Past Events

H.E.L.P. Supporters enjoy “Autumn Sunset” Fall Fundraiser

H.E.L.P. hosted its very successful Fall 2014 Fundraiser, “Autumn Sunset,” at the beautiful oceanfront home of Lisa and Chuck Noski on a balmy October evening . The proceeds from the wine-tasting event, with light supper, will benefit programs and services for seniors and their families. The event was chaired by H.E.L.P. Board Treasurer, Laura Kauls, CPA., partner in the Torrance accountancy firm, McDowell, Dillon and Hunter. Décor was chaired by Kim Engen, from H.E.L.P.’s Advisory Board.

Laura Kauls, center, H.E.L.P. Event Chair and Board Treasurer welcomes guests with hosts Lisa and Chuck Noski.

The Diamond Sponsor for the event was Peninsula philanthropist, Ralph Scriba, who was honored at H.E.L.P.’s June gala with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime support of H.E.L.P. The Ruby Sponsor was Toyota Motor Sales, USA; and the Pearl Sponsor was Mary Harris, of Harris Financial Services. Underwriters were Torrance CPA, Cynthia Rustanius; and Michael Barth, esq., whose law office is in Malaga Cove.

The Noski's generously opened their lovely oceanfront home for the H.E.L.P. Fall fundraiser.

Wines were donated by Phyllis and Bill Glantz from their Eberle winery in Paso Robles; as well as by Jennifer and Brad Baker, esq., of Baker, Burton, and Lundy law firm; and Laura Kauls. Former H.E.L.P. Board member and longtime supporter, Kate Crane, esq., donated champagne from Domaine Carneros winery in Napa. Chefs Steve Riley and Robert Bell of Mama Terano and Chez Melange restaurants, prepared the light supper.

Tables were set in the poolside garden.

In addition to raising funds, it was a wonderful opportunity for longtime H.E.L.P. supporters, as well as new friends, to enjoy a lovely Fall evening together. True to its theme, we were treated to a colorful sunset overlooking the ocean at the close of the evening. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters for making this event a great success.


H.E.L.P. Board Chair, Sharon Ryan, left, welcomes former H.E.L.P. Board member Kate Crane, Esq., center, who donated the Domaine Carneros Champagne, and Marion Paulsen.


H.E.L.P. Executive Director, Britt Huff, welcomes event Diamond Sponsor, Ralph Scriba, left, and Rod Burkley, former H.E.L.P. Board Chair.


Mary Harris, of Harris Financial Services, our Pearl Sponsor, was accompanied by her husband Doug Kendall.


Bob Wade, retired Toyota Executive, represented event Ruby Sponsor, Toyota USA Motor Sales. He is joined by (from left) Britt Huff, Carolin Keith Wade, and Helen Dennis, former H.E.L.P. Board Chair.


Kim Engen, left, event Decor Chair, donated the "Glassed Over" candles as table centerpieces, along with beautiful floral arrangements. With her are Eileen Hupp, President & CEO of the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce, and Julia Parton, a former H.E.L.P. Board member.


Guests enjoyed wines donated by Phyllis and Bill Glantz from their Paso Robles Eberle Winery, right, as well as Napa champagne from Domaine Carneros, left, donated by Kate Crane, Esq., Other wines were donated by Board members Laura Kauls and Brad Baker.


Ardis Shubin, H.E.L.P. Community Services Specialist, right, helps volunteers from left, Joan Earhart, Kathleen Davis and Linda Smith, from the Torrance Women's Club set up the bar for the wine tasting.


H.E.L.P. Board members, Kay Yamada, left, Evelyn Salinas, and Lynne Neuman.


H.E.L.P. Board members, The Honorable George Nakano, left, with wife Helen, and Judy Bayer, Esq., with husband Fred.


The light supper was provided by Chefs Steve Riley and Robert Bell of Mama Terano and Chez Melange restaurants.


H.E.L.P. Board member Scott Donnelly, CPA, PDM Accountancy Firm, and Dr. Wade Nishimura.


Britt Huff with Nancy Scott, H.E.L.P. Advisory Board member and volunteer Yim Hom.


H.E.L.P. Board member Scott Magee, Esq., left, with his wife, Barbara, The Honorable George Nakano, Britt Huff, and Dale Harbour-Day.


Britt Huff with Bob & Laureene Voekel, Dee & George Schuler, and Kim & John Whitcomb.


H.E.L.P. Executive Director, Britt Huff, thanks sponsors for their generous donations and attendees for their support.


"Autumn Sunset" ended the evening with a beautiful sunset overlooking the ocean.


Grand Masquerade 2013 Was A Huge Success!

H.E.L.P. hosted its 2013 annual Celebrate Summer dinner-dance fundraiser on June 28 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. The event, themed “The Grand Masquerade,” was co-chaired by H.E.L.P. Board Vice Chair Sharon Ryan and Advisory Board member Nancy Scott. They handed out colorful Mardi Gras beads at the door as H.E.L.P. Executive Director, Dr. Britt Huff, welcomed guests. The evening Grand Sponsor was the Ralph Scriba Family Fund. Platinum Sponsor was Toyota Motor Sales, USA, represented at the event by Vice President Michael Rouse and his wife, Nancy. The M.C. and auctioneer was the Honorable Steve Napolitano, former mayor of Manhattan Beach and Senior Deputy to L.A. County Supervisor, Don Knabe. The evening was a huge success, and included a drawing for a trip to New Orleans, as well as live and silent auctions.

H.E.L.P. Executive Director, Dr. Britt Huff, with major sponsors Ralph Scriba and Michael Rouse, of Toyota Motor Sales, USA

H.E.L.P. honored three worthy individuals for their community service at the event. Jean Adelsman received the H.E.L.P. Inspiration Award. She is a former editor of the Daily Breeze, Board Chair of the Volunteer Center, Board member of the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, and long-time supporter and former Board member of H.E.L.P. Sibylle Grebe, managing partner of the Torrance-based law firm of Conover and Grebe, is a former Chair of the H.E.L.P. Board of directors, and is a member and past president of the California Council of Elder Law Attorneys. She received the Legacy Award.  Mary Jane Schoenheider received the H.E.L.P. Vanguard Award. She is the publisher of the Peninsula People Magazine, and has been involved in many South Bay nonprofits, including the Palos Verdes Art Center and the PV Concours d’Elegance.

H.E.L.P. honorees Sibylle Grebe and Mary Jane Schoenheider 

Longtime Board member and H.E.L.P. supporter, Jimi Andersen, was also recognized for her years of service to H.E.L.P. as her term ended.  H.E.L.P. charter members Bill and Phyllis Glantz were also applauded for their instrumental role in the formation of H.E.L.P.

H.E.L.P. very much appreciates the services of our wonderful volunteer gala committee members, who made our gala fundraiser possible. Assisting gala chairs Sharon Ryan and Nancy Scott, were Linda Cochrane, Sally Moton, Mardy Maehara, Yim Hom, Shelley Johnston, Evelyn Salinas, Laura Kauls, Joyce Kochanowski, Linda Moriwaki, Ardis Shubin, Britt Huff, Matt Stillinger, Kimberli Taylor, Fran Walker, Kay Yamada, Pam Barrett, and the gracious members of the Torrance Woman’s Club.

H.E.L.P. Board Chair, Lynne Neuman, with Britt Huff (More event photos below)

Almost 250 guests got into the spirit of the evening by wearing sequined masks, festive attire, and colorful Mardi Gras beads. H.E.L.P. Board Chair, Lynne Neuman, opened the program by thanking all of H.E.L.P.’s sponsors.  All of us at H.E.L.P. are so grateful to all of our donors and sponsors for your continued support of our mission. A special thank you goes to our wonderful sponsors of this event:

Grand Sponsor
Ralph Scriba Family

Platinum Sponsor
Toyota Motor Sales 

Emerald Sponsor
Ralph and Lorraine Scriba

Sapphire Sponsors
Brad & Jennifer Baker 
LA County Supervisor Don Knabe                     
Frank & Marilyn Schaffer
Jacky Glass Family

Pearl Sponsors
Kate Crane, Esq.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
The Canterbury/Episcopal Community & Services
The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates
Stephen L. Read, M.D.
Scott McGee
Jimi Anderson
Mackenroth Corp./Jimi Anderson
Duane Conover  
Rod Burkley
Providence Little Company of Mary
Elaine Seegar

Anne & Jerry Wittels 
DCH Toyota for Torrance/DCH Gardena Honda
Ralph Saunton
Joanne & Jim Hunter
Ellen Tarlow
Watson Land Co
Peter Pettler

Joyce Kochanowski
Akrevoe K. Emmanouilides
Ricard J. Miyamoto, O.D.
Sandra S. Kass        
David Leach/Patty Brooks Leach               

Table Sponsors
Kay Yamada/Siby Grebe
Kay Yamada
Rod Burkley/Michael Barth
Brad Baker
Jean Adelsman
Underwriting In Kind
Sharon Ryan - New Orleans travel/ raffle                        
Kay Yamada – Dinner wine
Lynne Neuman- champagne reception
Evelyn Salinas/Simplicity Bank -  music/D.J.
Scott Magee – reception wine

Floral and Centerpiece Donors
Barbara Watt - Black Tie Valet-Beverly Hills                        
Shawn Najad – Rancho Palos Verdes Flowers
Shelly Johnston
Nancy Scott

Platinum Sponsor Michael Rouse of Toyota Motor Sales USA (left) with his wife, Nancy, Carolin Keith-Wade, Bob Wade, and Sandy Vanden Berge, representing Pearl Sponsor, Torrance Memorial Medical Center


H.E.L.P. gala co-chairs Nancy Scott (left) and Sharon Ryan welcome Grand Sponsor, Ralph Scriba


Sapphire Sponsors, Jennifer and Brad Baker (left), also a H.E.L.P. Board member, congratulate honoree Sibylle Grebe, Esq., with Kimberli Taylor


H.E.L.P. Gala committee from left: Sally Moton, Britt Huff, Sharon Ryan, Joyce Kochanowski, Nancy Scott, Yim Hom, Linda Cochrane, and Mardy Maehara. Not pictured are Shelley Johnston, Evelyn Salinas, Ardis Shubin, Kimberli Taylor, Kay Yamada, and Pam Barrett


Honoree Mary Jane Schoenheider, Peninsula People publisher, receives the Vanguard Award from the Hon. Steve Napolitano, Senior Deputy to L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, and Dr. Britt Huff, H.E.L.P. Executive Director


Sapphire sponsor and 2012 honoree Jacky Glass with daughter, Tara Gregerson


Hon. Steve Napolitano and Hon. Suzy Seaman, City Councilwoman and former Mayor of Rolling Hills Estates with husband, Dick Seaman


Marylyn Ginsberg Klaus, Pam Barrett and Chuck Klaus


Former H.E.L.P. Board and charter member, Bill Glantz, with Phyllis Glantz and Britt Huff


Lauren Phan, former H.E.L.P. Board Chair, Rod Burkley, Hon. George Bird, P.V.E. Councilman and former Mayor, with wife Karen Bird


Former H.E.L.P. Board member, Jimi Andersen is honored for her years of service to H.E.L.P.


Gala décor chair, Shelley Johnston thanks Mary Harris and her husband Doug Kendle for their donation


Jerry and Carol Marcil, Mark Smith of Malaga Bank with Anita Smith


Britt Huff greets Alexandra and Nick Papadakis


Anne Buxton with Gala committee member Pam Barrett, Maude and Aaron Landon


Les Fishman and Virginia Butler, with Debbie and Mike Richardson


Dick and Vivian Murtha with Britt Huff


H.E.L.P. Board member Scott Magee with wife Barbara and son, Ryan who volunteered with other students from Los Hermanos


Merle Countryman, Board chair of the Thelma McMillen Foundation with his wife Kathy, buy raffle tickets from Pam Barrett


Rick and Pam Seide with Britt and Ken Huff, M.D.


Hazel and Jim Lord with Britt Huff


Britt Huff greets Dr. Hugh McIntyre, H.E.L.P. Advisory Board member, with Cecelia Riddell


Albro Lundy III, right and son, Albro Lundy IV, left, with Michelle Marr, center, had the winning bid on the live auction San Francisco InterContinental Hotel package donated by Richard and Melanie Lundquist of Continental Development Corp.


H.E.L.P. Board member Laura Kauls, Cynthia Rustanius, Mel Frumes, and former Board member Bob Abelson, with wife Rosalie


Kay Wardell with H.E.L.P. volunteer, Jennifer Wilson


Hon. Cliff Numark, Torrance City Councilman, left, with Tammy Khan and Lea Ann King


Jennifer Baker, Kirk Retz and photographer, Betty Waung closed out the evening with mystery Mardi Gras guest ballet dancer in pink tutu


Torrance Woman’s Club members volunteered for the auction closing. Pictured from left: Beth O’Gorman, Kathleen Davis, Jeannine Glomboski, with Britt Huff, Deanne Hansen, & Barbara Freeman


Torrance Woman’s Club members volunteered to help with the event closing


Balloon Chance Chairs, Mardy Maehara, Sally Moton, & Yim Hom


Britt Huff with Nancy & Michael Rouse, of Toyota USA Motor Sales


H.E.L.P.’s “A Royal Affaire” 2012 Fundraiser is a Big Success

H.E.L.P.’s 2012 annual fundraiser, Celebrate Summer, held on June 22 at Trump Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, was a great success. The theme was “A Royal Affaire,” in honor of the Queen’s 60th anniversary and the summer Olympics in London. Honorees for the evening were Jacqueline Glass, awarded the H.E.L.P. Inspiration award; Helen Dennis, recipient of the H.E.L.P. Legacy Award; and Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation, awarded the H.E.L.P. Vanguard Award.

From Left: Royal Guard Tom Cochrane, Gala Chair Sharon Ryan, Nancy & Michael Rouse (Toyota Diamond Sponsors), Dr. Britt Huff (Executive Director), Royal Guard Eric Scott.

H.E.L.P. Executive Director, Dr. Britt Huff, and gala event chair, Sharon Ryan, greeted guests at the Trump ballroom entry, flanked by “Royal Guards”, Eric Scott and Tom Cochrane, sons of auction chairs, Nancy Scott and Linda Cochrane. The evening consisted of a reception and silent auction on the Trump veranda, overlooking the ocean, followed by dinner, live auction, award presentation, dancing and entertainment. Steve Napolitano, Deputy to L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, was the award ceremony M.C. and Mark Mariscal, Superintendent, L.A. City Parks and Recreation, was the volunteer auctioneer. Teddy Johnson provided music and entertainment.

Gala Chair Sharon Ryan, on left, and Dr. Britt Huff, on right, flank HELP Honorees  Jacky Glass (left), Barbara Roberts (Executive Director of Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation), and Helen Dennis. 

H.E.L.P. is greatly indebted to our wonderful sponsors for their continued support of our mission and programs. The Ralph Scriba Family Fund kicked off H.E.L.P.’s sponsorship drive for Celebrate Summer with a $50,000 Royal Donor sponsorship, which was a great inspiration to others in the community to join in support of our event. Toyota Motor Sales was again a Diamond Sponsor at the $25,000 level, and has been a faithful supporter of H.E.L.P. over the years. Thanks also to our other sponsors who are listed on our Sponsor Board below.

Board Chair Lynne Neuman, center, with her husband, Eric Neuman, and Dr. Britt Huff.

H.E.L.P. is also grateful to its many wonderful volunteers who worked hard to make the evening a great success. Gala committee members included Nancy Scott and Linda Cochrane, who chaired the auction for the event. Sally Moton and Mardy Maehara chaired the Royal Chances, a new fundraising opportunity this year. Other committee members were Joyce Kochanowski, Elaine Miller, Laura Kauls, Kay Yamada, Dale Harbour-Day, Grace Wallace, Samantha Martinez, Ardis Shubin and Elizabeth Hoang, and Kathleen Davis. The Torrance Women’s Club was also a great support for the event. Coordinated by Kathleen Davis, other TWC volunteers were Fran Day, Beth O’Gorman, Deanna Hanson, Jeannine Glomboske, and Barbara Freeman.


Royal Sponsor, Ralph Scriba, center, with from left, Frank Schaffer, Sapphire Sponsor and 2011 honoree; Dr. Britt Huff, Sibylle Grebe, former H.E.L.P. Board Chair, and Marilyn Schaffer.


Dr. Britt Huff, center, with Auction Chairs, Linda Cochrane, left, and Nancy Scott.


Torrance Women’s Club volunteers, from left, Beth Gorman, Fran Day, Deanna Hanson, and Kathleen Davis (with Dr. Britt Huff) helped make A Royal Affaire a big success.


Triumphant winners.


Steve Napolitano, Deputy to LA County Supervisor, Don Knabe, left, and Dr. Britt Huff, H.E.L.P. Executive Director, present Legacy Award to Helen Dennis, former H.E.L.P. Board Chair.


H.E.L.P. honoree Jacky Glass.


H.E.L.P. honorees from Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.


Royal Guards” Eric Scott and Tom Cochrane greet gala committee members, from left, Sally Moton, Nancy Scott, Sharon Ryan, Dr. Britt Huff, Linda Cochrane, Joyce Kochanowski, and Mardy Maehara.