Community: National Charity League shares its success

The Glendale chapter of the National Charity League has had its most phenomenal year despite the closing of its largest philanthropic project — Twelve Oaks Lodge — a home for seniors.

The chapter is still pursuing legal action in an effort to reopen the home, but its members have found other charities to serve, said Rose Chan, outgoing president.

This year, the league was able to donate a record $41,000 in grants to its local charities, said Janet Lazier, vice president, communications.

“This was an amazing year for our chapter in both service and fundraising, but we have never been able to grant this large an amount in funds, so it is especially notable,” Lazier said.

Under the leadership of Kirsten Newquist and Suzann Cooper, fourth vice presidents of ways and means, funds were raised through the chapter’s annual rummage sale, silent auction and opportunity drawing at the Awards Tea and Fashion Show.

Attending the Awards Tea in May to accept three of the larger grants were Robert E. Myers, executive vice president of development, and Simon Gee, manager of the Learning Center at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services; Natalie Komuro, executive director of Ascencia, which assists the homeless in Glendale; and Lisa Raggio, senior director of community services, and Shellie Campbell, director of summer camp, both with the YWCA of Glendale.

The balance of the gifts was divided among other National Charity League Glendale philanthropies including Union Station Homeless Services, Glendale Healthy Kids, Friends of the La Cañada Public Library, Door of Hope, United Friends of the Children, Disabled Veterans Charities, Special Olympics of Southern California and the American Red Cross.

This was in addition to budgeted funds pledged to the philanthropies for parties and other scheduled activities and chapter-wide events throughout the year.

“We deeply admire these organizations for providing valuable service to our local community, and wonderful learning experience for our members,” said Paris Cohen, outgoing third vice president of philanthropy.

Cohen added that the group's mothers and daughters provided a total of 9,245 hours of service to chapter philanthropies.

Gabriel Mendham and Linda Reisz will serve as co-presidents for the 2014-15 year.


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