Thursday Club Past Presidents Honored

Photo courtesy La Cañada Thursday Club

The La Cañada Thursday Club honored the group’s past presidents at its recent monthly tea while enjoying tea sandwiches and cookies made by members. The past presidents in attendance include (front row, from left) Mary Hennessy (2008-09), Dotty Greenwalt (1998-2001) Sue Tutt (2001–02) and Jeanie Kay (2014-16). Back: Gale Caswell (2012-14), Judy Cooper (2010-12), Jewel Matsuura (1995-97) and Peggy Hotaling (2006-08). The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable nonprofit groups, and to further youth in their education. For more information, visit lacanadathursdayclub.org.

USC-VHH Women’s Council Bingo Fundraiser Feb. 2

The USC Verdugo Hills Hospital Women’s Council will host a “Drag Queen Bingo” fundraiser on Friday evening, Feb. 2, at the La Cañada Thursday Club. The event, which will raise funds to benefit the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at USC-VHH, runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Admission is $50 per person, which includes 10 rounds of bingo, heavy hors d’oeuvers and two drink tickets. Participants will be able to win $100 gift cards during each round.
There will be a silent auction for the shoppers and photo booth for dressing in style. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information, contact Barbara.Jordan@vhh.usc.edu to RSVP.

Former Hillsides Youth Receives Thursday Club Scholarship

Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.
Thursday Club President Sheri Morton (left) and Hillsides project manager Aurelio Mitjans congratulate Hope Morrison on her Philanthropy Award, a scholarship that will help Morrison with college costs.

The La Cañada Thursday Club recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to a local youth, Hope Morrison. Morrison is a former resident of Youth Moving On, a program of Hillsides, a Southern California foster care charity. Morrison was selected from eight finalists who have received or currently are receiving services from YMO. She was awarded the check at a tea held at the La Cañada Thursday Club. This is the second year in a row the club has awarded a current or former YMO youth a scholarship.
Morrison, a student at Pasadena City College, is on track to graduate next fall with an associates degree in communications. She hopes to transfer to a UC school, with the ultimate goal of becoming a sports reporter. She also would like to one day open a nonprofit to help youth in foster care.
Currently she works part time as a job coach/mentor at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and interns with the Los Angeles Transition Age Youth Collaborative. She also worked for three years as a full-time law clerk at Children’s Law Center in Monterey Park.
Hillsides’ Youth Moving On (youthmovingon.org) program offers a continuum of support services for transition-age youth 16-25 that includes housing services, a Peer Resource drop-in center and workforce development.
The La Cañada Thursday Club is a social, cultural and philanthropic organization that was founded in 1912 to reach out to the community to assist charitable, nonprofit groups and to further youth in their education.