Habitat for Humanity Club Turns Jeans into Donations

Pictured 1st Row: Club Advisor: Fr. Damien, Monika Patel, Cayley Olivier, Lauren Stafford, Rachelle Vasquez, Natasha Daboub, Shea O'Reilly - Club Co-President, Danny Razzano, Prerna Abbi- Habitat O.C. Youth Coordinator, Rachel Nowicki 2nd Row: Paul Klein, Sachin Govil, Travis Kelly, Michael Nowicki, Erika Peratoner, Andrew Jensen, Lauren Thorpe, Jonah Ortiz, Laney Stevens, John Barron

The JSerra Catholic High School Habitat for Humanity Club presented the Orange County Habitat for Humanity Youth Coordinator, Prerna Abbi, with a $400.00 check in May. The club held a Jeans Day fundraiser earlier in the year to benefit the local habitat affiliate. Ms. Abbi thanked JSerra for its commitment to the organization and described upcoming opportunitities for involvement in the next school year.

JSerra Students Fight Cancer One Lap At A Time

The Mission Viejo Relay For Life event on June 5-6 at Saddleback College drew quite a crowd, including a dedicated team of JSerra students. The team was led by student chair and JSerra junior Jenae McDonald. Other student participants were Jennifer Blair, Travis Kelly, Basia Klein, Joey LiMandri, Jovy Mann, Erika Peratoner, Tori Petersen, Andie Reed, Garrett Rowley, and Jessica Sitton.

Team members made a team banner and signs, made and sold 12 dozen cookies, circulated surveys, educated other teens on skin cancer awareness and assisted the event planners with central registration and the silent auction. Through selling cookies, recycling efforts, a silent auction donation, and several cash donations, the team raised over $400 for the cause.

The annual event, which raises money for the American Cancer Society, is a two-day, fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs. During the event, teams take turns walking or running laps. At nightfall, hundreds of luminaries are lit in a moving ceremony to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their battle to the disease.

Roughly 647 registered participants and 65 teams raised more than $100,000 for the Mission Viejo Relay for Life. The fun-filled event also included an impressive lineup of entertainers such as Tha Way Out who performed throughout the weekend. The young singers were semi-finalists on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

For more information, visit www.mvrelay.org.