Saturday, September 2, 2017

End of Summer PAA Newsletter                                                     September 2, 2017

This has been a very busy as well as very hot last week of summer. Last Saturday was our Second Annual Summer Garden Party at the Larssons’.  We had 74 attendees; about a third of them members, one third relatives of members and a third invited friends. The food and drink were donated by several companies as were some of the auction items.   The silent auction with 43 items made a profit of about $10,000, a big boost to our income this year.  A huge thank you goes to all who contributed either by donating items, making a cash donation or bidding on treasures. 

Dr. Reshma Thadani, a Packard pediatrician, spoke briefly about the program that is the Association of Auxiliaries specific project of the year, “Talk, Read, Sing”. Our earnings from the Garden Party will benefit this early literacy program for 0 to 3 year olds.

We also had Restaurants with Heart this week.  We had a huge turnout for MacArthur Park, 117 diners over the two nights which gives us a profit of over $1800 for one month. MacArthur Park was new to us this year and I enjoyed it and hope you did, too.

At the end of September on the 25th and 26th we will return to Sakura2 Teppanyaki in Redwood City for both lunch and dinner, and in October we will return to CreoLa in San Carlos for dinners only on Tuesday the 24th and Wednesday the 25th.  If you could help out as a hostess, please let me know.

The most important upcoming date is our General Meeting to be held on MONDAY, September 18th at 1 PM at the Foundation office, third floor.  This shakeup of dates was designed to catch some of you who cannot come on Tuesdays but still wish to be actively involved. We will have a speaker from the Child Life Department so I’m hoping for a respectable turnout. Plan to come a few minutes early as there is currently construction on Hamilton Avenue.

At this next General Meeting, I’d like to discuss some of the ways we can help to keep Restaurants with Heart continuing, possible plans for a direct donation drive and a new doll related event that is in the planning stages, probably for November.

Other dates for your calendars:

Our Annual Membership Tea will be held Tuesday, October 17th at the Palo Alto home of our current treasurer, Marilyn Anderson.  Invitations will be mailed out in September. Please respond promptly.

The following week we are invited to tour the new hospital between 3 and 6 PM on Tuesday, October 24th. This tour is specifically for auxiliary members, but if you can’t make it, there are public tours the following weekend. Be sure to see the Waiting Room that the auxiliaries funded over five years.

It’s the same day as our October Restaurants with Heart so why not tour the hospital and then go on to dinner?

See you soon,

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July Newsletter

Dear Members,

After two vacations with various children and grandchildren I’m back at work on upcoming PAA events. We have a busy schedule for the second half of 2017.

The next event is the Second Annual Summer Garden Party which will be held on August 26th.  Last year we had about 60 people and enjoyed a beautiful warm summer evening in a lovely backyard.  We hope to duplicate and enlarge on the idea of a party with  food and drinks but dedicated to raising funds for the Association of Auxiliaries special project this year, “Talk, Read, Sing”.  Last year we raised about $6000 from the silent auction and we hope to do even better by increasing from 60 to 80 or more guests and also giving people the chance to make direct donations  (especially if you don’t need any more stuff.) We’ll even have a raffle for those who make a direct donation that night. Contact Sarah privately for more information.

If you need a ride or can offer another member a ride, please let me know. Some of our members don’t drive after dark.

The most popular auction items are vacation homes, sporting events, theater or dinner tickets and personal services. We would love to have more of these to offer as well as special beverages and unique items to add to our themed baskets. Good items in the auction help boost our attendance! I can take your donations until the 17th or even later but please let me know what’s coming. If you need to have anything picked up, please call me by the 17th. 

Another recent event this past week was the Restaurants with Heart Luncheon at the Blue Garden Café at Allied Arts. Despite some problems with delays and orders, we had a good turnout and the gardens were beautiful. Blue Garden gave us all of their walk-ins which helped make it a strong financial success for PAA, despite only serving lunch. Thanks to all who helped, especially Karen and Bob Stevens and Ginny Wilson.

In August on the 28th and 29th, we will visit MacArthur Park in Palo Alto for dinner only.  Please see our website for details. Did you know that the famous woman architect Julia Morgan designed the building which opened in 1918? Eating in an historical landmark is enough for me to want to come, let alone the wonderful menu including BBQ and Mud Pie.

Of course, the Restaurants with Heart project can always use more help. Let me know if you are willing to be a hostess or to coordinate a month or do one of the smaller jobs needed each month.

Mark your calendars for our next general meeting on MONDAY, September 18th at the Foundation office at 1 PM. We decided to try a Monday to allow some of those who always are busy on Tuesdays to join us.  We’ll see if it works.  We plan to have a speaker but remember to bring toiletries, and new or used books for children if you can.

Also save the date for our tour of the new hospital on Tuesday, October 24th. More information will be available at our September meeting. 

Other auxiliaries are busy, too but Charter has had to close due to road construction so don’t take them contributions at the moment.

I hope to see many of you in August on the 26th or at RWH on the 28th or 29th and many in September on the 18th also.

Sarah Beetem
PAA President

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 2017 Newsletter

Dear Members,

Rather than the usual June gloom, I woke today to a beautiful sunny morning and hope that you did, too. Our back garden has blossomed with the petunias, lavenders and gladiolas all in majestic purples.

Our June general membership meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 20th and I’m hoping to see all of you in attendance.  We will meet at the Woodside Village Church, 3154 Woodside Road at 1 PM.  We have a member’s daughter, Melissa Anderson, speaking about working with parents of diabetic children at LPCH as well as some brainstorming groups on our various activities and the regular business meeting.

Parking is easy in the school lot across the road so we don’t have to worry about downtown time limits.  Our hostess Erika Crowley reminds us to bring toiletries for the Teen Van and vases for Random Acts of Flowers. In addition, we’d like to see items for the summer garden party auction.  Last year, we combined smaller items into theme baskets so a new item of nearly any sort is welcomed. Some we used last year were wine goblets, fancy plates, kitchen linens and tools, pet treats, new garden tools, favorite wines and so on.  The biggest selling items were vacation homes and event tickets. We also love services, hair salons, nails or massages.  If you later find items to donate, I could pick them up but this is our only general meeting before the party on August 26th.

Our next event after Tuesday is the Restaurants with Heart lunches and dinners at Italico, a new Italian restaurant on California Avenue in Palo Alto on Monday and Tuesday, June 26th and 27th. That’s next week, so if you haven’t made your reservation yet please do so online today or see Karen at the meeting.  Karen Stevens and I have put in many hours getting three new restaurants set up for this summer, rewriting the pamphlet that we give to them and finding hostesses to help out.  Ginny Wilson has done new flyer designs and sent out emails to members and patrons.  In July we will visit the Blue Garden Café in Allied Arts, Menlo Park for lunch only on July 24 and 25 and in August we will go to MacArthur Park in Palo Alto for dinners on August 28 and 29 so mark your calendars now. We’d love to have a good turnout to show our new restaurants that we value their help in raising funds for LPCH. In the fall we will return to three favorites from prior years.

We have had several changes to our roster. Two members resigned, Katie Liniger and Emily Lim-Lucas, both have young daughters with whom they do other charitable activities.  Two members have died recently, Malkah Carothers and Carol Holmes. Memorial donations from PAA will be sent to LPCH.

From other auxiliaries: Charter‘s rummage sales continue bi-weekly on July 7 and 8 and July 21 and 22 (Big Sale and Christmas in July!). Donations are welcomed on Tuesdays and Saturdays except July 4.  Allied Arts will host a Children’s Garden Tour on Wednesday July 19th for 7 to 12 year olds. Please see for more information.

See you on Tuesday,

Sarah Beetem


Saturday, May 20, 2017

May Newsletter

Dear Members:

Spring is flying by faster than I can keep up with. I’ve been working with Karen Stevens and others to get Restaurants with Heart back on its feet.  We are delighted to be offering lunch or dinner at Kabul Afghan Cuisine in San Carlos next Monday and Tuesday and hope that you have all signed up or will very soon. It’s a week earlier than usual due to Memorial Day.  Karen handles the reservations or you can see the menu and make reservations on our website if you do it today. It’s a fun and colorful place to eat and easily accessible from 101.

Our next general meeting will be held Tuesday, June 20th at 1 PM at the Woodside Village Church in Woodside. We hope to see a good turnout of members and Erika has promised that parking is easier than at the Foundation so please call a friend to come with you and come.

We need everyone’s help to arrange and carry out PAA plans and activities for the rest of this year. In an effort to make PAA more workable, we have cut back on the number of meetings but that means that members need to make a greater effort to attend the ones we have. We had a fascinating speaker in March but only 1/10 of our members came to hear her.  If you would like to come but need a ride, please call me.

Our second annual garden party will be held August 26th and we are looking for donations for the auction. If you have items, please bring them to the June meeting. Remember that we can combine items; for example some lovely wine goblets paired with a bottle or two make a fun basket. For a popular gift, ask your favorite shop or service for a gift certificate.
Are you using Amazon Smile when you order from Amazon? We get a small percentage of every order. Just go through Amazon Smile (your regular account will be there and designate Palo Alsot Auxiliary for Children Inc . as your charity. Every bit helps!

There was a recent article with pictures in the Mercury News about the progress of the LPCH hospital. You can see it at

News from other auxiliaries include Charter Sales on May 19 /20 and June 2/3 and the Game Day sponsored by  San Mateo-Burlingame on June 14th.

Please watch for more news of the summer Restaurants with Heart as we hope to have some new venues.

See you on June 20th or sooner.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

As our thoughts turn to warmer weather, we think of renewal as well as new beginnings. Here are those for PAA:

While “Restaurants With Heart” took a Spring Break in April, we are now scheduled to get back to work in May.    We will be holding the May RWH at Kabul Afghan Cuisine in San Carlos on Monday and Tuesday, May 22nd and 23rd. for both lunch and dinner. We have been there in the past but hope for a big turn out this year as we celebrate the renewal of the dining out program. Please see the RWH section of this website for reservations.

Filling the shoes of Marlene Bollhoffer, our now retired RwH founder and tireless worker, will take more than one person. Two of us, Karen Stevens and myself, were in San Carlos today for our first restaurant owner visit.  Next week, we will be looking for former restaurants and new ones to fill the rest of the year’s schedule. Soon we will need help with advertising and greeting guests. We are hoping to share the burden of Marlene’s big job among many members. If several members step forward to take small jobs, we should be able to get the program working again in a streamlined and efficient manner.

Our next membership meeting on Tuesday June 20th at 1 PM will be held again this year at the Woodside Village Church, hosted by Erika Crowley and Nancy Cameron.  There is ample parking across the street and I’ve heard there is a beautiful native plant garden nearby.  Please do plan to join us. 

The Summer Garden Party is scheduled for Saturday August 26th but if we are to have an auction, we all need to get started looking for items. We have received one item only; Stanford football tickets collected by Gerry Nelson. Last year we had 28 items and hoped to increase that this year so we need every member to get busy.  Popular auction items are tickets for plays, concerts and games, vacation homes, golf or other activities, wine and food baskets, hobby baskets like pet dogs, gardening or baking, services like manicures or pedicures and works of art.  Remember that we can combine items into themed baskets so single items are fine. Marzette Woods has donated a wonderful collection of large baskets, now we need something to put in them. Please bring donations to the meeting in June.

Our newest fundraising project is a book based children’s event, similar to “Fancy Nancy”, we hope to hold on a Saturday in late September or October.  I have been in contact with a children’s bookstore and am waiting to get the date settled. We will then organize a committee to plan the event.

With three upcoming events as well as the ongoing projects; Thora’s Thimbles, Books and Bears, Cookbooks and Tote bags, we have room for everyone to help.

Please do!

Sarah Beetem

News from other auxiliaries:

Charter is holding Rummage Sales on May 5th  and 6th, 19th and 20th.

Allied Arts is holding a fundraiser called Blue Illusion Fashionable on May 9th.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

March Newsletter

March is here and although the lion brought rain and hail this past weekend, I hope the lamb will bring us milder sunny skies.  We have our next General Members’ meeting coming up for Tuesday, March 21st.  It will be held at 1 PM at the Foundation office at 400 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto on the 3rd floor. It’s a red brick building at the corner of Waverly. Parking is available both on the street (2 hours) and at the 3 hour free lot about a block away on Bryant just west of Hamilton.

 We are planning on a short business meeting and an inspiring speaker. Our guest will be Dr. Lisa Chamberlain, a LPCH pediatrician who is heading the Association of Auxiliaries chosen fund for the year entitled, “Talk, Read, Sing”.  The purpose is to promote early brain and language development by empowering parents during the critical first three years of life.  Dr. Chamberlain is organizing a program to give out children’s books at the four clinics run by LPCH as well as the hospital, especially to parents whose low incomes prevent them from purchasing books. 

A board member suggested that we show support by bringing new books for young children to our meeting. It’s really fun to buy a children’s book if you haven’t done so recently, there are so many available. I just bought four Eric Carle board books at Costco as my toddlers love the colorful art as well as the stories.  If you would like to make a donation instead or in addition, we always accept cash and checks.

If you need a ride, please call me and I will try to arrange one. I’ve had one member offer to give rides from Atherton and would love to have a few others offer so that we could have a network of rides from all directions, perhaps as our personal Uber service.

We are still looking for a member to serve on the board as VP for membership.  While Melissa Kertz is going to be working with members from the last four years, we need someone or even two to organize the Vintage Girls luncheon and the October Tea if you want to see them happen.
Restaurants with Heart goes south of the border this month with Quinto Sol in Redwood City. See the attached flyer for details and menus. Put the dates on your calendar: March 27 and 28th for lunch or dinner. 

Beargrams are always available from Gerry Nelson and are fun for St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Easter, Birthdays, Mother’s Day and Graduations or any holiday you celebrate or as a Hostess gift. Also, Luisa Pliska has PAA cookbooks with lovely flowery illustrations by our own Carolyn Hofstetter.

Other Auxiliaries are busy, too. I took some donations to Charter’s new home last week (807 E. Bayshore Road, EPA). It made me feel good to be clearing out a closet as well as helping them raise money for LPCH. Upcoming sales are March 17 and 18, 10 to 1 and April 7 and 8, 10 to 1. Donations are accepted Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10 to 12 except during sales.

Our board will meet next Monday morning, March 13th, at the Foundation. Please email Nancy Larsson if you have additions to the agenda or want to attend. Members are always welcome.
Happy Spring!
Sarah Beetem

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Message from your PAA President

My daffodils are blooming in large yellow bursts and my native manzanita in tiny pale pink drops so I know it is early Spring in my yard even in the soggy rain.  It was also Spring on Monday when the PAA board met in the home of Marilyn Anderson, our new treasurer. She hosted a lovely lunch for the board and showed us her wonderful collection of whimsical teapots.

Marilyn also works with Charter Auxiliary on their rummage sales and reminded us to save treasures or look for more at their bi-monthly sales, which are now held the first and third weekends in East Palo Alto near the IKEA. You can see their information on the Association of Auxiliaries website at
The only other current activity on the Association calendar is our very own Restaurants with Heart.  Their next dates are February 27 and 28 at Divino in Belmont, so please think of them when you want to get out for lunch or dinner. Gerry Nelson reports that she could use more sales of Beargrams so remember them for spring events, hostess gifts, and birthdays.

The PAA Board adopted a budget for 2017 showing about half the income as last year. While we look for new events, please remember to save or find things for the Summer Garden Party Auction. We would love to increase both  the attendance and the number of items offered for auction this year. We already have promises of sports tickets and original watercolors. Tickets to plays, museums or sports were very popular so if you have contact with a company or team  please ask them now for donated tickets. Waiting until summer usually means that the donations are already given out and it’s too late. Other ideas include lunches or dinners, vacation rental properties, wine, baskets for hobbyists or treasures. We will also need large baskets and small items to complete combined baskets. You can bring items to any meeting or call me for pick up.

Our General Membership meeting in March (March 21 at 1 PM in the Foundation Board Room, 3rd floor) will feature a short talk by Dr. Lisa Chamberlain on the new program, “Talk, Read, Sing” which is part of the national Too Small to Fail campaign. The purpose is to promote early brain and language development by empowering parents especially during the critical first 3 years of life. Packard will be distributing information through their Well Baby clinics primarily to low income families. Early vocabulary development has been shown to be critical to later school success.

As a former teacher and current grandmother of toddlers, this is a topic dear to my heart. I do hope we will have a good turnout to hear Dr. Chamberlain.  If you need a ride, please call me and I will try to arrange one for you. We have members driving in from all directions and while we can no longer park under the building, we can park nearby in lots for 3 hours or on the street for 2 hours. (I promise to have you out by 2:50.) Meeting at the Foundation allows us to save on rent and give more to the hospital.

Our board is still lacking a Second VP for Membership to deal with the traditional functions like Vintage Girls or the October Tea. If you would be willing to help out, please let me know. We do have Melissa to work with more recent members.

I hope to see you all in March. If you have questions please try our website which will be updated soon, or email or phone me.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

January Blog

January News for PAA

Welcome to a new year! First, a huge thank you goes to all who came to our general meeting and luncheon last Wednesday. Despite some rain, I thought it turned out very well for the 60 or so who attended, thanks to the membership committee and our hostess, Catherine McGilvray.  Thanks also to Gerry Nelson for finding us the centerpieces, donated by Trader Joes, to Dallas for nametags and Stephanie Beach for organization Our outgoing president, Nancy Larsson gave a summary of the past year and presented Brian Perrone, the Senior VP for Development and Administration with our cash gift of $60,500 and a mention of our endowment gifts and our many gifts in kind. Nancy has been “promoted” to be VP and future President of the Association of Auxiliaries.

Our guest speaker was Brittany Lothe, a mother of a “micropreemie” baby boy who spent 153 days in the NICU and continues at age 4 to receive therapy and treatments at Packard. She spoke of the wonderful support given her family by the staff and volunteers. She showed a blanket given to her child, as it reminded her of the loving care of all involved. 

As incoming president, I mentioned some of our goals for the year, including finding one or two new fundraising events and increasing the size of the Summer Garden Party. With the ending of American Girl as we have known it  and our participation in the holiday boutique, we will be looking for new events and activities to add to Restaurants with Heart, Cookbook sales as well as Bears and Books, Tote Bags  and Thora’s Thimbles. 

I also introduced our new Board: with Cathy Murphy and Kathy Squellati as Recording Secretaries, Mary Anne York as Corresponding Secretary, Marilyn Anderson as our new Treasurer (replacing Carol Roland), Ginny Wilson as First VP for ongoing projects, but we still needthe VP for New Projects, and Melissa Kertz as Second VP for new members, have an opening for a VP Ongoing Membership. Nancy Larsson will serve as Past President and I will be President as we move into 2017.

I did some quick statistics with the 76 surveys that were completed. The largest group in PAA are those in their 80’s (26), followed by the 70’s (20), then 60’s (7) . While most of our new members are in their 40’s, there is a gap with none in the 50’s.  I mentioned that 5 in their 90’s turned in the survey and was told that we do have one member who has reached 100.  My favorites were the 14 who were ageless; they turned in the survey without circling an age group. I’d like to know their secret! It does help to see the reality of PAA today and to concentrate on keeping those younger ones interested and active.
A big thank you to VP Stephanie Beach who passed out new directories and folder covers to all who came or offered to deliver them to members. The rest will be mailed. Unfortunately after it went to press, several more changes occurred.  As they continue to occur, during the year, please look to this newsletter/blog for updates. I will be posting it as a blog on our website to encourage all those with computers to look at our website.  Updates on our board page and other details should be coming soon.
Please check each month for changes but scheduled dates for general meetings are as follows:
Tuesday, March 21 at 1 PM
Tuesday, June 20 at 1 PM
Monday, September 18 at 1 PM
And Tuesday, November 21 at 1 PM
Other dates to remember are Saturday, August 26 for the Summer Garden Party and Tuesday, October 17 for the Annual Tea.

We are hoping that a Monday meeting may reach some who are busy (or golfing) on Tuesdays. All meetings are scheduled at the Foundation Office, 3rd floor which saves us a lot of cash for rent elsewhere. Please phone or email if you need a ride, I’d like to set up a ride service for those who need it.

The board meetings are usually held the week before but we are trying to be flexible to encourage more to participate so please phone or email me if you wish to attend. 

Our current needs include two members to join the board and help with either new projects or old members: and ideas for new events. In this New Year of great uncertainties for many, our help may be needed more than ever. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns please contact me directly.

If you have forgotten to pay your dues for 2017, please send your check to Mary Koeppen as soon as possible and save us the cost of another mailing!!

Sarah Beetem

“I am a snowflake but together we are an avalanche.”