Janna Merical

“Silence & solitude – clear mountain lake water so warm you think it’s tropical – moonlit nights and too many stars to count – a lake house just feet from the water – all this and more is what Jana does for Strive and for our kids.  As a Board member and donor to Strive, Jana has donated the use of her Bass Lake home to Strive for several years now.  2019 will mark the 16th year we take kids to Bass Lake and to Yosemite.  What began as a small getaway for 5 or 6 kids is now a Strive tradition which has grown to a group of 30 students.

Jana recognizes the magical childhood memories these trips provide our kids – memories that will warm them for a lifetime… and who knows, maybe even influence lifetime goals and the healthy choices they will make to reach them…!

As if this is not enough, Jana also hosts nearly 100 of our students every summer for her annual Beach Party.  From her home on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, our kids get to experience Jana’s warmth & enthusiasm, her home & hospitality and lots of sun & swimming.

Thank you Jana.  Everyone at Strive loves you.