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. 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 dElegance.
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 Womans Club.
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.
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A special thank you goes to our wonderful sponsors of this event:
Ralph Scriba Family
Toyota Motor Sales
Ralph and Lorraine Scriba
Brad & Jennifer Baker
LA County Supervisor Don Knabe
Frank & Marilyn Schaffer
Jacky Glass Family
Kate Crane, Esq.
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
The Canterbury/Episcopal Community & Services
The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates
Stephen L. Read, M.D.
Mackenroth Corp./Jimi Anderson
Providence Little Company of Mary
Anne & Jerry Wittels
DCH Toyota for Torrance/DCH Gardena Honda
Joanne & Jim Hunter
Watson Land Co
Akrevoe K. Emmanouilides
Ricard J. Miyamoto, O.D.
Sandra S. Kass
David Leach/Patty Brooks Leach
Kay Yamada/Siby Grebe
Rod Burkley/Michael Barth
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