President’s Message

Welcome to the Valle Monte League, Inc. website.  Valle Monte League is an all volunteer non-profit organization with a membership of over 150 women.  These women are dedicated to raising much needed funding for mental health services in an effort to erase the stigma of mental illness and provide support and treatment to those in need.  The four local mental health agencies we support are:  Family & Children’s Services, Hearts and Minds Activity Center (formerly known as Respite, Research & Development – The Alzheimer’s Activity Center,) The Bill Wilson Centre for Living with Dying and Services for Brain Injury.  Since 1952, our cumulative fund raising efforts have exceeded well over $10,000,000.  Thank you for your generosity!

In 2014, Valle Monte League was recognized by the City of San Jose with the distinctive “Spirit of Volunteerism Award” at the 2014 State of the City Address.  Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio of the 6th District nominated Valle Monte for this prestigious award and stated, “The spirit of volunteerism exhibited by the women of the Valle Monte League serves as a wonderful example of how determined individuals can help build and strengthen our community.”

Valle Monte League has boldly committed themselves to significant changes within the organization to streamline and further guarantee the success of CTE and the proceeds that we give to our four charities, while at the same time remaining dedicated to preserving our history, our purpose and traditions as we move forward.

On the recommendation of our Charity Review Committee, chaired by Barbara Weingarten and Sarah Armstrong, we will be offering an additional grant to a non-profit agency that meets the criteria outline in our Administrative Grants Guidelines.  The grant application deadline is July 31st.

Please plan to kick off the holiday season on Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7 by joining us at the San Jose Doubletree by Hilton for our premiere event fundraiser, Christmas Tree Elegance.  Our Chair, Morry Bowling and her Co-Chairs will bring you “A Magical Modern Christmas.”  As always, our Designers will create fabulously decorated Trees, laden with special gifts, a Wine Tree, Golden Ticket Tree with a sensational vacation and our famous “Sparkle Jewel” raffle.  Our Production Team will present a spectacular fashion show and featured by our Silent Auction Team many amazing travel, events and beautiful gift opportunities!

With your loyal support, Valle Monte League will continue to be the most recognized and respected all volunteer, non-profit contributor to mental health agencies in our community!  On behalf of our dedicated members and our charities, I thank all of our long time supporters and newest attendees.  I look forward to greeting all of you at Christmas Tree Elegance 2019.

With warm wishes,

Corinne Raffanti