California has a history of being populated with newcomers. So it’s unusual to meet someone like Dianne Endsley, a fourth-generation Californian whose ancestors arrived before the Civil War.
“My family was here before California was a state,” she gleefully admits.
Endsley lives in La Cañada Flintridge, and after successful careers in fashion design and public relations, she now devotes herself to volunteer work in the Glendale community.
For the past 20 years Endsley has been deeply involved in GAR Services. A Glendale institution for more than half a century, GAR Services assists adults with developmental disabilities through various educational programs.
Endsley’s stepson is mentally handicapped, and GAR Services is near where they live, so she said she wanted to do whatever she could to help.
Each May, GAR Services holds its Derby Day fundraiser to coincide with the Kentucky Derby. The money raised at the annual event assists clients with their dental needs, eyeglasses, physical therapy and other areas not covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Endsley serves on the Derby Day Committee, which raised $80,000 in one day last year.