La Playa Unit

The La Playa Unit was formed in 1954.  Most of the ladies who became Charter Members lived in the La Playa area and belonged to the same Garden Club.  And so, it was a  natural, they called themselves “The Green Thumb Unit.”  For many years we made decorative garden items and sold them along with donated flowers at the Children’s Hospital Fair. Later, we continued this theme by hosting garden tours of Point Loma homes. Then, some visionary members proposed the idea of Celebration of Champions, and so since 1994 we have provided this day of fun and inspiration at the Embarcadero for the Rady Children’s Hospital cancer patients and their families, survivors, and bereaved families. We have raised more than $6 million to support patient programs at the Rady Children's Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. To learn more about this event please click here:  

The La Playa Unit is a special group of women united in a bond of friendship and philanthropy and it is not unusual to have several generations of a family present at our monthly meetings, from infants to ladies over 100! We meet the third Friday of each month at a member's home and enjoy homemade snacks and each other's company while we discuss hospital news, programs, needs, and ways we can support Rady Children's Hospital.  

To learn more or contact this unit please contact Jean Federici at  



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