Thank You for making our

32nd Annual Home Tour & Boutique

a wonderful and successful day.

Click here for the 2017 Sponsorship Booklet and review the wonderful homes on the Tour.

Click here for membership information or call 310-454-9012

Clubhouse Administrator Roberta Donohue and President Cathi Ruddy welcome you with open arms.

Your are Cordially Invited to our Fundraising Event
Enjoy Dinner and a Murder Mystery
Saturday, April 14 - 6:30 in the evening
PPWC Clubhouse
$75 per person

Click here for tickets 
or call Roberta at 310-454-9012.


Don't Miss Out - Great Rummage Sale!!


New member Tricia Coupland, general manager of the newly opened Club Pilates Pacific Palisades invited members of the PPWC for a private 50 minute pilate class and offered refreshments after.

Monday, February 5th a group of ladies walked over to the new studio and enjoyed Tricia’s hospitality and a class with her lead instructor Brieze Lafferty.

Pictured r/l: Eve Haberfield, Patty Detroit, Robin Weitz, Tricia Coupland, Gina Jakel, Vibeke Rosenberg and Cathi Ruddy.

Wellness Talk & Healthy Eats with Chef CC

Thursday, January 18th the PPWC presented a Wellness Talk & Healthy Eats cooking class at the clubhouse. The class was conducted by Chef CC Consalvo, who has over 15 years experience as a personal holistic chef and wellness coach with a focus on anti inflammatory cuisine.

The ladies gathered in the kitchen to watch Chef CC demonstrate the preparation of our lunch which consisted of a flat iron steak, sliced thin, dry rub marinated with a black olive chimichurri over wilted greens, followed by a cherry and blueberry crumble, made with brown rice four and sweetened with maple. Everyone enjoyed their meal.

During the meal, Chef CC shared her overall goal to incorporate simple, healthy lifestyle choices that are doable and support busy lives. Other topics were on nutrition management and kitchen tips.

Everyone was having such a great time that the class went an hour over. It was definitely an afternoon of great conversations, healthy food facts and enjoying a delicious meal! 

General Membership Meeting
- Tuesday January 9th

Cathi Ruddy, Cindy Noori, Kathy Later, Robin Weitz, Terri Webb, Gabrielle Gottlieb and Haldis Toppel met in the clubhouse kitchen to prepare a wonderful meal for the members at the last GM meeting. 

The menu for the evening’s supper included: Appetizer; Kibbeh al Hammam, Main Course; Huckleberry’s carrot and avocado salad, Whole Food’s harvest couscous, Tamarind roasted vegetables, Haldis’s baked salmon.  Dessert consisted of Dr G’s raw donut holes and almond date ginger snaps.

Everything was delicious and the ladies enjoyed cooking together.

President Cathi Ruddy introduced potential new members who were present, reported on proceeds from home tour, the club’s upcoming events and introduced our guest speaker, PPWC member Dermatologist Dr. Nasreen Babu-Khan. Dr. Babu-Khan spoke about various types of skin health and care, answering questions that members had submitted. Her talk was interesting, educational and fun and included samples!  Philanthropic Director Joanna Curtis closed the meeting with two items of business. First she reminded everyone about our March 10th Rummage Sale.  Donations are needed and welcomed. Second, she presented the Grant Award Presentations and the Ballot for membership voting.  Grant applicants  were listed with their information and grant request for members to review. Then a ballot was handed out for the members to vote. Grants will be awarded on March 6.

It was truly an evening of friendship, fun and philanthropy! 

The Kitchen crew for the January 9th dinner preparation: Terri Webb, 
Kathy Later, Haldis Toppel, Cathi Ruddy, Cindy Noori and Robin Weitz. (not pictured Gabrielle Gottlieb)

Vice President Robin Weitz, Program Director Cindy Noori, and (not show) Cathi Ruddy created the menu.

Left to right: Robin Weitz, Haldis Toppel, President Cathi Ruddy.  The menu was a wonderful variety of delicious foods: appetizer Kibbeh al Hammam, Main Course was Huckleberry's carrot and avocado salad, Whole Food's harvest couscous, Tamarind roasted vegetables and Haldis' baked salmon, Dessert was Dr G's raw donut holes and almond date ginger snaps.

Final touches and dinner was served.

Gabrielle Gottlieb, Clubhouse Director Nancy Niles, Kathy Later and Secretary Gina Jakel all approved the menu.


Protect Our Daughter's

Woman's Self Defense Class

On Tuesday, December 12th, the PPWC hosted a self defense class which was presented by Max Impact Martial Arts studio in Pacific Palisades. The one hour workshop taught us that self defense is accessible and approachable for the every day woman. Owner James Gavsie conducted the class with the help from his teaching staff Marjan Rajabi, together they gave hands on instruction and guidance. Everyone that attended enjoyed the class, and some didn't realize how powerful their own inner-strength was. We look forward to hosting another class with James in the new year.

Max Impact Martial Arts Studio owner James Gavsie instructed the class with the help from his teaching staff, Marjan Rajabi.


A Little Sparkle - A Lot of Cheer
PPWC Annual Holiday Party

President Cathi Ruddy hosted a wonderful holiday party in her home Tuesday December 5th for the PPWC Members. The evening was warm with conversations, delicious gourmet hors d'oeuvres and champagne to toast the season. Everyone enjoyed a live magic show, featuring 14 time Award Winning Celebrity Magician Steve Owens. 

Caterer Kristine Doty topped off the food table with "to die for" Key Lime Pie bites and double layer Carrot Cake. To compliment the dessert table, member Joanna Curtis added her homemade Brownies and Peanut Butter cookies!

A delightful evening was spent in the company of club members which made for a truly festive holiday party. 

Members who attended but are not pictured below: Dianne Atkins, Cindy Brody, Kristin Sibson, Krystyna Kaszubowski, Susan McGlothlin, Tricia Grossman, Kim Sandorf, Cathy Yonkie, Karen Goldberg, Deborah Williams,  and Sharon Kanan.  

Toasting the holidays, President Cathi Ruddy with Clubhouse Director Nancy Niles.

Helping in the kitchen, Sally Ajdar and Gabrielle Gottlieb.

Another kitchen warrior - Terri Webb!

Putting out the Carrot Cake, Caterer Kristine Doty.

Gabrielle Gottlieb and Nasreen Babu-Kahn.

Judy Hatchet and Julia Winter.

Haldis Toppel and Alice Beagles.

Nichelle Toomire and Nicole Ryan.

Joanna Curtis.

Christie Smith, Terri Webb, Robin Weitz and Sandy Alarcon.

Gina Jakel, Alexis Zanone and Nicole Ryan.

Julia Winter and Trish Bowe.

Vivian Foster and Fay Vahdani.

Ladies enjoying the Magic Show!

A full house watching magic!

Magician Steve Owen entertaining the PPWC ladies.


A Fun Day of Fundraising at Let's Make a Deal TV Show!
Back row, L-R: Rose Ellen & Don Eichenseer, Haldis Toppel,
Cathi Ruddy, Jenny Gularte, Nancy Niles and Lisa Glenn.
Front row, L-R: Gina Jakel, Joanna Curtis and Georgia Wagniere 


PPWC's 90th Birthday Party Celebrates
 Palisades Seniors over 90

The 90th Birthday Party at the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club is an event without equal. This year over 50 nonagenarians and three centenarians (a 101 and two 103 year olds) attended along with their families and care givers to fill up a guest list of 120 voices singing Happy Birthday.  Generous donations from local business, organizations, and individuals funded the event which was free to all.  Individual birthday cakes graced every beautifully decorated table, piano music by Marie Captain created a loving ambiance, food was plentiful, and above it all, the newly renovated Clubhouse sparkled in its fresh beauty.

PPWC President Cathi Ruddy and the never-tiring organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter spent countless hours preparing to make this a flawless event.  We are already looking forward to next year.

Cathy Yonke serves beautifully decorated cakes, individually prepared for each table.

Bill Bruns presents Palisades History before a full house

Bill Bruns welcomes former PPWC President Jean Aroeste

Councilmember Mike Bonin presents a beautiful LA City proclamation to 103 year old guest John Danley, the oldest guest at the 2017 event.


Organizer Fay Vahdani reviews last minute check-in details

90th Birthday organizers Fay Vahdani and Julia Winter Join Councilmember Mike Bonin and PPWC President Cathi Ruddy at the photo booth for a colorful greeting of guests.

Best of friends working together and supporting a common cause:  Parvin, Tricia, Fay, and Nichelle.

"The best day ever!"  Robin Weitz and Cathi Ruddy

Happy arrivals for the 2017 90th Birthday Party

Haldis Toppel watches over Gift Baskets for everybody.  So many businesses and individuals contributed!  Marie Captain provides beautiful piano background music.


"The best day ever!  Looking forward to next year."  V.P. Robin Weitz and President Cathi Ruddy

2017 Grant Award Night Recipients

photo by Lesly Hall Photography

The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club hosted it's annual
Grant Awards Night Tuesday, March 7th, awarding over
$31,000 to charitable organizations in the areas of arts, recreation, beautification, education, community and charitable organizations. Over 70 people representing 19 local on-profits and Club members filled the clubhouse enjoying hors e'oeuvres and desserts prepared by Club members and K Bakery before the award ceremony.

President Haldis Toppel welcomes the crowd and introduces Robin Weitz and Eva Iimo, the Grant Fund Committee who proudly gave out the awards on behalf of the Club. Funds for Grant Night are from the Home Tour proceeds; the Home Tour is the Club's biggest fundraising effort of the year, which takes place every November. Each year the PPWC members decide by vote how the funds are distributed. Over the years, the Club has awarded over $1 million in grant funds.

The 2016 Grant recipients were: Movies in the Park; Palisades Americanism Parade Association; Will Rogers Ranch Foundation; Boy Scouts of American, Cub Scouts Pack 223; Erika Whoitmore Godwin Foundation (griefHaven); Meals on Wheels; Ocean Park Community Center for Pacific Palisades Task Force for Homelessness (PPTFH); Voice for the Animals; Westside Family Health Center; Canyon Charter School Booster Club; Friends of Marquez; Palisaes Enrichment Program; PRIDE Booster Club for Paul Revere Charter Middle School; Lucas Scholars Program (St Matthew's Parish School); Malibu Orchid Society; Pacific Palisades Garden Club; Palisades Beautiful; and the Village Green.


Upcoming Club Events


Dear Members,


The PPWC needs new chairs. Our old chairs are dirty and mismatched. When placed in the rolling carts for storage, these heavy carts have caused damage to our floors. My next goal as president is to purchase new tables and durable, stackable chairs. The Board of Directors has allocated $6100 from the 2017 Boutique proceeds towards this project, but we will need more money to complete it properly.

 I’m estimating the overall cost will be at least $20,000 to purchase appropriate quality and style and number of chairs for the clubhouse. I hope to dedicate the proceeds of our upcoming March 3, 2018 rummage sale toward this project, and a reduction of our mortgage, so take a look around to locate donations.

We are also working on upgrading the sound system for the clubhouse, and will use funds that were donated in the memory of PPWC member Ingrid Vinje for this purpose.

Anyone interested in helping with the selection of chairs, color and style, or just helping to complete these two projects, please contact me.

If you are planning a year-end charitable donation, please consider the Pacific Palisades Woman’s Club for your donation. We will put the donation to very careful, good use. Please contact me in Roberta’s absence between now and the end of the year.
Happy New Year to all!

Cathi Ruddy

PPWC President


The beautiful new interior of the Main Hall of the PPWC Clubhouse.

Lanai looking into the new Clubhouse Main Hall.

Sue Beazley and Cathy Yonke enjoying the new Clubhouse Lobby, new fabric on the sofas donated by Fay Vahdani and her mother's labor to recover all the cushions. 

 Thank you Capital Campaign Donors


Total pledges as of 08/01/16

Sue Beazley

Jack and Cindy Jones

Gelson's Market

Catalina Pernisco-Viotti
Kristin and Dan Sibson

$5,000 - $9,999
Jean Aroeste
Austin & Rob Holland
Nancy Johnson
Amy Katch
Tameron Keyes
Luxe Home Care
The Lyman Family
Brian & Kathleen Miller
Diane M. Stafford
The Toppel Family
Marie Tran
Gwendolen Twist

$2,500 - $4,999
Michael Edlen
Judy Gold
Natalie Riggs
Dan Urbach
Karen Ingrid Vinje
     Memorial Fund

$1,000 - $2,499
Melissa Anna
Eleni Cambourelis-Benedikt
Brook Dougherty
Sheila Dowst
Susie Evans
Sharon & Andy Gavin
Reca L. Gerchik
Elisabeth Giovine
Tricia Grossman
Dalena and Thomas Hathaway
Cindy Heydt
Carry Hirschman
Eva Iino
Susan Jay Freeman
Katy Kreitler
Anthony Marguleas
Susan Oakley
Christine Ofiesh
Kim & Jeff Sandorf
Ariane Sawyer
Tina Schroeter
Karen Scott Goldberg
Christie Smith
The Terman Family
Bobbi & Richard Thompson
Suzanne Trepp
K. Ingrid & Ronald Vinje
Theresa B. Webb
Arlene Keith Weber
Deborah Williams

Nancy Branch
Deepthi Brown
Carly K/Carly K Kids
Surinder Chinai
Lee Ann Daly
Judy Hyde
Krystyna Kaszubowski, M.D.
Brooke King
The Rodman Family
Christine Ruud
Laura Schneider
Janet Schulman
Steph Smith
Susan Sullivan
The Community Foundation of
  Greater Greensboro
Julia Winter
Catherine M. Yonke

Patricia Allegretti
Anonymous (2)
Alice Beagles
Laura Cadena
Calvary Christian School
Peter & Helene Dameris Family
Mary B. Dean
Donna Ferrentino
Vivian Foster
Judy Hatchett
Sharon Kanan
Christine Laguna
Markley Lumpkins
Ellen McCormick
Leo & Gertrude Marantz Fund
  of The Jewish Community
  Foundation of Los Angeles
Nicole T. Ryan
Priscilla & Barry Sibson
Naz & Steven Sykes
Triumph Development
The Weitz Family

Suzette Abbott
Victoria Aikman
Fran Aponte
Diane Atkins
Nasreen Babu-Khan, MD
R.J. Baker
Ona Barnett
James & Zena Bartholemew
In Memory of Dennis Bazar
Phyllis Becker
Steven Benedict
Erik & Margaret Bergquist
Trish Bowe
Brimhall & Associates
Katie Browning
Bill & Pam Bruns
JoAnne Carlson
Doris Casteneda
Chamber of Commerce
Michele R. Chartier, DDS
Alexia Csato
Ginger Curea
Joanna Curtis
Drew & Diana Daniele
Judy D'Arcy
Michael Dawson
Liz Denham
Kasi Dodge
Janet S. Doepel
Nancy Drobnis
Jane DuBovy
Gail Elen
Sunny Foroosh
Annette Fuelling
Laura Gerson
Synthia & Geoff Given
Marge Gold
Maureen Grace
Marie Gregor
Judy Grosh
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harter
Sharon Hastings
Richard & Deborah Held
Deiter & Eva Holberg
Elizabeth Ives
Gina Jakel
Ally & Adam Jaret
Lisa Kalin
In honor of Alice Karl
Happy Birthday Phyllis Keely
Kris Kelly
Keri Kraft
Kathy Later
Jenny Lee
RCL Foundation
In honor of Phyllis Leshin
Lisa Liese
Michele Locker
Yvonne Maday-Crandell
Iris Magidoff
John Malloy
Alicia & John Maniatakis
In honor of Marion Marshall
Lori Martin
Elaine Martini
Miriam A. Meyer
Jo Michel
Tammy Mozenter
In honor of Gloria Murray
Phyllis Nelson
Nancy Niles
Sissi O'Reilly
Palisades Symphony Orchestra
Sonja Panajotovic
Vanessa Pellegrini
Jeannette Penick
Lisa Price
Lydia Reed
Regal Cleaners
Ivy Reid
Dorothy Richards
The Rifkin Family
Carleen Riley
Catherine Ruddy
Tara Sakraida
Natasha Samuels & Thomas Wyss
Ethan Sawyer
Mimi Schector
Sheila Shaler
In honor of Evelyn Smith
Marie & Larry Steckmest
Cornelius & Jill Sullivan
Holly Surya-Tishibi
Janet L. Thomas
Katherine Tooley
Nichelle Toomire
Wendy Windebank
Alice Wood
Denise Young


Contact us

Address: P.O. Box 292, 901 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Phone: (310) 454-9012


Join us 

The Pacific Palisades Woman's Club originated in 1925 with the name The Forum and officially became the Pacific Palisades Woman's Club in 1926. Our club building at 901 Haverford was constructed in 1951 and completed in 1956. We celebrate our 90th year of service to the community as a vibrant, multi-generational club dedicated to the educational, cultural and social well-being of Pacific Palisades. Become a Member!