2013 Committee Members include Active RX’s Dr. Deonza Thymes; Adia In-Home Care’s Melinda Gann and Nick Arquette; Affordable Bookkeeping & Payroll Services’ Candy Messer; Functional Living’s Tom Reavey; Launch’s Michelle Croasdale; Medicare Health Plans and More’s Debbie Hoffman; Providence Trinity Care Hospice’s Paige Hamilton; Sweeney & Range Realtors’ Susan Sweeney and Lynn Range.
This year’s recipients are Peninsula Seniors and Toberman Neighborhood Center. In addition, this year introduces a new partnership with LA Networking Matters and the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce. In addition to supporting the two non-profit organizations, LA Networking Matters will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Manhattan Beach Chamber of Commerce’s High School Scholarship Fund.
This year’s event raised $17,342.00 with 210 guests and over $10,000 worth of raffle items. They were 16 sponsors including this year’s Title Sponsor Bank of Manhattan.
“Bank of Manhattan is a community bank and it is important for us to give back and be involved with the community. We are pleased to be associated with Networking Matters and to be able to help out with such worthy charities,” said Russell Hossain, EVP Mortgage Lending.
Sponsors included Taylor Insurance & Financial Services; Karin Frasier of Waddell & Reed; American All Care Services; Abby & Michelle; AME Express; Affordable Business Services; Bridge Senior Financial Services; Debbie & Michelle Mortgage Group; Marymount College; Pacific Lutheran High School; Plaza Automotive Center; Respiratory Therapy Home Care; RespirTech; Rivera Sports Physical Therapy; Thomas LaGrelius, M.D. of Skypark Preferred Family Care; Thrivent Financial; and United Agencies/High Ground Insurance.
Media Sponsors were South Bay Magazine; Beach Reporter; PV News; Peninsula People Magazine; Random Lengths; San Pedro Magazine and South Bay by Jackie. In-kind sponsors included 3V Signs; Deep Roots; Digital Legacy; Tracy Breshears of Eymagin; and Karin Fuire of On Location Photography.
This year the proceeds of the event will benefit the Toberman Neighborhood Center’s after school program Toberman Academy and the Peninsula Seniors’ Quality of Life Scholarship Fund.
Toberman is a haven and is a place where families can access needed services. They have three core programs which are the keys to unlocking the cycles of poverty and violence: Family Source (referral/support to increase income), Children, Youth and Families (youth after school / enrichment / parent engagement) and Gang Intervention Program (dispute mediation, community building, case management). These programs assist underserved, at-risk youth and their families by giving them new skills and opportunities to build a better future. For just $1500, you can sponsor a child to come to Toberman for a school year.
“We are honored to have been chosen as a beneficiary for this event,” stated Deb Anthony, Executive Director of Toberman, “the youth and families we serve will benefit greatly.”
Peninsula Seniors’ Quality of Life Scholarship Fund promotes higher education that enhances the quality of life with special focus on retirees and people in their advanced years. Each year the Peninsula Seniors offers scholarships to students attending California State University, Long Beach who are getting their degree in gerontology. Half of the proceeds raised from the event will go toward gerontology students; the other half of the proceeds go to different programs given by Peninsula Seniors.
“Peninsula Seniors has been involved with Networking Matters for over three years. They are stellar business leaders who are passionate about philanthropy,”
For additional information, please visit www.lanetworkingmatters.com or call 310-370-0555.
About Networking Matters
Networking Matters is a team of South Bay business owners and professionals dedicated to connecting influential business leaders in the South Bay and PV Peninsula in a fun, networking environment as well as raise money and awareness for meaningful charities in the communities in which we serve. For additional information about the event, please visit www.lanetworkingmatters.com or call Event Chair Adia In-Home Care at 310-370-0555.
About Toberman Neighborhood Center
Toberman Neighborhood Center is a 501©3 organization that is committed to assisting Harbor Area families and individuals by delivering life-changing services that encourage, inform, educate and empower them to live healthy and purposeful lives. For more information, please visit www.toberman.org.
About Peninsula Seniors
Peninsula Seniors is a 501©3 organization whose mission is to improve and maintain a healthy and independent lifestyle and to maximize the quality of life for all of the adult population on the Peninsula and surrounding communities. For more information, please visit www.pvseniors.org.