Sunday: Persimmon sale for charity


Local youth Lisa and Sara Hewitt, members of their philanthropy group, ChAngels, are hosting their third annual persimmon sale at the family-owned shop, Beltramo's Wines and Sprits, 1540 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21.

The sale of organic, locally harvested persimmons is a tradition started by the girls' mother, Diana Beltramo Hewitt, who peddled persimmons as a girl. Her stand featured the fruit accompanied by a family dessert recipe incorporating the persimmons. Her daughters and friends are carrying on the tradition, this time for charity.

ChAngels is a mother-daughter philanthropy group, founded in 2007 with the goal of effecting change on both a local and global level by collecting and earning spare change. Other members are Atherton and Menlo Park residents Annie and Lily Barnett, Sarah and Kate Lucas, Melissa and Alison Freeman, and Kim Guthrie and daughters Jessie and Clara.

Go to for more information or call Kate Lucas, founding member of ChAngels at 568-0395.

Members, who range in age from 8 to 11, have been involved in a number of charitable activities, including collecting shoes for homeless children, donating books to Lucille Packard Children's Hospital, and making toys and collecting supplies for animals at Pets in Need.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2010 at 10:50 am

Another pro-Beltramo's slant, ugh. Persimmons are hard to get rid of because no one likes them. At least the girls are doing good charity work - maybe that will aid in the recovery of the Beltramo's tarnished rep.

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Posted by loves persimmons
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

There are 2 types of persimmons. We grow the type that is ripe and sweet while still crisp. Usually there are far too many for us and we offer them for charitable donation. People actually ring our doorbell and ask if they're ripe yet or if we have any more. This is called a win-win, except for the squirrels and crows.

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