Orinda Woman’s Club Helps Others with Festival Proceeds

(Sally Hogarty, Photographer)
Lots of young people will benefit from the $21,500 check the Orinda Woman’s Club presented to the Assistance League Diablo Valley’s Operation school Bell, which will provide homeless youth with new clothing. (L-R) OWC Beneficiary Chair Janet Clark, Assistance League President Suzi Geldin. The colorful banner to the left was created by Clark’s 9-year-old granddaughter Priya Clark.

    Christmas came in February this year for the Assistance League Diablo Valley as the Orinda Woman’s Club (OWC) presented the group with a check for $21,500 on Feb. 9. The Assistance League will use the funds for its Operation School Bell – Common Threads program, which provides clothing for homeless high school students in three school districts in Contra Costa County.
    The OWC was able to present the funds to the Assistance League and others thanks to its Festival of Trees. Held Nov. 18, 2021, the popular fashion show, raffle and luncheon raised $41,000. Coupled with other fundraisers, OWC made a difference for many Bay Area organizations.
    In addition to the Assistance League Diablo Valley, another $21,500 will provide educational grants to former foster children as well as support such non-profit organizations as Orinda’s Seniors Around Town, Infant Mental Health Program in Richmond, START Program at DVC, Orinda’s Holden High School, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Sweet Beginnings (both of Contra Costa County), Berkeley Hope Scholars, Project Second Chance and Renaissance Scholars of California State University, East Bay.
    For more information on OWC, visit https://orindawomansclub.org/.

Suzanne Murillo can be reached at suzannemurillo@gmail.com.

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