2022 Christmas Tree Luncheon Fundraiser

We wish to thank the event organizers, guests and contributors. This is our primary fundraising event supporting all our philanthropies and operations. Total amount raised is coming. Overall, our return to the community is an impressive 78.5% of every dollar raised. Without your support, we would not be able to “Transform Lives and Strengthen Our Communities”.

Gifts from The Heart – Paddle Raise for Operation School Bell®

To our paddle raisers, thank you for raising a Gift From The Heart paddle and donating generously to support Operation School Bell. 100% of your donation goes to Operation School Bell.  Your support means so much to low-income students in our community.


Thank you to our sponsors and Underwriters for their generous support. Without your support our philanthropies would not be so robust and we couldn’t open our doors.


Pam & Tom Bender

Platinum Plus

Kay & Jack Hockema


Merlone-Geyer Partners
The Kern Family
Susan & Peter Dolbee
Evon & William Peacher


Kathy & Bill Ambrosius
Bonnie & Phil Presicci
Marleen & Jim Quandt
Nancy Jumper
Bob Kallenbaugh
Joyce & Bill Urone
Amy & Robert Pereira


Bottom Line Financial LLC



Thank you to our event underwriters, their donation helped make the event more festive and cost efficient.

Karen & George Thagard   –  Pop-A-Prize

Special Thanks For Support and Services

Leslie Bird – Bird Studios
Elite OC Productions
Elizabeth Brady – Ritz-Carlton
Paula Fairfield – Design de’Fluer
Linda & Bill Kemp
Lane & Kelly Keran
Mi Place – Newport Beach
One Step Services
ENCORE – Chris Elg
Santa Margarita Water District
Yen Ly Kilewer – Bid Helpers
Zack Krone – California Coast Auction

Thank You Speakers and Performers

Susan Dolbee, President Assistance League of Saddleback Valley  –  Guest Speaker
Carly Degulis, Chairman of Assisteens® Auxiliary  –  Guest Speaker 

Dr. David Gordon, Principal Silverado High School  –  Guest Speaker
Michelle London  –  National Anthem singer
Camp Pendleton Honor Marine Guard

A Very Special 34th Annual Christmas Tree Luncheon Committee

Co-Chairs:  Marie Thomas and Renee Thomas.

Committee members: Kathy Ambrosius, Marigold Baker, Carla Beddome, Pam Bender,  Pam Bisson, Maile Busby, Darelene Carpenter, Marla Carlson, Debra Corley, Debbie DaPena, Susan Dolbee, Cylene Fitzsimons, Sue Fleischli, Eilene Fletcher, Gloria Forrest, Maureen Gates, Mimi Holcombe, Nancy Jumper, Janet Kazarian, Linda Kemp, Allison Kern, Maggie Kerns, Laura King, Kathie Kopkash, Valerie Kowalski, Kate Kweder, Mary Lou Light, Kris McDowell, Alice Meek, Flo Mulhere, Anne Neish, Evon Peacher, Terry Petersen, Bonnie Presicci, Heather Redd, Tracy Rogers, Jean Simmons, Dani Smith, Karen Thagard, Karen Varone, Pam Whitaker, Carole Wong

In Appreciation of our Previous Luncheon Chairs

Our organization is stronger because these women volunteered their time and skills to create a successful Christmas Tree Luncheons throughout the years so we could keep our doors open and grow our philanthropies.  We thank them for their inclusive leadership and creativity which has served Assistance League of Saddleback Valley and our community.

2021 Karen Thagard & Darelene Carpenter
2020 Darelene Carpenter, Maureen Gates
2019 Anne Neish, Tracy Rogers, Polly Rohrbach
2018 Karen Thagard & Pam Bender
2017 Karen Thagard & Darelene Carpenter
2016 Darelene Carpenter
2015 Anne Neish
2014 Anne Neish & Pam Bender
2013 Becki Henry & Eilene Fletcher
2012 Becki Henry & Eilene Fletcher
2011 Mimi Holcombe
2010 Gloria Urone & Susan Roney
2009 Karen Thagard
2008 Sandy Armstrong & Margaret Kalimada
2007 Sandy Armstrong & Margaret Kalimada
2006 Kris McDowell & Linda Prenovost
2005 Kris McDowell & Linda Prenovost
2004 Sandy Ewing & Maureen Gates
2003 Maureen Gates & Jean Simmons
2002 Jane Chadburn & Gaye Calcaterra
2001 Hedy Stern
2000 Joyce Urone
1999 Susan Dolbee & Gaye Calcaterra
1998 Cody Ball & Carol Phillips
1997 Lyla Rogers
1996 Marlene Short
1995 Jane Chadburn
1994 Barbara Bassi
1993 Diane Peters
1992 Debra Ferguson
1991 Barbara Marceau
1990 Terri Burmeister
1989 Anne Neish

Live Auction Contributors

Glitz & Ritz:   The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

Mammoth Lakes Escape:   Dr. David & Catalina Quintero

Up Close & Personal With The LA Lakers:   Pam & Charlie Cummings

Maui, the Valley Isle:   Maggie Kerns

           Dinner with Wine& Friends:   Ed Szubielski, EB Winery

                  Alex Ayala:   Executive Chef, Marbella Country Club

Viva Cancun:  Rob Ellin

Paso Robles Fun:  Daou, Justin & Barton Family Wineries

  Pasolivo Ranch:   Renée & Marie Thomas, Mary Lou & Larry Light

Old Glory:  Chris Justice

Community Contributors

Community Contributors donated products and services for our auction and raffle items.  

Please visit their establishment and tell them thank you for us!

Aliso Viejo
Aliso Viejo Country Club
Ferial Art
Mangi Con Amore Italian Bistro
Salon Platinum
Stater Bros.
Friar Tux
Santa Anita Park
Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino
Corona Del Mar
Kittie Olivier Salon
Sherman Library & Gardens
The Little Spa by the Sea
Costa Mesa
Ayres Hotel
King’s Seafood Company
South Coast Plaza
South Coast Repertory
Culver City
Wheel of Fortune
Dana Point
Club Pilates Dana Point
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Lingerie Paradis USA
Posh Nails
Salt Creek Grille
Swiss Connection
Timeless Teak
Del Mar
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
The Stand Restaurant
Foothill Ranch
Avila’s El Ranchito
Irvine Improv
Irvine Lanes
Watts on the Harbor Cruises
Ladera Ranch
Joe’s Italian Restaurant
Mama’s Comfort Food
Mama’s Ladera
Stater Bros.
The Med Lounge
The Ranch Sports Grill
Laguna Beach
Certified Yoga Instruction
Las Brisas
Surf & Sand Resort
The Chocolate Soldier
Laguna Hills
Art Steps Classes, Inc.
AWG Bakery
Big Air Trampoline Park
El Torito
Franco’s Famous
Home Depot
King’s Fish House
Mardi’s Jewelry
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Olympica Gymnastics Academy
Outback Restaurant
Ralph’s #223
Silvi’s Oils & Acrylics
Sway Ballroom Dance
The Hills Hotel
Woody’s Diner Laguna Hills
Laguna Niguel
Avila’s El Ranchito
Cinderella Cakes
Handel’s Ice Cream
Mandarin Garden
Mangi Con Amore
Mangia Bene Cucina
Mission Fine Art Gallery
Nuggets & Carats
Refine Men’s Salon
Snooze Eatery
South Coast Conservatory
Trader Joes
Witford Laguna
You and the Mat Yoga
Laguna Woods
Bill Kemp’s Allstate Agency
Stater Bros.
Lake Forest
El Toro Gourmet Meats
Green Thumb Nursery
Heritage Hil Historical Park
Home Depot
Long Beach
Lungu Law Group
Los Angeles
Petersen Automotive Museum
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Six Flags Magic Mountain
The Dr. Phil Show
Mission Viejo
A Hidden Vine/OC Wine Guys, Inc.
Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club
Beauty by Dona
Build-A-Bear Workshop
California Cosmetic Medical Institute
California Pizza Kitchen
ChocOBean Coffee
Claim Jumper
Dance Daly Ballroom
Defy Mission Viejo
Denault Ace Hardware
Domenico’s On the Lake
Five Star Upholstery & Drapery
Hacienda on the Lake
Hala’s Paws
Home Depot
Islands Restaurant
Lakshmi Design
Lolli & Pops
Luxury Nails
Magic & Monsters, The Card Shop
Massage Heights
Mission Viejo Country Club
Paul’s Pantry
PF Chang’s
Piccolino Restorante
Plaza Cleaners
Roger Dunn Golf Shops
Ruby’s Diner Mission Viejo
South County Lexus – Gina’s Boutique
Swiss Watch Gallery
The Cheesecake Factory
Tina’s Nail Salon
Wild Birds Unlimited
World Market
Young Art Lessons
Monarch Beach
Millie Coastal Accents
Four Sisters Inn/Blue Lantern Inn
Newport Beach
Balboa Bay Resort Club
Figge Photography
Kathleen Hutton, M.D.
Newport Landing Whale Watching
Sapori Restaurant of Newport
The Paintball Park
SPG Cleaning, LLC
BG Visual Designs
Paso Robles
Niner Winery
Tobin James Cellars
Portola Hills
Bicer Studio
Rancho Mission Viejo
Frisby Cellars
Racho Santa Margarita
Benjamin & Co
Carmelita’s Kitchen
Cosmo’s Italian Kitchen
Diane @ Legends 2 Salon
Hanna’s Restaurant & Bar
Lulu’s Cafe
Naturally Yours
Pinot’s Palette
Salon 24
Tijeras Creek Golf Club
Tutto Fresco Restaurant
San Clemente
Destino Designs
San Diego
Rancho Bernardo Inn
San Juan Capistrano
3:16 Bakery Shop
El Adobe
Eli Alexander Salon
Hennessey’s Tavern
Marbella Country Club
Mission Fine Art Gallery
Paddy’s Station
Rancho Capistrano Winery
San Juan Hills Golf Club
Soccer Garage
The Tea House on Los Rios
Trevor’s at the Tracks
Zoomars at River Street Ranch
Santa Ana
The Bowers Museum
Santa Monica
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier
Signal Hill
HHG Hospitality Group
Trabuco Canyon
Lizzy’s Workshop
Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids
West Lake Village
Wood Ranch Restaurant
Additional Donors with Multiple Locations
Camp Homework
Martha Stewart