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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.”



How Can 18 Holes Of Golf Save A Life?

14th Annual Golf Tournament May 16 at Red Hill Country Club.

14th Annual Golf Tournament May 16 at Red Hill Country Club.

Once a year, 140+ golfers come together to spend a day playing golf, meeting and making friends while doing something really great: helping families with a seriously ill or injured child.  These families come to great hospitals in our area to get life-saving treatment – families just like yours and mine. So many are in desperate situations, for no other reason except their child got ill or badly injured. Some travel hundreds or thousands of miles to come here; some live in the area.

They all have two things in common:

  1. They have a child that needs specialized care and support.
  2. Steven’s Hope

As a golfer or a golf fan, you can make a big difference in the lives of families by supporting the 2016 Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic. The event will take place Monday, May 16th at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga and all proceeds go to Steven’s Hope for Children to help fund the programs offered to families at a time when they need it most.

Event sponsorships are available up to the Title Level Sponsorship of $10,000 which includes golf registration for eight (8). Although the “Event” Sponsor ($5,000) and  Golf Cart Sponsor ($3500) are sold,  $3,000 would allow your company to be a Dinner Sponsor (one of two), Lunch Sponsor, Reverse Pong Sponsor or the Grand Prize Sponsor. Additionally, companies can also be a “Hole” sponsor for $300 if added to a foursome or $400 if not included with a foursome. Please review the attached registration forms for more details.

Individuals and foursomes can reserve their spot now on a first come-first served based for the April 1 opening for non-sponsors. The cost of a foursome is $1200 and an individual is $300. Each registered and paid golfer will have a ticket to the Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic Banquet and Auction, immediately following golf. Additional Banquet and Auction Tickets will be available April 1 on a limited basis for $75 per person.

For the individuals that would like to volunteer for the event are encouraged to sign-up using the online volunteer registration form.

Over the years, we’ve heard about from people who were unable to attend the event but still wanted to support Steven’s Hope at this event. This year, for the first time, several of the Silent Auction items will be available via online bidding! So even if you can’t be there, you can still be “at” the event. Who knows, the auction might even be streamed!!!  And, if you  have an item with a value of $150 or more that you would like to donate to the auction, please let us know!  Tickets to events, excursions, private gatherings, one-on-one meet and greets, and weekend getaways are always great ideas.

Now, it’s up to you. Today, take a moment and see how this great event supporting so many can fit into your schedule. Today, commit to a sponsorship level you are comfortable with, complete the form and send it in. Today, invite friends, family and associates to join you at the Drives To Save Lives Golf Classic. Your decisions will help families in more ways than you can imagine. Your financial support will continue to bring them hope for their child; hope for their family; hope for the future. You bring them Steven’s Hope.

To find out current event information, visit  Thank you for your time and support of Steven’s Hope for Children.


SHFC Announces New Leadership Team For 2016

Meet the 2016 Leadership Team

Steven’s Hope for Children announces the Leadership Team for 2016 effective January 1.  Jason Sgrignoli remains Chairman of the Board.  Lee Kimmel, who is also Treasurer and Clay Miale maintained their seats on the Board. Don Perchlak returns to the top level leadership and Phil Hakopian joins the Board for the first time.

The Associate Board has added new members Johnny Scharnweber, Bruce Pasqua and Richard Munkvold. Renewing their terms are Lulu Tyner, Rolando Guitierez, Andy Nguyen and Brett Strauss. Glenn Rowan, remains active again as the longest tenured member of the Leadership Team other than the Co-Founders, Tony and Sandy Cappelli.


  • Jason Sgrignoli-Chairman
  • Tony Cappelli
  • Sandy Cappelli
  • Don Perchlak
  • Lee Kimmel
  • Clay Miale
  • Phil Hakopian


  • Glenn Rowan
  • Rolando Gutierrez
  • Brett Strauss
  • Lulu Tyner
  • Damon Santos
  • Johnny Scharnweber
  • Bruce Pasqua
  • Richard Munkvold



AMPM Raises $40K+ In Latest Campaign

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The AMPM Apple Valley Store #81979 is one of the leaders in image sales and donations to Steven’s Hope. There isn’t much remaining display are to put more images!

Over 100 AMPM locations in the Southern California are have been raising money to support the programs of Steven’s Hope.  Each location is franchised and the staff at each location is asking customers to make a $1 donation. If they do, they write their name on an image of children and then the image is taped to a wall in the store and for some stores, it’s getting hard to find an open spot.

This is the fourth year that this type of fundraiser has taken place. This year the campaign time was moved from April/May to October/November.  The latest results with one day to go shows total donations from customers is over $42,000!  That’s a lot of images of children! That’s a lot of help for sick children!

According to Tony Cappelli, Executive Director at Steven’s Hope, “I am so please that we are able to partner with AMPM once more.   This is noteworthy in that so many of the store locations are in areas that may not be close to Steven’s Hope.  Opening up the potential to get a new supporter where there is no SHFC presence is wonderful.  The bottom line is that the more exposure in the right way like this, the more Steven’s Hope can help the families.”

There are several AMPM Franchise Business Consultants who manage approximately 20 locations each. After getting all the locations up and running and then finishing the fundraising campaign, they will be coming to do their part of wrapping toys that will be given away to certain families.

Eric Amundson, the FBC handling the High Desert Area said, We love helping Steven’s Hope and all the families during this time of year.  Getting involved with Winter Wonderland gets us all back into the spirit of Christmas and the Holidays.”

Giving Tuesday Provides Opportunity To Share, Donate & Volunteer


Tuesday is December 1, Giving Tuesday. Join the nationwide day of giving by supporting Steven’s Hope for Children.

December 1 is #GivingTuesday.  It’s a nationwide movement to give back to people, communities, schools, nonprofits and each other.

Steven’s Hope has opportunities for individuals to get involved and make a difference on this day.

Volunteers are needed!

Yes, we need more people to help Steven’s Hope in some key areas.  Look below for opportunities. If none of these excite you, give us a call, we’re bound to have something where you can make a significant impact!

Sign up today to host a Toy Drive for unwrapped presents that will be distributed to children in this year’s Winter Wonderland Project.   Organize one for your office Christmas party, or your civic group’s next gathering or even for a holiday event at your own home!  You can also sign up to adopt a family for Christmas or help out beginning next week at the SHFC sorting center to help sort, count, tag, organize, wrap, pack, stack and distribute thousands of toys going to thousands of kids in families with a seriously ill or injured child.  Spend a few hours with us or the whole day.  Just call the office at 909-373-0678 to let us know when you will be available.

If you would like to help with our newest project, The Raising Hope Project, you can spread the word and be a Virtual Fundraiser. Your goal is to join the team of supporters helping families to help themselves.  This project gives families the tools to raise money for the expanded family needs as a result of their seriously ill or injured child.  To help families get started, Steven’s Hope matches a portion of what the family raises.  Go to and sign up to be a Participant, do some quick edits to fundraising pages and send out some emails to your friends and post on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook!  If you need help, call Tony at the Steven’s Hope office.

If you like, make that, LOVE social media, give Katherine a call at the office.  There are big plans to be made for 2016 and great volunteers are needed to help organize, schedule, research and create posts for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, and more.  If you have a couple of hours a week, this is your opportunity to make a BIG RIPPLE!.  Just call us on #GivingTuesday at 909-373-0678.


We have our new Text-To-Give account.  Help spread the word!  909-325-3088.  For Giving Tuesday, just text the number, enter the donation amount and add “GT” to make sure it goes to the Giving Tuesday Campaign. So it will look like this:  20.00  GT.  Donate whatever amount you want of $5.00 or more. The service is from @Pay so you know it’s secure!


Jack In The Box Backs Steven’s Hope

Ten foothill area Jack In The Box locations are teaming up to help support Steven’s Hope for Children by collecting $1 donations to help support families of seriously ill or injured children.

Each store will be collecting donations through July 31.

Jack In The Box stores helping to make a difference $1 at a time.

Jack In The Box stores helping to make a difference $1 at a time.

Azusa: 877 E. Alosta Ave., Azusa, CA

Covina: 535 S. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA

Fontana: 3910 Sierra Ave., Fontana, CA

Los Alamitos: 11250 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA

Ontario: 1551 E. 4th St., Ontario, CA

Ontario: 2710 Riverside Dr., Ontario, CA

Ontario: 2458 S. Vineyard Ave., Ontario, CA

Rancho Cucamonga: 11767 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga, CA

San Dimas: 1125 W. Arrow Hwy., San Dimas, CA

Upland: 611 West Foothill Blvd. Upland, Ca 91786

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

Back Pack Drive for Fall School Ends July 13

Backpack-DriveSteven’s Hope is once again conducting a back pack drive for seriously ill or injured children and their siblings to prepare for the upcoming school year. This year’s goal of 75 backpacks begins immediately.

Everything from lined paper, erasers, glue sticks, staples, binders and rulers are needed to fill the backpacks to give the children everything they need to be ready to learn.  Individuals can sign up to donate any of the items in quantities up to 75 by clicking the SignUpGenius logo.  Financial contributions for this project can be made through the SignUpGenius site as well with a major credit card or PayPal.Sign Up Now!

All donations should be delivered to the Steven’s Hope office on or before Monday, July 13. For more information, call the Steven’s Hope office.

Sign up today.  Together, we can make a ripple in the future of a child!!