Don’t miss this wonderful event sponsored by the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club benefiting Many Mansions, Triunfo YMCA, Conejo Free Clinic and Cancer Support Community. The Wig & Stache Party will take place at the Four Seasons Westlake Village on March 4th from 6-10 p.m. $95 per person includes one cocktail, food, raffle, dancing and a silent auction. Contact Heather McLeod to purchase your tickets: (805) 496-4948 ext. 212 or email@example.com.
Rick Schroeder: Many Mansions is akin to Bailey Building and Loan
his editorial originally appeared in the Ventura County Star.
Each Christmas season, millions of Americans watch a movie about affordable housing. They think it’s a movie about a would-be angel who helps a man see what life would be like if he had never been born. The man — George Bailey — learns that it really has been a wonderful life and Clarence gets his angel wings.
It’s a feel-good movie, but at its core, this is a movie about affordable housing. George Bailey and his father run the Bailey Building and Loan, which provides loans so middle class people can afford to live in a safe decent home. In the scenes in which George “was never born,” he finds that Bailey Park has been replaced by a place called Pottersville, a series of ramshackle houses not fit for humans. Indeed, because there is no affordable housing, the fabric of the entire community is different. There is crime, alcohol abuse and unemployment.
This article originally appeared in the
Ventura County Star.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Over 500 hand-painted bowls were displayed at Many Mansions’ Bowls of Hope fundraiser Sunday at California Lutheran University, where for $35, guests could choose a bowl to take home and eat as much soup, salad, bread and dessert donated by area restaurants.
Heather McLeod, community and public relations coordinator of nonprofit Many Mansions, explained the bowls were painted at bowl parties thrown throughout the year.
Karen Kolosieke, of Westlake Village, Anne Saffell, of Thousand Oaks, and Sharon McDonald, of Agoura Hills, had been to one of those painting parties and were hoping to find the bowls they had painted to take home with them, but couldn’t.
“It felt good that it was gone,” said Kolosieke, who ended up with a bowl that said “imagine,” hope” and “dream.”
The threesome is very involved with the Thousand Oaks-based Many Mansions.
“It is a wonderful charity,” Kolosieke said.
In collaboration with the Camarillo Amber’s Light Lions Club, Macy’s donated over 1,000 books to Many Mansions! Current subscribers can view the article and pictures online through the VC Star website.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Diego Sanchez’s face lit up as Del Hernandez, store manager of Macy’s Thousand Oaks, asked him if he liked to read.
The question came Tuesday at the Many Mansions Shadow Hills homework club. Macy’s provided 1,035 books through the Reading is Fundamental campaign.
The youngsters, ranging in age from 5 to 11, were allowed to choose a book to take home.
Diego, 8, picked a “Star Wars” book.
“I love Star Wars,” he said. “I like the Jedi.”
Hernandez was delighted. He said every Macy’s was allowed to choose a local organization that would benefit from the program.
“Seeing those smiles is what it’s all about,” Hernandez said. “This is awesome to see right here, down the street from our store, how we are impacting children right here in Thousand Oaks.”