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Wings of Angels holds annual fundraising events and raffles, with all proceeds going to directly aid families. The outpouring of community support by organizations, families, friends and individuals has been amazing!
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Saturday, September 16, 2016
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5th Annual, 2016
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September 23, 2016
Gold Hills Country Club
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Saturday, April 9th, 2016
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Saturday, October 22, 2016
Sons of Italy
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Saturday, September 18
North end of the Sundial Bridge
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Friday, September 25
Gold Hills Country Club
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4th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser
Friday, October 2
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Win River Resort & Casino
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Saturday, October 17, 2015
Sons of Italy- Redding, CA
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Christmas Party 2014
On December 20 we hosted our annual Christmas Party for our families and provided th Christmas for 29 families and 63 children. Each family received cookies, candy, and $50 gift cards along with all the pizza, cake, and soda they could eat or drink. Our party hosted by Angelo’s is always one of the best events of the year because these very special families have the opportunity to meet, visit, and make connections with other families dealing with the same struggles.
13 Annual Wings of Angels Pasta Feed Fundraiser
Our Wings of Angels 13 Annual Wings of Angels Pasta Feed Fundraiser was held October 25, 2014 and hosted by Sons of th Italy. This year our pasta feed was down on attendance, however, our live auction saved the day and we raised nearly $22,000 for Wings of Angels. The pasta feed was dedicated to 13 year old Parker Reynolds and 18 year old Anthony Ortega both were recently diagnosed with cancer. We were able to donate $4,800 to their families to help with expenses. We are currently helping 29 local families.
“Wings of Angels” has been extremely busy with recent fundraisers which included the Third Annual Windermere Foundation Fashion Show for Wings of Angels and Make A Wish and our annual pasta feed both in October. We also had a pasta feed November 2 to raise money to purchase a car for the family of Lizzie Johnson, a 14 year old Shasta Lake girl nd who received a heart transplant August 29 . Lizzie spent an entire year away from home either hospitalized or in hotels th near the hospital while awaiting her transplant. We were able to get Lizzie’s family a great vehicle and also donated another vehicle to the family of a 10 year old Anderson boy diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels Organization was selected in November by the Shasta Regional Community Foundation to received a $7,500 grant. Three organizations from Shasta and three from Siskiyou County received theses grants. Each organization was then invited to put together a video about their foundation and those videos were placed on Shasta Regional Community Foundations website. The community was then asked to vote for their favorite organization and the organization in each county to receive the most votes won an additional $2,500. Thanks to our supporters Wings of Angels received a $10,000 check from Shasta Regional Community Foundation!
On December 20 we hosted our annual Christmas Party for our families and provided Christmas for 29 families and 63 th children. Each family received cookies, candy, and $50 gift cards along with all the pizza, cake, and soda they could eat or drink. Our party hosted by Angelo’s is always one of the best events of the year because these very special families have the opportunity to meet, visit, and make connections with other families dealing with the same struggles.
Each month "Wings of Angels" provides $100.00 or more in prepaid gas cards, $25.00 grocery cards, and other assistance depending on the specific need of the family. This assistance is given to families of children with cancer or serious illness/injury who are required to travel from the Redding area for treatment. We have assisted by paying utility bills, paying rent, making mortgage payments, tires, bus tickets, vehicle repairs, memorial donations, scholarships, the donation of six vehicles and much more. Recently there seems to be a greater need to help with utility bills.
Since adopting our first family in October 2002 we have donated over $800,000 and assisted more than one hundredseventy-five local families. Without the support of our community the help we provide would not be possible. Because of your generosity and support our family is able to honor Alyssa in a positive way while helping other families financially and emotionally. Please visit our web site @www.alyssaswingsofangels.org or find us on facebook.
Dan & Donna Araiza
“Wings of Angels”
Non Profit #2416249
Twelfth Annual Bowl-a-thon - April 12, 2014
The 12th Annual Wings of Angels bowl-a-thon was a great event raising over $27,000 for our “Wings of Angels” families. The highlight of the event was having Jason Munkberg of the Active 20/30 Club roll a 300 game. In our twelve years of this event, that was the first “perfect” gavem. Because of the bowl-a-thon success, in May we donated $5,000 to six families as well as our monthly mailings. Our families received just over $9,000 in May. “Wings of Angels” has been extremely busy with a large influx of new kids referred to our foundation since July of last year. We brought ten new cancer kids into our organization from July to December as well as two other seriously ill children. We are currently providing assistance to 27 north state families, the most recent a thirteen year old Cottonwood boy diagnosed this month with leukemia.
With those four donations and our monthly mailings, we donated $11,875.00 to our families in November. We also provided Christmas to 27 families and over 60 children. Their parents received cookies, candy, and $50 gift cards. Our party hosted by Angelo’s is always the best event of the year because these very special families have the opportunity to meet, visit, and make connections with other families dealing with the same struggles.
Each month "Wings of Angels" provides $100.00 or more in prepaid gas cards, $25.00 grocery cards, and other assistance depending on the specific need of the family. This assistance is given to families of children with cancer or serious illness/injury who are required to travel from the Redding area for treatment. We have assisted by paying utility bills, paying rent, making mortgage payments, buying new tires, bus tickets, vehicle repairs, memorial donations, scholarships, the donation of four vehicles to these families, and much more. Recently there seems to be a greater need to help with utility bills.
Since adopting our first family in October 2002 we have donated over $750,000 and assisted more than one hundred-seventy local families. Without the support of our community the help we provide would not be possible. Because of your generosity and support our family is able to honor Alyssa in a positive way while helping other families financially and emotionally. Please visit our web site alyssaswingsofangels.org or find us on facebook.
Dan & Donna Araiza
“Wings of Angels”
Non Profit #2416249
The 3RD Annual Matt Farley Reverse Birthday Party - June 14, 2014
The paparrazi were out in full force in Anderson to get exclusive photos of some young VIP's getting the red carpet treatment.
"We got to come down here in these little mini cars, and they're giving us free popcorn and we got to see 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' and then we're going to be doing some other stuff later like a barbeque, I hear, and raffles, sounds like a lot of fun," Parker Reynolds said. "Going in the limo. There was like lots of seats and it was fun," Roque Matagulay said
This is all to honor Matt Farley, who passed away from cancer three years ago when he was just ten years old.
"It came about the first year after our son passed away. It came around to his birthday and we were trying to understand how we were going to get through that day and it just came to us, this is what Matt would do, and so instead of having a party for him, because obviously we couldn't, we decided to have a party in his memory for all the other cancer kids in the area," Gina and Darrell Farley said.
It's the third year that the Farley’s along with The Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels Organization have thrown a 'Reverse Birthday Party' for a group of local kids dealing with serious illness
"You can see that in them what we saw in our son, just a sweet spirit about them. They don't take life for granted, they don't waste it, they enjoy everything, and they all have hope," they said.
This year's event holds a special significance for the Farleys. When Matt was told that he wasn't going to survive, his one wish was to watch Captain America. Valley 11 Cinemas was able to provide a private screening room for the family to enjoy their last movie together.
After the private showings of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the children returned to Hillside Church were they were served lunch, received gift bags, and were showed with gifts from local businesses
The 2nd Annual Matt Farley Reverse Birthday Party - May 11, 2013
Darrell and Gina Farley of Lake California know all too well the pain and anguish of watching a young child fight and lose a battle with cancer.
Their son Matt died Oct. 18, 2011, at age 10 of an aggressive form of bone marrow cancer brought on by leukemia and the chemotherapy treatments that were supposed to cure his illness.
But there were only tears of joys and peals of laughter when the Farley’s hosted a reverse birthday party for Matt on Saturday, May 11, at the gazebo picnic area in Anderson River Park.
With plenty of help from church members, business sponsors and the Riverview Sunset Rotary Club of Redding, members of at least 12 families all touched in some way by disease or tragedy were able to forget their troubles, if only momentarily and enjoy a carefree day of games designed to elicit laughter and silly behavior from adults and youths alike.
“There are 29 families on the Wings of Angels support list and we invited them all, but some of the families couldn’t make it,” noted Darrell Farley.
More than 50 people of all ages, many wearing black T-shirts proclaiming “I got messy!” on the front and “Matt Farley’s 2nd annual Reverse Birthday Party” on the back, packed the gazebo to compete for prizes donated by various merchants while squirting out a lighted candle with a water gun or tossing gumballs into a water bottle.
After a lunch of barbecued hamburgers or hotdogs cooked by eight Rotarians led by club president Preston Wayte, the group got down to the serious business of getting messy.
A willing child or member of each invited family was paired with one of the adult sponsors or celebrity guests including meteorologist Rob Elvington and weekend news personality Mike Mester, both of KRCR-TV, Channel 7, in Redding.
Blindfolded, the adults used hands alone to grope for marbles in large tubs of cooked spaghetti noodles in one game. In another, the children three small cubes of squiggly gelatin as the adults attempted to catch them in in small paper drinking cups held on top of their heads.
A third game had the adults try to eat a chocolate coated donut dangling via yarn from the end of a crude fishing pole held by the child on each team.
A crowd favorite was the Cheeto toss in which the adults wore goggles and shower caps liberally coated with shaving cream. The children giggled and laughed aloud as they tried to toss at least three pieces of the orange, cheesy snack into the gooey mess. The finale involved each team of one adult and one child negotiating in tandem a messy obstacle coarse lined with spectators who shot at the contestants with water guns and Silly String.
At the end of the obstacle course, each team had to pass through a hula hoop then slide belly first on a plastic tarp coated with green slime before dipping hands into large tubs of whipped cream to find a hidden pull tab.
Predictably, the final result was a free-for-all of sliding, writhing bodies covered with green goo.
“This is a wonderful event that allows struggling families to experience joy and forget their sorrow,” said Shara Presideo, maternal grandmother to Grady Stepp, now 5, who suffered a nearly fatal gunshot to the head two years ago while playing with a loaded pistol left on the floor by his then 78-year-old great-grandfather John Edward Stepp of Shingletown.
Grady watched silently from his wheelchair. Only an occasional smile or wave of one hand indicated the boy’s obvious enjoyment of the spectacle.
“This is a wonderful thing to do for these kids. The kids love it and we love being here for these kids,” said Linda Wilson, who earlier was offering the children spins through the park inside her fire-engine red 1971 Mini Cooper, complete with flashing emergency lights, siren and custom plates reading MINI FYR.
Her husband Bob Wilson, driving his 1964 Mini Cooper tagged MINI FUZ drove children in his black-and-white patrol car as well. The Wilson’s are members of the International Order of Odd Fellows Redding Lodge 271 as well as the Shasta Minis car club.
Other sponsors included O2 Motors, Jeter’s Fun House, Oasis Fun Center, Valley 11 Cinemas, Turtle Bay Park and Museum, Mary’s Pizza Shacks in Anderson and Redding, Burrito Bandito, Logo USA, Majestic Limo and balloon artist Robin "Korndogg" Brennen of Korndogg Klowning.
The Twelfth Annual Pasta Feed Fund Raiser - October 19, 2013
The Alyssa Araiza “Wings of Angels” 12th Annual Pasta Feed Fund Raiser was held on October 19, 2013 and was hosted by Sons of Italy. This year we served nearly 700 meals at our pasta feed and helped raise money for three north state boys diagnosed with cancer since June. This pasta feed was the most successful yet, raising just over $30,000.00 for “Wings of Angels” and our families.
“Wings of Angels” has had a large influx of new kids referred to our foundation from June - October 2013. We have brought eight new cancer kids into our organization since then as well as two other children. This year a portion of the proceeds from our pasta feed was donated to the families of three young men all diagnosed with cancer since June. Because of extremely generous donations, we also donated to the family of a 16 year old Etna girl diagnosed with Stage 3 brain tumor in September. With these donations and our monthly mailings we donated $11,175.00 to our families in November. None of this would be possible without your help
Each month "Wings of Angels" provides $100.00 or more in prepaid gas cards, $25.00 grocery cards, and other assistance depending on the specific need of the family. This assistance is given to families of children with cancer or serious illness/injury who are required to travel from the Redding area for treatment. We have assisted by paying utility bills, paying rent, making house payments, buying new tires, bus tickets, vehicle repairs, memorial donations, scholarships, the donation of four vehicles to these families, and much more.
Since adopting our first family in October 2002 we have donated over $650,000 and assisted more than one hundred-sixty local families. Without the support of our community the help we provide would not be possible. “Wings of Angels” is currently providing monthly assistance to twenty-five families and spending $4,500 monthly to assist these families. Because of your generosity and support our family is able to honor Alyssa in a positive way while helping other families financially and emotionally.
Lisa Bartsch spent Saturday afternoon laughing, smiling and joking with friends at a Christmas party, along with helping her son Lucas Bartsch, almost 2, eat Hawaiian-style pizza. It was very different from last year's Christmas season, when she put on a smile to conceal her fear about Lucas. Or Mother's Day, which she spent alone at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento as doctors tried treatments on her son for a brain and a spinal tumor. "You're not there to share in this holiday. You're over the phone, you can't hug them, you can't look into their eyes and tell them it'll be OK," she said.
But this Christmas, Bartsch and her family were at Angelo's Pizzeria on California Street on Saturday, one of 15 families celebrating early at the Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels Organization's Christmas party. For her and other families, the trials of a serious condition or illness can be overwhelming — especially during the holidays. But the power of faith and support of a community, such as the Wings of Angels party, help parents cope. In fall 2011, Bartsch learned her son had a brain tumor. Doctors acted quickly to perform surgery, and the family then waited for news as Lucas underwent other treatments. That Christmas, Bartsch said, was agonizing. "I did put on my happy face," she said. "We had no idea what to expect of surgery. I was overwhelmed by fear." At one point, she said she was standing in her kitchen when she broke out sobbing and couldn't stop. Rona Edwards, 18, said what was happening to her sister, Bartsch, her uncle and her two siblings didn't seem real. But, when they learned of Lucas' second tumor, on his spine, the reality hit home. "We felt like we'd already been through it," she said. Edwards spent her summer vacation in San Francisco this year with her sister as Lucas underwent rounds of treatment.
Carrie Pico's family was one of those celebrating at the Christmas party. Her son, Grady Stepp, 4, spent three months at UC Davis Medical Center after he accidentally shot himself with a gun. She stayed with him the entire time, even though that meant time away from her two daughters. "It was hard being divided from the whole family," Pico said. Other parents kept stopping by Bartsch's table, remarking at Lucas' full head of hair and getting a grin flashed back from him. "It's encouraging, it reminds you you're not alone. Your family is among so many," Bartsch said. "Cancer has consumed so many lives." Most hospitals will work to allow patients to be at home for Christmas, said Donna Araiza, who founded Wings of Angels. She said the holidays often remind people, and the hospitals, of the importance of family. "They try to get the kids home, even if it's just for the day," she said. Araiza, whose daughter died from cancer, said. "People don't forget you. We had guys from the fire department that came in and brought presents. We'd have members of the San Francisco 49ers that came in to see us."
Bartsch said the comments from friends, family and even strangers helped her family get through the therapy. She said one stranger sent her a check, with a little note attached. "We pray for you and your son every night at the dinner table," she said. Others would send care packages, or even just remind Bartsch her family was in their thoughts or available to chat, she said. "There were times I wanted to talk about it with people, times I didn't." Bartsch said it's given the family a completely different perspective on Christmas.
This year they're celebrating Lucas being in remission since November. Pico said she and her children will also be celebrating a milestone this Christmas: Grady's last round of physical therapy progressed so well he was able to get off a feeding tube. "He loves dessert, he loves cookies and all the fudge," she said. "He's our little miracle baby." And, on Saturday, he enjoyed a warm slice of pizza at the Christmas party.
Matt's Reverse Birthday Party 2012
For most parents, the loss of a child is so devastating that the mention of that child’s annual birthday is something they strive to avoid. Not for Darrell and Gina Farley. The couple, who lost their 10-year-old son, Matt, to cancer last October, prefer to focus on the positive. “When Matt was in the hospital he would always want to share (the gifts he got) with the other kids on the floor,” said Darrell Farley. “And so it just seemed fitting with his birthday coming up (April 30) we thought, hey, instead of doing something for us, let’s throw a birthday and give gifts to others.”
And so the “reverse birthday” was borne, a way to celebrate on behalf of their son, the theme of his favorite song: One in Spirit. “We’re just people that have a heart for doing things for the community,” said Farley. So they invited a very special group of children to their party, children involved with Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels, a non-profit “committed to aiding families who have children suffering with pediatric cancer or life-threatening illness,” says their web site. “We want to make people aware of these families that have needs,” said Darrell Farley.
On April 28, 2012, the Farleys will be handing out gifts to Wings of Angel children. There’s even “truck rides” scheduled, thanks to the generosity of Wal-Mart. “We have a lot of things planned,” said Farley. “We even have some surprises for the parents.” Some people might wonder how the Farleys find the strength to turn their bad fortune into blessings, but Donna Araiza, who founded Alyssa Araiza Wings of Angels in memory of her own daughter, explained she receives tremendous joy from giving back. “When I get a text message from a mother who’s in Sacramento,” said Araiza, “one that says you’ve just lifted such a burden off of them, it helps lift my spirits.” The Farleys feel blessed to have Araiza in their lives, they said. “We’re very thankful,” said Darrell Farley. “She’s allowing us to bless these children like we were blessed with Matt.”
In the end, that’s what it’s all about for everyone involved with Matt’s special birthday. “We’re very thankful to the businesses that have donated,” said Gina Farley. Araiza feels the same way. “This is what our community has allowed us to do,” said Araiza. “Yes, we’re the catalyst, but without folks like we have around here, people who allows us to do what we can do, it wouldn’t be possible.” And with people like Matt and Gina Farley and Dan and Donna Araiza in the world, there are truly angels on this earth.
Our Tenth Annual bowl-a-thon fund raiser was held on Saturday, April 2, 2011. Each year this event is hosted by Shasta Lanes and is our biggest fund raiser of the year. Each year the bowl-a-thon fills quickly and provided lots of love and laughs. Our bowl-a-thon has become a very popular event and it provides lots of fun for participants and spectators. We have chance drawings for approximately 60 gifts and give prizes for categories including most money raised and highest/lowest scores.
Bowl-a-thon 2011 raised over $21,300 to benefit “Wings of Angels.” Because of our success, we were able to donate $4,300 to the family of seven year old Rachel Grant who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. Rachel’s identical twin sister passed away 3 ½ years ago from a different form of cancer. This wonderful family continues to struggle with Rachel’s health and continued treatment.
Because of the continued support of our many friends, organizations, businesses, and the success of our two annual fund raisers, “Wings of Angels” has been able to make many donations to the families of seriously ill children in our community.
2011 Spaghetti Feed
Spaghetti feed 2011 raised over $21,000 to benefit “Wings of Angels.” We served nearly 500 meals, had a life auction, raffled of a Remington shotgun and big screen television as well as
raffling off more than 60 other door prizes. Bbecause of the success of this event we were able to donate $3,500 to the family of three year old Erika Nogle who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011.
Erika is currently doing well and still undergoing her treatment. In January 2012 North Valley Bank donated two of their fleet vehicles to Wings of Angels. These vehicles were in beautiful shape and Erika and her family received one of these vehicles to make their commute to Sacramento for treatments more manageable. This donation from North Valley Bank was a true blessing.
Seventh Annual Bowl-A-Thon
Wings Seventh annual Bowl-A-Thon was held on Saturday, April 4 at Shasta Lanes. This event had twenty-four teams, more than one hundred bowlers, many spectators, and raised nearly $15,000. This bowl-a-thon event was dedicated to the memory of 24-year old Ryan Taylor who passed away in February 2009 after battling a brain tumor for over a year. Ryan was a seasonal firefighter for the City of Redding and son of Randy& Elaine Taylor of Palo Cedro. The top individual honors went to Sharen Webster (raising $1400), Robyn Stamm (raising $1018) and Roque Matagulay (earning $978). Top team honors went to the Webster family who raised $2360. There were drawings held for over 80 door prizes.
Club Interact Benefit Barbecue
Club Interact held a benefit barbecue for Wings of Angels in August 2009. This benefit was organized by Kailee Schroeder, a childhood friend of Alyssa's. Along with other local youth, Kailee had participated in the Rotary sponsored Camp Royal where they were challenged to return to their community and organize an event for a local organization. Thanks to Kailee, Wings of Angels was selected as the recipient of their fundraising event which included four bands, a barbecue, raffle and door prizes. The event was quite successful, raising over $1,300 for Wings and helping keep Alyssa's memory alive while building a foundation for young leaders. It was an amazing, positive experience to witness the local youth work so hard to help less fortunate families in our community. Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to Kailee and all those involved in making this benefit so special.
Eighth Annual Spaghetti Feed
Wings Eighth annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser was held on Saturday, October 17 at the Sons of Italy. This event raised nearly $22,000 and served more than 650 meals. The live auction, with auctioneer Dale Toten was a success. There were chance drawings for approximately 80 gift baskets and gift certificates, a 42" plasma television and a Benelli shotgun. A portion of this event's proceeds supported the family of Caden James, a 5-year old who was in the Bay Area since being diagnosed with leukemia in June 2009. Combined with the success of the Spaghetti Feed fundraiser and continued donations, Wings was able to donate over $4800 to Caden's family.
Sixth Annual Bowl-A-Thon
Wings fifth annual Bowl-A-Thon was held on Saturday, March 29 at Shasta Lanes. This event was a huge success and raised more than $25,000 for Wings families. Top honors went to Perry Webster who raised $1,455, Bryan Gartner with $1,375 and John Ohler with $1,050. With all the generosity, we gave donations to four families and assissted a fifth family. These donations were in addition to the monthly assisstance already provided to our families. On September 13, 2007 Wings purchased a beautiful, used Ford Thunderbird for the family of five-year-olf Jazmine Regalado who had relapsed with cancer. Jazmine and her family had been riding a Greyhound Bus to/from Sacramento for chemotherapy. Since adopting our first family in October 2002, Wings has donated more than $250,000 and assissted more than 60 families. Wings is currently providing monthly assisstance to 25 families.
Fifth Annual Bowl-A-Thon
Wings fifth annual Bowl-A-Thon was held on Saturday, March 31 at Shasta Lanes. 24 teams participated with many spectators. This was the most successful fundraiser to date, raising more than $22,000! This success is directly attributed to the support of many friends, sponsors and supporters. The highest honor this year went to Roque Matagulay who raised $2,356, with Mike Gonzalz raising $825, Kathy Kidd raising $805 and Bernie Berkowitz with $777. This year Wings donated to two local families. The first, a family of a three year old girl who had surgery in Arizona on April 20th for an extremely rare tumor deep within the brain; and the second, a family of a 2 year old girl who had surgery on April 9 to remove her lymph nodes, uterus and ovaries. These little girls are just two of the 22 children supported monthly by Wings thanks to much generous support.
Spaghetti Feed 2007
Wings annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser was held on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the Sons of Italy Hall. This year Wings served 500 meals and raised almost $19,000 for its families. Many Wings families attended the event and made the night very special, and inspiring. There was a live auction and chance drawings for approximately 70 gift baskets and gift certificates. There were also special drawings for a 42 ” plasma TV and 1973 Jensen Healy sports car. The sport car, donated by Allen & Jennifer Woodward and restored by Hild Collision, was given to winners Michelle & Mike Robinson. The television was given to winner Karen Williams.
Fourth Annual Bowl-A-Thon
Wings fourth annual Bowl-A-Thon raised more than $15,000. The event filled quickly with nearly 100 bowlers participating and many spectators attending. The highest honor in the bowl-a-thon goes to the person who raises the most money. The competition for this honor was fierce between Kathy Kidd and John Ohler. Kathy Kidd walked away with the honor by raising $2,175, and John was no slouch, raising $1,501. Their challenge made the event more exciting, as everyone was anxious to see who would be the winner.
Spaghetti Feed 2006
Wings annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser was held on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at the Sons of Italy Hall. This year Wings served more than 575 meals and raised almost $16,000 for its families. It was the biggest spaghetti feed to date and was made possible by great publicity for the organization and many generous people. There was a live auction and chance drawings for approximately 60 gift baskets and gift certificates. There was also a special chance drawing for 32” plasma TV and a 12-gauge Benelli shotgun. The shotgun, donated by Redding Firefighters, was given to winner Tom Cherry and raised $1,970. The television was given to winner Ashley McTucker. Many Wings families attended the event and made the night very special, and inspiring.
Wings Christmas 2006 was held at Angelo’s Pizza Parlor and served 21 families which included presents to 44 children, $50 Food Maxx or Winco gift cards and a pizza party with all the trimmings. 16 families attended the celebration. Many of these families never get the opportunity to see each other outside the hospital setting, so having that many families attend was truly a blessing. Everyone was in the spirit of Christmas and had a great time thanks to the generosity of many sponsors.
Third Annual Bowl-A-Thon
The Wings third annual Bowl-A-Thon filled quickly with over 100 bowlers and many spectators attending. Over $12,000 was raised. Special thanks to Kathy Kidd who raised $1,025, John Ohler for raising $801 and Ana Diaz-Bachman for raising $600. A portion of this year’s proceeds benefited three local families with children with serious illness. The remainder will help assist other Wings families.
Spaghetti Feed 2005
The fourth annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser was hosted by The Sons of Italy and sponsored by them, Arcadia Healthcare, ERA Select Properties, Carmona’s Appliance, Sierra Homes, Holiday Quality Foods, The Redding Employees Association, Dave & Laurie Mundy and Shasta Inter Agency Communication Employees (Shascom). Wings served over 420 spaghetti dinners and had a great time. Sierra Homes donated eight beautiful sheet cakes with the Wings logo and Producer’s donated 250 cartons of milk. This extra touch made for a wonderful meal! The hall was beautifully decorated. This year 12 families were touched by Wings at this very special event. It was great for the families to see each other outside of the hospital setting. To watch these families is truly an inspiration to continue Wings of Angels. Many door prizes were given away and laughs & hugs ere shared. There were chance drawings for approximately 50 gift baskets, certificates and wicker items. The event netted over $7,100, with a portion of the proceeds supporting two local families with children with cancer: one being a 20-month old battling Ewing Sarcoma and the other a seven year old battling non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.
Christmas Party 2005
This year’s Wings Christmas Party was held on Saturday, December 17, 2005 at Angelo’s Pizza Parlor. Nine of the 16 families attended and had a wonderful time. Wings provided presents to 35 children and gave $50 Food Maxx gift cards to all the families through the generosity of Sierra Homes. All presents were donated by the employees of the city of Redding during their annual city of Redding Employees Association Christmas party. Presents not used by Wings were donated to Northern Valley Catholic Social Services.
Second Annual Bowl-A-Thon
The second annual Bowl-A-Thon was held on Saturday, March 26 at Shasta Lanes. There were 22 4-person teams and $9,004 was raised for Wings, which was much better than expected. Following the event, $1,000 was donated to one family and $500 to another. This year, the award for raising the most money was given to one of Wings’ biggest supporters, Kathy Kidd, who raised $500. Next in line was Ana Diaz-Bachman with $400 followed by John Ohler.
Spaghetti Feed 2004
The third annual spaghetti feed fundraiser was held at Sons of Italy on Saturday, September 28, 2004. As always the hosts from Sons of Italy were absolutely fabulous! Wings was sponsored this year by Arcadia Health Care, Carmona's Appliance Center, ERA Select Properties, The Redding Peace Officers Association, Redding Firefighters Association, Dave & Laurie Mundy, Sierra Homes, Holiday Quality Foods, Sons of Italy and "Friends of Wings of Angels". Thanks to the A-Team for providing such a wonderful meal.
First Annual Bowl-A-Thon
The first annual Wings Bowl-A-Thon was held Saturday, march 15th at Shasta Lanes. 17 4-person teams participated and raised $7,675!
Moravec Family Helps Wings of Angels
In November 2003 Wings had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful family who was going through a difficult time after their 16 year old son Kelly was diagnosed with cancer. Wings adopted this family and provided monthly assistance to them in the form of gas cards, phone cards and stamps, and quickly became friends with the family. As a giving family, they chose to give back to Wings: For his senior project Kelly, with the help of friends and family made beaded angel ornaments for Christmas and had a "Goodies Galore" bake sale at Redding City Hall on December 17, 2004. The following day at the Wings Christmas party, Kelly presented $750 that he had raised for the organization. In spring 2005 Kelly’s senior class at West Valley High School did a walk to raise money for the Moravec family. Kelly requested half the money raised be donated to Wings. The night of Kelly’s graduation, he presented a check for $1,020 to Wings.
The second annual Wings Spaghetti Feed was held Saturday, September 13 at the Sons of Italy Hall. We served over 400 spaghetti dinners and raised more than $7,400. A portion of the proceeds benefited a local family with a preschool-aged child recently diagnosed with cancer.
With support of the Redding Employees Association, Wings held a bake sale/chance drawing fundraiser on Halloween at City Hall. The Miralles/Huff Family Benefit Fundraiser was a huge success, raising $4,565! All proceeds from this event went directly to the Miralles/Huff family to help with medical expenses incurred by the family as Justin battled with melanoma. A very special thank you to Gail Crowley-Risk Management who helped put this event together and to Kelly Caulfield-Volunteer Services who provided a “Walking Taco Bar” luncheon.