“The tour and talk at the Downtown Women’s Center was really eye-opening,” reports Sophia Jackson, The Trusteeship Event Coordinator. Sophia further shared, “…as we were talking about a huge issue in everyone’s backyard: women who are experiencing homelessness in LA, we learned a lot of statistics about how many women are homeless, the reasons why, and how institutions like DWC are actively helping these women reintegrate into society.” The panelists, who were mostly Trusteeship members with some other LA officials joining in, was especially impactful and their knowledge and background really helped the our members and guests relate to this everyday issue.
It was also pretty amazing to learn that the founder of DWC was a past Trusteeship member, Jill Halverson! Kathleen Brown and Jill are still good friends, and Jill now lives in New Mexico.
Per the information listed below from Melissa Tillman, Chief Development and Communications Officer, are shared links with information on how to help support organizations like the DWC, their wish list for donations, and information on their upcoming event, “Dinner With a Cause.” This event is intended to further highlight the issue of homelessness, and Trusteeship members are welcome to attend.
From Melissa: “Thank you for the opportunity to host such a thought-provoking panel with the esteemed women of The Trusteeship. We appreciate your partnership in ending women’s homelessness and look forward to the group’s continued involvement with the Downtown Women’s Center. The panel discussion was very organized and thought-provoking, and we really enjoyed hosting your group!”
As promised, here’s a link to more resources and information about women’s homelessness, DWC’s wish list and information on our upcoming anniversary gala, Dinner With a Cause.
More than 30 Trusteeship members showed up at the Freida’s 81,000 sq. ft. distribution center at 10:00am for a behind the scenes tour. The morning started with lots of samples of fresh exotic fruit, like rambutan, jackfruit, horned melons and cape gooseberries and some colorful veggies, like purple, green and orange cauliflower. Three of Frieda’s enthusiastic employees (including Frieda’s daughter and Karen Caplan’s sister and business partner, Jackie) gave tours through the packing line, refrigerated warehouse, receiving dock and then up through the corporate offices. On Jackie’s tour, there were so many questions from the attendees, that the 30 minute tour took more than an hour! At the end of the tour, each Trusteeship visitor received an “Inspiration Box” filled with a curated selection of Frieda’s best sellers and a copy of The Purple Kiwi Cookbook.
All then drove two miles to the offices and warehouse of Earth Friendly Products (ECOS), where Kelly and members of her team gave a presentation highlighting many of the awards their company has received for their innovation and leadership in the green space. Next, we got to tour their facility and watch them manufacture their high quality laundry detergent (which is on sale in every COSTCO nationwide).
Following the tour, Karen and Kelly had their chef (they share a chef!) prepare a plant-based gourmet luncheon in the outside garden of Earth Friendly Products. The grand finale, was when we all sang Happy Birthday to Frieda – who celebrated her 95th birthday with her Trusteeship Sisters. It was a warm, but lovely afternoon for all.
Zee hosted us to a beautiful al fresco seafood barbecue in her tree lined backyard. Ten of us gathered for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before coming to the grill where Zee had beautifully prepared skewers of scallops, shrimp and swordfish, topped with lemon sauce. Felt like an evening in Southern Italy, with conversation non-stop.
Rachael Worby, Artistic Director, Conductor and Founder of MUSE/IQUE, graciously invited eight Trusteeship members to share a table at the performance of MOVEMENT/ALOUD on July 28! The fabulous show took place on the beautiful grounds of the The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens at the Dorothy C. Brown Garden Lawn in San Marino.
The doors opened at 6:00 pm where our members picked up their specially prepared boxed dinners and and joined their Trusteeship friends at our special table. The performance began at 8:00 pm.
Karen Caplan shared: “What a fantastic way to spend a summer evening – outdoors at The Huntington attending friend Rachel Worby’s MUSE/IQUE. It’s like the Hollywood Bowl, but more chill and casual.”