Treasure Little Children Brings Joy to Huntington Hospital Patients

Photo courtesy Philip A. Coombes
Treasure Little Children’s board of directors includes (front row, from left) founder Jules Marcogliese, Lupe Barraza, Ginger Mort and Mary Kay Hunefeld. Back: Mark Henzel, Steve McNall, board President Vance Weisbruch, John Cervenka and Jeffrey Moscaret.

By Nina Aghadjanian
The Outlook

Amid a dim holiday season, Treasure Little Children brought joy to Huntington Hospital’s pediatric patients by donating a bounty of gifts through the Pasadena Police Department Air Operations Section’s 15th annual Christmas toy drive, Operation Polar Wind.
Founded by Jules Marcogliese in 1998, TLC is a nonprofit organization that works with local social service agencies and churches to enrich the lives of low-income children in the San Gabriel Valley. For 20 years, it has played a huge role in lifting children’s spirits through its holiday celebration, in which nearly 300 kids and their families typically enjoy a lunch, music, games and gifts. The event has been a welcome respite for some young residents of Los Angeles County, where 24% of children live below the poverty line.
Due to COVID-19, TLC was forced to cancel the 2020 celebration, but its dedication to making local children feel special proved to be unwavering. In early December, TLC dropped off presents at the Pasadena police heliport, where Operation Polar Wind commences each year. Members of the Air Operations Section and the Foothill Air Support Team distributed the gifts to Huntington Hospital and Peace Over Violence, a domestic abuse prevention center.
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Huntington Hospital Altadena Guild Presents $6,000

Suzy Burkhard (middle right) and Linda Salinas (right), co-chairs of the Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital Home Tour, present a check to Sheryl Rudie (left), executive director of ambulatory services at Huntington Hospital, and Yo Zeiman, cosmetologist, of the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center at Huntington Hospital.
Suzy Burkhard (middle right) and Linda Salinas (right), co-chairs of the Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital Home Tour, present a check to Sheryl Rudie (left), executive director of ambulatory services at Huntington Hospital, and Yo Zeiman, cosmetologist, of the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center at Huntington Hospital.

Co-chairs for the Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital, Suzy Burkhard and Linda Salinas, recently presented a check for $6,000 to Sheryl Rudie, executive director of ambulatory services at Huntington Hospital and Yo Zeiman, licensed cosmetologist, to the Constance G. Zahorik Appearance Center at Huntington Hospital. The Appearance Center is supported by the guild for its work in helping patients to manage the cosmetic side effects associated with cancer and other conditions. To learn more about the Altadena Guild of Huntington Hospital, visit altadenaguild.org.