From Meredith Grenier of the Daily Breeze
There was a bevy of attractive women in zebra-striped skirts and leopard-skinned jackets — and even a few gents wearing safari hats with their tuxes — at Moonlight on the Serengeti, a recent benefit for HELP (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corp.) at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Those in costume had adhered to the invitation’s dress code: “Safari attire admired, but not required.”

The annual Celebrate Summer gala attracted nearly 200 guests and raised $150,000 for its programs and services for seniors.

Add to this a luxury 12-day African safari for two raffle item donated by the prestigious Micato Safari outfitters and you have everything but live lions and elephants to complete the African theme.

The evening began with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction, award presentations, dancing and entertainment.

At the annual H.E.L.P. gala were honored De De Hicks, president and CEO of the Volunteer Center; Suzan Seamans, former Rolling Hills Estates City Councilwoman; benefactor Ralph Scriba; event co-chair Nancy Scott; H.E.L.P. board chair Sharon Ryan and H.E.L.P. executive director Britt Huff.


Two prominent South Bay women were honored. De De Hicks, president and CEO of the Torrance-based Volunteer Center, was awarded the HELP Vanguard Award for her 27 years of transforming the center from an organization with a budget of $137,000 to its present $2 million budget. It serves 600 nonprofits in 43 cities and serves low-income children in the South Bay and beyond with programs such as Food for Kids and Operation Teddy Bear.

In introducing Hicks, Steve Napolitano, senior deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, called her “an icon” for all the people she has helped over the years.

In accepting the award, Hicks thanked HELP, guests and her four sons and their families, whom she referred to as “the wind beneath my sails.” Hicks will retire from the center in December 2015.

Susan Seamans, whom Napolitano called “another icon” was honored with the Inspiration Award for 32 years of public service, culminating with 20 years on the Rolling Hills Estates City Council, including four terms as mayor. In accepting the award, the councilwoman who left her seat on the council in November 2013, reminisced about her “20 enjoyable years” on the council. Seamans also gave a shout-out to Ed Long, a fellow Rotarian who founded HELP. “I have always had a soft spot for this organization,” she said.

Finally HELP President Britt Huff surprised the evening’s Diamond Sponsor, Ralph Scriba, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime commitment to the organization. In addition to the Ralph Scriba Family Fund, other major sponsors were Toyota Motor Sales USA; L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, Jacky Glass, and Brad and Jennifer Baker of the law firm Baker, Burton & Lundy.

Sharon Ryan, HELP board chair, emphasized the role played by volunteers who worked to make the evening a success, including Chair Nancy Scott, Linda Cochrane, who co-chaired the auctions with Scott, Sally Moton, Mardy Maehara, Shelley Johnston, Yim Hom, Joyce Kochanowski, Ardis Shubin, Evelyn Salinas, Hillary Watts, Fran Walker, Carol Wilson, Linda Moriwaki, Cathy Luciano, Patricia Ashe, Elizabeth Bisong and Mary Fernandez, plus Kathleen Davis and volunteers from the Torrance Woman’s Club.

HELP, located in downtown Torrance, is an education and counseling center focusing on elder care options, legal and financial planning tools and consumer protections. For information, call 310-533-1996.

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From Meredith Grenier of the Daily Breeze
There was a bevy of attractive women in zebra-striped skirts and leopard-skinned jackets — and even a few gents wearing safari hats with their tuxes — at Moonlight on the Serengeti, a recent benefit for HELP (Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corp.) at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. Those in costume had adhered to the invitation’s dress code: “Safari attire admired, but not required.”

The annual Celebrate Summer gala attracted nearly 200 guests and raised $150,000 for its programs and services for seniors.

Add to this a luxury 12-day African safari for two raffle item donated by the prestigious Micato Safari outfitters and you have everything but live lions and elephants to complete the African theme.

The evening began with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner, a live auction, award presentations, dancing and entertainment.

At the annual H.E.L.P. gala were honored De De Hicks, president and CEO of the Volunteer Center; Suzan Seamans, former Rolling Hills Estates City Councilwoman; benefactor Ralph Scriba; event co-chair Nancy Scott; H.E.L.P. board chair Sharon Ryan and H.E.L.P. executive director Britt Huff.


Two prominent South Bay women were honored. De De Hicks, president and CEO of the Torrance-based Volunteer Center, was awarded the HELP Vanguard Award for her 27 years of transforming the center from an organization with a budget of $137,000 to its present $2 million budget. It serves 600 nonprofits in 43 cities and serves low-income children in the South Bay and beyond with programs such as Food for Kids and Operation Teddy Bear.

In introducing Hicks, Steve Napolitano, senior deputy for Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, called her “an icon” for all the people she has helped over the years.

In accepting the award, Hicks thanked HELP, guests and her four sons and their families, whom she referred to as “the wind beneath my sails.” Hicks will retire from the center in December 2015.

Susan Seamans, whom Napolitano called “another icon” was honored with the Inspiration Award for 32 years of public service, culminating with 20 years on the Rolling Hills Estates City Council, including four terms as mayor. In accepting the award, the councilwoman who left her seat on the council in November 2013, reminisced about her “20 enjoyable years” on the council. Seamans also gave a shout-out to Ed Long, a fellow Rotarian who founded HELP. “I have always had a soft spot for this organization,” she said.

Finally HELP President Britt Huff surprised the evening’s Diamond Sponsor, Ralph Scriba, with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime commitment to the organization. In addition to the Ralph Scriba Family Fund, other major sponsors were Toyota Motor Sales USA; L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe, Jacky Glass, and Brad and Jennifer Baker of the law firm Baker, Burton & Lundy.

Sharon Ryan, HELP board chair, emphasized the role played by volunteers who worked to make the evening a success, including Chair Nancy Scott, Linda Cochrane, who co-chaired the auctions with Scott, Sally Moton, Mardy Maehara, Shelley Johnston, Yim Hom, Joyce Kochanowski, Ardis Shubin, Evelyn Salinas, Hillary Watts, Fran Walker, Carol Wilson, Linda Moriwaki, Cathy Luciano, Patricia Ashe, Elizabeth Bisong and Mary Fernandez, plus Kathleen Davis and volunteers from the Torrance Woman’s Club.

HELP, located in downtown Torrance, is an education and counseling center focusing on elder care options, legal and financial planning tools and consumer protections. For information, call 310-533-1996.

Read the original by clicking here.