On Saturday, May 14, NGA Hancock Park will be holding its annual fundraiser at the Wilshire Country Club. After a two year absence, the NGA membership is beyond delighted to gather in person under the theme of “The NGA Hancock Park Olympics.” This year’s theme was adopted to reflect the Olympic’s credo of Friendship, Respect and Excellence.
NGA – National Giving Alliance – works to improve the quality of life for homeless, low-income, and moderate income children, women and men by collecting and distributing new gifts of clothes, linens and toiletries to them. It sounds simple enough, but as anyone who lives in the heart of Los Angeles knows, the need for these items is growing exponentially.
Within Hancock Park there is a community of women who are dedicated to doing their part to alleviate this need. NGA Hancock Park has been going strong since 1895! The membership may be small but their impact is big. NGA Hancock Park serves 7 local agencies . The aim of NGA is to provide these agencies with new clothing, household linens and personal care items. These agencies provide wish lists and the NGA membership shops to fulfill these needs.
Listed below are the current agencies that NGA Hancock Park serves:
- Alexandria House
- Good Shepherd Shelter
- Imagine LA
- McIntyre House
- Operation School Bell (Assistance League of Los Angels)
- Uplift Family Services – Hollygrove
Tickets are still available if you wish to attend the annual fundraiser, the cost per ticket is $200. This includes an evening of dinner, dancing, both silent and live auctions and general good cheer.
And if your dance card is full, you can always make a donation to the cause at ngahancockparg.org. The website gives you the opportunity to join the cause, make a donation or simply peruse what the membership has been up to.
The co-chair of this event, Kiel Fitzgerald, recently offered up the words of Mother Theresa as inspiration for both the membership and our community at large:
“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked or homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this poverty.”
Editor’s Note: The Larchmont Buzz is pleased to be an event sponsor.