Charitable Efforts

American Girl shows drew crowds

Fifty Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital members, 56 local girls who modeled, and over 1,700 guests flocked to Brookside Country Club in Pasadena on a recent weekend to stage and enjoy seven fabulous American Girl Fashion Shows. Besides stellar entertainment and food, the girls were delighted by two beauty salons that were new this year.

As a donation to this fundraiser for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Salon Aguayo, located in Pasadena, sent several hair stylists to coif girls’ hair both before and after the performances. Draped in hot pink gowns, the girls looked like little adults. These preteens bore their beautification very thoughtfully. Most were silent, their expressions solemn until the finishing touches were applied to their hairstyles. Then smiles conquered all traces of concern. Another new feature, a doll hair salon, complete with miniature barber chairs, mirrored a similar scenario.

The Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital thanks all those who gave their talents, time, and resources to raise funds for CHLA. Founded in 1901, CHLA offers hope and help for nearly 200,000 seriously ill, disabled, and injured children each year.

Great shows plus a great cause created a fun-filled, feel-good experience. Guests, models, and guild members enjoyed themselves while giving children at CHLA the gift of health and those at the benefit much more than a good hair day.

VHH 18th Annual Golf Classic nears

Verdugo Hills Hospital (VHH) is holding its 18th Annual Golf Classic Tournament on Monday, May 11, at Valencia Country Club.

Last year’s tournament was sold out, so get your registration in soon for 18 holes of the greatest game ever played — and for a great cause — new capital equipment. And specifically on the tee is new equipment for surgeons in the VHH operating room.

Leading the Tournament Committee efforts, which includes community members Dave Elliott, Kevin Tsujihara, Drs. John and Terre Osterkamp, Rich Harris, Charlie Mason and Todd Reynolds, is Steve Wilder and honorary chair, Dick Cook. Sue Wilder serves as volunteer chair.

“I am proud of our talented Tournament Committee’s tireless efforts to ensure another successful year raising funds for Verdugo Hills Hospital,” said Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, honorary tournament chair and foundation board member.

“This year guarantees to have seamless play with some added fun to celebrate the greatest game ever played while raising money for our beloved community hospital. We so appreciate everyone’s support to us,” Cook added.

“I’ve been involved with the hospital for over 20 years and with the Golf Tournament since its beginning in 1991,” said Elliott. “This Tournament enables the hospital to raise funds to further our mission toward quality care with a personal touch and specifically, this year, for new capital equipment for our surgeons in the OR to help our patients. We very much appreciate having a top notch community hospital in our backyard dedicated to medical excellence and ask all of our community to help support the Tournament to further our mission.”

“As Tournament chair, I want to personally thank my committee for all the hard work they are doing for this year’s tournament success,” said Wilder. “We have some special things planned this year for our 18th Golf Classic and I hope you can join us to both celebrate the greatest game ever played and to help raise funds to support our community hospital. It is sure to be an exciting and wonderful day for all.”

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with the Tournament play commencing at 10 a.m. Highlights in this year’s tournament include the opportunity to play with professional golfers "Beat the Pro" contests and a chance to win a new car and $10,000 in cash and other prizes in on-course competitions.

As a special nod to the history of golf, participants have the opportunity to dress in their favorite appropriate golf attire, whether it be knickers or Scottish kilt, and will be greeted by our VHH’s resident bagpiper, Dr. Karen McIlvena.

This year’s celebration of the greatest game ever played to benefit VHH is introducing a raffle for the first time.

Winners do not need to be present at the Tournament to win — anyone can play and anyone can win. Prizes include $1500 in cash, $500 in cash, fine wines, sporting tickets and more.

For more information contact Jennifer Berger at the VHH Foundation at (818) 952-2226.

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