Thank You for making our

32nd Annual Home Tour & Boutique

a wonderful and successful day.

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

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

A Little Sparkle - A Lot of Cheer
PPWC Annual Holiday Party

President Cathi Ruddy hosted a wonderful holiday party in her home Tuesday December 5th for the PPWC Members. The evening was warm with conversations, delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres and champagne to toast the season. Everyone enjoyed a live magic show, featuring 14 time Award Winning Celebrity Magician Steve Owens. 

Caterer Kristine Doty topped off the food table with "to die for" Key Lime Pie bites and double layer Carrot Cake. To compliment the dessert table, member Joanna Curtis added her homemade Brownies and Peanut Butter cookies!

A delightful evening was spent in the company of club members which made for a truly festive holiday party. 

Members who attended but are not pictured below: Dianne Atkins, Cindy Brody, Kristin Sibson, Krystyna Kaszubowski, Susan McGlothlin, Tricia Grossman, Kim Sandorf, Cathy Yonkie, Karen Goldberg, Deborah Williams,  and Sharon Kanan.  

Toasting the holidays, President Cathi Ruddy with Clubhouse Director Nancy Niles.

Helping in the kitchen, Sally Ajdar and Gabrielle Gottlieb.

Another kitchen warrior - Terri Webb!

Putting out the Carrot Cake, Caterer Kristine Doty.

Gabrielle Gottlieb and Nasreen Babu-Kahn.

Judy Hatchet and Julia Winter.

Haldis Toppel and Alice Beagles.

Nichelle Toomire and Nicole Ryan.

Joanna Curtis.

Christie Smith, Terri Webb, Robin Weitz and Sandy Alarcon.

Gina Jakel, Alexis Zanone and Nicole Ryan.

Julia Winter and Trish Bowe.

Vivian Foster and Fay Vahdani.

Ladies enjoying the Magic Show!

A full house watching magic!

Magician Steve Owen entertaining the PPWC ladies.


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.  PC

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.  (La Señora Hacienda)

The pool area.  (La Señora Hacienda)

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
 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!  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!

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


Dear Members,

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.

With gratitude,



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

Lanai looking into the new Clubhouse 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. 

 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


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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!