Angels celebrate 30 years, $2.5 million of giving
Last updated 5/29/2008 at Noon
Members of Fallbrook’s dynamic Angel Society celebrated the organization’s 30th anniversary and milestone of $2.5 million of charitable giving at their annual meeting and luncheon May 22 at Pala Mesa Resort.
“We’ve given out $2.5 million in charitable donations over the last 30 years,” Virginia Stephens, president of the organization, said to the 210 members present. “It would not have been possible without all of you.”
Prior to the luncheon, the event opened with a Treasures Sale. A variety of upscale items donated to the Angel Shop throughout the year are held in reserve for this annual event where members are given the first opportunity to purchase them. Tables laden with jewelry, linens and decorator items are perused, as are racks of boutique-category clothing. Models wearing some of the boutique fashions were featured during the luncheon. Over $6,500 was raised at the luncheon from the sale of these treasures and opportunity drawing tickets.
Angel Society Treasurer Fran White gave a financial overview of the organization’s resources to members, announcing that in addition to the significant charitable giving almost $40,000 has been donated to the Building Fund, to be used for maintenance and improvements of the thrift store property at 1002 South Main Avenue and possible pay-down of the mortgage (principal payments).
Philanthropic Chairperson Vivian Steere informed the members that $112,350 in donations had been given to a multitude of causes over the past 12 months.
“Your hard work is very much appreciated,” Steere said to members. “$112,350 is just what we have written checks for.”
Billie Foli, publicity chairperson, expanded on that, noting the following contributions by category type: youth programs, $34,000; scholarships, $15,000; family service programs, $26,500; military support programs, $6,000; developmentally challenged, $6,000; healthcare, $5,200; conservation programs, $10,500; and art and music programs, $9,150.
In addition, the organization presented $2,000 in gift certificates to the Fallbrook Food Pantry for distribution to needy families during the holidays, provided clothing and household items to victims of the 2007 firestorm and shared excess clothing with God’s Closet, military families on Camp Pendleton and other organizations that assist needy families.