Welcome to the Valle Monte League, Inc. website. I hope that you are all well and safe. Right now, we are all challenged by the Shelter-In-Place order and are struggling to find what the new normal will be for us.
Valle Monte League is an all-volunteer non-profit organization with a membership of over 150 women. These women are dedicated to raise funding for mental health services to erase the stigma of mental illness and provide support and treatment to those in need. The four mental health agencies we support are: Family & Children Services, Hearts & Minds Activity Center (a center working with those afflicted with Alzheimer’s), The Bill Wilson Centre for Living with Dying, and Services for Brain Injury. Since 1952, our cumulative fund-raising efforts have exceeded well over $11,000,000. Thank you for your generosity.
Every year, during the first week in December, we kick off the holiday season with our premiere event fundraiser, Christmas Tree Elegance.
As some of you already know and many of you may have surmised, for the first time in over 50 years, Valle Monte League will not be hosting our Christmas Tree Elegance event. This was not an easy decision to make. The environment created by the Covid-19 Pandemic has made it impossible to hold a function the size and complexity of our 2-day event. Valle Monte is fully committed to the welfare and ongoing financial support of each of our four charities. I have personally been in touch with the leadership of each of these charities to check on their welfare and to reconfirm our commitment to them and their causes. As you can imagine, they are reinventing themselves in respect to fundraising, as are we. We will continue to be an important part of their financial plan.
We are moving forward with events that will in some part replace the revenue that we would have received from Christmas Tree Elegance. We have many smart, creative ladies in our organization with great ideas, and we will figure this out. Our plan is to create smaller fundraising events throughout the year and, once they are in place, we will inform you with the hope that you will choose to participate with us.
Although these are difficult times, I must say, we in Valle Monte League are excited about creating innovative ways to fund our charities. Coming soon! In conjunction with May being Mental Health Awareness Month, we are planning a “Virtual” Walk fundraiser during the last 10 days of May. The “10 Days for 10K Walk for Mental Fitness.” Look to your email soon for all the details on this fun and simple activity for all!
In these difficult times, it truly does bring out the best in all of us. We are all part of Valle Monte League because we care about the mission of each of our charities.
I hope you and yours will remain safe and healthy. Please know we appreciate you and your continued support of Valle Monte League.
With warm regards,
Michelle Hammack, Valle Monte League President 2020