Each year the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) welcomes over 130 new members into our organization. These women join us in our efforts to create lasting impact in San Diego by promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving our community. They come from all across the county – and from all types of backgrounds, experiences and careers. This year’s class has been endlessly impressive, so we’re thrilled to brag about a few of their many accomplishments.
As part of an intensive training curriculum, the women worked in teams to put together fund development projects to help the Junior League raise money to support our Mission-based programming efforts. These are funds that go directly back into the community to serve the needs of local Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY), survivors of human trafficking, and to address the needs of countless community partners that JLSD has been fortunate enough to forge strong relationships with over the last several years. In seven short weeks the teams executed five fully developed events, on shoestring budgets, and ultimately raised over $30,000.
The fundraising season kicked off with “Playoffs with a Purpose,” an event that drew in a football-loving crowd to celebrate the NFL playoffs at Tin Roof downtown. The event featured a ton of fun games and activities for participants to enjoy – as well as live music from one of JLSD’s favorite local bands, Paging the 90’s, who kept the nearly 300-person crowd dancing for hours. A select quantity of hand crafted JLSD beer steins remain available for purchase in the JLSD Boutique, grab one today!
Next the League ventured up to Miramar to take over the distillery at Cutwater Spirits for the “Winter Games Rally.” Attendees got into the theme to represent their favorite athletes and nations – with a special appearance by the Jamaican bobsled team! The women put together a fantastic assortment of auction items that were a huge hit with their guests, including Southwest airline tickets, Padres and Gulls swag, and various forms of Olympic gear just in time for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies.
And then it was time for some big fun in the Big Easy with a Mardi Gras themed “Beads & Beers” event, hosted by our favorite radio DJ – Frankie V from Jamn 95.7. Guests were treated to tarot card reading for the voodoo inclined, and a fantastic cartoonist drew the most incredible portraits throughout the evening. The team even secured Bump City Brass , a 12-piece big horn dance band, who got everyone on the dance floor and brought that retro New Orleans vibe all the way to San Diego.
After hanging up the beads and boas, it was time to get outdoors and “Camp for a Cause” at Park & Rec in University Heights. Nearly all attendees arrived ready to roast s’mores by the campfire in all kinds of flannel attire. In a nod to nostalgia, the team organized all the best games from summer camp and the competition quickly got serious! With the fantastic DJ Cutlos Supreme spinning our favorite old school tracks, the evening was a trip down memory lane from beginning to end.
And last, but certainly not least, JLSD went “Anchors Aweigh” with our final event in the series. The Loading Dock in Little Italy graciously hosted our nautical theme party and let the team go to town transforming the space with incredible decorations and auction items alike. The highlight of the evening was ultra-competitive, bracket-style goldfish races that the crowd couldn’t seem to get enough of –providing an endless amount of entertainment for both competitors and the curious spectator crowd. One lucky father-in-law even went home with a free trip to the Bahamas at the end of the night!
As an organization, we’re so proud of all the hard work our new members poured into these events and look forward to putting the funds raised to good use as we continue JLSD’s important community focused work together.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Junior League of San Diego, becoming a member, or supporting our work – please visit www.jlsd.org.