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Our Mission

Established in 1931, The Palo Alto Auxiliary raises money for children and pregnant mothers within our Lucile Packard Children's Hospital community in need of assistance. Volunteer members engage in wide-ranging activities, all to provide financial support for uncompensated medical care given to children at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. Some of our annual events might be a Summer Garden Party, a Fall Member Recognition Tea, A Winter Children's Holiday Party, or a Spring Fashion Show.

If you have an interest in helping children in need, this is the place. We invite you to join us in these endeavors.

Your donation is important -- no matter the size.
 

Exciting News to Report!

Dear Members --

On May 4, 2022, June Schiller, Nancy Larsson and Ellen Smith met with Susan Lampkin and Kay Harrison of Allied Arts Guild. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the status of our Auxiliaries and explore any possible benefits if the two
Auxiliaries were to join forces. It was thought
that since Palo Alto Auxiliary has always
identified with Allied Arts, this would be the
Auxiliary best positioned to explore a merger.

 

It was very enlightening to discover that Allied
Arts is really several businesses with property
management and tenants handled with pro-
fessional assistance, private events venue handled by a professional employee, and the Artisan (Gift) Shop operated by 
volunteers. Other volunteer activities are staffing special patio and other giftware-centric sale days plus additional fundraising events. We also learned that their dues are the same as ours, $75 per year, but they also require an additional $100 from all active members to underwrite fundraising efforts. It appears that they have about the same number of members as we have and about the same number who do most of the current work.

We shared with them the activities we currently support: Restaurants with Heart, Harvest Faire, Cocktails in the Garden, Nutcracker Tea -- but I'm sure that is something they shared with their members as well.

At this point, we agreed that this needs to be discussed with our membership to get a feeling of whether it is feasible or not. Once we have a direction the Auxiliaries wish to move, we will either continue to discuss how such a merger would happen or we will cease the discussions and remain two distinct Auxiliaries.

Were we to decide to pursue this further, we would encourage members of both Auxiliaries to become more active in each of the projects to better understand what would be expected of all of us. There is a requirement that members work in the Gift Shop a certain number of hours which would be discussed further if we move in that direction.

We understand that this is not something that will happen quickly, if at all, but we are faced every year with difficulty finding members to serve as officers and who will help with the various projects.
It doesn't seem likely we can continue struggling for many more years. We need to explore our future with open eyes and the reality that times are different.

Any suggestions are always welcome. Please send your suggestions to June at jschiller.2@comcast.net and Ellen at ellensmith94022@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Ellen Smith and June Schiller

Co-Chairs

Palo Alto Auxiliary for the Stanford Children's Hospital

Kids Dancing
Upcoming Projects & Events 
  • PAA Board Meeting
    Thu, Jul 14
    Location is TBD
    Jul 14, 12:00 AM
    Location is TBD
    Join us, won't you?
  • Cocktails in the Garden & Auction
    Sat, Aug 13
    Nancy Larsson's home
    Aug 13, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Nancy Larsson's home, Richardson Ave, Los Altos
    Enjoy good food, good friends and good conversation!
  • Third General Meeting & Tea
    Wed, Oct 12
    Marilyn Anderson's home
    Oct 12, 2:00 PM
    Marilyn Anderson's home, Oregon Avenue, Palo Alto
    To meet for tea and to discuss upcoming events and adventures.
  • PAA's Holiday Faire
    Sun, Oct 16
    Allied Arts Guild
    Oct 16, 10:00 AM
    Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    Join us for an amazing Holiday Faire!
  • Auxiliary Endowment Proposals
    Thu, Oct 27
    Location is TBD
    Oct 27, 12:00 AM
    Location is TBD
    Your donations are extremely valued and very thoughtful...
  • PAA Board Meeting
    Thu, Nov 03
    Zoom Meeting
    Nov 03, 1:00 PM
    Zoom Meeting
    Thanks for signing in.
  • Nutcracker Tea
    Sun, Nov 13
    Allied Arts Guild
    Nov 13, 11:00 AM
    Allied Arts Guild, 75 Arbor Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
    An enchanting ballet you really shouldn't miss! Also occurs at 2 pm that same day.
  • Fourth General Meeting & Lunch
    Tue, Nov 29
    Chef Chu's, Los Altos
    Nov 29, 11:00 AM
    Chef Chu's, Los Altos, 1067 N San Antonio Rd #1300, Los Altos
    Our fourth General Meeting and lunch. Yum!