played at the Villa. All this, and she worked the full day at the Villa, too.
Joanna Curtis trained the cashiers and organized them, providing snacks and calm competency.
Eva Iino and Karen Goldberg helped obtain our shuttle service and coordinate the drivers.
Cindy Seiler-Noori recruited and coordinated the florists, with numerous phone calls, trips to the homes, negotiations and deliveries. We owe Liz at Edelweiss Florist in Santa Monica, Heather at Gelson’s, and Floral Art in Culver City any business we can send them. They did a beautiful job at each home.
And then, there is Roberta Donohue. She designed the beautiful booklet, coordinating with all the sponsors to get their ads and their contributions and then dealt with the printer. She designed the tickets, posted information on Facebook, provided information to our media sponsors and kept Robin and me on track. She arranged for all the signs we needed and was there to deal with all the people complaining they could not buy tickets at the last minute. And she worked a full day at the Boutique, running Will Call.
With all the work that these people have contributed, it is hard to hear from others that they are not available to work on the day of Home Tour. You know we need your help. All the work described above does not create a successful home tour if we do not have the people necessary to staff the event on the day it occurs. Please save the date for next year, NOW. It will be the second Sunday in November 2018. In the meantime, think about how you can contribute to this club’s primary fundraiser, whether you want to recruit new members who will be available to share the load next year, or find sponsors, or homes or florists or take on one of the many jobs listed above. You can make a point of shopping with our sponsors, and letting them know that you are there because they have supported PPWC.
I have learned so much from helping plan the Home Tour and Boutique. I have met people I would not have otherwise met, have made wonderful friends who are quirky as well as reliable and special. I have developed new skills. This is a wonderful experience for which I am very grateful, and I want to share it with each of you.
The beautiful new interior of the Main Hall of the PPWC Clubhouse.
Lanai looking into the new Clubhouse Main Hall.
Total pledges as of 08/01/16
$1,000 - $2,499