JLSD Community Partner Breakfast

On November 9, 2017, The Junior League of San Diego was excited to partner with Girl Scouts San Diego once again to hold the 2017 Community Partner Breakfast. To show appreciation for the hard work our community partners do, attendees enjoyed a hot breakfast buffet from Corner Bakery, a moving story of success from Youth Spotlight speaker Luciano Castillo, and the always engaging Jerry Troyer speaking about the programming and positive impact of Urban Street Angels and 8West.

New this year, the attendees had an opportunity to provide feedback on the Junior League’s impact on community needs. They also enjoyed connecting with the JLSD TAY Outcomes Taskforce and SPAC committee representatives for personal updates on upcoming projects/legislative action and how to get involved.

In addition to some special thank you gifts courtesy of The LOT and JLSD, each of the 60 attendees took home a reusable tote filled with give-aways and green shirts from UC Health System to recognize National Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month. In support of the work each community partner does to support the Foster youth of San Diego, Adoption World Publishing and Dr. Jamie Schwandt’s also graciously provided each of the 60 attendees with Dr. Schwandt’s new workbook “Succeeding as a Foster Child.”

The Junior League of San Diego gives thanks to all our hard working community partners and we look forward to continuing our work together to impact the lives of youth in our area!

JLSD Provisionals: 118 Women & One Shared Commitment

 

Members join the Junior League of San Diego for many different reasons: volunteering, training, leadership, friendship and a desire to make our community a better place. Whatever our personal reasons are that lead us to the League, we all have one collective goal – to bring awareness to Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY) and Human Trafficking. During an October meeting the Provisional Training Committee had the honor of introducing our members to Abdi Yusuf.

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Abdi shared his moving life story about what it’s like being a foster youth in San Diego and provided an eye-opening message about what happens when one transitions out of the system. Bringing success stories like Abdi’s to the provisional women sop early in their training helps build a strong foundation and deeper understanding of why we do what we do in the Junior League of San Diego.

What a year it’s been so far! Between fall training session, monthly socials, and getting the women started on the planning process for their Fund Development events, the Provisional team is staying very busy. Monthly training events are designed to expose the women to different areas of the Junior League with the goal that as they enter their first active year in the League, they will feel well prepared, equipped and encouraged to hit the ground running to make a difference in our community.

One of the most exciting parts of the provisional experience is planning and executing a Fund Development event. All of the funds raised, across five different events, in support of our mission-based programming efforts. The women have formed sub-committees, narrowed down themes, and have begun reaching out to partner with local venues. It’s remarkable to see these women so excited and active in their work and beginning to lay out every detail they will need for these events to come to life. We’re so excited to see what they come up with and we hope you’ll join us at an upcoming Provisional event. Stay tuned for details in early 2018.

 

2nd Annual JLSD Gala

The 2017 Junior League of San Diego Gala had a sold out crowd of 310 guests! Attendees filled each seat as they dined outside under the the full moon and on the green at Morgan Run Club & Resort.

The night was magical as they walked through the rabbit hole to registration and check-in where towers of “drink me” champagne flutes awaited each guest for a complimentary toast. From there, the guests moved onto the patio where market lighting and paper lanterns recreated scenes from Alice in Wonderland.

With flamingo croquet and music from the band CalPhonics, silent auction items lined the tables from a San Diego staycation to a ski trip to Lake Tahoe and a personal styling session by blogger Conni Jepersen – guests had an opportunity to bid on their favorite items. Additionally, the Village Hat Shop was selling fascinators and top hats for those in need of more festive spirit! At the call to dinner, guests sat at mismatched tables with a whimsical mix of tea cups, antique books, clocks, flowers, moss and silver plating  that recreated the Mad Hatter tea party.

The JLSD Gala program included a live auction and an opportunity for guests to “raise the paddle” in support of the Junior League’s community programs to support transition-age foster youth, stop human trafficking in San Diego and develop women leaders in the community. The “raise the paddle” fundraising goal was exceeded by double the amount due to everyone’s generosity!

 

The Junior League of San Diego Spirit of Community Awards were presented to three outstanding community members: Mrs. Ann Hill, a JLSD Sustainer; Mr. Dairrick Hodges, former foster youth and founding member of JLSD Brand of Brothers; and Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senator and advocate for human trafficking victims.

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After dinner, a select number of attendees gained entry into the “Queen of Hearts” Speakeasy Lounge, decorated by To Be Designed, where they enjoyed an open bar, a DJ and checkered dance floor, exquisite lounge furniture, and an opportunity to try their key to the Speakeasy Liquor Cabinet. The rest of the guests enjoyed the night on the patio with music from CalPhonics. The night ended with a costume contest hosted by Frankie V of JAMN 97.5 FM. The crowd declared Dairrick Hodges the winner by applause!

The night was a huge success! The 2017 JLSD Gala Chair and Committee wants to thank everyone who attended and helped the Junior of San Diego continue its legacy in the community.

A quote from the Gala Chair Jessica Linde: “The night was magical. The full moon and dinner under the stars set the stage for a memorable evening as our community came together to celebrate the work of the Junior League of San Diego. From the Mad Hatter’s tea cups and costumes to the Queen of Hearts Speakeasy Lounge, the themed ushered in a buzz throughout the crowd. Maybe it was the excitement from the Mayor’s Proclamation of November 4, 2017 being designated as Junior League of San Diego Day; the sell-out crowd or exceeding the night’s fundraising goals to support the Junior League of San Diego’s mission-based programs. Whatever it may be, it was a fun night! I am proud to be a member of an organization that celebrates volunteerism and is working hard to make a positive difference in our community!” 

November 4, 2017 was designated as Junior League of San Diego Day by Mayor Faulkner of San Diego.

JLSD Impact Forum 14 November

Please join the Junior League of San Diego for the 2017 Impact Forum: Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women. This year’s event will be held from 6 – 8 pm at Marina Village, 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109.

Our speakers for the event will be Joseph Travers of Saved America, and Kristen Knepper, owner of Kristen Knepper Consulting, a professional development firm. The evening will end with the powerful documentary film The Empowerment Project.

This is a community event, open to the public and all are welcome.

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JLSD Impact Forum – November 14, 2017

Impact Forum: Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women

Join The Junior League of San Diego for an informative evening at the 2017 Impact Forum: “Tools for Building Confident Girls and Women” on Tuesday November 14th, from 6 – 8pm at 1936 Quivera Way, San Diego CA 92109 (Marina Village).

More information will be forthcoming, but please be on the lookout on JLSD social media and in future newsletters. Sign up for the event here.

By attending the Impact Forum, you will receive BOTH GMM and IMPACT Credit.

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Don’t Forget to Purchase Tickets for our Annual JLSD Gala!

The Junior League of San Diego is hosting the second annual Gala at Morgan Run Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe on Saturday, November 4, from 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

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Come dressed in black-tie attire or Mad Hatter formal costumes as you venture down the rabbit hole to enjoy champagne and cocktails, gourmet dinner and silent and live auctions. A speakeasy with special entertainment will be available to a select number of guests, and all are invited to kick up their dancing shoes to live music from the CalPhonics under the night sky.

This magical tea party evening will raise funds for the league’s mission based programs to support San Diego’s youth transitioning out of foster care, combat human trafficking in San Diego and empower women to become strong volunteer leaders in the community.

Tickets can be purchased here.

JLSD at the Miramar Ball Gown Giveaway

The Junior League of San Diego donated over 20 gowns to the Miramar MCAS Ball Gown Giveaway on August 15th, with seven members volunteering to help military spouses find the perfect dress for the upcoming Military Ball. Hosted by the Marine Corps Community Services Miramar, there were hundreds of dresses for the Miramar ladies to chose from, ranging from cocktail attire to big-skirted ball gowns, to wedding dresses.
With 315 attendees, the event was so popular that although it opened at 6PM, a line began to form as early as 3PM.  Groups of 40 ladies had 20 minutes to “shop” and try on dresses at a time. By the end of the evening, 150 ball gowns and 15 wedding dresses were given away. Ten vendors (Smashbox, Bellus Academy, Estée Lauder, Clinique, and more) provided a beauty expo.  A DJ spun tunes, and a photo booth and many opportunity  prizes made for a fun, and exciting evening for all the military spouses!
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