Fallbrook – The Angel Society of Fallbrook looks forward to a landmark year in 2023. This year we celebrate our 45th anniversary and our ever-thriving and generous philanthropic program.
Since the new fiscal year began on May 1, the Group’s Board of Directors has distributed a total of $86,700 in charitable funds to community nonprofits and other worthy causes. The Angel Society, a 501C3 non-profit organization, hopes that in 2023 he will surpass the $146,700 total monetary donations awarded in the previous fiscal year from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. is. He donated $4.4 million to the entire Fallbrook community.
Angel President Louise Small said: “We would not have been so successful without the support of everyone from our members and volunteers to our donors and shoppers.”
The Angel Society’s philanthropic funding is primarily generated through the operation of Angel Shop, an all-volunteer staffed thrift shop in Fallbrook. Since the pandemic, in 2020 he has continued to operate with fewer volunteers after his shop was closed for nearly three months. As a result, the store’s opening hours were reduced from six days a week before to five. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 2pm, and donations are accepted until 1:30pm.
This year, longtime members also resigned from the board, including Nancy Chapman, Jean Dooley, Linda Flynn, Dan Kubitz, Joan McDowell and Marie Sandsbaugh.
Billy Foley, who retired from the Angels’ board of directors in August 2021, passed away on December 29 at the age of 91. She has been a member of her board of directors since 1990, and until this year she continued to work at her Angel shop and also volunteered as a cashier. Saturday is our busiest day. Follie’s legacy in the Angel organization included her two terms as president. She also helped move the group to its current shop location, a former bank building on the corner of Maine and Aviation, purchased by the Angels in 2007.
Follie was also known to inspire volunteers with the shop’s “stories.” This included one during her holiday season when she and other volunteers stayed out of hours to outfit her mother and daughter for their wedding. The family not only found her mother the perfect wedding dress at the store, but also found her three burgundy bridesmaid dresses, and matching shoes for each size for her daughters. . It was truly a “Christmas miracle,” as Foli recalled, especially since one of the girls was wearing size 14 shoes.
A celebration of Follie’s life is planned for next year, according to her daughter, Fran White, who has been a member of the Angels’ board of directors since 2006.
In June, the Angels welcomed six new members to its board of directors. Lou Greeley, Gina Kirby, Cheryl Pizzo, Michele Pollack, Fiona Urquhart and Susie Vicks. To improve customer service, the shop recently expanded its downstairs checkout counter and added a second cash register. Other improvements include annual special sales for donated items such as holiday decorations, household items, and collectibles.
From May 1 through December, the Angel Society distributed charitable funds to 36 organizations around North County, including sports teams, schools, local nonprofits, and veterans groups.
Requests for charitable funds must be made in writing, addressed to Angel Society, c/o Philanthropy Chair, PO Box 1408, Fallbrook, CA 92088. Interested volunteers are encouraged to visit the Angel Shop to obtain an application. Membership in the Angel Society costs $20 per year.
The Angel Society annual meeting and luncheon for members will be held next June.Email for more information [email protected] Or visit http://www.theangelsociety.org.
Submitted by the Angel Society.