Gathering for graduation are this year’s seniors from the National Charity League’s San Diego del Norte Chapter, from left, front row, Natalie Wynne, Chessa Coad and Kendall Kaestner, with, from left, middle row, Tori Casella, Alexandra Johnson, Taryn Harris, Savannah Okey, Kristen Witous and Amanda Cowles, and, from left, back row, Grace Busby, Lauren Miller, Cathie Haynor, Tara Flyckt, Alexandra Allman, Gabrielle Rios and Brooke Billmeyer. Courtesy photo

National Charity League celebrates graduating senior


COAST CITIES — Congratulatory smiles and hugs overflowed as the 16 girls of the 2013 Senior Class of the National Charity League’s San Diego del Norte Chapter were recognized for six years of philanthropy service during the Senior Recognition ceremony March 30 at the La Costa Resort and Spa.The evening, emceed by local personality, Andrea Naverson, included a runway presentation of each Ticktocker, as they are known, in formal white gowns, a sentimental Father/Daughter dance, special recognition of the Senior Mothers and a Senior Service award given to Gabrielle Rios for volunteering the most hours during the six years.

A high-energy dance party with a DJ was held for friends and family afterwards in the ballroom. As these young women go on to college, they take with them their experience of community involvement, leadership skills and cultural experiences.

The local chapter, founded 22 years ago includes members primarily from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar and Solana Beach. The girls become members in seventh grade and each year they volunteer at a variety of organizations through the county including Camp Pendleton, Blind Community Center, Case de Amparo, San Pasqual Academy, Helen Woodward Animal Center and many more.

As a Senior Project the senior class completely redecorated and furnished several rooms at the Family Resource Center in Oceanside, which houses women transitioning back into society and which encourages the strength of family unity.


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