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2018 Leadership Team Prepares For Exciting Year at Steven’s Hope

The 2018 Steven’s Hope for Children Board of Directors and Associate Board Members have been elected and start terms.

“This is a great organization and this year is going to be a special year for Steven’s Hope”, says Chairman of the Board, Phil Hakopian. “There is a great deal of excitement about what 2018 will bring.”

The Leadership Team of Directors include, Phil Hakopian (Cornerstone Insurance), Immediate Past Chariman Jason Sgrignoli (Ramond James Financial Services) along with co-Founders Tony Cappelli and Sandy Cappelli.  Moving from the Associate Board to the General Board are Andy Nguyen (Nguyen Law Group) and Johnny Sharnweber (Ringo Financial).

Associate Board Members are:  Brett Strauss (Southland Data Processing), Damon Santos (Banner Bank), Lulu Tyner (Retired), Rolando Gutierrez (Lion Marketing), Richard Munkvold (Frontier Homes), and Mike Nelson (Safelite Auto Glass) and Lee Kimmel (Kimmel & Associates).

Officers of Steven’s Hope are: Tony Cappelli (President), Sandy Cappelli (Vice-President), Johnny Sharnweber (Treasurer), Andy Nguyen (Secretary), Phil Hakopian (Chairman of the Board).

Tony Cappelli stated, “There is a lot going on this year and the people in Leadership are stepping up for the next chapter of Steven’s Hope.  We are hopeful that there may be a few more passionate Steven’s Hope supporters out there that would want to join this great team.”

For information about joining the Leadership Team or one of the many Steven’s Hope for Children committees, call Steven’s Hope at 909-373-0678 and ask to speak to Tony or Phil.  You can also send an email to: with any questions you may have about getting more involved in 2018.


2017 Leadership Team Elected

The 2017 Steven’s Hope for Children Board of Directors and Associate Board Members have been elected and start terms.

The Leadership Team of Directors include, Chariman Jason Sgrignoli (Ramond James Financial Services), Lee Kimmel (Kimmel & Associates), Phil Hakopian (Cornerstone Insurance), Don Perchlak (Lion Marketing), Bruce Pasqual (Nevill Group, Inc) and co-Founders, Tony Cappelli and Sandy Cappelli.

Associate Board Members are: Andy Nguyen (Nguyen Law Group), Brett Strauss (Southland Data Processing), Damon Santos (Banner Bank), Lulu Tyner (Retired), Rolando Gutierrez (Lion Marketing), Richard Munkvold (Frontier Homes), Glenn Rowan (Pyramid Consulting)

Officers of Steven’s Hope are: Tony Cappelli (President), Sandy Cappelli (Vice-President), Lee Kimmel (Treasurer), Don Perchlak (Secretary), Jason Sgrignoli (Chairman of the Board).

Steven’s Hope Expands Staff Preparing for Future

(Upland , CA) June 16, 2015– Steven’s Hope for Children, a nonprofit organization that provides temporary housing and other essentials for families with seriously ill or injured children, is pleased to welcome Nick Montes and Katherine Valadez to their staff. Together, Nick and Katherine bring years of communication and administrative experience to Steven’s Hope.

Mr. Montes will be the Marketing and Communications Assistant and Ms. Valadez is the new Executive Administrative Assistant. The pair will be focusing on spreading the organization’s core message of providing hope and support to families.

“Steven’s Hope has had substantial growth the last few years and we are building the team that will take us to that next level”, said Tony Cappelli, Executive Director at Steven’s Hope for Children. “The addition of Nick and Katherine to the staff of Steven’s Hope will strengthen our marketing efforts as well as allow us to move closer to our goal of assisting more families.”

Nick, who has more than seven years of experience as a reporter and anchor in television news, will be tasked with helping to expand the awareness of Steven’s Hope and inspiring others to support the cause. The combination of his professional experience and his volunteer efforts give him a unique personal perspective of how to market Steven’s Hope for Children.

“This is a great opportunity to work with volunteers and introduce Steven’s Hope to more people and businesses in the community,” said Mr. Montes. “I’m hopeful that my experience will be a positive impact to Steven’s Hope and ultimately, the families.”

Ms. Valadez, an Inland Empire native, comes to Steven’s Hope with a background in public relations, mass communications, and administration. She will assist Executive Director and Co-Founder, Tony Cappelli with day to day administrative duties as Executive Administrative Assistant. Her duties also include donor relations and communications, as well as contributing to marketing projects.

“It is an exciting time to for Steven’s Hope. The vision for the future is quite a lofty goal,” said Katherine Valadez, Executive Administrative Assistant. “I’m glad to be part of the team of people that will make that vision a reality.”

For more information about Steven’s Hope for Children, please visit


About Steven’s Hope for Children

Steven’s Hope for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Upland, CA. It was started by Tony and Sandy Cappelli after their son, Steven, died from heart complications only 32 hours after birth. Through their loss, Tony and Sandy felt compelled to help families with seriously ill or injured children. Each year they help hundreds of families through their programs by providing temporary housing, food, emotional support, clothing and other necessities to needy families. Their vision

Founders Named Hometown Heroes at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Gala

Steven’s Hope for Children co-founders, Tony and Sandy Cappelli are being recognized as Hometown Heroes at the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Gala being held at the Riverside Convention Center on March 12.

Every year, the Foundation recognizes individuals from the Inland Empire that have made significant contributions to the benefit of Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital.  This year, the award is being presented to the Cappellis for their work at Steven’s Hope for Children.

“Being named a Hometown Hero is very special as it confirms that the benefits provided to families from Steven’s Hope for Children is meaningful, needed and appreciated”, said Tony Cappelli, who serves as President and CEO. “But the real heroes are the volunteers, staff and supporters who do so much to realize our vision.”

Steven’s Hope for Children was started after Tony and Sandy experienced the death of their son, Steven, just 32 hours after his birth from multiple heart issues. The charity was started in his honor to help families with temporary housing, food, clothes, transportation expenses, activities, emotional support and love.  Since 2002, the charity has helped thousands of children and their families deal with the financial and emotional strain of caring for a child with a serious illness or injury.

Steven’s Hope To Host Backpack Drive


July 14, 2014


Steven’s Hope for Children To Help Children Prepare For Upcoming School Year

[UPLAND] Steven’s Hope is holding a backpack drive to help children be prepared for a successful school year.

“Our goal is to provide 100 children fully stocked backpacks for the new school year,” said Sandy Cappelli, Vice President and Operations Director for Steven’s Hope. ”The backpacks will be distributed to children in need entering grades K through 12. We just need support from the community to help reach the goal.”

Items that are needed to fill the backpacks can downloaded from the Steven’s Hope for Children website at This year all backpacks, supplies and donations need to be received by July 30 at 5:00 PM. Deliveries can be made at Steven’s Hope for Children, 1014 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite # B, Upland, CA.

For those that are short on time and would still like to make a donation, a $25.00 donation can help purchase the supplies for these children. Donations can be made by calling the office 866-3-STEVEN or online at

Sandy Cappelli stated that many families Steven’s Hope helps are unable to provide necessities, such as school supplies to their children and that this backpack drive is able to help these families have a sense of normalcy back in their lives.

About Steven’s Hope
Steven’s Hope for Children is a nonprofit organization based in Upland, California. Steven’s Hope helps families of seriously ill or injured children. They provide families with temporary housing while their children are receiving the critical care that they need. Steven’s Hope has four fully furnished apartments in Loma Linda, California. Along with providing housing, Steven’s Hope also provides emotional and financial support to the families in need.

For more information on this event and further events please contact Tony Cappelli at


Steven’s Hope Holds Annual Golf Tournament

Press Release June 24, 2014


Steven’s Hope Holds Annual Golf Tournament

[UPLAND, CA] The 12th Annual Drives to Save Lives Golf Classic was held on May 19, 2014 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.

The golf tournament’s presenting sponsor was ampm. Other sponsors included: The Matreyek Family Foundation; Chino Valley Medical Center; Mellon, Johnson & Reardon; Raymond James – Jason Sgrinoli; Martinez Towing; Colonies Crossroads; Frontier Homes and Gary Golota.

“We have been very blessed to have such great weather, donors and friends wanting to be a part of this day,” said Tony Cappelli, President and Executive Director at Steven’s Hope. “This years event was a big success because of all the volunteers and supporters, new and current, that came out and spent a day with Steven’s Hope.”

After golf, attendees were invited to a banquet. They were invited to participate in a silent and live auction, as well as a reverse pong drawing.

The banquet featured guest speaker Eric Dickerson, an NFL Hall of Fame running back. He previously played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Indianapolis Colts. Dickerson shared his personal story of his daughter’s illness and his appreciation for the work done by Steven’s Hope.

The Vahanian Family, who is currently utilizing Steven’s Hope services, also spoke at the banquet sharing their heart felt story with attendees. They gave personal insight on how Steven’s Hope has been so gracious and helpful in their time of need.

The funds from this event will help aid the programs and operations at Steven’s Hope.

About Steven’s Hope
Steven’s Hope for Children is a nonprofit organization based in Upland, California. Steven’s Hope helps families of seriously ill or injured children. They provide these families with temporary housing while their children are receiving the critical care that they need. Steven’s Hope has four fully furnished apartments in Loma Linda, California. Along with providing housing to these families, Steven’s Hope also provides emotional and financial support to the families in need.

For more information on this event and further events please contact Tony Cappelli at


Jersey Mike’s Month Of Giving Wrap Up

In March, Jersey Mike’s Subs held their 4th Annual Month of Giving that helped over 100 charities across the country.  For the third year in a row, Steven’s Hope for Children was part of this great event hosted by an amazing company.

Twenty-one stores supported Steven’s Hope as did dozens of volunteers and loads of people for the month and the bid day, The Day Of Giving on March 26.  When all dust settled and the last sandwich was made, over $110,000 was raised for Steven’s Hope.  The Jersey Mike’s Subs store in La Verne led the nation in collecting donations during the month.  The team there collected over $10,500!

“This is turning out to be a real game-changer for Steven’s Hope” says President and Co-Founder, Tony Cappelli.  “The support we have received and the commitment for the future gives Steven’s Hope an opportunity to enhance what we do and make a larger impact to more families.”

On the Day of Giving, Jersey Mike’s Founder, Peter Cancro came to California and visited several stores including several that were supporting Steven’s Hope.  In one of the Murietta stores, Cancro, the store owner, Tony Cappelli and the Reed family from Riverside were videotaped as part of the promotion for the Month of Giving.  The Reed family stayed in a Steven’s Hope apartment in 2013 while they were waiting for their son to receive a heart transplant.


Jersey Mike’s Subs’ Giving Brings National Exposure To Steven’s Hope

JerseyMikeRecapJersey Mike’s Subs has selected Steven’s Hope for Children as one of four charities nationwide to be a featured charity” as part of the recently completed Month of Giving CampaignOver eighty charities across the country participated in the annual event that highlights the company culture of giving back to the community.  Over $1.7 Million were raised in the month of March.

Eight Jersey Mike’s Subs locations from the Inland Empire collected donations during the month of March and participated in the Day of Giving on March 27.  On the Day of Giving, Jersey Mike’s Subs donates 100% of the sales from the stores to the selected charities.  The stores supporting Steven’s Hope were in Glendora, LaVerne, Upland, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, Norco, Eastvale and Murietta.  Collectively, the stores raised over $35,000.

Steven’s Hope Co-Founder Launches Book Twelve Years In The Making

BOAP-cover-web largeTwelve years after Steven Cappelli’s brief life, the inspirational journey of hope and healing that was the catalyst for starting Steven’s Hope for Children will finally be shared.

Because of a Promise – A Mother’s Inspirational Journey from Whispers to Ripples by Sandy Cappelli is officially being launched on Thursday morning April 18, 2013 at 8AM PDT.

When asked why it took so long to get the story out, Sandy responded, “It wasn’t the story I wanted to write.  The pregnancy was so hopeful that I believed I was writing about a miraculous healing of my son’s heart. When that didn’t happen, I thought of the story as a “failed” whisper and could not see purpose in publishing.”

Periodically, Sandy would pull out the book and do some light editing, but it would always end up back on the shelf. Then, eighteen months ago, friends started working on Sandy to get the book published. On Thursday, April 18, the launch of the book becomes official.

“After providing hope and healing to thousands of families through Steven’s Hope for Children, I no longer think of it as a failed whisper, but I am still humbled by the response of those who have read an advance copy of the book.  Everyone seems to be taking away something different. For some it is about love and loss, for others it is about the faith and prophecy that guided us, while others seem to resonate with the concept of making ripples of impact in the world around us. I am just happy that my story is impacting lives.”

A new website has been created to help promote “Because of a Promise” and to offer groups the opportunity to have Sandy speak and share the message of moving from “Whispers to Ripples.” You can also sign up for her blog, social media or read and view testimonials on the book.  The website address is

“The official book launch will be between 8 AM and noon this Thursday,” said Tony Cappelli. “We are hoping to make it an Amazon Best Seller to open more doors to get the message out and to bring greater awareness to Steven’s Hope for Children to help further its mission. We would appreciate all the help we can get.”


To assist with the book launch, purchase your book(s) from on the morning of 4/18. You can also contribute through the “Ripple It Forward” project which allows supporters to go online and make a tax-deductible donation to buy one or more copies of Because of a Promise to be distributed for free to a family involved with the Steven’s Hope ministries that can benefit from its inspirational message.



James Worthy To Speak At Steven’s Hope Banquet

The 2013 Steven’s Hope for Children Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic will be held at the beautiful Red Hill Country Club on Monday, May 20.  The event was moved this year to the Rancho Cucamonga golf course.

This year, former Los Angeles Laker and NBA Hall Of Fame Member, James Worthy will be the featured guest speaker at the auction and banquet following the tournament. Known as “Big Game” James will be sharing stories of his time sharing the hardword with other Laker stars on their way to winning NBA Championships.   Entry to the banquet is included with the fee to play in the golf tournament.  Individual tickets to the banquet are available on a very limited basis for $75 each.

However, Mr. Worthy won’t be the only celebrity attending the day’s festivities. Several NFL and MLB stars are scheduled to attend the tournament and will be playing with selected sponsors. Some celebrities may be available to play with foursomes as a “fifth” by upgrading to “Celebrity” status with the payment of an additional $1000 to Steven’s Hope.  The tournament is expected to sell out again this year.

AMPM returns again as the Presenting Sponsor for the golf classic. Sponsorships vary in benefit and price.  Remaining sponsorships include an Event Sponsor which includes golf for 8, two celebrities to play with, signage, and more for $5,000.  Dinner, Cart, Grand Prize sponsors are $3,000 and include one foursome, signage, a celebrity and much more. Additional sponsorships range from $100 to $2500.  Individual players are $250 each and a foursome is $1,000.

The banquet and auction will take place in the main dining room of Red Hill Country Club.  Prizes that will be auctioned off  include a suite for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, dinner for 8 with James Worthy, and golf for four at Spyglass and Pebble Beach Golf Courses.  Business are encouraged to contact Steven’s Hope to discuss any in-kind donations that could be made for the auction.

The golf tournament began eleven years ago as the first event hosted by Steven’s Hope to raise funds and awareness for the Upland based charity. Steven’s Hope was started by Tony & Sandy Cappelli after the death of their son, Steven.  Since then, the tournament has grown in popularity and was renamed to the Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic.

Registration will open at 8:30 and following the ceremonial balloon release the shotgun start will begin at 10:30 with the banquet following at 4:00PM.