Tuesday, September 8, 2015

May Newsletter

We should designate May, Restaurants With Heart Month! So much is going on!
Chairman Marlene Bollhoffer reported that the April RwH event at Kabul, Afghan Cuisine netted us over $1200. The California Pizza Kitchen promotion of early May has yet to post profits, but we hear great things!
The next event at P F Chang’s, Stanford shopping Center, will be at combination RwH AND Membership Meeting…Two Bangs for our Buck! May 19 at noon. Debbie Buckholder, Director of Auxiliary Relations will be our guest. This is a great way to meet her! If you haven’t sent in your RSVP, please click the link below. (Make sure to mention PAA) If you are the spur of the moment type, walk-ins are accommodated! Any questions, please email Ginny Wilson at wilsonginnya@gmail.com
Calling all foodies! If you would like to help Marlene identify restaurants to partake in our Restaurants With Heart program, she would love to talk to you! All it takes is a love of good food and a little moxie…Marlene will teach you the rest! Please call Marlene to chat, 650 591 0637.
We are actively moving forward with the expansion of the wildly successful BearGram project.  Gerry Nelson and I will be meeting in June, and with the help of the Foundation hope to have the new CareGram? (name to be determined later) ready for roll out by the end of Summer.
American Girl 2015 is already nearly $3000 in the plus column, as we sold much of our excess 2014 souvenirs to another philanthropic organization in Sacramento. American Girl committee meetings will start up again in force after school lets out. If you are interested in taking a leadership role, please contact me!
Packard Pantry would love more volunteers. If you have a morning a month to spare, please contact Luisa Pliska (luisaliska@comcast.net).  Those of you living in the San Carlos area will find great satisfaction in working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to organize the goods to be delivered to deserving Packard families. And those living farther South can be the ones to sort and distribute at the Hospital!
Teen Van toiletry packing members will be meeting tomorrow with Dr Seth Ammerman and his assistant Rosa Maldanado to better understand their needs and how we can grow this wonderful project. We will take photos to share!
Fancy Nancy planning is moving forward, but as with all new events…not galloping! Coordinating the venue, illustrator and Reading Bug is taking time. But, heck…Good things come to those who wait, right?
All you Amazon shoppers! Here is an easy way to donate to PAA!
The Quarterly Association of Auxiliaries meeting was held yesterday. We voted to distribute the annual payout from the Auxiliaries Endowment ($846,029) to The Teen Van Endowment ($200, 000) Bereavement and Family Guidance Endowment  ($200,000) the Victoria Applegate Endowment for Family Assistance ($250,00) and $50,000 to a pilot program to distribute a pain-avoidance device called the Buzzy. Looks like a ladybug or bee that can be strapped on a child’s body “between the pain and the brain” to divert the “owie’ from registering! I hope to have one to show at a future meeting!
Membership Meeting, 12 noon, May 19 at PF Chang (May’s Restaurants with Heart restaurant!), Stanford Shopping Center, introducing Debbie Burkholder, the new Director of Auxiliary Relations.
June Membership Meeting, 1 pm June 9, The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340 | Palo Alto, CA 94301 in the Board Room (Please note this is a week earlier than our usual meeting time. Parking is not available in the Foundation garage unless with Handicap status.
November 7-8 American Girl Fashion Show

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