32 nd Holiday Home Tour  and Boutique 2017

Sunday, November 12, 11a.m .- 4 p.m.

Featuring the Iconic "Castle by the Sea," the Villa Leon
Click here for online Ticket Purchase 



Other Special Events and Programs 
for details please click on the titles below

2017 Halloween Window Painting Contest
10/21/2017 • Palisades Village

Free Flu Clinic for Seniors
10/26/2017 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM • Clubhouse, 901 Haverford Ave.,

Grant Fund Applications - for a printable copy please click here
Due November 1, 2017

For Weekly Classes or Activities
please click here

Click here for membership information or call 310-454-9012

Clubhouse Administrator Roberta Donohue and President Cathi Ruddy welcome you with open arms.


A sneak-preview of the 2017 Home Tour homes for your enjoyment. 

Mid-Century home with
elements of whimsy.

AIA Award Winning eclectic contemporary home.


Online Home Tour Ticket Purchase 

Please click on the link above or call  for information 310 454-9012 
For more detail and a sneak preview of Home Tour 2017 
please click here

The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club is preparing for its signature event of the year, the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour and Boutique on Sunday, November 12, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  (The Boutique will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)  Net proceeds from both events will be distributed to community charitable organizations through Grant Requests.   

This year's Home Tour features the spectacular iconic 1927 Villa Leon, a mansion above PCH that is often mistaken for the Getty Villa.  As interest in the Villa is expected to be high, please arrive early for the best viewing experience.  In addition, an AIA Award Winning eclectic contemporary home and an updated Mid-Century modern home with elements of whimsy will add to the enjoyment of the day. 

Two beautiful Italian exotic cars will be parked outside the Villa, courtesy of the Auto Gallery with a  representative available to talk with visitors. For those that like to get behind the wheel, Tesla is offering test rides at another home on the tour, as well as a raffle for a "Tesla for a Weekend."

Please note that the homes are privately owned and are not handicapped accessible.  

The much-loved Boutique will return as a special part of the Holiday Home Tour. We are happy to announce the exciting lineup of 40 merchants that include some of our past favorites alongside exciting local designers, merchants, and gourmet food trucks.

Free and convenient shuttles to the homes will depart from Palisades Charter High School at 15777 Bowdoin Street.  Parking is free.  The homes will be accessible only by shuttle.

Our sincere appreciation goes to our many sponsors represented in the 2017 Holiday Home Tour & Boutique resource booklet.  All residents and businesses in Pacific Palisades and west Brentwood can expect to receive their booklets in early October.

Until then, please take a moment to flip through the pages of last year's Home Tour booklet.  We are looking forward to an equally rewarding experience for 2017, and look forward to your joining us at this year's Holiday Home Tour and Boutique. Cheers! 

For prior year Home Tour details please click on the links below.

2016 booklet
2015 booklet
2014 overview

Upcoming Club Events

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,
and Sandy Alarcon.

Cindy Noori, Nancy Niles, Sally Ajdar, and Christie Smith.


A Fun 4th of July In Pacific Palisades!!

President Catherine Ruddy rode in the PAPA 4th of July
Parade representing the many members of the PPWC organization. Club Program Directory Cindy Seiler-Noori drove her husbands beautiful classic 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SL. Cathi was promoting the club's biggest fundraising event, the 32nd Annual Holiday Home Tour and Boutique on Sunday, November 12th!

 The PPWC was thrilled that our Board of Director Member Nancy Niles was this year's Parade Marshal along with her husband Kevin!
A deserving honor for this couple!


A Fun Day of Fundraising at Let's Make a Deal TV Show!
Back row, L-R: Rose Ellen & Don Eichenseer, Haldis Toppel,
Cathi Ruddy, Jenny Gularte, Nancy Niles and Lisa Glenn.
Front row, L-R: Gina Jakel, Joanna Curtis and Georgia Wagniere 


 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.

Nicole Ryan and Cathi Ruddy in the Theatre.

The pool area.

Dinner at the outside patio and bar.

The outdoor bar.

Beautiful warm evening, great group of ladies, fun event!


PPWC's 90th Birthday Party Celebrates
 Palisades Seniors over 90

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!


"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!

Wine Tasting
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

President’s Report 

Dear Members and Supporters, 

I hope you have noticed the recently completed renovations. Since 2014, the club has undertaken several major renovation projects. These started with a new roof and bathrooms brought to current code. Then we undertook parking lot reconstruction in the lower lot, asbestos remediation, new dry wall, kitchen improvements, electrical upgrades, insulation, acoustic work and a new ceiling and ceiling lights.  The interior of the clubhouse was painted and we invested in some new hardware to replace mismatched and missing handles. Nancy Niles recently supervised the repair of the exterior stucco and the rotted wood awning and upgraded the exterior lighting. Whew! I can barely remember the tiles falling off the walls and the dingy ceiling tiles. Instead, we now enjoy improved acoustics and a beautiful room in which to host our events and guests. We have a beautiful facility that we can rent to tenants.

These improvements came at a cost of $622,200. Many of you contributed to the Capital Campaign that was launched in 2014. The renovations are largely the result of your generosity and we cannot thank you enough.  We want you to feel comfortable that your donations were carefully and well spent. The Capital Campaign, together with pre-existing investments, paid for $436,200 of the renovations.  The club has borrowed $186,000 on a line of credit with First Century Bank to cover the balance. We recently received a new pledge of $10,000 to start to process of paying down that debt and we are in the process of converting the balance to a long-term mortgage. While our mid-last century building could use some additional work, we are attempting to limit further major expenditures until that repayment is accomplished unless the projects come with built-in funding.

The club has had mortgages several times in its history, starting in 1950, when the original construction was financed with a $14,000 mortgage that was paid off in 1956. A second $14,000 mortgage to add on the stage, lanai, foyer and kitchen was paid off in 1965. Construction costs have certainly risen, but so have our capabilities and so has the value of our building.

 The improvements in the clubhouse inspired our Fay Vahdani to donate fabric and her mother’s labor to recover of the stained cushions on the furniture in the clubhouse. What a huge improvement, to now have clean cushions! Thank you, Fay, for making this happen.

Robin Weitz, Christie Smith, Krystyna Kaszubowski, Haldis Toppel, Vivian Foster, Dorothy Richards, Cathi Ruddy and Sue Beazley generously stepped up to help fund reconstruction of the patio benches, a project that I could not wait to have completed.  Robin and her husband painted sealer on the benches to protect the wood and to save $350. Take a look at the before and after!

I wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many people who contributed time, knowledge and money to these improvements. In particular, past presidents Kristin Sibson, Terry Lyman and Haldis Toppel spent countless hours raising funds, organizing financing, planning and executing these improvements. They each deserve abundant gratitude. If you have questions, our treasurer, Sue Beazley, our past president, Haldis Toppel and I are available to answer them. And if you want to contribute time, labor or money to a new project, let me know!


Catherine Ruddy
PPWC President

The beautiful new interior of the Main Hall of the PPWC Clubhouse.

Lanai looking into the new Clubhouse Main Hall.

This gala event enjoyed a glorious sunset at the new main hall

 Before: The "good old days" in the "vintage" Main Hall.

Sue Beazley and Cathy Yonke enjoying the new Clubhouse Lobby, new fabric on the sofas donated by Fay Vahdani and her mother's labor to recover all the cushions. 

Redoing the outdoor benches was also on the renovation project list. With the generous donations from Robin Weitz, Christie Smith, Krystyna Kaszubowski, Haldis Toppel, Vivian Foster, Dorothy Richards and Sue Beazley, the benches were done in time for our 90th Birthday Celebration.  Robin and Ted Weitz donated their time and materials to seal the wood to preserve it's beauty! Thank you!!

Fond memories of bygone days.... 

The back of our building looks wonderful after the exterior stucco and wood awnings were repaired and the exterior lighting was upgraded.

Come by the Clubhouse and see all the beautiful improvements!

 Thank you Capital Campaign Donors


Total pledges as of 08/01/16

Sue Beazley

Jack and Cindy Jones

Gelson's Market

Catalina Pernisco-Viotti
Kristin and Dan Sibson

$5,000 - $9,999
Jean Aroeste
Austin & Rob Holland
Nancy Johnson
Amy Katch
Tameron Keyes
Luxe Home Care
The Lyman Family
Brian & Kathleen Miller
Diane M. Stafford
The Toppel Family
Marie Tran
Gwendolen Twist

$2,500 - $4,999
Michael Edlen
Judy Gold
Natalie Riggs
Dan Urbach
Karen Ingrid Vinje
     Memorial Fund

$1,000 - $2,499
Melissa Anna
Eleni Cambourelis-Benedikt
Brook Dougherty
Sheila Dowst
Susie Evans
Sharon & Andy Gavin
Reca L. Gerchik
Elisabeth Giovine
Tricia Grossman
Dalena and Thomas Hathaway
Cindy Heydt
Carry Hirschman
Eva Iino
Susan Jay Freeman
Katy Kreitler
Anthony Marguleas
Susan Oakley
Christine Ofiesh
Kim & Jeff Sandorf
Ariane Sawyer
Tina Schroeter
Karen Scott Goldberg
Christie Smith
The Terman Family
Bobbi & Richard Thompson
Suzanne Trepp
K. Ingrid & Ronald Vinje
Theresa B. Webb
Arlene Keith Weber
Deborah Williams

Nancy Branch
Deepthi Brown
Carly K/Carly K Kids
Surinder Chinai
Lee Ann Daly
Judy Hyde
Krystyna Kaszubowski, M.D.
Brooke King
The Rodman Family
Christine Ruud
Laura Schneider
Janet Schulman
Steph Smith
Susan Sullivan
The Community Foundation of
  Greater Greensboro
Julia Winter
Catherine M. Yonke

Patricia Allegretti
Anonymous (2)
Alice Beagles
Laura Cadena
Calvary Christian School
Peter & Helene Dameris Family
Mary B. Dean
Donna Ferrentino
Vivian Foster
Judy Hatchett
Sharon Kanan
Christine Laguna
Markley Lumpkins
Ellen McCormick
Leo & Gertrude Marantz Fund
  of The Jewish Community
  Foundation of Los Angeles
Nicole T. Ryan
Priscilla & Barry Sibson
Naz & Steven Sykes
Triumph Development
The Weitz Family

Suzette Abbott
Victoria Aikman
Fran Aponte
Diane Atkins
Nasreen Babu-Khan, MD
R.J. Baker
Ona Barnett
James & Zena Bartholemew
In Memory of Dennis Bazar
Phyllis Becker
Steven Benedict
Erik & Margaret Bergquist
Trish Bowe
Brimhall & Associates
Katie Browning
Bill & Pam Bruns
JoAnne Carlson
Doris Casteneda
Chamber of Commerce
Michele R. Chartier, DDS
Alexia Csato
Ginger Curea
Joanna Curtis
Drew & Diana Daniele
Judy D'Arcy
Michael Dawson
Liz Denham
Kasi Dodge
Janet S. Doepel
Nancy Drobnis
Jane DuBovy
Gail Elen
Sunny Foroosh
Annette Fuelling
Laura Gerson
Synthia & Geoff Given
Marge Gold
Maureen Grace
Marie Gregor
Judy Grosh
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harter
Sharon Hastings
Richard & Deborah Held
Deiter & Eva Holberg
Elizabeth Ives
Gina Jakel
Ally & Adam Jaret
Lisa Kalin
In honor of Alice Karl
Happy Birthday Phyllis Keely
Kris Kelly
Keri Kraft
Kathy Later
Jenny Lee
RCL Foundation
In honor of Phyllis Leshin
Lisa Liese
Michele Locker
Yvonne Maday-Crandell
Iris Magidoff
John Malloy
Alicia & John Maniatakis
In honor of Marion Marshall
Lori Martin
Elaine Martini
Miriam A. Meyer
Jo Michel
Tammy Mozenter
In honor of Gloria Murray
Phyllis Nelson
Nancy Niles
Sissi O'Reilly
Palisades Symphony Orchestra
Sonja Panajotovic
Vanessa Pellegrini
Jeannette Penick
Lisa Price
Lydia Reed
Regal Cleaners
Ivy Reid
Dorothy Richards
The Rifkin Family
Carleen Riley
Catherine Ruddy
Tara Sakraida
Natasha Samuels & Thomas Wyss
Ethan Sawyer
Mimi Schector
Sheila Shaler
In honor of Evelyn Smith
Marie & Larry Steckmest
Cornelius & Jill Sullivan
Holly Surya-Tishibi
Janet L. Thomas
Katherine Tooley
Nichelle Toomire
Wendy Windebank
Alice Wood
Denise Young


Contact us

Address: P.O. Box 292, 901 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: (310) 454-9012

Email: info@theppwc.org

Join us 

The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club originated in 1925 with the name The Forum and officially became the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club in 1926. Our club building at 901 Haverford was constructed in 1951 and completed in 1956. We celebrate our 90th year of service to the community as a vibrant, multi-generational club dedicated to the educational, cultural and social well-being of Pacific Palisades. Become a Member!