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Message from Fall 2
My name is Lainie Weil, newly elected president of the Big Hearts for Little Big Hearts for Little
Hearts Desert Guild. My home was Milwaukee until our permanent move Hearts Desert Guild
here five years ago. I really thought I would just do “retirement activities” after
volunteering for so many years. However, after a short time, I knew I needed
more depth and purpose in my new life. I tried a few volunteer jobs,
but they just didn’t fit until I met this group of motivated, diverse, and
talented women in the Desert Guild. The mission is pure and defined:
“To serve the community and its children through action and leadership
emphasizing children’s healthcare needs.”
One of our goals is to fundraise for Loma Linda University Children’s
Hospital. We have adopted the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to be the
recipient of our fundraising monies. Over the years we have purchased
From Left to Right: many pieces of equipment for the transport team, which transports one
Marilyn Kaufman, to three children a day from the Coachella Valley, and renovated a family consult Sitting: Lainie Weil and Bonnie Timarac
Dale Rotner, room and waiting room. Our Luncheon & Boutique Sale on February 4, 2009 Standing from left to right: Bobbie
Jill Beaune, will be a happy day with a great purpose. Our speaker will be a Loma Linda Kouri, Dale Rotner, Joyce Engel, Karlyn
Joyce Freund. Boppell, Stephanie Conley, Karen Steplar,
physician and also a patient family who has experienced personal, tender care at
Judy Torodor, Mardell Brandt, Sherri
the hospital. The day will be educational as well as a joy as we shop and enjoy Geschwind, Kathleen Venturi, Mary Ann
lunch together. Our cooking demonstrations are delicious and also raise funds Xavier, Dr. Jane Woolley, Jenifer Daniels,
for the children. Please come join us. Judy Estey, Beverly Horaney, Jeanne
Mace, Shirley Pettis-Roberson.
The other role of the Guild is to raise awareness for Loma Linda University
Children’s Hospital. It is our hospital. The hospital works in partnership with
the Valley’s fine hospitals in offering what’s best for each child’s care.
Marriott Golf Tournament
A big THANK YOU to Marriott Hotels and Resorts and their General Manager, Scott
Join us as a member, volunteer, or event attendee for this worthy mission.
It’s about the children. Call me for more information at 760-321-1149. I am
honored to serve in this role as president.
H f or
Blaul, for hosting the Desert Charities Invitational to benefit our Children’s Hospital!
This, the 7th annual golf tournament, was held at the Desert Springs Marriott Resort on Lainie Weil
May 9 and raised $25,000 for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. President
If you missed out on the event this past year, be sure to sign up next spring for a day
that includes golf, lunch, dinner, cocktails, auction, and LOTS OF FUN!!
Mark your calendars for May 8, 2009.
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Thank You, Palm Desert
“Sun City Quilters”
Our Hats Are Off And Supporters Big Hearts for
and “Fabric Fools” Our Hearts Go Out in Thanks! We wish to recognize the following businesses and individuals who have
given specified amounts during the 2007/2008 Guild Season of September
Annual Luncheon 2009
Beginning in 2003, the group of Kathleen Venturi (right) presented a check for 2007-September 2008.
“Little Art for Big Hearts”
ladies known as “the Sun City $100,000 on May 7 to BHLH Desert Guild February 4, 2009 is the date to save
Quilters” and “the Fabric Fools” president Dale Rotner (left) and Patti Pettis, Sponsors Generous Bonnie Timarac on your calendar for the annual Big
have given generously of their executive director of the Loma Linda University Agua Caliente Band of Supporters Carol Troesh Hearts for Little Hearts Luncheon.
time and talent to make quilts Children’s Hospital Foundation (center). Cahuilla Indians Lillian Wallock
Advocate The luncheon will once again be
for each child that is taken to Kathleen’s husband, golf great Ken Venturi, Bing Crosby’s Restaurant Bert Winther
($500 - $999) held at the Renaissance Esmeralda
the Pediatric Intensive Care was awarded the Byron Nelson Prize by the Buttons & Bows Classy Bag Lady
Renate Collins Resort in Indian Wells.
Unit (PICU) at Loma Linda Salesmanship Club of Dallas for his exemplary Café Chocolat Escada
University Children’s Hospital. Cherubini Jacqueline B. Boutique shopping will begin at
spirit of giving back to his community. In his honor, $100,000 was given to the Virginia D’Addario
Classics USC Jewelry 10, Inc 10:00 a.m., featuring a variety
charity of his choice—the Children’s Hospital. The funds are being used to establish a Diana DiPietro
Each child from our Coachella pharmacy at the hospital, which will make it possible to dispense needed medicines to Classy Bag Lady Nancy Ditlove
Mercy Air Services Inc. of merchandise ranging from
Valley receives a quilt to keep for Colonial Country Club Pegboard Highway luxurious to functional to funk!
children faster. Kathleen is director for compassion and caring for the Guild. Marie Duchene
their very own. It is heartening Connie Salon- Judy and Rita Shelley’s Fashions
to know that many patients Copley’s Oshman Foundation Luncheon will be served at 12:00
still treasure these quilts “Flight for Life” Dori Collection
Trisja Malisoff Corp Sales.
p.m. amid art created by children
and use them to this day! Escada Ethel Goodman from Loma Linda University
The “Flight for Life” Luncheon on February 6 at the Esmeralda Freund Charitable Fund Children’s Hospital.
Linda Kazazian Champion
To date, a total of 768 Hotel was a memorable experience. The first stop was the Houdini Inc. Valerie Levy ($2,500 - $4,999)
children have received elegant boutique featuring 14 vendors with exquisite and Jacqueline B. This year’s chairperson, Bonnie
M.M. Miller Muki Bolton
beautiful handmade quilts! unique items. The shoppers were enthusiastic and very Jewelry 10, Inc Cynthia Muscatel
Timarac, and her committee, are
generous. The next stop was the setting created in the ballroom Jill Mincer & Associates Lynn Nash hard at work putting together a
Thank you to the members of the Jane Woolley, M.D.
complete with the sound of the life-saving helicopters. Model Interior Design fabulous day for us! Don’t miss
Connie Neil Auen Foundation
Palm Desert Sun City Quilters and helicopters were parked on each table waiting to be purchased Just Boni at Home this wonderful event!!
Dona Nixon Colonial Country Club
the Fabric Fools for all they do!! by eager grandmothers. The chef and his talented staff created Katherine J. Andrews
Foundation The Honorable Dori Collection
Keynote Speaker, For more information please
Victor Bannis a delicious lunch ending with a fruit basket dessert with the Shirley Pettis-Roberson
La Spiga call 760-321-1149.
event logo in chocolate. The genuine gift and memory of this Carlene Taylor Event Patron
Loma Linda University ($5,000 - $9,999)
day was listening to Victor Bannis, respiratory therapist and transport coordinator at Judy Torodor
Host Restaurants for Health Services
the 2007-2008 Cooking
Children’s Hospital. This dedicated man described the transport program, expressing Loma Linda University Lainie Weil
so much gratitude for the equipment the Guild has purchased for the patients and Children’s Hospital Susan Winsper
Demonstrations Gift Shop Buttons and Bows Mary Ann Xavier Are Saying
their families. The audience listened with respect, awe, and a few tears. Maddison
Loran Loran Classics USA Houdini Inc.
Rotner, a beautiful 11-year-old, sang with depth that touched our souls. The “Flight Dear Dale,
Roy’s Restaurant Lord Fletcher Restaurant Just Boni at Home La Spiga
for Life” service made an impression on all of us and then departed, heading for
71-959 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage Macy’s West Macy’s West We had such a wonderful tour of
Children’s Hospital. Many thanks to the volunteers who gave so many hours for Angel ($10,000+)
this great mission. Please mark your calendars for next year’s Boutique Sale and
Marriott Platinum for you
Loni Bader the Children’s Hospital at Loma
Villa Abate Mercy Air Services Inc.
Luncheon on February 4, 2009. Mardell Brandt Linda. Eric and Mindy were great
69-820 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage Palm Springs Area Marriott Partner
($1,000 - $2,499) Katherine J. Andrews and so informative. We couldn’t get
Bing Crosby Restaurant Darlene Brodovsky Foundation over the spirit and pride there. We
71-743 Hwy 111, Rancho Mirage Foundation Suzanne Etheridge Salesmanship Club couldn’t ask for more than these
Charitable Golf of two great people. I commend you
Pegboard Highway Sherri Geschwind
These Restaurant owners and Dallas Inc. – through
Platinum for you Wendy Greene Ken and Kathleen Venturi
on your dedicated work for this
their chefs gave of both their Marilyn Kauffman ($100,000) great cause.
time and talent to support Loma Resort and Spa Bobbie Kouri
Linda University Children’s Robert Schlecter Patsy Kruse Love,
Hospital by participating in the Roddie Marquez Susan List Lori Emslie
Big Hearts for Little Hearts Roy’s Restaurant Karen Lytle
cooking demonstrations. Thank Maddison Rotner, Spectacular Shades Jeanne Mace
From Left to Right: Dale Rotner, granddaughter
them for their support next Patti Pettis, and Lainie Weil Touch of Beauty Darlene Mour
of Dale Rotner,
time you visit their restaurant. Helpful husbands! providing a beautiful Villa Abate Dale Rotner
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Cooking Demonstration Series
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 ttle H
Pacifica Restaurant, 73505 El Paseo, Palm Desert arts
ear ig Hearts
Chef Kelly Walling will prepare a menu which will include “great seasonal
l e He a r t s
products and the freshest seafood available.” Chef Walling is an honors graduate
of the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has trained under the
outstanding chefs Mitchell and Steven Rosenthall at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, as
well as serving as Chef de Cuisine at Pacifica Del Mar, working with chef
Demonstration begins at 11:00 a.m. $75.00 per person. Limited seating.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Trattoria Tiramisu, 72655 Hwy 111, Palm Desert
Chef Mario Marsia was born in Sicily and worked throughout the Mediterranean
preparing an array of taste tempting dishes. He has used these culinary and cultural
experiences to create authentic Italian cuisine, served in the intimate dining room of the Tratorria Tiramisu.
Demonstration begins at 11:00 a.m. $75.00 per person. Limited seating.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Rattlesnake Restaurant, 75200 Classic Club Boulevard, Palm Desert
Award-winning chef, Jimmy Schmidt, will prepare contemporary American cuisine with “seasonal organic and
Demonstration begins at 11:00 a.m. $75.00 per person. Limited seating.
For reservations and information, please call Joyce Engel at 760-346-0447 or fax to 760-346-2244.
Teddy Bear Party and Free Kids Health Fair
October 25, 2008
The Gardens, 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert
Children will be asked to bring their teddy bears for a teddy bear clinic where they will learn what they can do to help their
teddy bears stay healthy. Numerous booths will be set up to provide children and families with educational health materials.
There will also be a contest to name the new Desert Guild Teddy Bear mascot.
For more information, please call Lainie at 760-321-1149.
“Little Art for Big Hearts” Annual Luncheon and Boutique Sale
February 4, 2009
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells
The boutique sale is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., featuring a wide variety of merchandise, from luxurious to functional
Luncheon is at noon amid art created by children from the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The guest speaker is Ricardo Peverini, MD, from Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
$100.00 per person
For more information and reservations, please call Lainie at 760-321-1149.
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History of the Guild
by Mardell Brandt
On February 27, 2002, the Honorable Shirley Pettis
Roberson and Dr. Jane Woolley hosted a luncheon to
share the vision of forming a Guild in the Coachella
Valley. Loma Linda Guild officers Eloise Habekost,
Dixie Watkins, and Nancy Varner shared the mission
and concept of a Guild. Our responsibility as a
new Guild would be to raise awareness and monies
for Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.
The presentation was compelling, and everyone in
attendance became involved! So the Desert Guild
was founded. From Left to Right: Patti Wallace, Sue Kruger, Barbara Beaune,
Shirley Roberson, Suzanne Leland, Patti Pettis, Dr. Jane Woolley
Our first event was a membership tea at The Club at
Morningside on April 17, 2002. Close to 50 attended By 2003 we had 54 members and fundraising was
to hear about the hospital and how they could get going well. February 11 brought another event, our
involved. Our Guild began to grow. first annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. Dale Rotner
joined the group in helping plan this event with much
Shirley Pettis Roberson hosted the first officers meeting success. The event was held at Wally’s Desert Turtle
on April 25, 2002 to form the slate of officers. The featuring composer Michael Masser and singing
first set of officers was: Mardell Brandt- President, protege Allison Jones. Attendees enjoyed an informal
Zoan Goodson- Tresurer, Doris Borg- membership fashion show of Edith Morre fashions, and the event
Chair, Barbara Beaune- Public Affairs Chair, Suzanne was emceed by Joey English. That alone was exciting,
Leland- Special Events Chair, Donna Warren- Tickets but there was more.
Chair, Patti Wallace- Catering Chair, The Honorable Dr. Shamel Abd-Allah interviewed Betsy Sellers,
Shirley Pettis Roberson- Advisor, and Jane Woolley, mother of Dillon Sellers. The Sellers family had
M.D.- Advisor. The Loma Linda University Children’s received national attention when Dillon’s father,
Hospital Foundation generously gave us $5,000 as seed Marine Major Hal Sellers, was deployed to the Persian
money to begin planning our events. We discussed Gulf before a heart could be found for Dillon. Betsy
many event ideas including a membership drive, a described those harrowing months, but concluded with
possible Teddy Bear Tea, a Debutante event, and the happy ending that Dillon received a new heart, is
cooking class fundraisers. We agreed all of our events doing well, and his dad returned home from Iraq.
would be elegant and dignified and we would have a
physician from Loma Linda in attendance to speak to At the end of our second membership tea a check
us about children’s medical care. for $18,000 was presented to Dr. Shamel Abd-
Allah to purchase a Life-Pak Monitor for the PICU.
On Sept 5, 2002, it was decided that the monies raised What a fantastic accomplishment toward our goal of
would benefit the PICU and transport team. The first supporting the PICU.
piece of equipment purchased was a Life-Pak monitor.
Our first year as a Guild was a fabulous year of growth.
Dr. Farrukh Mirza spoke at our inaugural event on We gained new members, learned a lot about the
November 14, 2002. He talked about the Pediatric hospital, and shared with others the unique and life-
Critical Care Transport and interviewed the mother changing stories taking place at Children’s Hospital.
of a small child who was undergoing treatment at Over time we have purchased many life-saving pieces
Children’s Hospital. Edith Eva Eger, PhD, clinical of equipment, paid for two renovation projects, and
psychologist, lecturer, and Holocaust survivor, captured continuously raised awareness about Loma Linda
the audience’s attention with her motivational and University Children’s Hospital. We are proud of our
inspiring stories. Close to 200 people came to the event! progress and excited about the future.
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