FALLBROOK – The Angel Society of Fallbrook celebrated its 45th anniversary with a “Viva Las Vegas” theme at its annual meeting and luncheon held June 6 at the Zion Fellowship Center. The event also marked a new philanthropic achievement for the Angel Society, whose charitable giving since its inception in 1978 now surpasses $4.5 million.
The Angel Society raises funds for local nonprofits and other worthy causes primarily through the operation of its Angel Shop, a thrift store on Main Avenue in downtown Fallbrook.
The meeting and luncheon is held annually as a festive gathering of longtime volunteers and supporters of the organization. Some 140 guests dressed in casino-themed outfits mingled to Deejay Mike’s musical montage of Rat Pack hits and other songs by noted Vegas entertainers. A highlight of the luncheon was a “surprise” concert by an Elvis tribute performer, James Kruk.
Fun photo props included a life-sized cardboard Elvis and a pink Cadillac borrowed for the occasion from owner Tim Kern. The stunning classic car was parked just outside the door to the welcome desk, which doubled as a blackjack table.
Attendees also enjoyed a silent auction and raffle, and special sales of boutique clothing, jewelry, holiday items, fine linens, books, collectibles and other “treasures.” The traditional fashion show during lunch was once again emceed by Judy Igoe and featured board members modeling unique Vegas looks.
During the meeting portion of the event, President Louise Small welcomed guests and thanked them for their support. “We’re so happy to have so many people support the Angel Society. We love your friendships, your enthusiasm, and all your smiles. We’re really happy to have you here today,” she said.
She announced that donations to the shop continue to be brisk. “In fact, they seem like they increase constantly. That’s our bread-and-butter so that’s great,” she added.
To help increase sales, she said donated items are often promoted on social media and certain specialty items are occasionally sold on Ebay, including an assortment of Barbie Dolls that recently raised a total of $2,100.
Small also presented a financial report, announcing that sales at the Angel Shop increased by $50,000 over the previous year with a total of $395,000 in shop sales reported for fiscal year May 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.
Several special guests were also acknowledged at the meeting including longtime member and volunteer Millie Noble who turns 100 years old in September. “She still comes in the shop and we try to keep her busy,” Small said.
Next year’s executive board members were also introduced, along with four new members of the board. They are Bonnie Amick, Heidi Chance, Mah-Jhey Fish and Diane Pearson.
Cheryle Clinite, second vice president, presented the philanthropy report. She announced that a total of $156,950 was donated to more than 50 local nonprofits and service groups during the fiscal year 2022-23. In addition, $32,700 in student scholarships was also awarded for a total of $190,650 in philanthropy. “We made a lot of happy smiles,” Clinite said.
The philanthropy committee included directors Mona Castro and Pat Dales. Kelly Bednarski, first vice president and luncheon chair, helped coordinate the scholarship program.
In addition, non-monetary donations totaled some $29,463 to various nonprofits including the Fallbrook Animal Sanctuary, Bottom Shelf Bookstore, Boys and Girls Club, Blanket Project, Food Pantry, Gently Hugged, Rally for Children, Scarecrow Days, U.S. Marine Corps, Women’s Resource Center and others. Shoes, fabric, eyeglasses and other goods are also donated to various community groups for recycling.
Clinite also announced a special award to college scholarship recipient Eddie Padilla, a volunteer at the Angel Shop. He was presented with a certificate of recognition “for loyal and frequent assistance at the Angel Shop and dedication to the spirit of community service.”
For more information about the Angel Society, visit http://www.theangelsociety.org.