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League helps foster children, school libraries

October 18, 2011|By Ruth Sowby
  • Ready to donate clothes and toys for the Assistance Leagues "Operation School Bell" are, from left, Chairwoman Patty Schermer, President Alma Tycer and Bea Wojtyla.
Ready to donate clothes and toys for the Assistance Leagues…

Assistance League of Glendale members are a modest bunch. They don’t usually blow their own horns. But on Oct. 11, they certainly did. A packed crowd of some 150 women and one man had the chance to hear about the league’s philanthropy projects.

League President Alma Tycer and Membership Vice President Rae McCormick welcomed members and guests. Each chairwoman described their program. Chairman Mary Margaret Smith described the league’s monthly luncheons for seniors age 55 and older. The “Senior Neighborhood Fellowship” is regularly attended by close to 70 seniors for a $2 donation each.

The League’s “Operation School Bell” was described by Chairman Patty Schermer. Last year 750 children were clothed by the league in order to help the children “thrive in school.” Still another league program is “Author’s & Illustrators Day” in which 20 Glendale public elementary schools are visited by artists and their illustrators; $1,500 is also donated to school libraries to buy new books as part of the program. Since 1996, $95,000 has been donated by the league for books for school libraries.

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Chairwoman Rosario Martin described the league’s “Foster Friends Back Pack” in which backpacks with school supplies are donated to foster children. Last year 120 backpacks were donated.

The league’s scholarship program was presented by Chairman Lu Hishmeh. Eight $1,000 scholarships are donated to eight Glendale high schools. Three scholarships are also donated to Glendale Community College students. An annual June luncheon recognizes the scholarship winners, their parents and their school counselors.

Among Glendale education VIPs in attendance were Glendale Board of Education member Mary Boger and Glendale Council PTA President Elizabeth Manasserian.

After a lunch of lasagna, salad and pumpkin pie, those looking for a bargain were taken on a tour of the league’s Thrift Alley, coordinated by league Immediate Past President Jean Peacock. A favorite was the ongoing silent auction cabinet of upscale items including fine china and silverware.

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