H.E.L.P. celebrates anniversary by kicking off capital campaign (Memories from 2011 Gala)

From Mary Scott of the Palos Verdes Peninsula News -

Founded 15 years ago by Ed and Pat Long, Healthcare and Elder Law Programs has become an invaluable resource for senior citizens and their families and caregivers in the South Bay and Peninsula area.

H.E.L.P.’s mission has been to empower seniors, Britt Huff, the new executive director, said, “so they can live their lives with security.”

For 15 years, the nonprofit has provided seniors with low-cost or no-cost legal assistance and financial advice, including tax and estate planning, mediation and long-term care planning, as well as with classes to keep them informed about new tax laws or changes in health-care or prescription plans.

H.E.L.P. has been able to provide this assistance with a little “help” from community and corporate donors.

Last Friday at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, H.E.L.P. celebrated its 15th anniversary with an elegant dinner and cocktail reception and honored three of its many longtime supporters.

H.E.L.P. received two large donations to kick-start its $250,000 capital campaign. Jimi Andersen, right, led with a $50,000 gift; matching that was Ralph Scriba, left. With Scriba and Andersen are Britt Huff, H.E.L.P.’s new executive director, and Sharon Ryan, a H.E.L.P. board member and chair of the summer anniversary celebration.

Receiving the Vanguard Award was Alcoa Fastening Systems, a leading producer of aluminum and active in all areas of the industry from mining to recycling. Last year, the company’s Alcoa Foundation donated $20 million to nonprofit organizations. Since 1952, the foundation has invested more than $530 million and contributed untold hours of service to the communities it serves around the world.

The nonprofit’s Inspiration Award went to longtime residents Frank and Marilyn Schaffer. The Schaffers are active in their support of the Norris Center for the Performing Arts, H.E.L.P., TrinityCare Hospice, Help the Homeless Help Themselves, Happy Hats for Kids, The City of Hope and the Toberman House — just to name a few.

Cathy Hendrickson, wife of former Palos Verdes Estates City Manager Jim Hendrickson, received the Legacy Award. Hendrickson, recently retired from a 43-year career in banking, currently serves as the director of an international real estate investment and service company, and she remains active in a number of nonprofit organizations. A former member of H.E.L.P.’s board of directors, she also served on the boards of Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Peninsula Education Foundation, Banning Residence Museum, Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula and The Volunteer Center — also, just to name a few.

During the anniversary celebration, Huff announced a $250,000 capital campaign, which will provide funds to continue H.E.L.P.’s services and expand its community outreach efforts. She also announced a $50,000 lead gift by Jimi Andersen and a matching gift by Ralph Scriba.

To add to the $100,000 kick-start, former board member Helen Dennis raised excitement in the ballroom by challenging guests to raise yet another $50,000.

“We have a $250,000 campaign and have two generous donors: Jimi Andersen and Ralph Scriba. … Let’s see if we can raise another $50,000 in the next 10 minutes,” she said.

Although four $5,000 donations came in quickly (including one from the Schaffers), it took more time to reach $30,000. (It wasn’t the requested $50,000, but not bad for 10 or so minutes!)

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