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.