Donors and Sponsors

Mrs. and Mrs. Jim Steinmetz!

We would like to introduce all of you to a fabulous couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jim and Ann Steinmetz! 

 

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This amazing pair has been happily married for over 53 years. Jim had his first experience as Santa in 2004, while volunteering at an annual Christmas party. Since Jim made such a convincing Santa, he decided to use his newly discovered talent as a fundraising tool for Ann’s favorite charity, Breast Cancer Angels (BCA). Thus, Claus for a Cause was born. Jim and Ann attended an extensive training seminar held at the University of Southern California (USC) where they received their University of Santa Claus (USC) certificates. Ann made Santa and herself their new ensembles and compiled Christmas stories to read to children. In addition to fundraising events, the couple makes other special visits. The Children’s Ward at The City of Hope, Thanksgiving Day Breakfast for Orangewood Children’s Home and the Kirkwood Assisted Living Home were a few of their favorite stops this past year. However, The children’s party hosted at Boomers for the families of the women in treatment from BCA tops their list! Jim and Ann reside in Huntington Beach; have three children and eight grandchildren. For more information, please click here

Thank You to WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems and ESD, in Memory of Ms. Lisa Scott, For Their Amazing Combined Donation of $20,000 to Breast Cancer Angels!!! 

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Angels, I couldn't think of a more exciting story to post on our brand-new, donor recognition page!

BCA had been invited to an employee team-building event for WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems. If you work at a larger company, you might be familiar with these kinds of events. Employees are gathered away from the office to do a different kind of work--relationship and company culture building. It's a wonderful opportunity to see your fellow coworkers out of a strictly professional context, and look at daily challenges in a new way. Personally, I think these sort of events are really important. In many cases, most of us spend more time with our coworkers than our own family. Being given the opportunity to connect your specific position to the overall company mission along side your coworkers can be a powerful experience.  All that said, not many companies make sure to add on a charitable donation to their team-building events, so we were very honored to be included.

I have to say, Angels, I have never seen a team building event quite like this! First of all, there was a giant ramp (yes, a ramp) in the middle of the room. This ramp was lined with people screaming and cheering, as tiny slot cars made out of k'nex whizzed right down, and across the floor. Employees had apparently been asked to break off into teams and build these tiny cars together, each car "manned" by various action figures. It was a whole room of adults acting like kids again, and it was hilarious!

 I had apparently arrived "mid-race," and despite being profoundly overdressed (story of my life), I immediately felt at home with this crowd. Right away a parade of sweet, smiling faces introduced themselves to me, and between the bursts of victorious yelling and clapping, I was met with genuine inquiries about me and what Breast Cancer Angels did within our communities. By the time the presentation portion of the evening arrived, I couldn't help but feel simply lucky to have been asked to join in on such a cool event and meet so many nice people. 

Little did I know the night was about to get astronomically better! 

From seemingly out of thin air, a six foot check made out to Breast Cancer Angels in the amount of $3,000 was handed to me by the President and CEO of WASH, Adam Coffey. Considering BCA had done literally nothing to be included in this event, I was blown away. At BCA, $3,000 goes a long way. Just off the top of my head, that amount could provide 6 families with our monthly housing assistance program. I was already really excited! 

At that point, I was asked to say a few words about Breast Cancer Angels, which I did, and I had a blast! Instead of feeling like I was standing in a room filled with 100-plus people I had only just met, I felt like I was in the midst of a community that genuinely wanted to make a difference. I knew that all of the money these employees had helped to raise was going to make a direct impact, and it was my pleasure to tell them how. 

After I spoke, Mr. Coffey took the mic again, which to be honest confused me at first. But then, to my utter delight, he announced that he had plans to match the $3,000 contribution, bringing the contribution to $6,000! I was over the moon! But before I could even process what Mr. Coffey had said, a man emerged from the crowd, accompanied by his lovely daughter. His name was Harvey Gitlin. Mr. Gitlin is the CEO of ESD, a partner company to WASH. As though I was living in a dream, Mr. Gitlin and his daughter announced that ESD would be making a contribution to Breast Cancer Angels in the amount of $10,000! The room exploded! I thought I was going to fall over. I burst into tears, I could’t help it. $16,000? In one night? How was this real life? Then another bolt of generosity hit! Mr. Coffey announced that he would round WASH's donation up to $7,000, bringing the grand total $20,000! The room exploded again! 

I stood there stunned. The massive, magical check that had been made out in the amount of $3,000 materialized again in my hands, this time with $3,000, $6,000, $16,000 all added an crossed off in black marker, ending up with the surreal final total of $20,000! Flash evidence of what had just occurred. As if all of this wasn't enough, a bucket filled with cash was presented to me! In the midst of all the craziness, the wonderful employees of WASH and ESD had literally emptied the contents of their pockets into a bucket to give to BCA, which I later found out amounted to an additional $791!

I would be bad at my job if I didn't believe that people are good. My suspicion is that all of us are secretly waiting for an opportunity to show love and generosity, but sometimes the static that comes from everyday life makes those "good cues" hard to detect. That night, the people at WASH and ESD facilitated an environment that was clear of that "daily static," and in the midst of that neat patch of clarity, I was lucky enough to share the BCA mission on behalf of our clients. As a result, a room full of people was able to come together to make a real difference.   

I walked out of that room floating. It was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. I love my job.  

Once again, to the people of WASH Multifamily Laundry Systems and ESD, and in memory of Ms. Lisa Scott, thank you for your open hearts, and for choosing to be part of Breast Cancer Angels' ability to say "Yes" to families in need. 

You have an amazing team, and you are all Angels!    

For more information on WASH, click here!

For more information on ESD, click here

 

 

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  • Food Program +

    Breast Cancer Angels provides gift cards to the market of the client’s choice; the dollar amount depends on family size Read More
  • Housing Needs +

    Breast Cancer Angels assists with emergency housing costs. We assist with monthly (up to $500 per month) housing costs for Read More
  • Clothes and Other Needs +

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  • Second Opinion Fund +

    Jerry & Patti Walsh established a Second Opinion Fund with us, in memory of their daughter, Dayna. We have assisted Read More
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