Miramonte NCL Seniors Celebrate Their Philanthropy

Juliet Miller, Feature Editor

As the trees begin to bloom signifying the beginning of spring, some Miramonte senior ladies celebrate the end of their National Charity League journey. The mother-daughter organization prides itself on fostering mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences.

Here at Miramonte, the girls who are members of NCL are in either the Acalanes or Lamorinda chapters. The chapters are quite similar and both have a large end of the year celebration to honor the seniors who have been in the league for six years.

The Acalanes chapter event was held at the Claremont Hotel on Feb. 21. Miramonte seniors in this group include: Tessa Hanson, Juliet Miller, Margaret Ross, and Stephanie Sloves. The mission of this group was to make the event have a stronger focus on philanthropy. To do this, they took a large portion of money out of their presents budget and created a senior project. Through this project, the seniors teamed up with Shelter Inc. to provide to the families living in the transitional housing units with household items including bath towels, silverware, and cooking pans.

“Creating this project added so much more meaning to our event. A speaker from Shelter Inc. came during our ceremony to talk about the impact our group made on the families who are currently living at the shelter,” Stephanie Sloves said. Sloves has been a member of the Acalanes chapter group since seventh grade and has thoroughly enjoyed all the memories she has made with her mother and friends.

On March 8, the 24 seniors in the Lamorinda chapter came together to celebrate their NCL accomplishments. This group’s event was much more aesthetically pleasing, with hedges and flowers lining the stage where the girls gave their speeches. The Lamorinda chapter definitely did not cut any corners on their event, and according to many girls in the group, the event was just what they had always wanted. The girls walked down the “aisle” carrying budding flower arrangements and proceeded to dance all evening once the speech portion of the evening had concluded.

“NCL has been lots of work but I return to this worthwhile organization year after year because serving my community has and will always be a priority in my life. This past weekend’s celebration marked the end to my NCL journey but the memories I have made over the past six year are some that I will never forget,” senior Gabbi Kreutzelman said. Miramonte seniors in the Lamorinda chapter group include: Jessica Alvarado, Emily Byrne, Kaitlin Fenn, Maritza Grillo, Kreutzelman, Avery Martin, and Shannon Moran.

With more than 250 attendees at each event, National Charity League has a very strong presence here in Orinda.

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