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Stuff A Backpack- Help Kids Learn

For the fifth consecutive year, Steven’s Hope is holding a backpack drive to help children be prepared for a successful school year.

Sandy Cappelli, Vice President and Operations Director, 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. And, to get the kids as ready as possible to learn.

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 25 at 5:00 PM. Deliveries can be made at Steven’s Hope for Children, 1014 W. Foothill Blvd, Suite # B, Upland, CA.

“Our goal is to provide 100 children fully stocked backpacks for the new school year,” said Sandy Cappelli.  ”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.”

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

Steven’s Hope Hires First Development Director

Steven’s Hope for Children is proud to announce the hiring of Rose Bock as its first Development Director. 

Rose Bock, the first Development Director for Steven’s Hope for Children.

Rose brings more than ten years of nonprofit experience to Steven’s Hope. Her responsibilities will be to work with existing and new supporters of Steven’s Hope and create sustainable funding for the organization. Additionally, she will play a significant role in planning campaigns, corporate interaction and grant management. 

“When I heard about the opportunity with Steven’s Hope and all that it ddi for families, I was moved. I wanted Steven’s Hope to be my home,” says Rose. “This is such a great place to be.”

Prior to Steven’s Hope, Rose had served as Director of Development & Communication at VAMP Global Missions in Australia and was Chief Executive Officer for VAMP Global Missions in the US.  Most recently she was Director of Development at Disabled Veterans Business Alliance in Sacramento. She has also been a fundraising consultant for over 5 years.

“This is a big step for Steven’s Hope,” said Executive Director Tony Cappelli. “This new position is critical to the future growth of Steven’s Hope, its mission, its vision and the families that need help.  Rose is up to the challenge and has the ability to move the organization to the next level.”

Since Steven’s Hope was founded, Tony had been responsible for all of the front end activities of donor development and fundraising. As the organization has grown, the need for additional support became more apparent. 

“I’m looking forward to working with Tony and understand all that is Steven’s Hope,” said Rose.  “There is a lot to do and I’m looking forward to helping others create their own legacy with this great charity.”

Rose can be reached by calling 909-373-0678 ext 201 or sending an email to



St. Patrick’s Day Event Added To Calendar.

After a several year absence, Steven’s Hope is once again returning to El Torito Restaurant in Ontario, CA to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  The fundraising event will feature an all-you-can-eat Mexican/Irish buffet starting at 11AM on Saturday, March 17. 

“This was always a fun event for us”, said Sandy Cappelli.  “We were so happy that they reached out to Steven’s Hope after all these years.”

The all day service will give diners a choice of the Mex/Irish buffet featuring corned beef and cabbage or selecting items from the full menu of Mexican favorites.  There will be raffles and contests and music lots of green stuff – including green beer.

Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are highly recommended, especially between 5PM and 8PM.  To make reservations call the restaurant at 909-944-9102. 

DATE: Saturday, March 17, 2018
LOCATION: El Torito, 3680 Inland Empire Drive, Ontario, CA 91764  909-944-9102
TIME:  Food service 11AM to 9PM.  Bar open until 11PM.


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.


Run For A Child Skips A Year

Despite popular support, the 2017 Run For A Child event was not added to the calendar. The 5K, 10K an 1 Mile FunRun event has been growing over the last 8 years. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts for Steven’s Hope made hosting the event unrealistic.

The event has had a long evolution to be the Run For A Child. Originally, the event started as a motorcycle Poker-Run in October of 2003. After a few years, cars were added and a “cruise” from Cable Airport to Memorial Park in Upland where there was live music, vendors and pie-eating contests. The motorcycles faded out and a rum was added. At first, the run was called “One Tough Run” as participants ran up and down the median of Euclid Avenue in Upland. The event location moved from Memorial Park to the Life Bible Fellowship Church at the top of Euclid.

Safety concerns of running on Euclid Avenue lead to a change in venue to Prado Regional Park and the name change to “Run For A Child.” Since the move to Prado, the event has been headed by Lulu Tyner, a volunteer at Steven’s Hope since 2009.

As for the return of The Run in 2018, that still has to be determined.

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).

Previti Memorial Foundation Gift To Give All Year

On Friday, December 2, The John P. Previti Memorial Foundation continues its support of the projects and programs with a check presentation to co-founders, Tony and Sandy Cappelli. Martha Cuevas visited the Steven’s Hope office in Upland, CA to deliver the gift and to hear about how the money will be used.

Martha Cuevas presents check to Steven’s Hope for Children co-founders Tony and Sandy Cappelli.

The donation is directed to the We Care Program’s Winter Wonderland Project.  Individuals and companies adopt kids and family to fulfill their wishes, while others host toy drives to collect unwrapped gifts which are distributed to as many as eight hospitals in the area. The hospitals include Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Permanente Hospitals in Baldwin Park and Fontana, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center and  San Antonio Regional Hospital among others.

This particular gift will be applied directly to the WAY Project (Wonderland All Year).  One family will receive gift cards for $100 in gasoline, $100 in grocery store cards and $100 in cards to the Children’s Boutique at Steven’s Hope. In addition, the families will be part of many other “Family” events for families of seriously ill children.  Total benefits over the year to the family exceed $5000.

For more information about John P. Previti Memorial foundation, visit:

For more information about Steven’s Hope programs and projects, visit:  or call 866-3-STEVEN

Winter Wonderland Project Distributing Smiles

Since its inception, The Winter Wonderland Project has been brightening the holidays for hundreds and hundreds of families from seven different hospitals helping to treat seriously ill or injured children.  The 2017 campaign is in full swing.  The need for toy drives, toys and sponsors is up, but time is not!

Opportunities to sponsor the Project, Adopt a Child/Family or to Host A Toy Drive are still available and much needed. Information is available online at

The goal is to help reduce the financial burden on families and kids that have been through so much while increasing the excitement and joy of the season. For the last two years, over $100,000 of gifts and services were provided to support the Winter Wonderland Project that benefit from the distibution of presents include Loma Linda University Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente – Fontana, Kaiser Permanente – Baldwin Park, San Antonio Regional Hospital and Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.

For more information on how to sign up, visit the website or call the office at 909=-373-0678.

Upland Fire Dept Host Golf Tourney To Support Upland Charities

Those heroes in blue driving red trucks really do have hearts of gold.

The Upland Fire Department is hosting a golf tournament to support Upland Charities.  Registrations and sponsorship opportunities are available for the September 10 event.


Exec. Asst Says “Goodbye” To Say “I Do”

Katherine started her employment with Steven’s Hope last August. In one year of being with Steven’s Hope, Katherine Valadez certainly had impact on the organization. As Executive Assistant to founder, Tony Cappelli, Katherine was hands-on in almost every part of fundraising, communications and special events.  Now, as she approaches her wedding day in late August, Katherine will be starting a new journey and a new life in the L.A. area.

Katherine-Headshot-small“We are so happy for Katherine and wish her the best in her new life”, said Tony Cappelli. “She was able to pick up our systems and process quickly and helped establish some new processes internally that will be long lasting.”