Carmel Valley student Jenna Nastrini to receive Soroptimist award for service

The 2014 Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award will be presented to Jenna Nastrini, a senior at Cathedral Catholic High School, at Soroptimist International of La Jolla’s annual luncheon, Saturday, April 5, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Roetter Hall in Good Samaritan Episcopal Church, 4321 Eastgate Mall.

Author Mimi Kirk will be the keynote speaker, addressing “Timeless Beauty from the Inside Out.” Named after the president of the first Soroptimist club, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award honors girls who are making a difference through volunteer service.

During her high school years, Nastrini has been involved with Build A Miracle, a non-profit organization based in Scripps Ranch, which has built more than 170 homes for needy families in Tijuana, ( She is also captain of Cathedral Catholic’s varsity dance team and is involved in the school’s Campus Ministry program.

In 2013, she singlehandedly raised more than $14,000 to build and furnish a three-bedroom home for the Vasquez family of seven, who were living in a one-room makeshift shack with a dirt floor and no doors, warm water or plumbing. Nastrini started the fund with $1,000 she earned by giving dance lessons to young girls. She then received 60 donations from family, teachers, neighbors, coaches and classmates.

“Thanks to the kindness and support of so many people who were eager to help, one family’s wildest dream became a reality,” she said. “This was the most meaningful experience of my life.”

Luncheon tickets, $50, are available by calling Judy at (619) 980-5517 or visiting Proceeds will go to charitable organizations that aid women and girls.