Spirit Store Donations to Financial Aid Program Reach $50,000

Isabel Singletary
The Carrollton Spirit Store is a true labor of love – for the school, for the students, and for merchandising. Started 3 years ago by Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ’77, the store is housed in the Fernandez and Argiz Families Wellness Center and staffed solely by alumnae volunteers, with the proceeds benefiting the school’s financial aid program.
Pilar’s history with Carrollton is a long one. She has held many roles in trust; student, alumna, former High School Dean of Students, parent of three lifers, lifelong volunteer, and budding entrepreneur. In this latest role she has succeeded beyond all expectations, as evidenced by the latest contribution of the Spirit Store to the school. In October of this year Pilar presented a check for $10,000, for a total of $50,000 to the financial aid program in the short time since the store’s inception.
A testament to her and her volunteers’ determination, the Spirit Store has become central to school life. New items, which she sources with great care, are eagerly awaited by parents, students and alumnae alike. An alumnae cocktail reception held in the store at the beginning of the school year has become a special gathering where old friendships are reconnected, and new merchandise is displayed.
Carrollton is blessed to have Pilar and her team be such an integral part of our daily life. With perennial smiles and eagerness to serve their Alma Mater, these alumnae are examples of giving back to the community that played such a large role in their lives.
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