Friday, May 6, 2016

May Newsletter

PAA is getting social!

The biggest “take-away” from our last Membership Meeting was that our members missed the camaraderie of the past. So, we are dusting off our party clothes and getting into the planning!

In a lively discussion, the members came up with a backyard Summer Cocktail Party. It would be both social and raise money for the Hospital! The idea is to have small bites, drinks, music, lots of tables and chairs, spouses, friends, … a silent auction, a “tip jar”…

The venue is set, my place in Los Altos, the date to be determined shortly. You will be getting an invite soon. Start thinking of what you might like to add to the silent auction…dinners at your club?, nights at a cabin/summer place/ time share?, wine from your cellar (that’s where I’ll be heading), a service you can offer? creative!

A great way to have fun and raise money for the Hospital!

Our next Membership Meeting will be held after lunch at Divino Restaurant, Belmont on May 24. Those interested in a fabulous, authentic Italian lunch will meet earlier at noon. Please go to the PAA website, click the Divino information section.  You can sign up online, pay online, or wait to pay when you attend.  If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, call the PAA number, 364-2588 ext 4 or Karen Stevens @ 327-6809. (flyer attached)


I went on the Nursing Excellence Simulation Center tour held in April and it was amazing. They do great work there creating critical medical scenarios that nurses may encounter daily or rarely. Using the 2 dummies they have, they make these scenarios a powerful learning experience. The dummies are sadly out of date, so our focus this year is to fund updated ones and the technology to get this positive training to as many nurses as possible.

Another tour is scheduled for 4 PM, May 20 at The Center For Nursing Excellence, 4700 Bohannon Dr., Menlo Park. RSVP to Eve Shaw

Packard Pantry is continuing this month with Erika Crowley and others filling in for Luisa while she recuperates. Luisa had successful heart surgery this past Monday. She is already out of ICU and charming her way into the hearts of the medical staff! She would appreciate emails and cards, but no visitors. She has plans to be “back at work” soon. Can’t keep a good dynamo down!

Thora’s Thimbles continues to deliver a multitude of comfort items to the Hospital and their patients…from the small comfort of a “lovey” to hold in times of stress to the enormity of the time and care given to the creation of a gurney cover. The thanks PAA gets in your name is tear-worthy.

If you are handy with a needle, please think about joining them! Contact Ellen Smith

American Girl committee work has begun. This year’s newest doll will be launched in July…..Melody an African-American girl from 60’s Detroit.

We will begin casting calls for models at The American Girl Store later in the summer. All gearing up for our Rainforest inspired shows set for Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12 at Christ Episcopal Church, Los Altos.

In 2017 Mattel (the parent company of American Girl) will change how fashion shows are run. We are one of the few charities under the current system to be able to continue! All shows will be run in conjunction with an American Girl Store and the funds donated to that store’s charity. Well, we are fortunate that our local store has LPCH as their charity and that they will need and do want our help. This may turn out to be a big win for us, as they have a huge database of likely customers while we have always struggled to find cheap ways to reach potential patrons. But that is all in the distant future! (We have this year’s show to run!)


Teen Van News One of our newer members, Cindy Dumesney and her teen-age daughter, Sophia helped pack toiletry kits at Allied Arts recently. Sophia and her friends had collected appropriate items to add to the kits. What a wonderful way for teens to help each other! The Dumesneys are anxious to do more and invite other teen/mum combos to join!  (They even got a mention at the Association of Auxiliaries Board Meeting!)

Many members of Palo Alto Auxiliary have had concerns about teen mental health issues and lack of facilities in our area.  The hospital reported back to us and is working to improve this, focusing on mental health issues for children and adolescents. I want to share some articles. 

Teen Psychiatric Facility could Open at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is mentioned. Mountain View Voice,  4/12/16

Schools Target Asian Parental Expectations. Rona Hu, MD, clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Steven Sust, MD, co-chief fellow, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (child and adolescent psychiatry), Amia Nash,  Stanford Health 4 All intern (Stanford Prevention Research Center) SJ Mercury, 4/9/16

Jane Andrews, a Monday Cook who has been with PAA since 1987, had a stroke last month. She is still living at home with the help of care. She just turned 95 in April!

I look forward to seeing you all soon….either at Divino’s, the Summer Cocktail Party, or a committee meeting…or all of the above!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Spring is in full bloom in our valley! The energy and vibrancy displayed in gardens and hillsides is invigorating! I hope to channel some of that energy toward our PAA projects!

Our April Membership Meeting will be next Tuesday, April 19 at 11:15 to 1:15 the Foundation office, 400 Hamilton Ave, Suite 340, Palo Alto.

We will provide tea, coffee and soft drinks and feel free to bring a sack lunch to eat while we meet. Or, make a date to have a late lunch or afternoon tea with some friends!

We will make certain that the meeting does not last longer than 2 hours, as that will not garner a parking ticket for street parking. There are parking garages in the vicinity that allow 3 hours or more.  The garage under the office is no longer open to us. If you require handicap parking, please let me know.

We’ve begun work on the American Girl Fashion Show already! This year’s theme is The Rainforest. A new doll is also being introduced: Melody, a 9 year-old African American living in Civil Rights Era Detroit. Trying to weave those concepts together will be a challenge! Our intrepid AG2016 team is up to it.

Our next American Girl planning meeting will be at 10 am on Thursday May 5 at my place. If you are interested in joining our group, please drop me a line!

This year we are holding the event on Friday November 11 and Saturday the 12th. In the past when Veteran’s Day has landed on a Friday we have had a great turn out. Fingers crossed!

Restaurants With Heart will be at Kabul in San Carlos on Monday, April 25 and Tuesday, April 26 for lunches and dinners.  Enjoy the delicious, authentic Afghan cuisine while supporting the Hospital! Visit the Restaurants with Heart page on our website, to make reservations. Share the flyer with friends and family!

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Restaurants With Heart program. If you would like to scout out new restaurants to add to the calendar, please contact Marlene Bollhoffer at 650-591-0637.

If you are interested in brainstorming for new fundraising events, I’d love to chat with you!

To help with the Tote Bags, please contact Dallas

Comfort items made by Thora’s Thimbles, Ellen Despite needing more volunteers to help sew with Thora's Thimbles, the group has produced a huge number of items in the first three months of 2016 including: 170 cough pillows, 37 owls for the emergency room, 19 Beads of Courage bags, 27 toiletry bags for the teen van, 1 large pillow and 3 blankets. Why not join this group, which meets on the second Tuesday morning of the month?

Some PAA dates to mark on your calendars:

April 19 Membership Meeting, 11:15 to 1:15 the LPFCH office, 400 Hamilton Ave, Suite 340, P. A.
April 25-26 Restaurants With Heart at Kabul, San Carlos (attachment)
April 20 and May 20, Tours of the Center For Nursing Excellence Simulation Center
May 24 Membership Meeting at Divino Restaurant, Belmont (a RwH lunch at noon with meeting to follow at 1 pm)
November 11-12 American Girl Fashion Show

Looking forward to seeing you soon,


Friday, February 12, 2016

February News

2015 was a great year; we increased monies earned by $15,000 over 2014. The new method of calibrating “soft donations” (or as Sarah Beetem put it, “Gifts in kind are kind gifts”) totaled $32,799, raising our donation to $107,799. Add to that the $134,139 member donations directly given to the Hospital and it is…………



The upcoming Annual Association of Auxiliaries Celebration Luncheon will be on March 2 at Sharron Heights Golf & Country Club. The program begins at 11, but come a half hour early to get coffee and chat with old friends…or makes some new ones!

This event is very special, as it is our yearly chance to get updates on the other Auxiliaries, upcoming news from the Hospital (and the new building!) and hear heart-warming stories of how our donations have made a difference.

If you can’t find your invitation…send a $25 check to Association of Auxiliaries for Children, Eve Shaw, LPFCH, 400 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto 94301. Latest Feb.24

There is a spot for requesting seatmates. This year each table will be divided between 2 auxiliaries to give us all a new perspective. If you don’t know who to request…you can put my name down!

Restaurants With Heart will be at Divino Ristorante in Belmont on Monday, February 22 and Tuesday, February 23.  Enjoy the delicious, authentic house-made cuisine while supporting the Hospital! 

American Girl is gearing up again! (Yes! Already!) We will be holding our first planning committee meeting in March. Please let me know if you are interested in joining the planning fun.

And if you are interested in working on a sporty event for children, I’d love to chat with you! To help with the Tote Bags, please contact Dallas Comfort items made by Thora’s Thimbles, Ellen

On a personal note, our 12 month old grandson landed at LPCH for a few nights earlier this month. All turned out to be fine, but it was very reassuring to have the World’s Leading Authority in the Field be the one to check him out! We are so fortunate to have LPCH in our neighborhood!

While there, we were able to see the Translation iPads, the COWs (Computers on Wheels), the owls, blankets and books that we have donated put to such great use! Made me want to get home and get cracking on PAA work!

Here’s to continued improvement in 2016.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January Newsletter

Happy New Year!

PAA will be kicking off 2016 with our Annual Membership Lunch and Meeting on Wednesday January 20.  Coffee and catching up will begin at 9:30, with the meeting and lunch to follow.

This event is a great way to get informed about our current and up-coming projects, our donation for 2015 and our plans for the coming year. We will also hear from a representative from Family Assistance at LPCH. Proceeds from our Fancy Nancy event were dedicated to this fund, so it will be rewarding to hear of their services.

The new PAA Board will also be installed. This is a great opportunity for you to chat with those members who are returning and to welcome new board members Haydee Navarro Marshall (Vice President) and Carol Roland (Treasurer). We will all want to thank June Schiller for her years of graciously unwavering service as our Treasurer. No matter what we threw at her, she got it to balance!

If you haven’t sent in your rsvp, please contact Dallas Manning at with your menu choice (Chicken Picatta, Beef Medallions or Vegetarian Napoleon) soon please!

If you have any toiletries &/or make-up bags for the Teen Van, Erika Crowley will be happy to take them at the Annual Meeting.  If you have a few hours to sort the toiletries into kits, I can put you in touch with that group.  They meet about once a quarter for a couple of hours only.

The new Teen Van will be making a stop at one of our meetings this year for us to tour. You will be amazed at what they can fit into that rolling clinic!

Restaurants With Heart will be at Sultana, 1149 El Camino, Menlo Park
for dinners on the 25th and 26th of this month. Please see the attached flyer for details.

Up-Coming Events:
January 20, 2016    Annual Membership Meeting & Lunch,    
9:30 am – 2pm, University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto

January 25 & 26,    Restaurants with Heart,                        
Sultana, 1149 El Camino Real, Menlo Park (dinner only)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Palo Alto Auxiliary year is coming to a close, and we have a lot to be thankful for!

The Membership Tea was a wonderful afternoon of friendship, memories, celebration and wonderful treats! Thanks to Mary Hicks, Stephanie Beach and their amazing committee!

Restaurants With Heart’s year is now successfully complete… with $13,000 profit and many satisfied diners! Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of chairperson Marlene Bollhoffer and her committee, this was another great year! RwH restaurateurs are lining up to take a tour of the hospital this Spring. Always wonderful to see where one’s donations go.

The American Girl Fashion Show was a success! We have to admit that we had our doubts along the way…our ticket sales were at our lowest, our souvenir sales dented by having the American Girl Store in our backyard, BUT we made the most dollars per patron of any of our previous eleven years…adding the Doll Hair Salon (Thank You Paul Mitchell Salon!), Walk the Runway and pumping up the “glam” of our raffle prizes helped dramatically. Including unsold merchandise, our profit will be about $35,000.

Due to the generosity of our members, all 45 of the girls from Operation Care and Comfort (children of current active military or Gold Star Families) were able to attend! Thank you!

We are planning to hold a Doll Fair in early spring to help sell the remaining souvenirs. It will be open to vendors of all varieties of dolls and doll accessories, not just American Girl. Perhaps it will also be a venue for private individuals to sell those dolls that are gathering dust in closets, attics and basements! This idea is a work in progress. If you are interested in helping to plan or volunteer, please let me know! If you would like to buy souvenirs, please visit our website or contact Cathy Murphy,

We are also thankful for the 10 new members who have joined PAA in the past months! Alicia Baker, Cindy Dumesney, Sabrina Garcia, Nora Guera, Kristin Iribarren, Melissa Kertz, Katie Liniger, Kristin Meier, Nirmala Patri and Katie Shea. All wonderful additions to our group!

The Christmas Boutique at Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park will be held on Saturday December 5 from 10 am to 3 pm. Talented PAA seamstresses, crafters and artists will be selling handmade items. A wonderful way to buy lovely gifts, get in the holiday spirit and support LPCH! If you would be able to help with sales at the event, please contact Sharon Brugos.

Bears & Books.  This year 275 bears and 100 books have been donated to LPCH An additional 50 bears went to the Ronald McDonald House of Stanford. Centerpieces of our books and bears will be featured at the upcoming Association of Auxiliaries luncheon. A wonderful way to get the word out!

The Thora’s Thimbles group has been busy (when are they not!) producing   comfort items for the little patients at the hospital…cough pillows, ER owls, blankets, tote bags, respirator covers…a long and wonderful list! Angels all.

Earlier this month PAA members Ellen Smith and Nancy Scaff became aware of a girl who visited the Teen Van for the first time…she was homeless, she had nothing, not even underwear! Ellen and Nancy stepped in immediately to help.  The Teen Van team treats the medical, social and mental health needs of kids who are in foster care, the children of the working poor ($15/hr doesn’t even pay for a studio apartment in our valley), homeless or runaways from abusive family relationships.

While younger children may get presents from programs such as Toys for Tots, teens may be left out. If you are interested in donating during this season, the Teen Van will use the funds to give out Target gift cards and movie ticket vouchers to their patients…we could call it, the Secret Nana Project ….

If you are interested, please send your checks to PAA c/o June Schiller, 863 Garland Dr, Palo Alto 94303

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving

Upcoming events

December 5, 2015 10 am to 3 pm, Holiday Boutique, 
Allied Arts Guild , 70 Arbor Rd., Menlo Park

January 20, 2016 Annual Membership Meeting & Lunch, 9:30 am – 2pm, 
University Club, 3277 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto

January 25 & 26, Restaurants with Heart, Sultana, Menlo Park

Friday, October 16, 2015

October Newsletter

October Newsletter

As we get ready for our Membership Tea, it has come to my attention that we will be celebrating volunteers with 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 55 years of service! That’s dedication! Let’s keep the tradition alive!

This past month has brought us 9 new members.  All have daughters who will be modeling for us at the American Girl Fashion Show and Tea on November 7 & 8.  Alicia Baker, Cindy Dumesny, Nora Guerra, Melissa Kertz, Katie Liniger, Kristin Iribarren, Kristin Meier, Nirmala Patni, and Katie Shea. We look forward to working with these enthusiastic women on this project and others throughout the year.

Attached is a flyer for American Girl. Please send this along to your friends, family and hairdressers! We made an analysis of last year’s ticket buyers, and less than 5% came from the traditional (and very expensive) invitations with stamps. So, we are relying on emails to former guests, model sales, flyers, FaceBook, and word of mouth.

We will again be donating American Girl tickets to Operation Care and Comfort. These are the children of active service personnel. If you wish to contribute, please bring your checks to the Membership Tea or mail them to me. (I’m in the book!) Each ticket is $35. 100% of these Operation Care and Comfort tickets are tax deductable.

Last month’s Fancy Nancy Tea was a success! As this was our first year, we learned a lot! I now can balance a banana on my head å la Fancy Nancy… we also learned that little girls love a photo booth with fun props! Our Thora’s Thimbles volunteers sold handmade wares as well. All told, we made a profit of nearly $7000 that will be donated to the Family Assistance Fund at LPCH.

September’s Restaurants with Heart days generated nearly $1200. And this month promises to be a winner as well…October 27 & 28 dinners at the lovely Creola, San Carlos.  RwH Chair Marlene Bollhoffer is planning a tour of the Hospital in early Spring 2016 for the owners and managers of the wonderful restaurants that do so much for us and the Hospital. Heartwarming for all to see where their efforts go.

The Holidays are fast approaching, and that means that we will be back at the fabled Allied Arts Guild, Menlo Park for the Christmas Market on Saturday, December 5th, 10 am to 3 pm. The artistry, craftsmanship and reasonable prices are always a draw. If you have never been…don’t miss it! Decorations, stocking stuffers, baby gifts, hostess gifts…. Amazing! If you are interested in working a shift at our booth, please contact Sharon Brugos

We lost four former members recently. Our condolences to those of you who have had the pleasure of working with Mildred Chin , Henrietta “Hank” Ferry, Patricia “Pat”  Patterson and Jan Temple.  

The other Auxiliaries are also holding many fundraising events in the coming weeks and months. I’m attaching the Association of Auxiliaries’ Newsletter

Looking forward to seeing you soon…at the Tea, Creola, American Girl, The Holiday Boutique at Allied Arts….it is PAA’s Busy Season!

Oct 20                                             Annual Membership Tea Party, Los Altos
Oct 27 & 28                                    Restaurants with Heart, Creola, San Carlos, dinner                                                                  
Nov 7 & 8                                       American Girl Fashion Show
Nov 17                                            Membership lunch meeting, location TBA
Dec 5                                               Holiday Boutique, Allied Arts, Menlo Park
Jan 20                                              Annual Membership Meeting, University Club

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

End of Summer Newsletter

Where did those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of Summer” go!!!!
While we haven’t had a meeting since June, things have been hopping right along!
We have enjoyed our monthly Restaurants with Heart meals..…each one as tasty as the last! This 28th and 29th of September, RwH will be at Sakura2 in Redwood City. (Flyer attached) It’s a fun Teppanyaki style meal with the built-in entertainment of a chef throwing knives while making volcanoes from vegetables!
The Fancy Nancy Tea Party committee has been busily creating this new event, to be held on Saturday September 19, Christ Episcopal Church. Los Altos. It will be loads of fun with a free “face painting station” (fancy temporary butterfly transfers) and a photo booth where children can “bling up” with tiaras, beads, chapeaux, opera glasses etc. and pose for a “fancy” memory.  Our Thora’s Thimbles volunteers have been busily making dresses, aprons, doll assessories and faux feather boas (made with soft fleece rather than scratchy feathers!) to sell. The Reading Bug is again setting up shop in the church’s Fireside Room and will donate a portion of their proceeds to us.
And that is just for “starters”! The main event is when the Fancy Nancy illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser gives a fun presentation while the little ones and their mums / grandmums dine on our tea goodies.
We are happy to be well passed the break-even point, as staging a new event is always a little unnerving. We have relied solely on word of mouth, local newspapers, shops, studios, newsletters and Facebook (Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH) to spread the word. Please continue to pass this information along…our target ages are 3 to 7.
Mark your calendars for November 7 & 8. This year’s American Girl Doll of the Year is a baker who loves all things French!
The American Girl Fashion Show committee is back up and running. We will hold an Open Casting Call at the American Girl Store at Stanford on September 12, and a casting call for returnees on September 20. Remember, PAA Member children and grandchildren are free; non-members pay $75 per model. The clothes are size 6x and 10 only. This year we are planning to have more models, as we have found that models are our main source of ticket sales. We will up the ante with a fabulous American Girl prize to the girl who refers the most ticket sales.
With Karen Steven’s help, we have begun our American Girl marketing campaign with a blast email to our former patrons. Our website  reflects our current projects (Thank you, Bob Stevens!) We are also on Facebook both under American Girl Fashion Show Palo Alto and Palo Alto Auxiliary for LPCH…check us out!!!
Our upcoming Membership Meeting, 1 pm Tuesday September 15, at Lucie Stern Community Center Palo Alto, will be a workshop. We will be working on projects for Fancy Nancy, American Girl and Thora’s Thimbles.  Please bring sharp sewing scissors if you have them!
During the summer, many of our members have honored Deborah Potash’s memory and her years of service to PAA. Deborah’s own Monday Girls combined with our BearGrams program to share their appreciation of her life and service. A fitting tribute. to a very giving woman.

Sept 12                                    American Girl Casting Call, Stanford Shopping Center
Sept 15                                    Membership Meeting, Lucie Stern, PA
Sept 19                                     Fancy Nancy Tea Party, Christ Episcopal, Los Altos
Sept 20                                    Returning models’ Casting Call, Woodland SC, Los Altos
Sept 27                                    Mandatory American Girl model /parent meeting TBA
Sept 28 & 29                                    RwH @ Sakura 2 in Redwood City
Oct 20                                                Annual Membership Tea Party, Los Altos
Nov 7 & 8                                    American Girl Fashion Show
Dec 5                                                Holiday Boutique, Allied Arts, Menlo Park