Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s of Nevada City

judi-main2Judi’s of Nevada City will be hosting a special fundraising event for The Friendship Club on Saturday, October 3rd, from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. At this event, Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise while donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club. The doors will open at 10:00 am and complimentary refreshments will be served throughout the day. Staff and board members from The Friendship Club will be on hand throughout the event.

This is the 20th anniversary of The Friendship Club helping at-risk adolescent girls in Nevada County with a year-round program of educational activities, emotional support and community involvement. “The Friendship Club is about serving girls at risk but it’s also about building community. We all live here together and any effort we put into each other benefits us all. We strive to teach our girls that they play an integral role in making their homes, schools, neighborhoods, and community a better place for everyone. Girls in the club receive a lot of support but they also give back to our community and love doing so!”


What: The Annual Friendship Club Fundraiser at Judi’s of Nevada City; Judi’s will be offering a 5% discount on all regularly priced merchandise and donating a percentage of all sales to The Friendship Club

When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm

Where: Judi’s, 246 Commercial Street, Nevada City

Who: This event is hosted by Judi’s of Nevada City

Admission: Free

Information: Call Judi Weiner at (530) 265.6710 or email her at

A Message From Our Executive Director






Wow! What an amazing summer we just wrapped up. More activities than ever and all thanks to your support! I hope you enjoy reading more about our summer below; now we are eager for the academic year program to start soon!

With our academic year upon us, we are excited about the plans we have in place for the Fall and in order to make all our dreams come true, we need your continued support. What better way to support the girls than by getting involved with The Friendship 100! Our annual fundraiser is coming up on Monday, September 21 and we still have plenty of room for your support! We are currently seeking sponsors as well as mini-golf teams to help round out our event.

As a unique community event, The Friendship 100 offers opportunities to promote your business and get in front of nearly 275 community members. We will have a lovely dinner prepared by Antonio Ayestaran, and the margaritas, beer and wine will be flowing at this ADULT ONLY event.

Huge thanks to our Major Sponsor, Intero Real Estate, and to race car driver, Fran Cole for introducing us to Intero last year! We are grateful that Intero has come on board in 2015 as a Major Sponsor of this event, ensuring that every dollar raised goes back to the girls!

Please look out for your invitation this week and let us know how you would like to contribute to this critical fundraiser, ensuring the success of The Friendship Club in 2015! You can also follow this link now to learn more about getting involved or supporting our community drivers!

20th Anniversary Sponsors Make Big Impact in 2015

We are grateful to our 20th Anniversary sponsors for their generous donation to The Friendship Club! Their donations are making a big impact by helping us start the year strong and keeping us moving in an upward direction. We appreciate the investment these businesses have made in our girls and we will be highlighting two of them each month. This month we thank For the Love of Pets and Hooper and Weaver Mortuary for their support.

For the Love of Pets Logo

Since 2007, Dr. Rob Avery of For the Love of Pets has been contributing to the success of our girls! We are grateful to Dr. Avery, not only for his financial investment in The Friendship Club, but also for his many years of board service! When asked why he and his wife, Inger, support The Friendship Club, he says: “I support the work of The Friendship Club because the stories of the girls in need in our community are compelling. I have a daughter who has benefitted from good fortune, family and friends. Without these things, she could easily be in a similar situation as our girls. I believe that helping girls succeed has a profound effect on our society with far reaching consequences. I am fortunate to be able to contribute in this way to our community.” Dr. Avery has also been generous with his time, supporting the organization as a board member, a fixture at our events, inviting friends and family to become involved with our organization, and always supports our annual Friendship 100 as a race car fundraiser! Please join us in thanking Dr. Avery and For the Love of Pets for their generous support!

Hooper and Weaver Logo

Kay and Ken Baker and Hooper and Weaver Mortuary have been supporters of The Friendship Club since our inception in 1995! In fact, Kay Baker was our inaugural President of the board in 1997 and has returned to the board in recent years to continue to support the organization. Kay is an avid supporter of our girls, always concerned with helping them be the best they can be and working hard in the face of adversity. Kay says; “I support The Friendship Club because I could have/should have been a friendship club girl. There was nothing like it at that time and I was blessed with a very strong and influential mother who kept me on the correct path. The Friendship Club is a safe place to go – both physically and emotionally. We provide a support group who cares about the future of each girl.” Kay has worked on every event we have produced and works behind the scenes to keep things beautiful, consistent, and classy! You can usually find Kay and Ken in the kitchen working hard during our annual Thanksgiving Dinner and this year she hosted our annual literary tea, creating a whimsical and beautiful setting for our girls to have tea and learn form local author, Julie Valin! Ken and Kay graciously donated land for the first Friendship Club garden on Hooper and Weaver land, just a hop, skip and a jump away from our office. Many thanks to the Baker family and Hooper and Weaver for their continued support!

Highlights from our Summer Program

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Whew, what an exciting and busy summer! After 4 camps, 10 clinics, 6 Book Friends, 1 field trip, and an end of the summer BBQ and Pool Party with our girls and their families, here are some of the highlights since our last newsletter:

  • Nine Best Friends (8th grade girls) went to Monterey for their 4-day summer camp. The weather was beautiful and the girls enjoyed some beach time, a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a ride along the iconic 17 Mile Drive, a tour of The Farm – an organic farm, and the experience of eating in a fine Italian restaurant, Il Vecchio. For many of the girls, it was their first time seeing the ocean!
  • 35 Forever Friends (high school girls) camped at Jackson Lake, a private pristine and beautiful lake in the Sierras. They started their camp off with a bang by doing The Friendship Club version of “Survivor”: they split into mixed-age teams with color headbands to mark them and had to pitch their tents, gather firewood, eat two cans of unidentified canned food, and change into their bathing suits and jump into the lake from the dock and take an underwater team “selfie” with our special cameras. The first team to complete these tasks, won! They also spent their time hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, doing crafts, playing games and sharing around the campfire while enjoying gourmet s’mores. We had five staff and three wonderful volunteers help make this one of the best high school camps ever! Many thanks to Janeille Litton, Diane Stanbury, and Lisa Macrina for all the wonderful meals and support for the girls!
  • Girls of all ages attended Book Friends each Friday at The Book Seller where they were read a wonderful children’s story and got to pick out a book to keep and add to their own libraries. We did a Literary Tea, featuring local author and poet, Julie Valin, who talked about making poetry accessible to all ages and then taught the girls how to write their own poem. Special thanks to our featured author and to volunteers Kay Baker and Deborah Wilder for providing the wonderful food and making it beautiful!
  • Twelve girls got to go on a field trip to see Matilda the Musical in San Francisco, and visited pier 39 while they were there. They really enjoyed seeing a live Broadway play for the first time!

We are so appreciative of our community for making these summer experiences possible for our girls, experiences that were a first for most, and certainly ones that are memorable for years to come.

You’re Invited: LuLaRoe Pop Up Boutique this Friday!


Come join us this Friday for an evening of fun, fashion, music and delicious wine! TFC supporters, Megan Cielatka and Jenny Scicluna will both be bringing their amazing inventories (over 1200 pieces!) of all the fun and comfy LuLaRoe treasures you can imagine and the very best part… a portion of each sale will go directly to supporting The Friendship Club! These fabulous clothes are made in the USA and come in sizes 2T to 2XL… there is truly something for everyone and this is a perfect place to get some back-to-school shopping done while supporting our valuable programs.

When: Friday, August 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Lucchesi Vineyards and Winery, 128 Mill Street, downtown Grass Valley

We hope to see you there!

Good Karma Sunday: Yoga Benefits TFC

Good Karma Sunday
Good for your body, good for your soul and good for the community.


WHERE: Full Life Yoga Studio
​ 204 Providence Mine Road, Suite #112, Nevada City
WHEN: Sundays 10 – 11AM
COST: by donation all funds raised during July, August, and September will go to: The Friendship Club.

Good Karma Sunday is a yoga class open to every age, body type, and ability level . The classes will be taught on a rotating schedule and all teachers focus on alignment, balance, and flexibility. Props and pose progressions are offered so you can receive the full benefit or the practice.

Join us to strengthen your body, soothe your soul, and support your community.

For further info please contact: Cheryl Gordon at 530-477-8428.

We hope to see you there!

A Message From our Executive Director

jenniferSummer is here and we are in full swing – and you know what that means…. The Friendship 100 is right around the corner! On Monday, September 21st we will descend upon the 49er Fun Park for our annual event! The Friendship 100 is by far our largest annual fundraiser, and lets face it, it’s a lot of fun! We are currently recruiting race-car drivers and mini-golfers and we would LOVE for YOU to participate. There are also several sponsorship opportunities available and it’s a great way to get your business in front of over 250 guests all while supporting our amazing girls!

Please call today for more information at 265-4311. Looking forward to seeing you at the park!

In Friendship,


20th Anniversary Sponsors Make Big Impact in 2015

We are grateful to our 20th Anniversary sponsors for their generous donation to The Friendship Club. Their donations have been very impactful, helping us start the year strong and keeping us moving in an upward direction. We appreciate the investment these businesses have made in our girls and we will be highlighting two of them each month. This month we thank Litton Engineering Laboratories and Mill Street Clothing Company for their support.

IMG_0004Not only have Charlie and Janeille Litton been involved in an individual and significant way since our inception, Litton Engineering has been a strong supporter since 1995. Not only are we grateful for their cash donation, we are grateful to the entire Litton Family, including Larry, Alice and Charlie Litton for their donation of our high school camp location, Jackson Lake. Jackson Lake is a private family retreat that has been in the Litton family since 1949. It has become The Friendship Club’s camp away from home and it is the memory most often cited as the girls’ favorite! At Jackson Lake, girls have the chance to unwind and take in the natural beauty of the mountains, lake, meadows, and creeks. They kayak and canoe, swim and yoga, cook, craft, and learn more about themselves and each other. Jackson Lake offers us the opportunity to be in solitude and silence, something that our girls don’t often experience in what can sometimes be a very chaotic life. Thank you to the Litton family for their generous and significant contribution to The Friendship Club.

Mill STLisa Swarthout, owner of Mill Street Clothing, was on The Friendship Club inaugural board of directors and she has been an avid supporter ever since. Lisa is committed to helping our girls learn the value of hard work and giving them a chance to develop into strong and independent young women. As a business owner and city council member, Lisa is an excellent role model for young girls and demonstrates daily the ethic of hard work. Mill Street Clothing has sponsored nearly every Friendship Club event over the years, but Lisa is especially interested in The Power of the Purse. The Power of the Purse represents two important things to The Friendship Club. One, it represents the power of coming together to support The Friendship Club in a way we cannot alone and two, it represents bringing new people into the organization, which Lisa has always felt particularly strong about. Lisa knows that bringing in new, fresh, young, and interested donors and volunteers is the way to keep the organization strong and growing. We are grateful for Lisa’s continued support and we thank Mill Street Clothing for being one of our 20th Anniversary sponsors.

Summer Program Shines for our Girls

This summer has been a busy one so far! We have added 29 new girls to our program across grades 6-11 and are excited to welcome them to The Friendship Club. In June, we had our New Friends camp with girls going into 6th grade, and our Good Friends Camp with girls going into 7th grade. The New Friends cohort is comprised of all new girls entering our club for the first time, with the hope that they will stay with us until they graduate high school. During New Friends Camp, nine girls got to partake in a variety of wonderful activities:

  • Team buildingIMG_5931
  • Goal planning
  • Yoga, hulahooping, jump roping and other activities to get them moving
  • A presentation by Lynn Skrukrud from NEO about how to get involved in the community and activities with NEO
  • Learned about sugary drinks and their impact on our health with Wendy VanWagner in a Rethink Your Drink presentation
  • Jewelry-making with Jennai Patterson
  • Ceramics provided by Ceramics Unlimited, and
  • A BBQ and pool party on the last day at the Ridge Racquet Club.

IMG_6115During Good Friends Camp, 17 girls also worked on team building, volunteered at the Food Bank, did a field trip to the Crocker Art Museum, went to a BBQ and pool party hosted by our wonderful Board Member, Nanci Mason, did ceramics provided by Ceramics Unlimited and had a drama workshop taught by Shawnna Frazier of Little Players.

In June, we also provided three of the eleven clinics planned for the summer for the girls to sign up for according to their interests. So far, the girls have done a cooking and baking clinic and learned how to make healthy meals and snacks with one of our mentors, Mary Sperlazza, and with Kayla IMG_0321Wexleberg from Briar Patch. They also got to learn how to how to decorate a cake with Cecily Dewing. Then they participated in a wonderful art clinic with Tiffany McGukin from Community Canvas, where they made beautiful multi-media canvas art and wood blocks. Really cool stuff! The most recent clinic was a Red Cross CPR and First Aid clinic taught by our very own Denise Tambasco who is a certified instructor. In this clinic, our girls got their first aid and CPR certification.

Whew, we still have a lot more in store for our girls this summer with two more camps and eight more clinics to go!

A Message from our Executive Director

jenniferOur Fourteenth Annual Graduation and Scholarship and 20th Anniversary Celebration was a lovely evening honoring the past, celebrating the present, and dreaming about the future. Nearly 200 guests joined us at the Miners Foundry on May 7th. Guests enjoyed sparkling wine from Nevada City winery as they wandered the Stone Hall, which was decked out with historical pictures and videos and program milestones and highlights. Our eighth grade girls were on hand to answer questions about their experiences in the academic year, the summer program, and with their mentors and angels. Antonio Ayestaran catered our beautiful and delicious dinner while guests enjoyed presentations from me, Founder Mary Collier, High School Director Kristin Aguilar, and of course our eight graduating seniors! Also joining us in presentations were 2002 graduate, Jo Beaudreaux, and donor, Leo Granucci.   Our graduates loved having the opportunity to hear from Jo about how her life has unfolded since she left The Friendship Club and many are anxious to get an active Alumni program started! It was a wonderful evening of celebration and connection. We were excited to welcome some of our friends from the early days. These are people who were part of The Friendship Club when it was just a little idea and they are the people who helped us grow the organization into what you know it to be today.

I cannot thank enough our founding board of directors and those early volunteers and donors for their belief in our mission, their support of the organization and myself as a leader, and to the community who has helped make this all a reality. You, our valued donors and volunteers, are the lifeblood of The Friendship Club and your support makes it all possible. Our girls are fortunate to be part of a loving and kind community of people who truly care about them.

Leo Granucci shared an exciting and unique challenge that evening that I would like to share with you. Now that we have served our community for twenty years we hope that you see the value in supporting our work and we hope that you would like to see us serving girls for at least another 20 years! In that light, an anonymous donor has challenged our donors and volunteers to consider leaving The Friendship Club in their bequest and/or estate plans. This donor will match any planned gift up to $500,000 if you make this commitment to The Friendship Club by the end of 2015. Please give me a call if you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further. I can be reached at 265-4311.

Many thanks to those of you who came out on May 7th and thank you to the generous sponsors who made the evening possible. Here is to another 20 years of Friendship!

With gratitude,