Thank you for supporting our 40th Anniversary Gala on May 4th held from 5:30pm-10:00pm at the Olympic Collection. The gala was a marvelous success! Over 150 guests shopped at the silent auction table, danced to tunes from the 40′s, and enjoyed the tasty dinner prepared by the Olympic Collection. Please enjoy the slide show above. Photos by Circle of Love Member, Shana Forman.
Peter Mark Richman, Celebrity Chairman for The Jeffrey Foundation, served as MC for the evening. Gala Committee Chairs were Bunny Amber, Suz Landay, Mara New, Joanna Kermani, Bee Beyer, Shana Forman, Linda Schwartz, Elaine Bernard and Tammy Hunt.
The nine piece Angel City Band played 40′s music and songstress Bonnie Bowden took center stage. Our Larry Covin entertained us with a Frank Sinatra song, “The Givers,” and offered guests an opportunity to help support our Summer Scholarship Fund.
CEO/Founder of The Jeffrey Foundation, Alyce Morris Winston, was honored with an “Advocate for Children” award for her many years of service to the Foundation. Alyce also received certificates from Los Angeles County Supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky (who attended the event), and from elected officials Mark Ridley Thomas (Kathleen Austria attended the event for Mr. Ridley Thomas’ office) and Holly Mitchell (Jon Kersic attended the event for Ms. Mitchell’s office).
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The Jeffrey Foundation
40th Anniversary Gala
40 Years of Loving and Caring
The Jeffrey Foundation, a non-profit Child Care/Resource Center offering educational programs, childcare and counseling for special needs children and their families, will celebrate the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary at a Special Gala Dinner and Show on Friday, May 4, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Olympic Collection, 11301 West Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles
Peter Mark Richman will MC the evening, with music for dancing by the Angel City Big Band featuring Bonnie Bowden presenting a 40’s theme and entertainment by Deborah Aitkin and Larry Covin.
The event will be honoring The Jeffrey Foundation Founder, Mrs. Alyce Morris Winston, for her 40 years of leadership of the Jeffrey Foundation. Donors and Supporters will also be honored.
The “Circle of Love” campaign has pledged to raise $500,000 for the Educational Children’s Program and Family Resource Center provided by the Jeffrey Foundation in this 40th year of operation.
The committee for this event are “Circle of Love” associate members Suz Landay, Joanna Kermani, Mara New, Elaine Bernard, Linda Schwartz, Bee Beyer and Bunny Amber.
The Jeffrey Foundation is named after Mrs. Winston’s son Jeffrey who had muscular dystrophy he passed away in 1980. However, his legacy continues. The work of the Foundation continues to improve the lives of hundreds of children and families every year.
The Jeffrey Foundation was founded in 1972 by CEO Alyce Morris Winston, and named in honor of her son, Jeffrey, who had Muscular Dystrophy. The Foundation has served thousands of children during its 40 years.
“There are over 30,000 disabled youth in Los Angeles County that are in need of special interventions,” said Morris Winston. The need is great especially this year for summer scholarships, donations are tax deductible.
For RSVP and questions, please call (323) 965-7536 or e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently in Los Angeles, there are over 30,000 special needs youth that require specialized care to ensure their quality of life. Many of these children are from families headed by single mothers with multiple children, 85% of these children are in foster care and 10% are living with a parent who has either lost custody once due to abuse, neglect/maltreatment or abandonment.
Caring for the development and education of special needs children is a full-time task that requires a highly skilled team of professional and caring individuals. The majority of teachers and caregivers do not have the training or access to critical information and resources to care for special needs children. In Los Angeles, there is a lack of organizations that provide this service.
Alyce Morris Winston, who founded The Jeffrey Foundation in 1972, experienced this lack of specialized care first hand when her adopted son Jeffrey was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of two. When Alyce noticed that other parents shared her predicament of finding quality care and education, Alyce abandoned her career in training as a Max Factor make-up specialist and model and dedicated her life to making a difference in order to bridge the gap. The Jeffrey Foundation, which began in her living room, is now housed in two professional buildings on West Washington Boulevard in Los Angeles. Today, the Foundation proudly serves children 18 months to 18 years and their families.
The Jeffrey Foundation, celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2012, has made it their mission to serve special needs children by developing and implementing an array of community-based therapeutic, recreational, educational and social programs. These comprehensive programs consist of childcare, preschool, K-12 educational programming, speech therapy, occupational therapy, life skills, after school activities and social events. The classes, which are inclusive, aim to build core competencies such as cognitive skill building, language development, gross and fine motor skills and social and emotional development, as well as provide health and nutrition.
“The mission of the Foundation is to provide each special need child a sense of well-being, self-sufficiency and the highest level of functioning possible,” says Morris Winston. “In our 40 years we’ve served thousands of children. We also help the entire family by offering parenting classes and teaching family members how to understand, cope and enhance family life while working with their child’s disability.”
On Friday, May 4, 2012, beginning at 5:30pm, The Jeffrey Foundation’s Black Tie Dinner & Awards Ceremony will be held at The Olympic Collection (11301 Olympic Boulevard, #204 in West Los Angeles). The evening, appropriately, is also Mrs. Winston Morris’ birthday. For more information on how you can rally to support The Jeffrey Foundation and/or if you would like more information about the May 4 gala event, call (323) 965-7536 Ex. 14 or 22. Email: email@example.com also visit, www.thejeffreyfoundation.com.
by Maryann Ridini Spencer
On Valentine’s Day it’s customary to present your loved one (s) with flowers and chocolate to express your love and appreciation. At The Jeffrey Foundation this February 14, the Foundation LAUP students presented their own special lovingly performed Valentine’s — a charming holiday program that warmed and touched the heart of everyone in the audience!
The children sung “The World Is A Rainbow” and the Barney song, “I Love You” as they danced.
Guests who attended the festivities also received a personalized tour of the Foundation. After the program, a delicious meal, catered by Circle of Love Member, Suz Landay, was enjoyed by all.
Suz’s delicious lunch menu consisted of: Festive Salsa Salad, Lemon Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts, Basil Risotto & Fresh Vegetable Aioli Platter that was followed by a number of delectable Valentine’s Day treats.
Mark your calendars for another wonderful event — The Jeffrey Foundation’s CIRCLE OF LOVE 40th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner & Awards, Friday, May 4, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Boulevard #204, West Los Angeles, CA 90064. At the event, singer Bonnie Bowden will perform with The Angel City Band, a 9 piece Orchestra. Circle of Love committee members and other volunteers are needed. A meeting will be held at The Jeffrey Foundation on Thursday, March 8 at Noon. For more information, call: (323) 965-7536 Ex. 14 or 22. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To RSVP for the May 4th event, Please RSVP to me at (323) 965-7536 or
By Maryann Ridini Spencer
Circle of Love member and event coordinator/caterer extraordinaire, Suz Landay, gives selflessly of her time and her talents.
A member of the Foundation’s Circle of Love for approximately 6 years, Suz first met Jeffrey Foundation Founder, Alyce Morris Winston, at a gathering of mutual friends.
“I enjoyed The Jeffrey Foundation fundraising events for a number of years before I first chaired an event,” said Suz. “The first event I became involved with was held in a private garden in Hancock Park, ‘A Night in Tuscany.’
“I prepared the appetizers for the food and wine tasting portion of for the evening,” said Suz. “It was such a wonderful experience. I love entertaining and I was definitely in my element.”
Although Suz’s professional background was for many years as a clothing designer, working for major corporations developing private label merchandise for JC Penney, Kohl’s and Limited Too, Suz always had a love of cooking and entertaining.
“My mother loved to entertain,” says Suz, “and I learned a lot from her. However, her entertaining was never on the scale of some of my parties of late – cooking for hundreds.
What can I say? I love to party! I’ve always enjoyed entertaining and hosting dinner parties in my home. Hosting large events developed out of this passion. I enjoy every single part of the preparation and hosting process. It’s never stressful for me because prior to the event I dedicate myself to setting up and organizing every element. So by the time of the event, I can also enjoy the party myself.”
When Suz is in party preparation mode, she confesses to “turning on some good Broadway tunes and doing her thing.” She caters using her own recipes that have been lovingly developed over time and claims she hardly ever cooks the same thing twice and likes to ‘mix it up’ using different ingredients.
If you’ve ever experienced one of Suz’s events – or savory meals – you’d be sure to ask her if she is inclined to open a restaurant or catering business. If you did inquire, the answer would be a resounding, “No!”
“I love to give a party and do all the preparations, but I don’t want it to be in a work situation or anyone’s payroll. What I do, I do for love and the pure enjoyment of it,” says Suz.
Suz works donating her services for a handful of charities, but finds that working with the Jeffrey Foundation is so rewarding because she has a chance to give back to the community.
“The Jeffrey Foundation provides a vital place for special needs children and their families to feel safe, loved and cared for. The parents get to know that their children are being taken care of and educated while they are busy at work. In the meantime, the children are learning valuable life lessons and studies allowing them to attain their full potential.”
In late 2011, Suz committed to hosting a number of fundraising events for The Jeffrey Foundation for their 40th Anniversary year (2012). A few of these events, which have already transpired, involved catering a private party at her home in Windsor Park on November 18 which was a resounding success. For the second event, held on Saturday, December 17, Suz catered and hosted a Christmas 2011 “Holiday Look-In Tour” of Historic Homes. The event began at Suz’s own historic home in Windsor Park. At the event, attendees dined on delicious food while listening to glorious Christmas tunes. They also toured several historic homes, all beautifully decorated for the holidays. One of the impressive homes featured was that of Paul Rodriguez, Rose Parade Float Designer.
More Parties and More Food Glorious Food!
If you enjoy a good party and would like to donate your services to assist Suz and her team at one of The Jeffrey Foundation events, please contact Suz below. Suz needs volunteers to serve as hosts, kitchen help and food servers. Call – (323) 939-2456 and/or email Suz at: email@example.com. You can also contact The Jeffrey Foundation at (323) 965-7536.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! UPCOMING EVENTS Catered and/or Co-Chaired by Suz include:
February 14, 2012, 10:45am – 1:00pm - Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Tour at The Jeffrey Foundation
The children will perform a special Valentine’s Day program, which will be followed by a delicious lunch, served and prepared by Suz.
The luncheon is free, but donations welcome! RSVP to (323) 965-7536 or Email: Info@TheJeffreyFoundation.com
The delicious menu will feature: Festive Salsa Salad, Lemon Glazed Grilled Chicken Breasts, Basil Risotto & Fresh Vegetable Aioli Platter followed by Valentine treats!
Friday, May 4, 2012, 5:30pm – The Jeffrey Foundation’s “Circle of Love” 40th Anniversary Black Tie Dinner & Awards
At The Olympic Collection, 11301 Olympic Boulevard #204, West Los Angeles, CA 90064
While Suz won’t be catering this event, she will be involved with the décor and ambiance. For more information, call: (323) 965-7536 Ex. 14 or 22. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Murder/Mystery Dinner – Date/Time TBA shortly.
This event features a gourmet meal prepared by Suz and a wonderful, interactive play.
For more information, check the “Events” page at: http://thejeffreyfoundation.com/Events.html
Great Depression Ball – Date/Time TBA shortly
A delectable meal, music and entertainment to transport you to back to the1930s.
For more information, check the “Events” page at:
Saturday, December 17, 2011 from 1-4pm, Take a Tour of Historic Homes of Hancock Park beautifully decorated for the holidays. Enjoy holiday music, tea, delicacies and entertainment. Tour starts at 620 South Irving Boulevard.
RSVP today to 323/965-7536 x14.
$50 for one ticket, $75 for two tickets
This event benefits The Jeffrey Foundation, www.thejeffreyfoundation.com
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The holidays are a great time to help out in your community and this year AOL Mail has established Giving Good to give you the gift of local impact.
Giving Good offers you the opportunity to nominate your favorite local non-profit (THE JEFFREY FOUNDATION!) for a chance to win a $10,000 Giving Good grant and free advertising on AOL.
Ten finalists will be selected to face a public vote to decide which three organizations will win $10,000 and free AOL advertising. So if your nomination is one of our finalists, you’ll need to add “P.S. Vote for my favorite non-profit” to all your holiday cards this year.
Nominations may only be submitted by AOL Mail users. U.S. non-profits only.
PLEASE HELP THE JEFFREY FOUNDATION and NOMINATE US TODAY!
As part of it’s 40th Anniversary Project 40 Campaign, The Jeffrey Foundation, launched the newly formed YES! Network (Executives for Special Needs Children).
The Kickoff Cocktail Reception took place Thursday, November 17 at Lladro Boutique in Beverly Hills.
YES! is open to executives in all fields interested in sharing their ideas and insights to help spread the word about The Jeffrey Foundation’s programs and projects serving special needs children and their families.
Non-profits in this economic climate are facing major cuts in programs and scholarships. With Project 40, and the YES! Network, The Jeffrey Foundation is taking a proactive stance in outreach to community networking resources.
Attending the event were a number of The Jeffrey Foundation’s Circle of Love ladies (pictured below), Miss India International, Préity Üupala, as well as other guests and new friends of the Foundation.
Entertainment for the evening included Singer/Actress/Model, Laurie Marchese, who sang favorite popular hits as well as songs from her solo album, “Reflections from the Heart.” Author Barbara Berg Adams (ringshui.com) gave “Ring Shui” consultations – “Change Your Rings, Change Your Life!”
Nancy Jordan serves as Chairperson of the YES! Network for 2011-2012. Ms. Jordan is also Regional Manager, LA Metro & Westside Cities Business Assistance & Development, Los Angeles County Economic Development, Corp. (LAEDC).
Maryann Ridini Spencer, President of Ridini Entertainment Corporation, a Public Relations/Marketing and TV/Internet/Film Production Company, and The Jeffrey Foundation’s PR & Social Media Marketing Director, serves as the YES! Network Co-Chair.
Alyce Morris Winston (Founder, The Jeffrey Foundation), says a few words about the event:
Singer Laurie Marchese performs:
“Ring Shui” author, Barbara Berg Adams consults “Change your rings, change your life!”
For more information on YES! NETWORK, call (323) 965-7536.
We want to thank you all for your cards, letters and prayers for Edgar, after his fall on September 7th. He is now on the mend, and is still in Orange County at a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility. Soon he will be back in Los Angeles to finish his recovery. We will continue to keep you updated on his progress, and know that we appreciate all your support! Check us out on our web site for updates, www.thejeffreyfoundation.com
Alyce Morris Winston and Edgar Winston