National Charity League’s Endless Summer

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ventura


he Ventura County Chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) held its annual fundraising dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura. The theme, "Endless Summer," attracted more than 240 attendees dressed in beach attire who danced to surf tunes throughout the evening. NCL Patronesses Suzanne Birdsall, Therese Colletto, and Robin Slaught hosted the occasion. Steve Walden, known for his locally made longboards, loaned a collection of his Wahine surfboards (specifically designed for women) for decoration. Doug Halter, owner of Halter Landscape and Design in Ventura, and Randy Encinas, owner of Villa Tasca, a boutique that recently opened in Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Plaza, donated a six-night stay at their hillside retreat in Santa Cruz. Items won during the raffle included a Tiffany necklace, a two-night stay at the Crowne Plaza, and a longboard.

The National Charity League is a philanthropic, educational, cultural, and social organization for mothers and their daughters in grades 7 – 12. The mission of NCL is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and cultural experiences. The daughters, known as Ticktockers, contribute volunteer hours with their mothers to local charities including the Assistance League, Douglas Penfield School, Project Understanding, and FOOD Share. For more information visit

9th grade Ticktocker raffle sellers Paige Slaught and Siena Birdsall.

8th grade Ticktockers (Back, L. to R.) Sophia Berger, Camille King, Celeste Bujold, Megan Kearney, Maddy Schmitt, and McKenna Norton (Front, L. to R.) Gillian Myers, Kendall Slaught, and Madison Colletto.

Senior Ticktockers (L. to R.) Christina Burcelis, Kenze Sullivan, Cassie Lundgren, Anna Coulson, and Kelly Schmidt.

Silent auction money tree winners Paige and Kendall Slaught.

11th grade Ticktockers Lena Geer and Monique Daggett.

(Back, L. to R.) Megan Norton, Kim Sones, Monique Berger (Front, L. to R.) Amy Bujold and Laurie Kearney.


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