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Steven’s Hope Joins Giving Tuesday Movement

This Nov 27th is #GivingTuesday. This year we are fundraising to support the Housing For Hope Program. Facebook and PayPal are matching donations on Facebook for a total of up to $7 million dollars. In addition, your donations to Steven’s Hope could be matched! Mark your calendar and help us reach our $5,000 goal to the Housing For Hope Program.

If you want to help, it’s easy to create your own fundraiser to support Steven’s Hope and the Housing For Hope Program.  Just go to    Then, enter Steven’s Hope and the amount you would like to try to raise on your own fundraiser.  For more details, click here.

Together, we can meet the goal of a one day total of $5,000 and maybe even have some of it matched by Facebook and PayPal!

New Development Director Brings New Energy To Steven’s Hope.

Steven’s Hope for Children is  pleased to announce that Amanda Behnke has joined our team as Development Director.

Amanda brings a wealth of fundraising experience from Western University of Health Sciences, San Gabriel Children’s Center, and University of La Verne. She holds an advanced degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as an MBA, and has been extensively involved in the Lions Club, as well as the Covina Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. Amanda also founded a Girl Scout Troop and served as the President of the Terra Vista Elementary PTA.

“I have been familiar with the amazing work of Steven’s Hope for years,” said Ms. Behnke. “I’m very excited to have this opportunity to truly make a difference with these amazing families and all the supporters that impact them.”

Amanda is searching for people who would like to make the holidays great for the children and families we serve by getting involved with the many opportunities with projects and administration duties.

To get involved, please contact her by calling 909-373-0678 or by emailing her at  

Backpack Drive Breaks Record

Goal of 100 Exceeded!


It’s amazing what happens when people get together to make a difference!

Steven’s Hope had a goal of distributing 100 backpacks to ill children and their siblings.
Just as the count was approaching 100, in comes over 100 backpacks collected by Danone.  Not only did they bring in stuffed backpacks, they brought in extra supplies just in case we were low! 



When everything was all counted, over 200 backpacks were collected to be sent out all over the Inland Empire. What a great way to kick off the school year for so many deserving kids!! 


Thank you, everyone!!!

Family Day Hopes For Passes

Steven’s Hope has a Family Day on October 27. This special day happens every quarter for families in the We Care Program.

Families of seriously ill children get to gather to make Halloween pumpkins, decorate cookies and have a bit of fun while parents are able to shop for much needed clothing through a partnership with A Lot Of Good Thrift Store.

Aside from the clothes and activities, we would love to provide each child and family member we serve with a move ticket. Our goal is to get 50 (fifty) movie passes to distribute to the families.  With an average ticket price of $13.00, the goal is to raise $650 or more to purchase tickets.  If it is possible to get to $1300, families would be able to get vouchers for refreshments, too!

If you are interested in purchasing movie tickets, they can be mailed or delivered to Steven’s Hope for Children, 1014 W Foothill Blvd., Suite B, Upland, CA 91786 on or before October 24, 2018. To make a donation for the tickets, you can go online to 

Be sure to note that this is for Family Day!

If you have any questions, please call the Development Department at Steven’s Hope. 909-373-0678

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

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