More than 1,000 moms and their teenaged daughters, members of the National Charity League, Inc. of Orange County, plan a trip this weekend to Camp Pendleton to assemble 2,500 care packages for three battalions of Marines of the 1st Division in Afghanistan
Donation proceeds of this event have already provided $10,000 in WalMart gift cards to support base families as part of the fourth annual Operation Valentine.
Mothers and daughters will also get a sample of Marine life, shown weapons shooting simulators, drill instruction and obstacle course training. More than 250 Marines will participate, including the Major Gen. Michael Regner.
Gala Honors Young Philanthropists
The Laguna Chapter of NCL hosted their 2010 Debutante Ball at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel on Dec. 30, marking the organization’s 26th anniversary. Each of the 16 young women presented into society contributed 5,431 hours of philanthropic service during their six years of commitment with the NCL.
The 2010 debutantes included Laguna Beach High School graduates Chelsea Wain Donenfeld, Katherine Hamilton Winn, Bryn Lindsay Valaika, McKenna Catherine Nokes, and Frances Marie Lydon.
Members assist 20 philanthropies in Orange County that range from Special Camp for Special Kids and the J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center, to Habitat for Humanity and South County Senior Service Centers.