Congratulatory smiles and hugs overflowed as the 16 girls who comprise 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 popular local personality Andrea Naversen, included a runway presentation of each Ticktocker, as they are known, in formal white gowns, beautifully set dinner tables and florals, a sentimental Father-Daughter dance, special recognition of the Senior Mothers and a Senior Service Award given to senior Gabrielle Rios for volunteering the most hours over the six years. After the ceremony and dinner, a high energy dance party complete with a “candy bar” and DJ was held for friends and family in the ballroom.
In addition to many other volunteer activities, the senior girls worked hard together on their Senior Project, completely repainting and furnishing several residential rooms at the Family Resource Center in Oceanside, which houses women transitioning back into society and which encourages the strength of family unity. As these Seniors go on to college they take with them a deep sense of community service, leadership skills and cultural experiences so that they can make a greater impact on our society in the future.
The local chapter, whose mission is mothers and daughters serving the community together, was founded 22 years ago and includes members primarily from Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar/Carmel Valley and Solana Beach.
The girls become Ticktockers in 7th grade and each year they volunteer service hours 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.