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Volume 6, Issue 61  | July 30, 2021

The Assistance League® of Newport-Mesa honors graduating seniors for years of service

The Assistance League® of Newport-Mesa honored its graduating seniors at the Medallion Recognition Ball, held at Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona del Mar on June 13.

This elegant tradition marks the end of the debutantes’ years of community service as members of the Assisteens® Auxiliary, a group that focuses on encouraging philanthropy and social responsibility within the community through volunteerism, personal responsibility, self-reliance and leadership.

The Assistance League debutantes

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Photo by Darnall Photography

(L-R) Brook Wood (NHHS), Jean Wanlass (NHHS), Sara Edwards (CdMHS), Willa Rath (NHHS) and Madison Browning (NHHS)

The formal ceremony celebrates new beginnings for the graduates while recognizing their many accomplishments. The 2021 class includes valedictorians, Advanced Placement Scholars, leaders in youth and government, and highly competitive athletes participating in lacrosse, golf, field hockey, basketball and sailing. Over the past six years, these young women have collectively volunteered close to 1,600 hours for the Newport-Mesa chapter. Especially during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, these debutantes stepped up to support the chapter’s programs and address the overwhelming needs of children and families in our community.

Since last year’s Ball was canceled, the honorees and their families were grateful to resume gathering in person, this time at a beautiful outdoor venue. Each debutante wore a traditional long white gown and gloves and carried a floral pomander. After the reception and ceremony, the Medallion presentation concluded with a toast to the debutantes, followed by dinner and dancing. The following morning, younger Assisteens and adult chapter members worked together to create individual floral arrangements from the table centerpieces and delivered them to two local senior care homes for the residents to enjoy. 

The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa began in 1940 in Newport Beach with a small group of women wanting to make a difference in the lives of
children. Today, the four philanthropic programs, Cheri Harris Dental Center, Operation School Bell®, High School Scholarship Program and The Kids on the Block, are completely self-funded through grants, endowments, fundraising events, private donations and proceeds from the on-site Thrift and Consignment shops staffed by member volunteers.

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