On Thursday, June 25, 2015 Joy Sullivan, a 34 year member of the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club, was presented with a recognition award which was signed by Senator Jeff Stone. The award was presented by Mary Ann Edwards, who is Senator Stone’s Western District Director. Mrs. Edwards spoke of Joy’s many accomplishments, not the least of which includes starting the Holiday Home Tour which remains today as the club’s prestigious and most successful fundraising event.
From its inception in 1985, the annual Holiday Home Tour has raised the monies which have enabled the Temecula Valley Woman’s Club to donate more than two million dollars toward scholarships, a van for seniors and another for wounded veterans, along with high school stadium seating and many charities which include Make-a-Wish, Circle of Safe-t, Michelle’s Place, Rancho Damacitas, Oak Grove Center, Animal Friends of the Valleys, Villa Chardonnay horse sanctuary, the Temecula and Murrieta Libraries, The Temecula Valley Museum, Temecula Community Theatre, Women Against Child Trafficking and All from the Heart, just to name a few.
Joy has been a steadfast and energetic supporter of Temecula, serving on the Temecula Town Association, a grass roots organization that helped build the Temecula Valley Fire Department, Temecula Libraries and the Temecula Community Center. Joy has the distinction of being listed in “Ripley’s Believe it or Not “for being the youngest linotype operation. At age 7, she worked at the Omak Chronicle, her father’s newspaper business. She has been instrumental in bringing a circus to town, and in researching the path early missionaries traveled which qualified our city for a General Federation of Women’s Club mission bell, as well as organizing Temecula Valley Woman’s Club members to decorate Main Street with huge, colorful crepe paper flowers to welcome the arrival of the 1984 Olympic torch runner.