The Luminaries began in 1990, with a small group of women from the Palos
Verdes Peninsula wanting to support Torrance Memorial Medical Center with
their time and fundraising efforts, as well as dedicated to fostering
the volunteer spirit in youth through NOVAs. Children of active Luminaries
can join NOVAs, a high school volunteer program. Joining NOVAs allows
students to gain valuable experience through volunteering as patient escorts
in the hospital, as well as helping outside the hospital at special events,
making tray favors and blankets for patients, decorating the pediatrics
ward and other activities.
In addition to providing service within the hospital and at special events,
Luminaries support the
Woman to Woman Image Enhancement Center located in the
West Tower, first floor. Women who are experiencing hair loss due to cancer
treatments or other medical illnesses may receive a private image consultation
and receive free products through this program. This program helps build
confidence and self-esteem in women recovering from illness.
For More Information
To attend a membership information meeting and learn more about the Luminaries
and NOVAs, call 310-517-4752. Membership is open to Palos Verdes and Torrance
residents. A new member meeting is usually held in March.