CALEXICO — Philanthropists donated lavishly wrapped presents for the homeless women and children of Casa Villanueva and the Wells Fargo Foundation handed over a $15,000 check to the Calexico Neighborhood House at the fifth annual Calexico Chamber of Commerce Holiday Soiree.
For the past four years the soiree had been packed with well-dressed women who gathered at a local eatery to donate presents or money — or, in some cases both, for the Neighborhood House Casa Villanueva woman's shelter.
This year, Hildy Carrillo-Rivera, chamber executive director, invited men to take part, because, "Things were getting boring."
More than 100 people attended the soiree Thursday night. Everyone brought a present or donated to the shelter.
"Some women forget how lucky they are — all those whiners. That's why we're here," Carrillo-Rivera said.
Those who couldn't make it still found a way to donate, she added.
One of the highlights of the night was the presentation of a $15,000 check from Calexico's Wells Fargo Branch Manager Lydia Carrillo to Neighborhood House board member Elena Cañez.