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 Col- leagues, The C.H.I.P.S. and Les Amies 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 29th Annual Colleagues Spring Luncheon, emceed by Mary Hart, honored actress and best-selling author Carol Burnett with the Champion of Children Award, which was presented by fellow comedian Amy Poehler. Sponsored by Van Cleef & Arpels, the luncheon also featured a fashion show of Oscar de la Renta’s Fall collection.
The Colleagues Helpers in Philanthropic Service Spring Luncheon featured a runway show of Rosetta Getty’s Fall Collection, and honored Deputy Chief Phillip Tingirides and CII Trustee Lieutenant Emada Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department with the C.H.I.P.S. Philanthropic Service Award. Luncheon sponsors included Hornburg Jaguar/Land Rover and Gratus, Beverly Hills.
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.
Les Amies’ support ranges from fundraising to hands-on activities. Members volunteer their time at the Otis Booth Campus in CII’s art program, working with young students on their art projects, and in our state preschool, engaging our youngest students in a monthly reading circle. Their Annual Holiday Dinner celebrated the spirit of giving. The event at The Beach Club in Santa Monica included dinner, dancing and a silent auction.