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Jester Tennis Tournament Gives Jester Books, Dolls to Harbor-UCLA

October 2016 - Smiles were the order of the day at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center when The Jester & Pharley Phund donated 150 copies of the bilingual edition of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and 150 Jester & Pharley dolls to young patients.

The donation resulted from proceeds of the recent Fourth Annual Jester Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament, with event chair Heidi Grimm handing out the books and dolls to happy children in attendance. Phund president Barbara Saltzman read the book to the children who giggled and chuckled with The Jester & Pharely as they searched for laughter in the story.

"Our patients just love The Jester story and The Jester & Pharley Doll." said Melissa Hebron-Abo, Director of Child Life Services at Harbor-UCLA. Added Dr. Julie Noble, Coordinator of Harbor-UCLA's Community Advocacy program, "It's always a pleasure to give Jester books and dolls to our patients, as they benefit so much from its optimism and joy."
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Bittker and Lavik Take 1st in Fourth Annual Jester & Pharley Tennis Tournament Benefiting Children With Cancer
July 2016 - Janice Bittker and Hans Lavik, both of Redondo Beach, slammed their way to first place in Division A in the recent Fourth Annual Jester & Pharley Phund Benefit Doubles Tennis Tournament. Lisa Greiner of Rolling Hills and Wayne Turner of Hawthorne took first-place honors in Division B.

The rousing round-robin event at Alta Vista Park in Redondo Beach raised funds to provide copies of David Saltzman’s award-winning children’s book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and Jester & Pharley Dolls to young cancer patients at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance.

Second place honors in Division A went to Tammi Giardino of San Pedro and Hugo Silva of Hawthorne, while Karin Proell of El Segundo and Vince Comon of Torrance received runners-up honors in Division B.

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Miles of Smiles Roll into Orthopaedic Institute for Children

March 2016 - Giggles, laughs and smiles filled a waitng room at Orthopaedic Institute for Children in Los Angeles, as a colorful Jester & Pharley Smile Cart delivered Jester books and dolls into the hands of young patients.

Packed with The Jester Has Lost His Jingle books, dolls and media equipment, the Smile Cart is a generous family donation in memory of Deirdre Montgomerie, a longtime South Bay librarian.

To celebrate their gift, the Montgomerie family and friends gathered in the Orthopaedic Institute’s clinic waiting room surrounded by young patients in casts and braces and their parents. Barbara Saltzman, the mother of Jester author David Saltzman, joyfully read his whimsical story to the crowd.

Barbara turned the pages, the magic of the story took hold and the OIC children were soon laughing and hugging The Jester & PharleyDolls and books given to them during the dedication. The donation marks the 49th Jester & Pharley Smile Cart cheering up children across the country.

“The joy from this Jester & Pharley Smile Cart is going to be given over and over to our children,” said Mary Beth Perrine, Senior Director of Community Outreach. “Every book, every doll will be well loved.”

Volunteers will roll the Smile Cart into clinic and urgent care waiting rooms, where they will read the Jester story about the importance of never giving up and give the Jester books and dolls to patients. The carts also carry audio-visual equipment so that children can watch DVDs to help pass the time. The Montgomerie family gift includes 150 Jester books, 150 dolls and 150 bookmarks, plus Jester & Pharley PhunBooks filled with creative activities.

“When a child and their parents come to the urgent care center, it’s not their best day. Kids are in pain, their parents are stressed,” explained Danielle Barrios, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services. “The Smile Cart will help lessen their anxiety. Instead of thinking about the pain, they will have a sense of comfort.”

OIC has worked in partnership with The Jester & Pharley Phund and the USC Good Neighbors Campaign in a community-wide effort that has brought hundreds of award-winning Jester Has Lost His Jingle books to pediatric patients. USC supports Jester Read-a-Thons at local elementary schools, where student reading generates the donation of Jester books and dolls to Orthopaedic Institute for Children.

“Hundreds of children will now have reason to break into smiles,” Barbara Saltzman said with gratitude to the Montgomerie family.

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Bringing a Jester Jingle to Pediatric Therapy Network

February 2016 - Author-artist David Saltzman’s Chadwick classmates found the perfect way to remember him for their 30th reunion. They raised funds to donate 300 copies of The Jester Has Lost His Jingle to the Pediatric Therapy Network in Torrance, CA.
Children attending a special PTN Buddy Club gathering giggled and giggled as The Jester’s Mom read her son’s fun-filled story about laughter to them. Then Barbara Saltzman handed each one their own copy of David’s book. Their smiles got bigger and bigger as they clutched their new treasure.
“This wonderful book about laughter has such a positive impact on children coping with challenges,” said Terri Chew Nishimura, chief executive officer. “We are grateful to David’s classmates for thinking of the many children we help.” The Jester & Pharley were right at home at the therapy center provides services for children with special needs and those at risk for developmental issues.

Front row, Abbie Gregory, PTN Buddy Club; Terri Nishimura, PTN CEO; Barbara Saltzman, The Jester's Mom; Tanesha Sandoz, PTN Leaps and Bounds. Back row, Jasmin Arredondo, PTN Leaps and Bounds; Alice Castellanos, PTN Early Head Start

 


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