“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Prior to last fall I had never heard of National Charity League. But when I received a call in August asking if I would be interested in photographing the Pleasanton chapter’s senior class I quickly got an education in this amazing philanthropic organiztion. All I have to say is, WOW!! NCL is a mother-daughter group that begins in seventh grade and lasts until the girls graduate their senior year. The ladies perform countless hours of community service throughout the area. The class of 2013 volunteered over 3,000 hours during their tenure with NCL. I was so amazed at how the girls have learned the importance of philanthropy at such a young age. For many of us it takes years throughout our adulthood, and here they are starting at the tender age of 12.
Sunday I attended their farewell banquet at Castlewood Country Club. Such a heartfelt and bittersweet event. Each young lady gave a speech about their favorite philanthropy, favorite memory of working with mom, and what they would have told their seventh grade self about their time in NCL. It was obvious that many of the girls learned to embrace community service, found joy in helping others, and valued the time spent with their mothers. How quickly these past six years have passed for them all.
To the NCL class of 2013 I say congratulations and I am so proud of all you have accomplished! I am honored to have met you and thank you for giving me the opportunity to photograph your senior class. Your hardwork and dedication has not only improved our community but also served as a shining example selflessness.