Have you donated to La Casa during this year? If not, then you may think that one gift would not be missed. But here at La Casa, EVERY donation makes a difference. And it only takes two minutes to write a check or donate online. If you’ve never donated to La Casa before, then this is the best time to share your support. But you may be asking, “why me? why should I donate to La Casa?” Here’s our answer. . . . Because your gift to La Casa has the power to make a change to the lives of families and children right here in our community. Because of your donation We will be able to continue our annual dental screenings, like the one where four-year-old Mario got to see a dentist for the first time and went home with this own special care kit. Because of your donation,
La Casa had two “Operation Gobble” days this year. We distributed more than 100 donated turkeys to local families! A big thank you goes out to Assembly Member Ed Chau for his turkey donation and to the Golden State Water Company for their turkeys, as well as the volunteers who helped make the event a success! Also this past month, a large group of members from Pacific Crossroads Church visited La Casa and hosted their 5th annual “Boxes of Love” event. These volunteers provided a continental breakfast for our invited families, put together games for the kids and even set up a photo booth so everyone could take home a special picture. As they left, everyone received a large box filled with food items perfect for preparing on Thanksgiving. Thank you to Leslie Kita, from Pacific Crossroads, for organizing that event! We are truly thankful to everyone who works so
Our English classes have started up again! Once a week, a group of eager parents spend two hours together practicing and improving their English speaking skills. Our deep thanks goes out to Reverend Margarita Reyes who donates a large amount of her time to lead this class. We also have a new program for the preschool! Mr. Alex Lalin, a La Casa parent, volunteers his time to provide a lively and fun music class for our students. The kids really enjoy moving to the music and singing at the top of their lungs. Thank you Mr. Lalin!
December always brings joy to La Casa and thanks to two amazing clubs our students and families are blessed with holiday celebrations. The San Gabriel Taiwanese Lions Club will be hosting their annual Christmas Party for our preschool on December 4th. The students will have their own celebration complete with lively entertainment and a toy distribution. On December 18th, the San Marino Rotary Club will host their annual Christmas dinner for our families, complete with a visit from Old St. Nick! For almost a decade, the club has provided not only our holiday dinner but also warm clothing and toys, and have helped coordinate gift donations from various other organizations to ensure a happy holiday for all. With our deepest appreciation, we salute these two awe-inspiring groups. Happy Holidays!
La Casa’s annual awards dinner was held on October 10th at Tamayo Restaurant and Art Gallery. It was a sold out event and everyone enjoyed the beautiful venue, delicious food and lively conversation. This year was very special as we honored Cheryl Prentice for her many years of dedicated service and CEO stewardship. In addition, La Casa co-founder Angelita Lizárraga, who turned 99 this year, was in attendance along with four generations of the Lizárraga family. Dr. David C. Lizárraga presented the Founders’ Award to San Gabriel’s finest first responders, our city police and fire departments. Thank you to all of our dinner sponsors and donors who helped make this one of our most successful and enjoyable dinners yet!
. . .for Giving Thanks and Spreading Compassion, Joy, and Hope. Another year is fast approaching its end and as we enjoy the holiday season, we reflect on the year that has passed. We have much to be thankful for at La Casa, and this has truly been a blessed year. Cheryl Prentice, our beloved Executive Director, a key cornerstone in our foundation, retired after over 40 years of service to La Casa. We are grateful that she has help navigate La Casa through many challenges and ensured our continued success for many years to come. Time will never erase the impact she has made, instead it will gain momentum as the generations she has touched grow, thrive and pay it forward. We wish Cheryl many years of health and happiness as she enjoys more time with her family and friends. It is with great fortune that the Board of
La Casa is pleased to be hosting our Annual Awards Dinner on Friday, October 10th at Tamayo Restaurant & Art Gallery. This year, we will be honoring San Gabriel’s First Responders, our city’s Fire and Police Departments. We will also be celebrating the recent retirement of Cheryl Prentice who has served both La Casa and the San Gabriel Community for over 40 years. Please join us as we continue the vision founded by the Lizarraga Family, embodied by Cheryl and now being passed on to Eduardo Garcia, our Interim Executive Director. Your gracious support of this event helps us to continue to serve our community. To purchase tickets online, please click here.
Farewell & Happy Retirement to Cheryl The Board of Directors of Las Casa de San Gabriel Community Center announces the retirement of CEO Cheryl Prentice as of August 29, 2014. This is the first time in more than forty years that Cheryl will not stand at the door to greet families on the first day of school. With deep gratitude, we acknowledge the generous nature and dedicated service that Cheryl brought to La Casa each day. “The many, many families of La Casa remain precious to me and it is with joy to have a second generation come to the preschool. La Casa is at an exciting time with our connection to LAUP, First 5 LA’s Race to the Top, and our Board training with Executive Service Corps. I’m delighted to pass the torch to Eduardo Garcia. Now I will have time to see more of my own family, to travel, and
Our Circle of Support is growing! La Casa’s Annual Appeal is underway and in just one month we have already raised almost $7,000. We are more than halfway to our goal of $10,000, which will be matched by our generous anonymous donor! While we are very fortunate to have a community of donors who consistently support La Casa, each year the number of people we serve continues to grow. In our efforts to continue our mission of service, we need to increase the number of donors to La Casa, so now is a great time to give for the first time or encourage your friends and family to support us! It’s only with help from people like you that La Casa can continue to provide valuable education opportunities and helpful resources to families who cannot otherwise afford these services. It’s not too late to make a gift that will help
Congratulations La Casa! Winner – “Most Patriotic Banner for Community Group or Organization” at the City of San Gabriel’s Kid’s Day & 4th of July Parade. Lead by Pre-school Director Brenda Rincon and Parent Coordinator Martha Sanchez, our pre-school students, parents, volunteers and community members marched in the parade and were honored with an award. Brenda and Martha also staffed the always popular La Casa booth and helped kids make their own arts and crafts.