Message From The President

Message From The President:

It has been several months since I have submitted a “message” and, as usual, the PAOC Board, as well as PEP4U, and Tremble Clefs, have all been very active.

Finally, after almost 5 years, PAOC’s pending embezzlement case against Judith Woodhouse has been resolved. Woodhouse was sentenced to 3 years formal probation, given credit for the 180 days served in county jail before she was able to make bail, and ordered to make full restitution, which she paid prior to sentencing. Although a larger sum was embezzled, a District Attorney’s forensic examination revealed that the amount of restitution due PAOC was $28,346, and this amount has been deposited into our account.

An additional sum of approximately $63,000 previously paid to the National Parkinson’s Foundation-Orange County Chapter (NPF-OCC) by the insurance carrier, was part of the restitution package. This amount has been sent to the insurance company in repayment.

The infusion of new funds into PAOC’s bank account now provides an opportunity for the association to explore additional programs and services that might be implemented to better serve the Parkinson’s Community. A Programs Committee has been formed and will be meeting shortly.

House of Power Christmas Boot Camp
In addition to the restitution amount received in December, our newest board member, Johnny Mercurio, held a “House of Power Christmas Boot Camp,” at his boxing gym in Westminster. The first two hours involved various exercise routines for PWP, while the next two hour involved athletes and other participants. Over $1000 was received in donations by participants which was then donated to PAOC. Furthermore, an article in the OC Register on January 6 featured Johnny’s work with a multiple sclerosis patient, as well as his boxing classes for PWP. The article, “MMA fighter teaches doctor with multiple sclerosis how to battle back,” generated additional donations to PAOC. We are happy to have Johnny on our Board of Directors and thank him for his commitment and hard work for PAOC.

Wahoo’s Fundraiser
Also, two of our other Board Members, Doug and Cristi Barber enlisted the support of Wahoo’s to generously support a one-day fundraiser in which 20% of the purchases were donated to PAOC. All OC Wahoo locations, with 4 exceptions, participated in the fundraising event. A PAOC flyer had to be submitted at the time of payment to be eligible for the 20% donation. PAOC expresses their gratitude to Mr. & Mrs. Barber for all their hard work in putting together this fundraiser.

One project under consideration by the Board of Directors is the development of a Parkinson’s Disease Information Speaker’s Committee to better inform the community about PD. In the coming months the board’s efforts will be on considering what additional services for PWP might be implemented. As usual, fundraising is always a high priority.

Tremble Clefs
Orange County Tremble Clefs experienced a very productive 2018. New members were added to both the North OC and South OC groups. TC performed concerts to small and large audiences throughout the year. TC had a very successful “Friends and Family” concert in August, raising over $5,000, and treating the South OC Community to a wonderful “Holiday Concert” with the music ministry at the Laguna United Methodist Church.

TC is most appreciative to Walmart Store #5687 in Irvine for a $1,000 grant. A public recognition event is being planned to thank “Walmart Giving” for their support.

The 2019 year also promises to be a very good and productive year for TC. Several new members have already been added to both groups that are preparing for the next concert series scheduled for March. A major project is the start of a 3rd TC in the North Coast area of OC. This new group is scheduled to start up in the Spring.

Please share the TC Program with others who might benefit from the therapeutic singing. The TC website is You can also follow TC on Facebook at The OC Tremble Clefs.

Tremble Clefs is a community of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their care partners who have a desire to sing and explore the therapeutic value of music. New members are always welcome-and please note: one does NOT need to be a good singer.

Meeting locations/times are:

Florence Sylvester Memorial Sr. Center
23721 Moulton Parkway
Laguna Woods, CA 92637

Emerald Court
1731 W. Medical Center Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92801

On a final note, please be reminded that PAOC can benefit from the involvement of
more volunteers. Anyone wishing to contribute a bit of time or talent to the two
wonderful therapeutic programs it sponsors, come join us!