We closed out the month of January by celebrating that most spectacular group of high-achieving 826 Valencia volunteers known to us and the world as the 100 Club. Comprised of about a hundred volunteers who have accrued the most service hours from the previous semester, the 100 Club never fails to inspire us with its passion and dedication.
This winter’s celebration was a highly nautical affair, generously hosted by veteran After-School Tutoring volunteer Richard Haiduck and his wife Barb at the South Beach Yacht Club. Our revelers were treated to a twinkling view of the Bay, with dinner catered by La Méditerrannée and Ali Baba’s Cave, and dessert by Palmyra. Partygoers tried their luck and skill at games like Liar’s Dice and Slapjack, crafted and displayed their own nautical flags, and wrote down sweet recollections of 826 tutoring experiences. A few 6-word-memoirs of 826 tutoring experiences that were shared included:
“World less awful reading books together”
“My favorite rays of sunshine, BVHM”
“‘No way I’ll write.’ He did!”
After we’d all eaten our fill, hopped on the mic to share an 826 tutoring memory, and tested some friendships at the card and dice tables, everyone was rewarded with a special edition beanie emblazoned with the logo of King Carl’s Emporium, the storefront of 826’s new Tenderloin center.
As 826 Valencia’s reach expands, one thing that never changes is the fact that the success of our programs depends on the hard work and tenacity of our stellar volunteers. The Tenderloin expansion means our programming is growing fast, and our volunteer force is growing to match. If you haven’t joined us yet, you can start by registering here: http://826valencia.org/volunteer-registration/ We’d love to see you at our next celebration!
Listed below are the awe-inspiring members of our Fall 2015 100 Club.We treasure every opportunity to honor this amazing group of people. Applause for all!
– Kiley McLaughlin, Volunteer Engagement Associate
|Jennifer AltonAna ArandaEmily BallaineAntoinette BartonRichtan Batac
Janice TingChun Cho
Catherine Dory Culver
Adriana del Mar
Helaine Lasky Schweitzer
Cindy Kuan-Ching Lee
Kirsten Zoe Luhtala
Mary Lou Paredes
Melissa van Gelder