JLSD 4th Annual Gala – Sneak Peek

Get ready for a night of fun & philanthropy supporting the Junior League of San Diego.

In preparation for Saturday here are five fast facts about this years event:

1.THE VENUE: The Natural History Museum Image result for san diego natural history museum








The San Diego Natural History Museum, affectionately referred to as “The Nat”, is a one of the flagship museums of Balboa Park. Featuring the natural history and unique biodiversity of our binational region the museum was founded in 1874 as the San Diego Society of Natural History and moved to the current building in 1933.


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Dr. Jamie Gates, cultural anthropologist and director of Point Loma Nazarene University’s Center for Justice & Reconciliation, co-leads the groundbreaking research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013-16). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He founded and directs the Human Trafficking Research and Data Advisory Roundtable (HT-RADAR) for San Diego County. He led the university in establishing the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship Fund for survivors of human trafficking to get their college degree. He leads an effort to design and implement a drama-based peer-to-peer human trafficking awareness training in San Diego’s middle and high schools. He serves as an expert witness on human trafficking legislation. He also serves as a faith-based organizer with regional and national faith-based organizations. His work through the CJR reveals the core of his calling, which is, in the words of the prophet Micah, to “…act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.” Dr. Gates feels called to a life that reflects the justice and reconciliation that flows from the love of God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the words of the CJR’s mission statement, he is called to study poverty and oppression and to teach Christian means of social engagement. We do justice when we “let the oppressed go free, share our food with the hungry, bring the homeless poor into our homes, clothe the naked, and satisfy the needs of the afflicted.” (Isaiah 58).


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Come ready to bid on these amazing experiences!

#1. Sisters Pizza:

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Up to 10 people will enjoy a champagne toast, 3 large pizzas, 2 bottles of wine or pitchers of beer and unlimited soft drinks! Value: Priceless


#2. Downtown Staycation: 

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One night stay at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina; 10 – inch Black Forest Cake from Extraordinary Desserts; $150 gift card to Juniper & Ivy ; $50 Gift Certificate to the Cohn Restaurant Group; Bottle Vueve Clicquot champagne & 2 branded glasses compliments of Batta Fulkerson Law Group; Brunch or dinner for two & a chocolate bar from Eclipse Chocolate; Family four-pack of guest passes to the New Children’s Museum. Value: $900

#3 Board Dinner:


Dinner for 6, with a wine pairing, in the newly restored JLSD Headquarters at 210 Maple. Hors d’oeuvres at the Chef’s Table in the newly renovated gourmet kitchen with formal dinner to follow in the dining room, all served by the JLSD Board of Directors. Value: Priceless (donate to the 210 Maple campaign HERE)

#4 Hacienda Tres Rios:

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An all inclusive 5 days & 4 night vacation at Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Spa & Nature Reserve for up to two Adults and two Children. Located in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Value: $10,000

#5. San Diego Fire Department Dinner:

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Dinner for 8 people at San Diego City Fire Station #14in North Park. Value: Priceless

#6. Mayor of Coronado for a Day

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Up to 4 people will join Mayor Richard Bailey in experiencing what it’s like to be Mayor of Coronado! The day includes: A tour of Coronado City Hall, Lunch at The Henry Restaurant, Private tour of the Hotel Del Coronado, Beach cruiser rentals to further explore Coronado. Value: Priceless


Did you know that in San Diego we have approximately 6,500 youth in the foster care system? At the age of 18, they are emancipated. Nearly 50% leave the system without a high school diploma. Within 18 months, about half will become homeless and 35% will become incarcerated. 42% will become parents in the first 2-5 years after emancipation and often their children end up in the foster care system. The majority of Transition Aged Foster Youth (TAY) answer, “YES, I want to attend college,” but statistics show only 10% will attend and only 3% will graduate. JLSD is determined to change these statistics.

Your donation helps support our following programs:

SOLUTIONS SUMMIT: Convening key community partners to create strategic solutions that will make a significant impact on the transition age youth through an innovative, multi-day workshop.

BRAND OF BROTHERS: Providing free business attire, resources, haircuts, lunch, and entertainment for at-risk men, ages 16-24, through this one-of-a-kind outreach event for TAY men in our community.

MENTORING: Matching JLSD mentors to provide individualized support of women’s personal, educational and professional growth.

ADVOCACY: Raising awareness as we bring together top local and state leaders to speak on significant issues in the areas of foster youth, human trafficking and homelessness.

See you Saturday!

*Tickets to the event are now sold out. If you would like to make a donation to the Junior League of San Diego, please click HERE.

2019 JLSD Solutions Summit

The Junior League of San Diego’s (JLSD) annual Solutions Summit event took place on Thursday, September 12th at the Marina Village Conference Center in Mission Bay.

Solutions Summit is a collaborative conference that addresses some of the most pressing challenges facing the Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) population in San Diego. From its inception in 2015, our Solutions Summit conference has brought together over 40 local organizations for discussion and active problem-solving.

JLSD’s Solutions Summit helps our community partners determine a collective roadmap to move forward in key areas affecting the success of TAY. With the continued participation of Solution Summit attendees, these community roadmaps will be further developed, assessed, and implemented in phases over an appropriate timeline.  Members of the Junior League of San Diego work with each team through our TAY Task Forces Committee, to focus solely on advancing these roadmaps and building from the active problem-solving developed at Solutions Summit.

JLSD has spent several years looking at various challenges that youth face while in care and decided, in collaboration with members of our Steering Committee, to look specifically at the unique obstacles that are present once a youth separates from care. This year attendees selected from three topic areas: Education, Employment/Job Readiness and Adulting 101.  Each team was comprised of dedicated professionals and Junior League volunteers.

Some of the community partners represented at our 2019 event were Promises2Kids, Just in Time for Foster Youth, Voices for Children, Casey Family Programs, Walden Family Services, Children’s Advocacy Institute, County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Youth Services, and the Center for Community Solutions. Just in Time provided a trauma informed care workshop to start the morning and a youth speaker also offered his unique perspective on the issues facing TAY within our three topic areas.  During the final afternoon session each team was given ten minutes to present their “solution” to the entire group, leaving everyone feeling refreshed and inspired to work together to make change for foster youth in our community as our day of creative collaboration came to a close.

JLSD President Emily Lake said “Solutions Summit is the premiere ‘think tank’ for organizations and individuals dedicated to assisting underserved youth, particularly those exiting the foster care system. This year participants came up with highly creative solutions with tons of potential. We are excited to move forward with several of the plans born at the Summit and look forward to the solutions for San Diego’s youth in need that they will generate!”

We look forward to sharing progress updates with you as our resulting Task Forces take up the challenge of putting ideas into action in the months ahead.

The Junior League of San Diego would like to recognize Kind Snacks and Halo Branded Solutions for their generous donations to the event, and our partners Epic Catering and Marina Village Conference Center.

#dearjlsd: Natalie Sollock

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


I joined the Junior League for two main reasons; I wanted to make new like-minded friends and for professional growth. Already, Junior League of San Diego, has opened the doors for both of these reasons and so much more. I have learned an incredible amount about human trafficking and San Diego’s efforts to end this. My heart floods with the need to help this cause at every meeting or training I attend. It is a beautiful passion that JLSD shares and has fired up inside me.

I am meeting some amazing women from a wide scope of interests and not only has JLSD introduced me to these ladies but also taught me more about myself as an adult acquiring new friends. I’ve never been good at finding a date, much less organically finding a new friend. Going JLSD has given me the opportunity to share an experience with other intelligent and inspiring women who I want to be around. There is a certain bond that comes with this experience that gives the basis for something to grow. I am grateful for the opportunity to grow a friendship with these beautiful women.

Second, I work for a small family business that looks big on the outside but is actually very small on the inside. I have 3 male coworkers at my office and work directly with a male manager of our San Diego location. While I know they respect my position as a leader, I do have to “lean in” so to speak or my voice gets lost. For full disclosure, we have 4 strong female managers at other locations and my boss is a strong female leader, I just work more closely with the men in my office. Junior League has given me the opportunity to meet other professional women, share challenges and successes in the workplace, hear some inspiring women in power speeches, and even join professional development training events. I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to grow professionally because of JLSD programs and connections.

I have already gained so much in my provisional year and I am excited to see where this journey takes me!

Natalie Sollock
Provisional Member, 2018-2019




#dearjlsd: Rachelle Le Blanc

#dearjlsd (1)To commemorate our 90th year in San Diego, JLSD provisional, active, and sustaining members, as well as former members and community partners, are writing love letters to the Junior League of San Diego.


You create a space for opportunities, growth and development while serving and giving back to the community we love – San Diego!

I am thrilled to serve as the 2018-2019 Junior League of San Diego’s La Jolla Food and Wine Festival Chair! In this placement I have felt engaged, fulfilled and captivated.

Our leadership team – Marcy Lanoue, Gretchen Hopper & Bri Maheu have taught me how to be resilient, keep organized & lead an energetic team. I’m truly grateful for their friendship, humor & devotion to JLSD! We have built life long friendships, engaged the community & have had a lot of fun doing it!

I’m impatiently & eagerly looking forward to the La Jolla Food and Wine Festival on May 11, 2019 & can’t wait to see everyone there!


Warm Regards,
Rachelle Le Blanc
Food & Wine Festival Chair, 2018-2019