2020 Benefit Sponsors
Sponsor Sponsorship
The Sinnott Family
Show Sponsor
Point Loma Association
Show Sponsor
Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
Friday Night
Michele Yamada DDS
Thursday Night
David Adams DDS
Thursday Night

Bali Hai Restaurant
Tom Ham's Lighthouse
The Curtis Family
Class of 2020 Photo Gallery
Michael & Jan Pradels
Producer's Circle

Posted Oct 18, 2020

Madcaps 2020

Help Sheet for Hours 

Up tp 5 service hours - Make 3 Birthday Cards for Seniors as part of  Meals on Wheels We Care Program. You drop them off and  They will deliver them.  3 cards=1 service hour, max 5 hours  "We Care" Packages  ** Consider making Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Holiday Cards!

Up to 5 service hours - Write a card and letter for Seniors. Bring to St Pauls, 328 Maple Street, 92103. OR There are many Senior Living and Assisted Living Centers in San Diego, pick whichever one you want! They all need beautiful handmade art and letters of encouragement! 3 cards=1 service hour, max 5 hours ** Consider making Happy Thanksgiving or Happy Holiday Cards!

1+ hours - Rock Thrift Store on Rosecrans- sort and organize in the store. Girls 16+ can serve without an adult. 10 -15 need adult with them Contact Brenda Etzel-Swain

Rock Thrift Store Manager/Pastor - 

3 hours - Jacobs and Csuhman Food Bank Shifts. 16 and older can go by themselves Create a volunteer account for you and on for  your daughter, then browse possible shifts

1 hour - Beach/Park clean up. Morning or Evening stroll on the weekends with your Madcaps junior and help the environment! Trash grabber on Amazon $10 or available at home depot

1 hour - Autism Tree video Campaign, Video yourself reading a book or doing a craft. Text or email Rebecca Barron the video  or 909-815-8520

The following involve buying supplies:

3 hours+ - DIY for SD Humane Society,  Make toys and blankets, See attached PDF for instructions.

1-3 hours Make a We Care Package for Seniors being served by Meals on Wheels and drop it off

1+ hours - League of Women Voter’s Postcard campaign, 10 cards for 1 Service hour

1. Sign-up for names

2. Buy your own postcards and stamps (Amazon has lots)

3. LOWV will e-mail you names, guides and instructions

4. Complete your postcards and mail!


Re-Imagining Service

Philanthropy Update 

August 2020

Madcaps was able to present all of our Core Philanthropies with a $5,500 check this past month. We received many beautiful Thank You messages! 

Take a moment with your Madcap to watch this sweet and inspirational thank-you video from Serving Seniors!

Service Spotlight! Class Updates:


The senior class of 2021 is really excited to help with the Encinitas build for Habitat for Humanity and have found it to be really physical work but very rewarding!


Beach Clean-up event at Mission Beach, Cards to PACE, Camp Counselors at the San Diego Humane Society Animal Adventure Camp. Some of our girls have been working with Words Alive, creating cards / artwork for seniors, and making animal beds and toys for the SD Humane Society.


Class of 2023 is in the process of completing more than 90 hours of service to the SD Humane Society, their core philanthropy. They made animal enrichment toys for dogs, cats and other small animals.


The girls have been getting creative and getting to work “re imagining Service”. One girl organized and hosted a food drive for pets, several girls are sewing masks to donate, others are serving neighbors as babysitters and mother’s helpers to lighten the load of working moms at home. Many girls continue to create cards, write letters, and provide art supplies for St Pauls Seniors. Food bank shifts were filled, and beachers were cleaned! 


UCSD Bannister La Jolla Family House - Provided dinner and cookies and cards for the medical staff currently staying there. Beach Clean ups, Clothes Donation, lots of cards for the elderly.


Girls are busy delivering 49 blankets and 112 dog/cat toys to Paws of Coronado and Ally's Animal Assistance Network. They’ve completed lots of food bank shifts and neighborhood clean ups! 

They also hosted a COVID conscious Strip and Dip! Great job and WELCOME Madcaps 2026!!!


Below are options that you can organize - for yourself or with others!

Father Joe's Villages Rock Decorating - We're painting rocks and delivering them to decorate one of the outdoor areas at Father Joe's.  Please have your daughter paint rocks with a message, picture or design, have them be artistic!  Finish the rocks off with at least two layers of a clear coat (Modge Podge or something similar) so that the design lasts through our brutal San Diego winters. 😉 Feel free to share this opportunity with siblings in Madcaps!

Deadline:  September 15

Service Credit:  One hour of service credit for every 3 painted rocks donated, up to 5 hours maximum (15 rocks).

Rock Drop:  Claudia Virgilio's house 806 Catalina Blvd. 92107

San Diego Humane Society - Do-It-Yourself Packet online instructions to make mats and dog toys. Staci Hurley and Amelia Curtis are especially thrilled to receive the mats as they take a long time to make. Girls can purchase all of the supplies (i.e. plastic mats, fleece material, etc) The mats take a while to make so the Madcaps girls can accrue quite a few hours. The DIY packet is self-explanatory and provides directions on how to make items for dogs, cats, and birds. Deliver to SD Humane Society

Jewish Family Service

The health and safety of staff, volunteers, and clients are top priority. As an agency that works with vulnerable populations, JFS has modified our volunteer opportunities to meet public health recommendations and social distancing practices. There are still many ways for you to stay involved with JFS and give back to our community during these challenging times – we look forward to seeing you!

Cushman and Jacobs Food Bank.

Is your madcap 16 or older? Volunteers 16 and older can sign up for a shift through the food bank website. The volunteer page is user friendly and explains everything you need to know. Just:

Register as a volunteer 

Locate volunteer shift schedules. 

Sign up  OR if you see a shift with multiple slots, feel free to tell your class and get a group together!

AvantGard Senior Center is looking for a group of girls to do some entertainment outside of the center for the residents, following Covid-19 safety protocols.  If anyone is interested, please reach out to Madcaps Mom Irene Damsky for more details.

Serving Seniors has an urgent need for volunteers 18+ to help them build shelf table meal boxes.  Anyone interested should contact  Elle Leidy at Serving Seniors 619.487.0605 or


Ongoing Opportunities:

Autism Tree Project Foundation

2 Virtual Video campaigns:

Here is our Youtube account with ALL our one minute tip videos to date for inspiration: Past 1-min Tip Videos Submit your videos here: Dropbox Video Link

1 Service Hour: Creation, editing, and submission of 1 Video

St. Pauls/Serving Seniors

Bring cards, letter, art directly to St Pauls at 328 Maple Street

1 Service Hour: 3 cards or letters, max 5 hours 

Want another creative idea? ��������

Reach out to an elderly neighbor about gardening or any outside chores they need assistance with! 


Michelle Riley & Julie Tweeten

2019-20 MADCAPS Philanthropy Chairs

Posted May 31, 2020

Following guidelines released by Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health in response to the increasing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, MADCAPS has cancelled our 2020 Benefit Show. Our decision was based on the fact that it seemed highly unlikely that the Health and Safety mandates would change to a phase that would allow for us to legally run a show with the social distancing guidelines in the foreseeable future. We also have a legal responsibility to give the money that was raised, and is sitting in our bank account, to the charities we serve. They need the funds now more than any other year. 

In the spirit of philanthropic culture, what we hope brought you to MADCAPS in the first place, we are asking that you continue to support our mission: serving the needs of others.  We ask that you turn your ticket purchase into a donation to be distributed to the non-profits MADCAPS supports. These nonprofits are in dire need of financial support and together we can make an immediate impact.  Our tax ID is 33-0105904. If this is your desire, no further action is required.

If at this time you are not able to make the donation, please:

1. Reply to the email from our ticketing database, stating your request for a refund (If you purchased a ticket for another family member or friend you will need to work that out with them as your information is all we have).

2. You should see a refund on your credit card within a couple of weeks for the ticket price minus the processing fee.

3. The deadline to request a refund is Thursday, June 4, 2020. After that, all money will be donated to the more than ten local nonprofits we serve.

*MADCAPS members will not be reimbursed their $70 ticket minimum as that is a membership obligation.

The Board has approved an option to work with any member who may need this money refunded in confidence. Please reach out to our Madcaps President email to work on a plan that is best for you.

Thank you for your continued support of MADCAPS.  Together we are truly practicing the meaning of service.

Mothers and Daughters Club Assisting Philanthropies (MADCAPS)

Welcome to our website.  This is our portal of communication to the public and our membership. “The purpose of MADCAPS, as a private, nonprofit organization, is to involve mothers and daughters in direct service to and support of established philanthropic organizations.”

Greetings fellow MADCAPS members and welcome to our new members, Class of 2026! It is such an honor to serve you as president for 2020-2021. This year will continue to bring us all life changes on just about every level, MADCAPS included. Boy, we are in for a bumpy ride together, but first, a brief history so you can learn a bit about me. I am a San Diego native, grew up in PL, and was lucky enough to be a MADCAP Junior member, class of 1987. My daughter is a junior at La Jolla Country Day and my son is a new freshman at High Tech High. My husband works for the Navy managing hotels on Coronado, we met while both of us were working for Hyatt in the 1990’s. I honestly believe my early experience with MADCAPS taught me the importance of giving back which is why I am here today as your president. I have served in many different philanthropic positions over the years helping the Peninsula Y, Warren-Walker School, Rady Children’s Hospital, and am currently on the board at the San Diego History Center. My door is always open to new ideas and I have no goals for this year other than being flexible and serving our membership and our philanthropies as well as I can. 

We are most appreciative of our generous donors who let MADCAPS keep their contributions though show was canceled. Here is a list of our major sponsors, please check our website for a complete list.


Julie Gildred Connolly

President 2020-2021