From Maddi’s Closet Fights Children’s Cancer with “Lobsters & Laughs” Fundraiser
Some 150 people attended the “Lobsters & Laughs Under the Sea Spectacular” benefit for children battling cancer sponsored by From Maddi’s Closet on Saturday, September 8 at Splash! Aquatics Center in La Mirada.
Delicious grilled lobster and tri-tip buffet dinners included corn on the cob, baked potatoes coleslaw and rolls. Coffee, tea, soft drinks were served along with an assortment of pastries for dessert. More information may be found online at frommaddiscloset.org.
“This lovely evening was great fun and a truly different type of benefit dinner,” says From Maddi’s Closet President and Founder Donna Holmes. “Relaxing with so many special guests and supporters while enjoying good food and entertainment poolside at the beautiful Splash! Aquatics Center was a great way to mark the end of the summer season.”
“Love, Hope and Joy” awards were presented to Capital Group Companies and Deacon Charitable Foundation for their financial support and employee matching gift programs providing significant philanthropic funding for patient support services and programs. The organizations were also commended for the strong emphasis placed on improving the quality of life by addressing vital community needs through hands-on volunteer activities.
“Spirit of Care” awards were presented to several medical professionals called the “best of the best” by Holmes. These medical professionals included: Dr. Nathan J. Robison and Kasey Rangan, Neuro-Oncology NP, from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; and Dr. Ashley Plant and Dr. Lilibeth Torno from Children’s Hospital Orange County.
Event sponsors included: Capital Group Companies, $10,000; Children’s Hospital Orange County, $2,500; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, $1,000; Eugene Gleason, Gleason Law Office, APLC; Janice Roodzant, Details Business Organizers; and Kiwanis Club of La Mirada, $1,000.
Among the donors of auction items and other program support were: Angels Baseball; Beverly Hilton Hotel; The Bottle Room; Brea Curtis Theatre; CBS; Cheesecake Factory; California Grill; Cat & the Custard Cup; Claro’s; Coca Copla; Dolby Theatre; Ganahl Lumber; Good Vibrations Motorsports; Tricia Gutierrez; Chris & Judy Harderman, DialMED Home Care; Harrod Chiropractic; Tita Hernandez at Joshua Christopher, Fullerton; Hornblower Cruises & Events; Huntington Library; Hyundai Motor America; In-N-Out Burgers. Harry & Victoria Jacobs; Jersey Mikes; and Kiwanis Club of La Mirada.
Other donors and supporters included: La Mirada Theatre/McCoy Rigby Entertainment; Victoria Jacobs; Jim Maher- PIC; LA Beer Hop; Los Angeles Ballet; Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 193; Los Coyotes Country Club; Miracle Springs Resort & Spa; Museum of Tolerance; Natural History Museum / La Brea Tar Pits & Museum; Norwalk La Mirada Plumbing; Pacific Battleship Center Battleship Iowa; Pasea Hotel; PIP Printing & Marketing Services; Gerald P. Roodzant, DDS; Rotary Club of La Mirada; Sara Serna; Sea World; Ruth B. Shannon Theater; Splash La Mirada Aquatic Center; Sony Pictures Television “Wheel of Fortune”; Stagelight Performing Arts; Summit House; the Thortons; Viele & Sons; Jerry Warner, The Promo Guy; Whittier Hospital; Whittier Police Department; and Michael Winter, DDS.
McCoy and Cathy Rigby, owners of McCoy Rigby Entertainment and producers of the McCoy Rigby Series at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, conducted a live auction to raise funds for children battling cancer. A silent auction drew bids from scores of attendees. Comedian Paula Faust entertained the audience with a special benefit presentation.
From Maddi’s Closet, a local non-profit organization, has raised some $500,000 in the past 14 years to assist children battling cancer. All profits from the “Lobsters & Laughs” event will be used to benefit patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital Orange County.
Funds are used to provide special wheelchairs and other items needed by children dealing with cancer. From Maddi’s Closet volunteers also conduct a variety of special programs and activities throughout the year for patients. In addition to assisting patients, From Maddi’s Closet also directs a portion of its funds to support pediatric cancer research efforts.