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  • Daxon: Shop ’til you drop for Brea Community Emergency Council

    4 years ago by

    December arrived and the holiday decorations and Santa have been around for weeks. It is time to get serious about holiday gifting.

      A great way to start is by adding the Brea Community Emergency Council’s annual Holiday Basket Program to your gift list. The council plans to make the holidays brighter for around 200 families and needs our help by Dec. 16. No one should go hungry on Christmas day, or any day, especially children and the elderly.

        Brea Community Emergency Council is a nonprofit organization that has been helping Breans in need for about 60 years, according to nearly 30-year member and long-time president Bill Higgins, who is also the chairman of the holiday project.

          How can we help? A good way to start is at the grocery store or your kitchen pantry. In order to fill 200 baskets – they are really boxes – the council needs canned food, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, beans, rice and other dried foods, household cleaning products, personal care products, including soap, paper products and razors. See something on sale? Pick up a couple to donate. But please do not donate expired food or dented cans. We don’t want to make people sick.

            If your children attend Brea’s public schools, you probably are aware of the collection boxes at each school. There are also donation boxes at the Brea Community Center, the Civic Center, the Brea Senior Center and for the first time, at Ralph’s in the Gateway Center.

              “The new manager wanted to get involved in a local community event to help the needy,” said Higgins via email. I’d say that is definitely the holiday and Brea spirit!

                On Dec. 18, after 1 p.m., council volunteers will bring all the collection boxes to the Brea Olinda High School cafeteria and sort the contents by categories. Starting at 8 a.m. on Dec. 19, more volunteers will show up to fill the holiday boxes with items from as many categories of food and household products that they can fit into each box. The families receiving the boxes will come to pick them up starting at noon.

                  My fellow Soroptimist of Brea/La Habra Club members and I help out each year, and we’ll be there this year, as will members of other Brea service clubs and community volunteers.

                    To help fill the boxes on Dec. 19, just show up at the high school cafeteria and be prepared to work. And if you or someone you know is in need of a big box of groceries this holiday season, call 714-529-6776.

                      Hate to shop? Higgins added that council needs cash and checks too, because it works all year with the Brea Family Resource Center, Active Christians Today, the Brea Ministerial Association and other groups helping families and individuals with everything from food to tires so someone can get to their new job.

                        Drop off your tax-deductible donations at the high school on Dec. 19 or mail to BCEC, P.O. Box 8624, Brea, 92822.

                          Terri Daxon is a freelance writer and the owner of Daxon Marketing Communications. Contact her at

  • Fundraiser for 1991 BOHS grad Julie Ann Galarze battling breast cancer

    4 years ago by

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      Hope for Julie: 43 year old Julie Ann Galarze, 1991 Brea Olinda High School grad, has been diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

        The devastating news for Julie included the fact that the cancer metastasized to her right hip and leg bone and also completely destroyed her left shoulder bone.

          In addition to the surgery, Julie, will undergo aggressive radiation therapy, as well as daily doses of cancer medication and weekly shots to stop the spread of this horrible disease.

            Julie is the loving mother of Brittany, 22, a 2011 BOHS grad and Brianna, 8, a second-grader at Mariposa Elementary.

              Julie is a beautiful young woman, known for her radiant smile, her perfect hair, an uncanny sense of humor and her loud, yet melodious and joyful laughter.

                The family is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday, November 21, for medical expenses at The Ritz Gardens, 11201 First Ave in Whittier. Host cocktail hour starts at 5 p.m. and dinner is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

                  There will be a dance-a-thon from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Her brother, Ron , will be dancing for 4 hours. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and door prizes.

                    Please RSVP to Ronnie Galarze, 714-875-9727, or Jennie Galarze, 714-255-0442, for the dinner or if you want to be a dance sponsor or help in some other way.

                      Any news? Give Susan Gaede a jingle at (714) 529-8561 or e-mail her at

  • Fundraiser for Country Hills Teacher Janet Yergler

    6 years ago by

    A group of Country Hills Elementary School parents and students are holding a carwash and bake sale fundraiser April 5 for teacher Janet Yergler to help with medical bills.(courtesy of the Yergler Family).

      Sad sad story and you can help...Country Hills teacher Janet Yergler was admitted to the hospital in January in Septic Shock. When a person goes into septic shock, the blood flow races to the main organs, causing the extremities to be robbed of blood flow. Because of this Janet had both of her feet amputated below the knee. Just today (March 27) she was informed that she will need to have her left hand amputated to the wrist, and the fingertips on her right hand amputated to the knuckle. She was also informed that insurance does not usually cover the cost of a hand prosthetic. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated by the family. "We all have faith that our community in Brea can rally and help support our dear teacher and friend,“ said Janet’s dear friend Mary Dunn, a fellow teacher at Country Hills.

        A group of Country Hills Elementary School parents and students in Brea are raising money for the long time Country Hills teacher at on April 5 (Janet’s birthday) from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Locations: Brea Glenbrook Clubhouse, Greenbriar Lane and Associated Road (near Imperial Highway)

          “We hope the community comes out to support one of their own. Cash donations can be made at either location as well.” and donations can also be made at GoFundMe (enter Janet Yergler),” the teachers said.

            Susan Gaede

  • Christine Johnnie works with actress Susan Olsen in producing Forever Home

    6 years ago by

    Christine Johnnie, an 8th grade student at St. Angela Merici Parish School in Brea, has produced a film, "FOREVER HOME", for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She is shown with Susan Olsen aka Cindy Brady from the Brady Bunch.

      Christine Johnnie, an 8th grade student at St. Angela Merici Parish School in Brea, has produced a film,"FOREVER HOME", for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She is a Cadette with Brea Girl Scout Troop 921. The film has been released and will be available at local rescue and adoption centers for prospective families to view when considering a pet. She has also started a fundraiser to support the rescues at Petopia Animal Rescue and Adoption in Kindness for allowing her to film on their premises. Susan Olsen, formerly CINDY BRADY from the BRADY BUNCH and animal welfare expert, sat down with Christine and gave some advice for adoptive families. This PSA film was an idea that came from her acting background. Christine's goal is for more rescues to find their happy, permanent, forever homes.

        Any news? Give me Susan Gaede a jingle 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at

  • Country Hills Elementary PTA Fundraiser, December 18

    6 years ago by

      Wouldn’t you agree that it’s great to take a nice break from holiday shopping! Support the PTA Brea Country Hills Fundraiser and dine at Polly’s Pies in Yorba Linda this coming Wednesday, December 18, from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

        Don’t forget to give your server the flyer, as Country Hills Elementary will receive 20% of your order. I know you won’t forget to try one of their many delicious assortment of pies!

  • ‘Give With Target’ campaign supports our community schools

    6 years ago by

    Target Facebook

      Last year Target launched ‘Give with Target,’ a back-to-school campaign on Facebook, whereby fans casted their vote for their favorite schools (K-12.) For every 25 votes each school received, a $25 Gift Card was allocated to use towards purchasing school supplies or anything needed in school development projects. This was a huge success with 3 million votes casted resulting in 30,000 nationwide schools benefitting through the application.

        Next week on Wednesday, August 14, #GiveWithTarget is back! So, make sure to participate to help our community schools!!

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    2013 BOHS Grad Nite Committee hard at work

    7 years ago by

    Grad Nite Committee Web Site

      Every year a group of dedicated parents run the Brea Olinda High School Grad Nite preparations and they work hard to make sure the event is a spectacular safe evening for seniors! This year’s Grad Nite committee of 2013 is no exception. Fundraisers and sponsorship are vital elements of program success. In particular, the 2013 Grad Nite committee ran a silent auction with exclusive items such as Dancing with The Stars Tickets, Jimmy Kimmel back stage Green Room Experience, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Dodgers & Angels, Golf, and a 50” plasma TV. Nancy Simmons, Grad Nite Treasurer, said the event was a fantastic success! See slideshow of photos taken at the event.

        This year Grad Nite will take place on June 13, from 10:00 p.m. - 4:00 a.m. at BOHS campus. The theme has been determined but not yet announced.

          Those companies and individuals, who would like to make a donation to Grad Nite, become a sponsor, or volunteer, click on the link to BOHS Class of 2013 Grad Nite Web site.

  • Brea Junior High Band “Adopt a Rubber Duck” Fundraiser

    7 years ago by

    Adopt a Ducky Here!

    ,"Adopt a Rubber Duck"

      You can support the Brea Junior High Band Boosters and possibly win money by Adopting a Rubber Duck. That is right; I said “Adopt a Rubber Duck” and you could win the Grand Prize of $2,500. The Brea Junior High Band Boosters are participating in the La Mirada Derby Duck Race. For each duck sold, Brea Junior High Band Boosters receives 50% of the profits and your duck is entered into a derby for a chance to win cash prizes. To enter:

        • When asked if you have an adoption paper enter “no”

          • Adopt a Duck Now by Selecting Your Favorite Team

            • Choose Brea Jr. High Instrumental Music Boosters

              *By Jeanne Steffanni, Brea Junior High Band Booster Publicity Chair

  • Put some pizzazz in your hairstyle; support BOHS Band Boosters fundraiser

    7 years ago by

    Drumroll: Hold off getting your haircut until next weekend and let Alexander’s Salon cut your tresses on Sunday, February 10,from 12 p.m. - 4p.m. at their first ever cut-a-thon - to help raise money for our BOHS Bands trip to Seattle, Washington. Tickets are $25.00 for a haircut including snacks and drinks. To purchase a ticket and make an appointment call 714-813-8848 - ask for Jane Lummer.

    Expect a royal welcoming as the BOHS band,  jazz band and drumline are due to perform at their fundraiser event!

  • BOHS Choir Fundraiser: Cook’s Night Out at Five Guys

    7 years ago by

    Check out Brea Olinda High School Choir Web site for current holiday events!

    Brea Olinda Choir Booster Club: Cook’s Night Out this Thursday, December 13th, at FIVE GUYS BURGERS from 12 pm to 9 pm. Enjoy delicious burgers with all the toppings you want, made the way you want! Their fries are cooked in pure, no cholesterol, tasty peanut oil! Find out why Five Guys has a cult-like following! Please bring the flyer, must be presented for our fundraiser. We will get 20% of your bill donated back to our choir.