CII Support Groups: Enhancing our Impact
We are profoundly grateful to our support groups, who go above and beyond in demonstrating their commitment to CII. Through fundraising events, volunteer activities and so much more, The Colleagues, The C.H.I.P.S., Les Amies and PSLA each play a major role in allowing us to help thousands of children and families heal from trauma and go on to lead productive lives.
Founded in 1950 by Los Angeles philanthropist Mrs. Homer (Lucy) Toberman, The Colleagues began as a small group of resourceful, influential women to generate resources for the Big Sister League, which would later be renamed Children’s Institute. At that time, the League was a struggling charity dedicated to helping young women in trouble with the law or unmarried and pregnant. For more than 60 years, The Colleagues’ support has been crucial to our efforts to help children and families in need in our community.
The Colleagues generate significant support for CII by hosting one of the city’s most notable annual luncheons and fashion shows, in addition to operating a popular resale boutique, The Colleagues Room. The 2015 luncheon, featuring Oscar de la Renta’s runway collection, honored former First Lady Laura Bush and daughters, Barbara Bush and Jenna, for their philanthropic efforts.
The C.H.I.P.S engage in a number of activities to benefit families at CII, including fundraisers and volunteering. They recognized award-winning actor, singer, writer and composer Daniel Beaty at their annual spring luncheon in Beverly Hills, where guests also heard remarks from First Lady of Los Angeles Amy Elaine Wakeland and enjoyed a look at Altuzarra’s Fall/Winter collection.
Colleagues founder Lucy Toberman formed a third CII support group in 1962 called Les Amies. The fact that the members were friends of The Colleagues made the choice for a group name easy. For nearly half a century, Les Amies has played its own important and unique role in generating much-needed resources for CII.
PSLA’s Annual Autumn Party benefiting CII brought together an all-star cast of supporters, including Donna Karan and Jessica Seinfeld, who received PSLA Visionary Awards for their service to underserved children and families. In addition to volunteering, the group also hosts a highly successful annual Back-to-School Giveaway in Watts.