Tag: Christmas

ChiPs 4 Kids Program Collects and Distributes Toys to Children

CHiPs 4 Kids held a party at Gators Sports Bar & Grill in Apple Valley on Friday, December 6 to finalize the collection of toys for the California Highway Patrol’s annual toy drive.

CHiPs TV Show (1977-83) stars Larry Wilcox, Robert Pine and Paul Linke were on hand at the party to help celebrate the toy collection event.

Robert Pine said, “The thought of a child not having a present? There’s just something not right about that. I’ve enjoyed 71 Christmases myself. And I have children and grandchildren.”

Larry Wilcox spoke of an African tribe who wouldn’t greet a passersby with, How are you doing? But, rather, How are the children? “It was the most important thing… How are the children? We’ve got some good gifts here today, thanks to the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Optimist Club, and all the others who contributed,” he said.

The CHP collected new, unwrapped toys that were distributed to the various agencies in the High Desert that help families who are in need, including the local homeless shelter, Catholic Charities and several others, according to Officer Joaquin Zubieta, Public Information Officer with the Victorville CHP. “All the toys we collect will stay here in the High Desert,” he said.

Toy donations were accepted at the CHP office on Amargosa, along with collection boxes at businesses. Items collected included bicycles, bicycle helmets, skateboards, cars, dolls, and much more, including some cool stuff for teenagers.

High Desert Homeless Services Inc. was the final major event of the CHiPs for Kids program, held on Thursday, December 18, where about 350 toys were given away to 250 children in need. Santa and Mrs. Claus were there, along with Chipper the CHP mascot.

About 2,500 toys were given away by the time the program came to an end. CHP’s senior volunteers worked hard to gather the toys, along with many other the members of the community.

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Curly's Cowboy Christmas

The 12th Annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on Saturday, December 14 at the Historic Apple Valley Inn.

The show starred Belinda Gail, one of the most awarded female performers in Western Music, and seven-time Western Music Association Female Performer of the Year grammy winner. Another award winning songwriter, Joyce Woodson, also sang.

Andy Nelson, cowboy poet and humorist, also performed and interacted with the crowd of several hundred attendees.

A beautiful quilt in memory of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans was displayed. It took Marylin Pierson two months to make, and will be up for raffle at the December 2014 Curly’s Christmas.

Kathy Musgrave, widow of popular cowboy singer/songwriter Curly Jim Musgrave, drew the grand prize raffle ticket to a loud drum-roll. The winner, Owen Morell of Nashville, Tennessee, won the Silver Screen Legend XVI dedicated to legendary cowboy star Ray “Crash’ Corrigan.

The event is a fundraiser for the Happy Trails Childrens Foundation Cooper Home for abused children, located in Apple Valley. If you would like to help, call (760) 240-3330 or visit www.HappyTrails.org

Christmas Across America – Theme for 40th Soroptimist Fantasy Luncheon

Six beautifully decorated Christmas Trees were raffled off for charity on Saturday, December 14. The event was the 40th Annual Christmas Fantasy Luncheon, put on the the Soroptimist International of the Victor Valley.

Each year, club members decorate the trees and fill the space underneath with presents. It’s the the club’s biggest fundraising event of the year, going to support Soroptimist programs.

The luncheon featured a fashion show sponsored by Dress Barn, Apple Valley. Some lucky attendees won themed gift baskets, handmade quilts, and dozens of other door prizes.

The decorated trees were on display at the Green Tree Golf Course Clubhouse starting November 25. Winners of the trees took them home the day of the event, and all were ecstatic when their names were announced.

Soroptimist International of Victor Valley, Inc. is one of several local Soroptimist clubs in the High Desert. Membership includes local professional women from many career fields, all working together to help improve the lives of women and girls in the local community. SIVV donates to various programs throughout the year, giving over $70,000 over the past six years. Past recipients include St. Mary’s Mommy and Me program, the Assistance League of Victor Valley, the Domestic Violence Shelter, and more. Several individual awards and scholarships to local women and girls are also presented each year.

Soroptimist International of Victor Valley (SIVV) has been serving the Victor Valley since January 1970. For more information on SIVV projects, or club membership, please contact SIVV by e-mail at: sivictorvalley@soroptimist.net, or call (760) 486-2405.

The luncheon featured a fashion show sponsored by Dress Barn, Apple Valley. Some lucky attendees won themed gift baskets, handmade quilts, and dozens of other door prizes.

The decorated trees were on display at the Green Tree Golf Course Clubhouse starting November 25. Winners of the trees took them home the day of the event, and all were ecstatic when their names were announced.

Soroptimist International of Victor Valley, Inc. is one of several local Soroptimist clubs in the High Desert. Membership includes local professional women from many career fields, all working together to help improve the lives of women and girls in the local community. SIVV donates to various programs throughout the year, giving over $70,000 over the past six years. Past recipients include St. Mary’s Mommy and Me program, the Assistance League of Victor Valley, the Domestic Violence Shelter, and more. Several individual awards and scholarships to local women and girls are also presented each year.

Soroptimist International of Victor Valley (SIVV) has been serving the Victor Valley since January 1970. For more information on SIVV projects, or club membership, please contact SIVV by e-mail at: sivictorvalley@soroptimist.net, or call (760) 486-2405.