A Year In Review At Crown Jewel Club | 2014

10303295_10152407653333048_5592623171727665842_nAnother great year has passed for Crown Jewel Club. We have graduated our Pearls, Rubies and Emeralds at Trinity St Elementary School and another Pearl class at St Eugene School.


Founder Jane Phillips taught the Pearls at Trinity, and Marla Dennis taught the Rubies and Emeralds. As in years past, Jane Euler has continued to guide our Pearls at St Eugene. We are enormously thankful for these two women for helping Crown Jewel Club continue to empower young women with the skills they need to be successful!

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Crown Jewel Club could not be possible without the incredible financial support we receive. Among our supporters are the De Miranda Foundation, Kevin Clifford and of course Kim and Berne Evans.

We also receive fabulous volunteer support as well as financial support from Soroptimist International of Manhattan Beach. A huge thank you to these groups and individuals for helping us realize our dream as well as all of our amazing sponsors and donors.

Our volunteers are the core of Crown Jewel Club as we couldn’t deliver our program without their help. Thank you to everyone who volunteered this year and we look forward to seeing you again next year!!

We applied for and received a grant of $2,000 from Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Thank you Mr. Supervisor for investing in the lives of our girls!

We had an exciting time at Getty House with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. It was an event to link young women in Los Angeles with women leaders who could promote their education and careers. The girls were able to network and hopefully meet women who can mentor them. Analee Ochoa impressed the mayor with her academic decathlon medals.

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Each year Crown Jewel Club awards a Sally Lieberman Character Award for outstanding citizenship and continued demonstration of respect for others. This award is named for Sally Lieberman who was the school counselor at Trinity St. School when the Crown Jewel Club first began. Without Sally’s support, love, determination and incredibly HARD work, CJC would not exist today.

At St Eugene our winner this year was Sydney Sonnier and at Trinity it was Yeimi Alvarez. We are so proud of these girls!

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We finished up the school year with a bang with two great Year End Parties; one at St Eugene and one at Trinity . As always, music makes the day as singing and dancing take over. A huge thank you to Keith Carmody and his team at Ulta Beauty in Redondo Beach. Three beautiful artists arrived at Trinity and did make up and nails for the girls there. The lines were long but everyone was beautifully attended to – thank you!


Attending this year’s Year End party at Trinity, we had four girls from our very first year, 2005-2006. Citlaly Morales and Karina Dominguez are attending Los Angeles City College; Jacqueline Cortez is at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; and Elizabeth Rodriguez is at UCLA. Other CJC grads going to college in the fall are Analee Ochoa who is going to San Diego State and Nataly Arias who will be at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Congratulations to all of these amazingly talented girls!!

Click Here To View Photos From Trinity and St. Eugene School

We would like also to acknowledge the class presidents of each session this year. These girls are integral to keeping the classes engaged and connected with Crown Jewel Club so we can reach out to them for future events, such as the Mayor’s networking event this year. This year’s presidents at Trinity are: Pearl President Brenda Feregrino, Ruby President Yeimi Alvarez and Emerald President Juliet Rebolledo. Liyah Ferris was the President of the Pearls at St. Eugene.

As we close out the school year, we can’t help but look forward to fall and the 2014-15 school year. We are in need of sponsors for our girls for the next school year and ask that you consider sponsoring a girl(s) for the upcoming school year. We will have about 60 girls at Trinity and 10-12 girls at St Eugene. The cost is $100 per girl for the seven-week session but the return on that money cannot be calculated. The girls continue to show us that they not only remember the skills and lessons they have learned but have imparted their wisdom to siblings, family members and friends. One of our grads, Elizabeth Rodriguez, told us a story of how she was the only one at her table at her senior prom who knew which glass was hers and which utensils to use!!

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean so much.

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