Archive for 2009


DEVONSHIRE PALS AWARDS – 10. December, 2009

On December 9th, Lorraine New, President of the Devonshire Pals in Northridge, CA, presided once again over the PALS annual awards ceremony but for the first time in their new home, the Grieg Smith Devonshire PALS Youth Center.

The doors to the new youth center have only been open for just over one month but are already seeing more and more children come through the doors to participate in the many after-school program. (more…)

Children’s Day 2009 Raffle Winner – 9. December, 2009

Happy House recently had the privilege of delivering a basket full of goodies to Aaron Morales. The four-year-old, pictured here with his mother Sonia, won the basket at Children’s Day last weekend at Woodley Park. It was raffled off at the Good Choices booth and all were welcome to enter. The winner was ecstatic to learn that he had won and accepted his prize with joy. For more information about the Good Choices Toolkit, visit For information about Happy House, visit

The Children Have Their Day – 30. November, 2009

Children's Day 2009On November 21st in Woodley Park, located in the San Fernando Valley, the anti-gang coalition of the Los Angeles Police Department and associated agencies, put on their 2nd annual Children’s Day, a Salute to Kids.

The all-day event is about kids and for kids with activities to keep the day fun and entertaining as well as over a hundred resource booths where local non-profit organizations displayed their programs designed to provide services for children and families. (more…)

A Homecoming! – 5. November, 2009

On September 19 and 20th Nancy had the honor of performing at her Alma Mater, Kettering-Fairmont High School in Kettering, OH.   Returning to the theatre that gave her a start, director Ross Taylor cast six highly-gifted young actors to perform with Nancy, with narration by local television celebrity and anchorman for FOX 45, Pete Scalia.

The show, which benefited the local literacy group, Project Read, was a staged reading of the pulp-fiction era short story, If I Were You, by L. Ron Hubbard.  Complete with background and cue-specific sound effects, the polished performance brought to life words from the age of popular fiction in America, circa 1930.

The young actors, who delivered a truly professional quality performance, included Kevin Erman as the evil Professor; Caroline Grogan as Tom’s loyal Maize Little; Jay Kain as the arrogant ringmaster, Mr. Schmidt; Allie Dyer as the lascivious circus owner, Mrs. Johnson; Katherine Ygbuhay as the trapped Betty the Trapeze Artist; and Tim Green as the courageous lion tamer, Jerry Gordon.

An experience like this is not easy to top but the biggest highlight of her journey back home was not on the stage but on the playing field.  Nancy was invited by the Fairmont Firebirds marching band to “dot the I” in the pre-game Homecoming festivities.  Following the run on to the field to a standing ovation from her hometown crowd, Nancy remarked.  “I was in band in high school and even though I was squad leader my senior year and got us into so much trouble, nothing quite compares to “dotting the I” when you are into your 6th decade of life!  What a hoot!”

PALS Youth Center Open for Business – 31. October, 2009

On Sunday, October 25, a dream became reality with the opening of the Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center in Northridge. The much awaited 5,500 square foot facility was introduced to the community by PALS President Lorraine New, Councilman Greig Smith, LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Moore, campaign co-chair Greg Baker, North Valley Honorary Mayor Nancy Cartwright and other local dignitaries and officials.

LAPD Devonshire PALS (Police Activities League Supporters) has spent five years raising the necessary funds to build a center dedicated to the community’s youth.  Mayor Villaraigosa donated $1 million on behalf of the city; Nancy Cartwright’s annual Monte Carlo nights helped to raise funds as well as donations from the community’s businesses and individuals that helped to complete the project.

Instead of operating out of one room as they have been doing, PALS can now accommodate hundreds of young people monthly. Kids of all ages can take advantage of and enjoy after-school programs from sports to computer training, reading, tutoring, arts and numerous other activities.

The center has already been the site for local youth to enjoy Halloween and it will serve as a hub for educational, entertaining and fun activities for the children of the region, providing a safe and productive haven after school and on weekends and holidays.

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