Pleas Nat Charity

Seen from left, top row: Hannah Hart, Sarah Banholzer, Kelly Meyrath, Lindsey Maddalon, Julia Gonsman, Amanda Dilger, Paige Doyle, Ella Camp, Lauren Twamugabo. Middle row: Sydney Fluker, Kaitlyn Blair, Anika Kapai, Josie Strauch, Audriana Templeman, Carly Nostrand, Lydia O’Brien. Bottom row: Rhea Nirkondar, Immie Burstein, Zoe Whelan, Reese Lombardi. Not pictured: Megan Williams. (Photo - Carla Biermann)

On March 8, the Pleasanton National Charity League (NCL) Chapter held its annual senior class recognition in the Ruby Hills Country Club.

In attendance was Cynthia Meyrath, NCL past president (2018-2019); NCL President Amirra Besh (1919-1920); and Wendy Costanzo, NCL president-elect.

Entering the Ruby Hills Country Club lobby, each girl’s senior high school framed picture was set on a stack of books. The seniors wore white and their mothers wore black. Each set approached the podium, and the mother spoke first with words of love to the daughter and then with words of wisdom quoting from a special author. The daughter responded with what her feelings were of her experiences as she worked through the community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences.

Kelly Meyrath was honored with the Senior Service Award, the Merci Award and the Hourglass Award, for completing hundreds of hours of volunteer work. The Mother-Daughter Award was presented to Amanda and Teresa Dilger, Hannah and Joan Hart, Kaitlyn Blair and Priscilla Moonsamy, and Kelly and Cynthia Meyrath for earning 25 philanthropy hours together during the 2019-2020 year.

The NCL Pleasanton Chapter Philanthropies are: Alameda County Fair, Alviso Adobe (City of Pleasanton), American Cancer Society-Discovery Shop, American Cancer Society - Relay for Life), Blue Star Moms, DPIE, Fertile Groundworks, Firehouse Theater/Amador Theater, First Tee of the Tri-Valley, Foster a Dream, George Mark Children’s House, Hively, Holiday Stocking Project, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, Meals on Wheels, Museum on Main (City of Pleasanton), National Philanthropy Initiative – American Heart Association, Night to Shine, Open Heart Kitchen, Pleasanton Public Library, Pleasanton Senior Center, Pleasanton Unified School District, PPIE – Pleasanton Partners in Education, Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies, Shakespeare’s Associates, Special Olympics, Sunflower Hill, Taylor Family Foundation, Tri-Valley Haven, Tri-Valley Socks (Bras for a Cause), Valley Children’s Museum, and Valley Humane Society.

The Pleasanton NCL Inc. Chapter was established in 2000 for mothers and daughters to work together to improve our communities. NCL Inc. originated in Los Angeles, California, in 1925 to help the Red Cross and incorporated in 1958.