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The Valley Line: Auxiliary rolls out the festive cheer; luncheon honors Pamela Fiori

December 12, 2012|By Jane Napier Neely
  • Enjoying the Los Altos Auxiliary of Hathaway-Sycamores Christmas party are, from left, Laurie Rodli, Sandi Mellin and KD Shaughnessy.
Enjoying the Los Altos Auxiliary of Hathaway-Sycamores… (Courtesy of the…)

Our burg is looking so festive, with twinkling lights of all colors etching houses and trees. It is such a lovely time of year as community dwellers celebrate Hanukkah and Christmas.

Along with the glitter are people coming together to celebrate the holidays at parties where good cheer is served with heartfelt care and goodwill.

Such was the case when members of Los Altos Auxiliary of Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, with spouses and guests in tow, came to quaff celebratory spirits and tasty hors d'oeuvres catered by “Gourmet a Go Go.”

Hosting the gathering were Susan and Steven Peterman in their newly renovated La Cañada Flintridge home. The Christmas elves had been very busy indeed, and every corner of their beautiful home was festooned with fabulous decorations.

Also greeting those arriving for the event was Julie McCarty, president of the Los Altos Auxiliary.

Guests wandered from room to room to admire the decorations while others chose to sit on the patio and warm their hands near a dramatic open-flame fire pit.

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It was a meaningful, sharing evening as members talked about their yearlong fundraising commitment to the residents at the El Nido campus of Hathaway-Sycamores and the joy they receive by helping these young students.

In the next few weeks, members will be having a Christmas party for the residents where they give them presents such as gift cards, and they also bake yummy cookies for them.

Bill Martone, president and chief executive, said, “It's difficult to express how much we appreciate the year-round support we receive from the Los Altos Auxiliary. Their generosity is especially appreciated during the holidays because their efforts really do brighten the lives of the youngsters who are in our care.”

Among some of the revelers attending this holiday party were Debbie and Carol Chacon, Barbara and Tim Conroy, Carol and Mark DeFond, Dr. Steve and Ann Gupta, Joy and Chris Lang, Mary Anne Lantieri, Julie and Tom McCarty, Sandi Mellin, Diane and Jon Moldafsky, Ines and Kirk Nyby, Diane and Michael Poryes, Maureen and Sherman Railsback, Laurie and Eric Rodli, Karen Sellergren, K.D. Shaughnessy, Andi Sica, Sue Slater and Kent Johnson, Kelly Springer, Betty Stanfill, Kelly Williams, Linda and Paul Yaussi, Melissa Oechsel, Karen Sarian, Joy and Mike Padula, Anne Hennessy and Walt Kaletsch.

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