Caring for the Heart & Health of the Community
“Philanthropy, fun and friendship” drives the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club where members join forces to support worthy causes. Since the Club’s inception in 1925, PPWC members have dedicated their time and resources to preserve and enhance the quality of life in the Palisades by providing necessary services and resources to seniors, children and nonprofits while building camaraderie through civic responsibility.
The vibrant, multi-generational PPWC members comprise inspiring, educated women, including artists, educators, entrepreneurs, lawyers, pilots, nurses, CPAs, fitness instructors, life coaches, mentors, mixologists, retirees and therapists, who live nearby and/or work in the Palisades and enjoy supporting the educational, community, beautification, cultural and social well-being organizations of the community.
“The Club is about Women Working Wonders through Engagement, Education, Enlightenment, Exploration, Empowerment, Experience, Etc. (WWWEEEEEEE)!” says President Robin Weitz. “We are excited about the coming year!”
“Being active in PPWC has allowed me to connect with members of the community and has enriched my life,” notes 2017-2018 President Catherine Ruddy.
Founded as The Forum in 1925, the Club joined the Federation of Women’s Clubs in 1926, changing its name to the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club. In 1935, the PPWC organized and sponsored the Pacific Palisades Junior Women’s Club, and in 1942, purchased land at 901 Haverford Avenue.
The Clubhouse was built from 1948-1951, and in 1973, the Club bought the land bordering Temescal Canyon, which serves as the Club’s lower parking lot. In 1970, the PPWC and PPJWC separated, reunifying in 2012 under the leadership of Tricia Grossman and Trish Bowe, following PPWC’s nonprofit designation.
Throughout its history, PPWC has granted over one million dollars through its philanthropic efforts to many local charities. The Club’s annual Home Tour, held in November, showcases spectacular area homes to raise funds for these charities. Last year’s event netted more than $38,000 in grant funds recently donated at PPWC’s Grant Awards Night (see Sidebar).
In the quest to meet the community’s needs, the Club’s members have organized, sponsored and volunteered in a wide range of charitable endeavors, from the Tetanus and Polio Clinics, Shut-In Visits and Meal Kitchens of yesteryear to its current service projects, embodying the “Heart and Health of the Community.”
Current projects include the popular Pacific Palisades 90+ Birthday Party, honoring residents who are 90 years and above. The birthday bash includes more than 100 residents featuring lunch, entertainment, hospitality, conversation and lots of cake (courtesy of Pacific Palisades residents and businesses).
“It’s a perfect opportunity to bring together several generations of community members to interact and be encouraged by each other in a caring and light-hearted environment,” says Fay Vahdani, a PPWC director and president of Luxe Homecare.
The PPWC also hosts an annual Flu Clinic in partnership with the LA County Health system, offering free flu shots to seniors and employees of nearby businesses, and the annual Palisades Halloween Window Painting Contest, featuring children’s drawings displayed in store windows in the Palisades business district. Winning teams are featured in the local papers and awarded prizes.
The PPWC rents the Clubhouse facility to qualified nonprofits and community-based organizations. Nearly 100 different organizations utilize the Club to hold community events, meetings, strategy sessions and trainings.
Fun & Friendship
PPWC members also enjoy opportunities to gather and participate in activities, from potluck dinners and author speaker series to field trips. Recent activities included a Redline Metro art tour, a perfume-making class, a Persian restaurant visit, a trip to the Frederick Weisman Art Foundation, tea at the Getty Villa, Taco Tuesday at Dukes and a play at Theatre Palisades. Anticipated outings include stargazing, visiting the Marciano Art Foundation, architectural tours and more.
For more information, visit ThePPWC.org or call 310.454.9012.
2018 Community Grants
Arts & Recreation
Chamber of Commerce
Movies in the Park
Pacific Palisades Art Association
Pali Community Center Committee
Palisades Americanism Parade Association
Westside Ballet of Santa Monica
Will Rogers Ranch Foundation
Your Palisades Park Improvement Corp.
Community & Charitable
Boy Scouts of America
Cub Scouts Pack 223
Meals on Wheels
Ocean Park Community Center
Pacific Palisades Task Force for Homelessness
Palisades Alliance for Seniors
Westside Family Health Center
Canyon Charter School Booster Club
Friends of Marquez
Palisades Enrichment Program
PRIDE Booster Club for Paul Revere Charter Middle School
Lucas Scholars Program (St. Matthew’s Parish School)
Malibu Orchid Society
Pacific Palisades Garden Club
Palisades Beautiful Corporation