Naples Island Garden Club brings joy during Christmas luncheon – Press Telegram


The Naples Island Garden Club hosted its annual Christmas lunch at the Virginia Country Club earlier this month.

The theme β€œJoy to the World” mingled with the magnificent fireplace which sparkled with Christmas decorations.

Pianist Vince Torbey performed Christmas carols as President Pam McCredie greeted the 110 guests arriving for the festivities.

In keeping with the tradition of participants bringing a toy for the ‘Spark of Love Toy Drive’, long tables were overflowing with stuffed animals, toy trucks, soccer balls, tablets, books, dolls and toys. ‘other toys.

Each year, volunteers from the fire department ride in fire trucks around the community to deliver toys on Christmas morning. Barbara Jordan and Linda Frame led the members in Christmas carols at the end of lunch.

Fire Chief Xavier Espino and Firefighter and Program Coordinator Brian Fisk both spoke to the ladies over lunch about how Spark of Love started, who benefits, and how and when the toys were delivered.

Seen on stage: President Pam McCredie, Event Presidents Cathy Ridder and Tina Everson, Marianne Huntley, Trish Schooley, Kay Bailey, Marilyn Bittle, Sharon Civalleri, Barbara Jordon, Donna Malbon, Kathy Owens, Laurie Scanlin, Sandy Davidson, Ginny Clark, Ann Devlin-Snyder, Deborah Smith, Lynne Clarke, Tish Camp, Susie Armstrong, Arlene Tolle, Sharon Civalleri, Lynn Shober, Lisa Mauck, Meredith Medanich, Kay Berg, Wendy Vodhanel, Susan Bell, Dee Mattern, Jeanne Krauss, Linda Pillsbury, Alison Lohfeld, Patti Martin, Joan Knight, Victoria Sawtelle, Susan Townsend, Mari Hooper and Sumera Wacker.

Long Beach Yacht Club Sand Dollars

For the past 30 years or so, the wives of former commodores of the Long Beach Yacht Club – also known as The Sand Dollars – have hosted an annual Christmas luncheon. It has become so popular that it sells out the week it is advertised.

It’s a spectacular event for the Long Beach Yacht Club, founded in 1929.

There is always live music; this year, it’s the suave tones of Porter Singletary. But delicious meals and libations were also featured.

There is also an abundance of opportunities to indulge in shopping at the bazaar. The club house was buzzing with excitement and enthusiastic voices from the 231 beautifully dressed women. Joan Knight said she brought four very large bags of toys and over $ 800 to the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s Hospital.

Seen on site: President Cheri Busch, Joan Knight, Debi Lorbeer, Carolyn Powers, Kay Berg, Corrie DeWit, Lisa Vandyke, Suzanne Fleishman, Lisa Westerfield, Melva Miller, Cathy Satarino, Sandee Bradley, Mary Beth Ives, First Woman LBYC Commodore Camille Daniels, Mary Suttie , Linette Sewell, Collette Anderson, Mari et Marjorie Hooper, Patty Civarelli, Patti Martin, Pam Luckey, Carolyn Faber, Cathy King, Dane Hickerson, Hilda Sanchez, Bobbie Fesler, Shirlee Bouch, Lorie Merrill, Ruby Wool, Gloria Kucenas, Betty Morgan , Pat Watkins, Laura Utterback, Beverly Butters, Leslie Scheller, Arlene Tolle, Gigi Quickrad, Loree Scarborough.

The ladies of the place

Las Damas de la Plaza, supporters of the Community Hospital Long Beach Foundation, celebrated the holiday season on December 15 at the Grand by collecting a treasure trove of toys and gift certificates for the Spark of Love Toy Drive.

An impressive 30-foot table space was filled with an exhibit of toys, bikes, unwrapped games and over $ 1,100 in gift certificates for kids, from toddlers to teens.

Sandy French, President of Las Damascus and Vice President Janie Ransom coordinated the day’s festivities, starting with musician Michael Sullivan, performing holiday music and Christmas carols with members of Las Damascus joining in. their.

LB’s Spark of Love Firefighter Coordinator Will Nash joined in the festivities.

β€œIt’s so nice that our LB firefighters are joining us in collecting all the donations,” said Fran Bylund, Las Damascus coordinator, welcoming him. β€œTogether, we make the holidays a little brighter for the children in our community. “

Heartful Hands Toy Drive & Fundraiser

Heartful Hands was founded 18 years ago by Rick Loveall, in memory of his mother, Francis Cooley.

She loved the holidays and especially Christmas, telling Rick to “always remember to give back and support others”.

Rick chose the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute to help and support the Adopt a Family program.

At the end of last month, Heartful Hands hosted its 18th annual toy drive and fundraiser at the Maya Hotel. The event, attended by 230 guests, raised $ 25,000. The raffle – with donated items ranging from vacations to Bose speaker systems – was enthusiastically supported.

Guests were greeted with a champagne bar and were entertained with several bands and DJs in an open-air setting with wonderful views of Long Beach. After a delicious dinner, desserts were provided by local favorites Miss Priss Cupcakes and The Pie Bar.

Gifts and gift cards were delivered on November 20 to the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Institute for distribution to families in need. Monetary donations will be distributed throughout the year to children and their families affected by cancer, sickle cell disease, leukemia and other serious blood disorders.

Seen on stage: Rick Loveall and his wife Lisa; Angela Montgomery and Kevin Maudlin, Mary and Steve Gautreau, Christopher Scott, David Manley, Christopher Manley, Jenny Pok, Maria Garcia, Gina Pugliese, Bridget Vazquez, Richard Westphaln.

Island of Naples snow village

An Enchanted Snow Village of Naples – winner of the Naples Island First Place Award – has been on display for the season in Lynn Gesner’s Canal Yard as a fundraising project to benefit the Steel Magnolias and the Musical Theater West.

Lynn’s son, Jack, joined the project as Santa Claus.

In addition, for a fee, brief private seats were available for refreshments and the opportunity to enjoy the village up front and in a personal way.

Tony and Gary turned trash into treasure – and ordinary things that were once forgotten have been turned into extraordinary memories.

The group raised well over $ 10,000 for the Steel Magnolia charity, the Stramski Center at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and the Musical Theater West.

The village is more than enchanting.

It is a lesson in recycling, ingenuity and the creation of extraordinary magic.

It all started years ago, when Anthony Gagliardi created a village entirely from recycled objects. He and another creative wizard, Gary Lee Wolf, created a 20-foot-long village glistening in white.

The duo, with the help of Carl Lee and Karen Gagliardi, recycled the recycled village into a brand new snowy village. Upon closer inspection you can see that the village is created from Gatorade bottles, martini glasses, barbecue skewers, 5 gallon jugs, toothpicks, GI Joe soldiers, plumbing washers. , radiator clamp, push pins, weird jewelry – and more.

Do not miss the opportunity to see it. It will be open to the public until January 1 at 212 Rivo Alto Canal.

News of charitable social events can be sent to Shirley Wild at or by fax to 562-594-9468. Please include a contact phone number. Send high resolution jpeg photos, as an attachment, to and include the group name and individual IDs from the left. Call Shirley at 562-594-9468 for more information.

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