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On Thursday, May 23, seven Coral Thrift Shop volunteers awarded 54 scholarships and a total of $67,000 to graduates of San Clemente High, Dana Hills High, San Juan Hills High and J Serra High Catholic High School.

Opened in 1964, Coral Thrift Shop is located on El Camino Real in San Clemente.

“Since 1964, our small but mighty thrift store tucked in along El Camino Real has given nearly $3,000,000 in support of our community’s youth,” stated Patricia Serrano, Coral president. “It all began with seven energetic housewives who wanted to make a difference. And, indeed, they have.”

Coral also supports the San Clemente Boys and Girls Club and Dana Point Ocean Institute’s educational Oceans in Motion program, AVID, Casa Romantica and other local organizations. The 100% volunteer staff depends entirely on new and gently used items for re-sale.

 President of Coral Thrift Shop Patricia Serrano joins some of the 54 scholarship recipients and local graduates on Thursday, May 30 at the thrift shop’s annual meet-and-greet in San Clemente. Photo Courtesy of Coral Thrift Shop
President of Coral Thrift Shop Patricia Serrano joins some of the 54 scholarship recipients and local graduates on Thursday, May 30 at the thrift shop’s annual meet-and-greet in San Clemente. Photo Courtesy of Coral Thrift Shop

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