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