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The Orinda Woman's Club is active all year round, raising and distributing funds to support charitable organizations in our immediate community, the region, and the world.  We would like to share with you how we are making a difference and invite you to contact us at orindawomansclubinfo@gmail.com to learn more about who we are and what we do. 

Reserve Your Tickets for the 2018 Festival of Trees

posted Jul 22, 2018, 11:14 AM by Suzanne Murillo

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 15, 2018 - that is the date of the 32nd Annual Festival of Trees, the biggest fund-raising event of the year for the Orinda Woman's Club.  This year, our major beneficiaries will be the Contra Costa Crisis Center and NAMI of Contra Costa (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness).  

We are very excited to be able to support these wonderful organizations with a festive luncheon and fashion show at the San Ramon Marriott.  Dan Ashley, Co-Anchor of the Channel 7 News, will again be our Master of Ceremonies, and the inimitable Helen Lyall with amaze us once again with dramatic and beautiful clothing from her shop in Napa.  

In addition, we will have raffle tickets available for sale for beautiful baskets, wreaths, and trees (each valued between $200 and $500), Silent Auction items including a Wine-tasting at Trefethen Winery, a round of golf for four at Contra Costa Country Club, 100,000 Alaska Airlines mileage points, a private cooking class gifted by Chef Charles Vollmar of Epicurean Exchange Experience, and many, many more items!  

We are also offering two Destination Raffles - a 2 night stay in a view room at the Claremont Club & Spa with breakfast each day (what a great stay-cation opportunity) and a 2 night stay in a junior suite with a view of the Bellagio Fountain at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas plus a $200 dining credit.  

You may purchase tickets by mail or on-line.  If purchasing by mail, please send the completed reservation form to:
                Orinda Womans Club
                P. O. Box 533, Orinda, CA 94563
Be sure to include your meal choice, contact information, and a check.  To access the reservation form for payment by check, click on the file attached at the bottom of this page.

If making your reservations on line, all information will be gathered in the reservation form and a confirmation will be sent to you via email.  A convenience fee will be charged for on-line reservations.  To access the on-line reservation form, click on the link below.

OWC Woman’s Club Awards Scholarships

posted Aug 3, 2017, 3:14 PM by Suzanne Murillo

The Orinda Woman’s Club awarded $1,000 education scholarships to Miramonte graduates Julia Bowers and Daria Torba. 

Eight students from the Independent Living Skills Program for Contra Costa County were also awarded $1,000 education scholarships on June 15 at the club’s recognition dinner.

Photos of the Miramonte graduates can be seen on page 16 of the August 2017 Orinda News.

Tickets Now Available - 2017 Festival of Trees

posted Jun 1, 2017, 7:25 AM by Suzanne Murillo   [ updated Jun 1, 2017, 7:39 AM ]

The Orinda Woman's Club is hosting the 31st annual Festival of Trees on Thursday, November 16th at the San Ramon Marriott.  Reservations for this event are being accepted now through November 2nd.  Tickets are $90 per person and include a delightful salad lunch and dessert, a fabulous Fashion Show presented by Helen Lyall Clothes for Women, wonderful raffle prizes, and exciting Silent Auction items.  

You may purchase tickets on-line by credit card at:
If you prefer to pay by check, please open and print the Evite attached below and follow the instructions.

The beneficiaries for this year's fund-raising event are:

Pillars of Hope: - The vision at Pillars of Hope is to offer a safe, healing environment to survivors of human trafficking. They offer a residential restorative care program focusing on life skills, therapy, and job re-entry programs. The program enables them to become productive members of society and fulfill their purpose in life.

 Berkeley Hope Scholars - Berkeley Hope Scholars (BHS) is the academic retention program at UC Berkeley that provides support and resources to incoming freshman, transfer and continuing students who are current/former foster youth or orphaned. BHS provides each scholar with comprehensive services to ensure graduation from the University. Through individualized referrals to campus and community service partners, BHS supports each student in reaching educational, personal and career goals.

 OWC Community Service Committee - Funds are donated to nonprofit groups locally and internationally and education grants are awarded to improve the lives of women and families and those aging out of the foster care system.

The OWC Hosts its 30th Festival of Trees

posted Aug 30, 2016, 9:39 AM by Suzanne Murillo

The Orinda Woman's Club will host its 30th Festival of Trees on Thursday, November 17th at the San Ramon Marriott.  All are invited to attend this fabulously fun event with a scrumptious luncheon and always amazing Fashion Show presented by Helen Lyle Clothes for Women, Napa, California.  Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Dan Ashley, Co-Anchor of Channel 7 News.  The event starts at 10:30 AM - come early to buy raffle tickets for wonderful Baskets, Trees, and Wreaths plus enter a drawing for some fabulous trips and place your bids for Silent Auction items.

You can buy tickets on-line by visiting:

If you prefer to buy tickets by check, please see the invitation attached below.  See you at the Festival of Trees on November 17th!

Orinda Woman's Club at 4th of July Celebration

posted Jul 11, 2016, 6:48 PM by Suzanne Murillo   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 6:49 PM ]

Members of the Orinda Woman's Club once again provided information about the activities and contributions of the organization and answered questions about club membership.   A perfect day, great pancake breakfast, and fun parade was enjoyed by all!

OWC Presents Awards to Festival of Trees Beneficiaries

posted Mar 12, 2016, 1:19 PM by Suzanne Murillo

On February 9, 2016, the Orinda Woman's Club presented awards to SEEDS Restorative Justice and White Pony Express, the beneficiaries of funds raised during the Festival of Trees on November 20, 2015.

For the full story, please follow this link to the March 2016 edition of The Orinda News (page 15).


OWC Members Donate Gifts to Foster Children

posted Dec 7, 2015, 9:20 AM by Suzanne Murillo   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 9:23 AM ]

Members of the Orinda Woman's Club donated gifts to VESTIA (Volunteer & Emergency Services In Action) as part of their Angel Tree Program for Foster Children in Contra Costa County.  Wrapped gifts were delivered on December 3rd to the Grace Episcopal Church in Martinez by member Suzanne Murillo.

2015 Festival of Trees in The Orinda News

posted Oct 12, 2015, 11:05 AM by Suzanne Murillo

29th Annual Festival of Trees - November 20, 2015

posted Sep 17, 2015, 11:50 AM by Suzanne Murillo

The Orinda Woman's Club (OWC) 29th Annual Festival of Trees Benefit Luncheon and Fashion Show will take place November 20, 10:30 a.m. at the San Ramon Marriot Hotel, 2600 Bishop Drive, San Ramon. Helen Lyall’s beautiful clothes will be featured and Dan Ashley, the coanchor of Channel 7 News, will once again be the Master of Ceremonies. The festive day includes a raffle of wreaths, trees, and bountiful gift baskets plus a raffle for a trip to Club Tahoe at Incline Village or to Poipu Kai Beach Resort. There will be a silent auction for a one week stay at Sea Garden Inn Mazatlan, Mexico. The proceeds benefit White Pony Express, which strives to help hunger and poverty in Contra Costa County; Seeds Restorative Justice in Schools; and OWC's Community Service Committee. Reservations are $90 per person. For more information, call Janet Nelson at 925-451-0559. 

Orinda Woman's Club Presents Awards

posted Mar 5, 2015, 6:44 PM by Suzanne Murillo

On February 10th, 2015, the Orinda Woman's Club presented monetary awards to two major beneficiaries: CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and Holden High School in Orinda.  For the full story, follow the link to page 14 of the March issue of The Orinda News.


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