Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital was formed on February 9, 1949 by ten La Canada women, at the suggestion of Mrs. James Hawkins. They patterned the Guild after the concept originated by Mrs. Gabriel Duque, a noted philanthropist for Children's Hospital. Their purpose was "to assist Children's Hospital through contributions of service and funds." Officers were chosen and the first benefit planned – The Camellia Tea.
In the Fall of that year, a Buffet Supper Party was held to raise funds for the Hospital. In 1950, the Guild participated for the first time at Doll Fair. Selling chances on a gift-filled wheelbarrow became the project for Doll Fair for many years.
There were many benefit events in the early years, including a "Hawaii Calls" party, dinner dances at Annandale Country Club and outings at Dodger Stadium. The Summer Barbecues began in 1970 and continued for seven years. Throngs of La Canadans enjoyed steak dinners cooked by the members' husbands. The event became a tradition in our community.
Members collected salvage for the Thrift Shop from the first year, and Christmas card sales were added in 1956. In 1977 Flintridge Guild first sponsored the four-day Flintridge Amateur Horse Show. It was a huge project and took year-long planning and much hard work. During the Horse Show years, the Guild increased its contribution to the Hospital.
The Verdugo Guild merged with Flintridge Guild in 1982, bringing the membership to 60. When the Riding Club took over running the Horse Show, the Guild members looked for a new benefit. In the early 90s, the "Kids Classic" golf tournament became the benefit. It was held at Brookside Golf Course, and the membership learned a lot about golf.
Seeking to raise more money than the golf tournament provided, various Spring benefits were held for several years, including a Murder Mystery Party, a Showcase House Dinner, and mini-benefits hosted by individual members.
The first "Bag Lady Luncheon" was held in 1993, an event designed to encourage friends to support the Children's Hospital Thrift Shop. Although changed in theme and format, it continued to grow each year. Eventually known as the "Friendship Luncheon," this event served to introduce new community members to the Flintridge Guild and promote awareness of Children's Hospital.
In the mid 90s, the search was on for a new annual benefit which would engage the members and raise substantial funds for CHLA. Discovering the Pleasant Company rewarded the Guild with a three-day American Girl Fashion Show and Tea, which was held each March, accommodating more than 2,000 guests over the course of one weekend. After 18 years, the Guild made the difficult decision to replace the American Girl fundraiser with other events over the course of the year that will continue to promote CHLA and raise needed funds while not requiring as much of a time commitment from our membership.
In October 2012, the Guild sponsored the first "Moonlight and Moonshine" event. The evening included a Silent Auction, delicious rib and chicken dinner buffet, DJ and line dancing lessons, and was a great success.
In May, 2014 the inaugural "A Day in May Luncheon & Boutique" was held at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. The event featured items for purchase by various high-end vendors, a beautiful luncheon, and short presentations from a CHLA doctor and a past patient (the aunt of a Guild member). The event was a huge success. On May 7, 2015 we held our second annual “A Day in May” luncheon and boutique at the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. It was a tremendous success with many local vendors and a very inspirational presentation from Dr. Mark Urata, head of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
On May 1, 2016, FGCH hosted our inaugural "Great Chocolate Race.” More than 580 runners, walkers and even dogs participated in the 2.5k/5k run/walk. The chocolate themed race began at 9:00am through the beautiful streets of La Canada Flintridge and ended at Memorial Park with an awards ceremony, delicious food and local vendors. The generous sponsors, runners, supporters and beautiful weather made for a successful event. Our goal is to make this our signature fundraiser for many years to come.
On November 16, 2016, FGCH hosted our first “A Thankful Heart” Fall Luncheon and Boutique at the Altadena Country Club. Attendees heard incredible stories by a physical therapist that works directly with the Sarcoma patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. We also heard an emotional and moving account of a mother and her daughter’s battle with Sarcoma and their experiences at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The event was a tremendous success with many local vendors and our signature FGCH Sweet Shoppe, who sold out their delicious assortment of homemade goodies!
FGCH is very proud of the awareness and money we have raised over the past 67 years for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Our success comes down to the hard work and detailed approach that each and every one of our members gives to whatever task is at hand. Although we work hard, we have so much fun and form such long-lasting friendships that the years seem to fly by.
President: Debbie Post
Vice President, Benefit: Michelle Sabourin
Vice President, Membership: Kathy Kovalcik
Recording Secretary: Delia Cotter
Corresponding Secretary: Patti Kriste
Treasurer: Randy Stanislawski
Past President: Juliet Cullen
Fall Benefit: Michelle Urata
Associate Liaison: Linda Fults
Hostess: Sandy Ahn
Historian: Soo Kim Choi
Publicity: Cathi Beauclair
Hospital Liaison: Carolyn Hanna Parliamentarian: Savonia Angelica
Salvage: Melanie Liu
Donor Recognition & Card Sales: Karen Hopper
TACH: Lisa Dick
Webmistress: Angela Marchetti
Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a nonprofit, academic, pediatric medical center. CHLA provides the highest quality healthcare for children in our region and beyond.
Each year, CHLA provides more than 107,000 children with pediatric health care in a setting designed just for their needs.
CHLA is a research hospital and believes that it is through research that we can improve the delivery of care to the children of the future.
Flintridge Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (FGCH) is a nonprofit organization that supports CHLA. Our members are all La Canada area residents and our Guild has been serving the community since 1949. Our Guild’s goal is to foster interest among our members in the works of Children's Hospital and to assist the Hospital by contribution of service and funds.
Flintridge Guild of Children's Hospital Los Angeles