Charitable Efforts

Wine and Gourmet Food Event is this Sunday afternoon

On Sunday, Sept. 20, the 7th Annual La Cañada Flintridge Wine and Gourmet Food Event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at Memorial Park. Joining forces on this community event are the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation, the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation and the La Cañada Chamber of Commerce. More than 100 wines will be poured and 27 of our local restaurants will be on hand to showcase their offerings.

For the fourth year, the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation (LCFEF) will be hosting a premium wine auction at the conclusion of the event. Guests can stop by the LCFEF tent and register for a bid number for a chance to bid on these and other great items:

•A “Central Coast Getaway” including two nights at the Peachy Canyon Guest Cottage, a private tour and tasting at Justin Winery, and a selection of wines from both Justin Winery and Peachy Canyon.

•“Virtuous Vertical” package consisting of a 1997, 1998 and 1999 Araujo Cabernet (Eisele Vinyard)

• “Colossal Colgins” package comprised a 2001 Colgin "Cariad Vineyard" and a 2002 Colgin “Cariad Vineyard”

•“Italian Stallions” package containing six Italian wines, all of which have attained a Wine Spectator rating of 96 or above

•Several lots of classic Italian reds, some of the most highly rated ports in the world, two magnums of incredible 2000 Bordeaux as well as wines from Peter Michael, Turley, Araujo, Colgin and Sea Smoke.

All proceeds from this auction will go to support the Foundation’s Endowment Fund. In 1992, LCFEF formed an Endowment Fund to serve as a permanent source of funding for the La Cañada public school programs that the Foundation supports. The Endowment Fund’s assets have grown to over $3.2 million. Subject to certain restrictions, the Endowment Fund contributes roughly 5% of its net assets each year to the Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign. Last year’s donation was more than $117,000.

Hathaway- Sycamores honors Horsfalls

Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services will be hosting its annual event “Celebrating Children” on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pasadena home of Cathy and Bob Woolway. As steadfast supporters of Hathaway-Sycamores, Ardella and Bill Horsfall will be honored with the “Celebrating Children” Award for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of children for over 20 years.

Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard will be making the award presentation. Ardella Horsfall served on the Hathaway-Sycamores board of directors for 11 years, including a two–year stint as board chair from 2001-2003. As board chair, she guided the agency through its 100th anniversary in 2002. Ardella and Bill served as honorary co-chairs for the gala celebration at the Tournament of Roses Association’s Tournament House that marked the occasion. Attended by more than 500 people, the event launched the organization into its next century of service.

The “Celebrating Children” Award is presented to individuals who exemplify the ideals and values of integrity, leadership and commitment to improving the lives of children. For over 100 years, these values have guided the organization and served as the foundation for the compassion and care that each and every child receives at Hathaway-Sycamores.

Dinner co-chairs for “Celebrating Children” are Annsley and George Strong and the Woolways, who are hosting the event. A cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception will be held on their backyard terrace overlooking the beautiful Pasadena Arroyo, followed by the award presentation and a performance by the Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Grief & Loss Choir, a group of youngsters from South Los Angeles who have suffered through the tragic loss of a family member and currently receive grief counseling from the organization.

Event sponsorships ranging from $250 to $2,500, and Tribute Journal ads ranging from $100 to $1,000 are available as well as tickets to the event at $75 per person. To purchase sponsorships, tickets or an ad, contact Andi Sica at (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516.

Fall event to benefit Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles

The Flintridge Guild of Childrens Hospital is hosting its annual Fall Friendship Luncheon and Informal Fashion Show on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the La Cañada Flintridge home of Betty and Rick Alejo. All proceeds from this event will benefit Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

In lieu of an admission fee, guests are encouraged to purchase a toy or other item (starting at $25) from the “Giving Tree.” These items will help restock CHLA’s Toy Room, designed to make patients and their siblings less fearful and more cheerful when undergoing treatment or hospitalization. Claire Austin, director, The Literally Healing Program, will give a brief talk about this innovative reading resource at CHLA. A Patient Therapeutic Library with over 1,000 titles helps patients better understand and master sensitive issues like coping with their medical condition and the trauma of hospitalization, being singled out, ridiculed or excluded because of their medical condition, and fear of deformity, disability or death. In addition a Book “Moo-bile” (a cart painted like a cow) is stocked with books that are fun to read, give a message of mastery and make children feel good. A delicious lunch, informal modeling, themed raffle baskets and a chance to visit with friends complete what promises to be a very enjoyable day. For additional information or reservations, call Maureen Railsback at (818) 952-7665 or e-mail her at

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