The Greater L.A. Fisher House foundation does great work to raise money and fund a comfortable house close to the grounds of Los Angeles Veterans Administration. Working much like the main branch of Fisher House, the GLA Fisher House foundation has been hosting families of friends of those being treated and veterans receiving in-patient treatment when they have needed somewhere to stay. The house was opened in 2009 and has served over 2,500 military families since then. The foundation does a lot of work to ensure that they can help as many people as possible and keep the accommodation up to a good standard. To do this, many fundraising events are held and any donations or contributions are appreciated. One such event is being held on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Art on Palm has organized it and GLAFH is their chosen charity.
The event will last one day and will be an opportunity for artists and craftsmen to exhibit their work and sell their products. Items on sale will include ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, paintings, fabrics and woodcarvings. Like in earlier years, the event will take place in Wildwood Park in Altadena and there is free parking so it is well worth a visit. The event allows the artists and clientele to reach a whole new market and may help them to build up a loyal customer base, so it will benefit their business. Visitors get to visit a beautiful location and browse through the products created by talented workers and possibly discover new works that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Finally, a portion of profits that all the artists earn will be donated to the Greater L.A. Fisher House, so yet another group of people benefits.
Art on Palm has a great history of generosity with the Greater L.A. Fisher House foundation; in 2011, the group donated $10,000 to the charity. This contribution was very gratefully accepted and was put to good use making a difference to those who already have enough to worry about without adding hotel expenses or other issues to their burden. Co-presenter Catherine M. S. Cowles said that they support the Greater L.A. Fisher House foundation because they believe the charity ‘everyone can make a positive difference in the lives of those who serve our country’ and that the support the group provides is very important. It is hoped that this success will be repeated this year, as $10,000 is a significant amount and a very impressive total that can hopefully inspire others to carry out similar fundraising activities.
Although most people would find it impossible to plan and coordinate something of this scale to raise funds for the charity, any amount helps and even small fundraising events that raise more modest sums can change someone’s life, giving them the chance to be with their loved ones when they really need to be. It is very rewarding for a foundation to receive support from many different groups as it allows them to continue the work they are dedicated to and also shows them that their efforts are appreciated and people want to assist them in the change they are making.