Brunch to raise money for needy kids

DOWNEY - The Assistance League of Downey is hosting its annual Christmas Tree Brunch this Sunday at the Long Beach Hilton, with proceeds helping fund the organization's many philanthropic programs.Tickets are $75 each and include lunch, a silent auction, vendors, and opportunities to win more than a dozen decorated trees and gifts. Entertainment will be provided by the Citrus College Singers. Reservations are available through the Second Time Around thrift shop or by calling (562) 869-0232. One of the Assistance League's major programs is Operation School Bell, which provides new clothing and shoes to children referred by the Downey Unified School District. Last year, more than 350 children were clothed, and more than 200 kids have been referred this year to date. Brunch proceeds have provided $14,000 in dental care for needy children in Downey, and ten $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students in Downey. Before Christmas, the Assistance League will also deliver more than 2,500 gifts to local nursing homes.

********** Published: November 17, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 31