History

VintageReaglettesFrom That Day Forward… 59 Years Ago

On February 5, 1958, when Gertrude Gipson Penland and eleven other professional and community minded ladies combined their efforts and ideas, the Regalettes Incorporated was born. From that day forward, they set in motion a series of fundraising events and established standards of civic responsibility and community participation that has helped to significantly change the course of the African American community in the City of Los Angeles.  This year, the Regalettes have raised the bar as we are stepping out on faith with the hope of recruiting new sponsors in order to raise $100,000 so that we can increase our scholarship assistance. To ensure that our scholarship recipients complete their education, the Regalettes provide continued tuition support and assistance with living expenses beyond the four-year college program, which includes advanced degrees. Over the years, the Regalettes have given over $500,000 in scholarships.  Our student recipients have had a proven track record of excellence, demonstrating a 95% graduation rate. In addition, all returning recipients are required to complete community service hours in undeserved communities, keeping the tradition of our founder flourishing.

Here are just a few accomplishments:

  • Created Advisory Board
  • Annual Christmas Toy Give Away
  • Partnerships with City Official Council District 8 to include:
    – July 4th Community Fireworks
    – Jazz on the Hill
    –  Annual Community Tree Lighting
    –  MLK Day Parade
  • Expanded  the Turkey Give Away
  • Partnership with Mother’s In Action (Taste of Soul)
  • Acknowledgement of past Regalettes Inc. Presidents  with “Hats and High Heels” event
  • Christmas Brunch for Student Scholarships
  • Student Scholarships received a $5K gift for electronics
  • Supported Expo Center Christmas Toy Give Away