The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club is already working on plans for its signature event of the year, the 32nd Annual Home Tour on Sunday November 12, 2017. Net proceeds are distributed to community organizations at Grant Night.
This is a great opportunity for a local business to support Home Tour and to
publicize its services to a well-targeted demographic. We will be sending our
Home Tour booklet to 14,000 homes and businesses in Pacific Palisades and in the
western part of Brentwood.
Please take a moment to flip through the pages of last year's Home Tour booklet and enjoy the variety of Pacific Palisades homes and services. We are looking forward to an equally rewarding experience for 2017 and are hoping that you will join us. Enjoy.
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.
The outdoor bar.
Beautiful warm evening, great group of ladies, fun event!
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!
"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!
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
President’s Report - May 31, 2017
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!
The beautiful new interior of the Main Hall.
Today's Lanai looking into the Mail Hall.
This gala event enjoyed a glorious sunset at the new main hall
Before: The "good old days" in the "vintage" Main Hall.
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....
Come by the Clubhouse and see all the beautiful improvements!
Total pledges as of 08/01/16
$1,000 - $2,499