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                                                                                                                                                     Message from                                                                          Fall 2
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                                                                                                                                                     the President

                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Board 2008-09
                                                                                                                                                     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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 CHF-077-08 Desert Guild Newsletter.indd 1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 9/23/08 4:29:23 PM

        Thank You, Palm Desert
        “Sun City Quilters”
                                              Our Hats Are Off And                                                                         Supporters                                                                              Big Hearts for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Little Hearts
        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
                                                                                                                                                                         Joan Comisar
        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
                                                                                                                                                                         Marilyn Eager
        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
                                                                                                                                                                         Judy Estey
                                                                                                                                                                         Rosemary Goldstine
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Treasured Accessory
                                                                                                                                                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lori Emslie
                                                                     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
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Karlyn Boppell
        the 2007-2008 Cooking
                                              Children’s Hospital. This dedicated man described the transport program, expressing          Loma Linda University         Lainie Weil
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sheila Freeman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   What People
                                              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
                                                                                                                                              Business Council
        Bing Crosby Restaurant                                                                                                                                           Darlene Brodovsky             Foundation                  over the spirit and pride there. We
                                                                                                                                           Pasadena Community
        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.
                                                                                                                                           Renaissance Esmeralda
        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
                                                                                                                   vocal selection.

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         Upcoming Events
         Cooking Demonstration Series
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         Chef Kelly Walling will prepare a menu which will include “great seasonal

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         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
         Chris Idso.
         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
         sustainable ingredients.”
         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
         to funky.
         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.


CHF-077-08 Desert Guild Newsletter Insert.indd 1                                                                                                             9/23/08 4:32:49 PM
         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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