Update, March 13, 12:30 p.m.: Organizers have canceled the upcoming Carnival at the Pier due to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
The Angelic Auxiliary—comprised of 44 humanitarian-minded women, many of which reside in Pacific Palisades—is gearing up for the 18th annual Carnival at the Pier, which will take place on Sunday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Members of The Angelic Auxiliary include Palisadians Yvonne Hsieh-Schumacher and Jacqueline Pack, who serve as president and vice president, respectively.
Proceeds raised at the family-friendly event, which takes place at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, will benefit Children’s Bureau’s child abuse treatment and prevention services.
Since 1996, The Angelic Auxiliary has raised more than $2.1 million through the Carnival, with work extending beyond the annual event through a Halloween Spectacular, Family Thanksgiving event and Annual Toy Boutique.
“Families, friends and the members of the Angelic Auxiliary look forward to this day all year,” Yvonne Hsieh-Schumacher shared in a statement ahead of the event. “Not only do we get to enjoy a private, fun day at the pier, but it is all the more rewarding knowing that all of the funds raised go toward Children’s Bureau’s life-changing programs and services.”
Nonprofit Children’s Bureau was founded in 1904 and has since become a “leader in protecting vulnerable children through prevention, treatment and advocacy,” according to the statement. The agency focuses on three key areas: strengthening families and communities, building peer capacity, and transforming systems and communities.
Each year, Children’s Bureau provides assistance to 50,000 children and parents throughout Southern California with services including school readiness, parenting classes, family resource centers, support groups, mental health counseling, foster care, foster-adoption and more.