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San Tan Charity League Chapter honors contributions

San Tan Charity League Chapter honors contributions
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

At its annual convention in April, the National Charity League set as its theme “Volunteering with Vision.”

That’s something that women and their daughters who belong to the league’s San Tan chapter have been doing for years, like their counterparts in chapters across the country.

And the unique part of those efforts is that mothers and daughters give back together for the most part, working side by side and shoulder to shoulder on activities that benefit dozens of charities in the region.

Last month, the San Tan Chapter of the National League honored some of those volunteers, particularly the young women who had joined their moms in their philanthropic activities.

The National Charity League is a nonprofit that has its roots in Los Angeles, where a group of women founded the organization in 1925 to support the American Red Cross by making layettes and assembling food baskets for the hungry during the holidays.

The women engaged their daughters and by 1938, the daughters formed their own group. In 1947, all groups united to become the nation’s first mother-daughter charity.

The league subsequently expanded its program beyond philanthropic work to include educational and cultural activities.

The San Tan Chapter was formed in 2004 and serves 25 philanthropies in the region.

Drawing members mainly from Chandler, Gilbert and Pinal County, the 155-member chapter normally sees girls joining in seventh grade and continuing through high school.

The girls, who come from different schools and backgrounds, contributed nearly 3,000 hours of service last year.

“National Charity League provides a unique opportunity to serve our community in such a positive way through hands on volunteer experiences with so many fantastic organizations throughout the valley,” Lynnette Deogracias, membership vice president.

“Serving side by side, mothers and daughters are bound to create special memories during such a fast-paced time in their lives,” she added. “There are many great organizations that we partner with who need our hands-on help for daily, monthly or special annual events.”

Deogracias said the chapter follows the national organization’s three pillars of philanthropy, leadership and cultural experience — “all while enhancing a mother-daughter relationship.”

Its goal is to develop strong female leaders to serve communities now and in the future.

“I would encourage you to take a look at our website to learn more about us. It’s a ton a fun and we would love to share this experience with more mothers and daughters in the East Valley,” chapter President said Amy Lent.

Women can get more information by emailing membershipsantan@nclonline.org.

Among the activities the San Tan Chapter has conduct is helping with the Clothes Cabin for needy families, processing donations, cleaning the kids’ play area and other things.

The San Tan Chapter also has packed backpacks for FANS Across America, run water stations for the 12Ks of Christmas, read with children at ICAN, helped organize food donations for AZCEND.

Members also have helped with special Olympics, now called RAD, and helped Live Love House do yard work for the elderly.

At last month’s celebration, the Class of 2023 was awarded the Hand 2 Hand Award for being designated the class that most exemplifies the league’s three pillars.

Members of that class include Abigail Bates, Mia Bonfigt, Madison Bougneit, Alexandra Brauer, Alysson Brown, Emma Douglas, Alivia Fisher, Lauren Jarvise, Nicolette Krienert, Olivia Mulford, Kendall Parzych, Hope Pembrook, Abigail Robinson, Dakota Roth, Paige Stanton Scarlet Summers and Skylar Wooten.

Three mother-daughter teams were cited for the most combined service hours: Amy and Kyra McDonald, who logged 104 hours; Melody and Madeleine Johnson, who devoted 122 hours; and Christine and Brook Commune, who donated 194.5 hours.

The Merci Award, recognizing the teen with the most philanthropic hours, went to Brooke Comune, who had just under 96 hours; Her mother Christine Comune won the Vicki Wetland Award, given to the mom with the most charity hours.

Teams cited for their charitable activities of more than 50 hours included Joy and Alexandra Brauer, Lalena and Savanna Christopherson, Kellie and Ashley Ostransky, Rhonda and Sydney Sands, Amy and Anna Fahlman, Stephanie and Lauren Jarvise, Lisa and Scarlet Summers, Dhwani and Manvi Harde, Kristi and Mia Bonfigt, Jennifer and Emma Douglas, Amy and Alivia Fisher, Christina and Amelia Oliver, Laura and Ashley Paynich, Lissette and Cassandra Lostal and Jill and Samantha Deutsch.

The chapter’s other officers are: Jackie Hurst, president elect; Lindsey Wahlberg, VP provisionals; Lisa Summers, VP Patronesses; Elicia Bivins, VP Ticktockers; Ivana Davis, VP Philanthropy; Jennifer Blunt’ VP Communications; Treasurer Laura Paynich, Secretary Stephanie Jarvise; Parliamentarian Melanie Reyes; and Past President Kristi Bonfigt. 

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