National Charity League Stanford Hills recognizes Class of 2019

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National Charity League’s Stanford Hills chapter honored the mothers and daughters in the service organization’s Class of 2019 March 23. Pictured, front row, from left: Rashmi Sinha, Arushi Sahai, Barbara Poyer, Whitney Poyer, Abby Kaplan, Paige Kaplan, Aimee Truscott and Jane Truscott. Second row: Julie Lunn, Morgan Lunn, Pam Critchfield, Susan Critchfield, Hannah Sheridan and Kathleen O’Rourke. Third row: Lisa Newton, Ellie Newton, Erika Krugler, Ellie Krugler, Grace Carlson and Cathy Carlson. Fourth row: Karen Lowe, Lauren Lowe, Bridget Tuomala and Carolyn Tuomala. Back: Ally Polverari, Stephanie Polverari, Catherine Cassani, Linda Wong, Madison Horn and Jill Horn.

The National Charity League Stanford Hills Class of 2019 celebrated the culmination of six years of mother-daughter philanthropy, leadership and cultural learning during its 32nd annual Senior Recognition Event March 23 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Palo Alto.

At the event, each senior shared reflections on her six years in NCL that included tributes to the mother-daughter bond and their shared community service partnership. Many of the young women noted the NCL experience as more than “good deeds” and described it as a life-changing commitment.

Shari Emling, who co-founded the NCL Stanford Hills chapter in 1986, introduced the NCL graduates. Julie Lunn and Barbara Poyer served as co-chairwomen of the event, and Ellie Newton received the Ideal TickTocker Graduate Award in recognition of her commitment to service and leadership over her six years in NCL.

“Tonight is truly a right of passage as we recognize the accomplishments, growth and transformation of those wonderful little seventh-grade girls into the amazing young women you see before you,” said NCL President Nikki Selden at the event.

According to Selden, the Class of 2019’s daughters and moms contributed nearly 9,000 hours of community service over the past six years, beginning when the girls were in seventh grade. Their projects supported 40 organizations, including Humane Society Silicon Valley, the African Library Project, Animal Assisted Happiness, Meals on Wheels, the Palo Alto VA’s Fisher House, Community Services Agency, the Ecumenical Hunger Program, Hidden Villa and Sunday Friends.

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