In the 1940's, the YWCA Membership Councils, YWs in Fullerton, Brea, Buena Park, La Habra and Placentia, formally organized into the YWCA of North Orange County. The YWCA was a haven for servicemen's wives while their husbands were away fighting in World War II. They established the first Home and Garden Tour that raised funds to support their childcare program, Girls Reserves and Camp Osceola.
Bob and Pam Clark, Jr., Fullerton Insurance Services, Avonmore, and Ellie Westenhaver sponsored the first annual Swing Song Swing event. Music from the greatest generation, dancing, and professional performances brought over 90 guest back in time. They Hollywood Hotshots, who performed in Dacing with the Stars, in Hollywood movies, and in music videos, dressed in vintage military uniforms and transformed the audience into a USO experience. Fullerton resident, Barbara Sue Johnson, shared a short testimony of when she entertained the troops with Bob Cosby and Jim Williams was the Mater of Ceremonies. Old black and white movies with Fred Astaire flickered on the wall while many couples danced while the work of the YWCA was remembered.
YWCA North Orange County Rich in History Celebrates the 1940's