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!
To learn more about how Junior League serves the community, click here.

 

 

 

Community Partner Spotlight: Walden Family Services

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JLSD is a proud partner of Walden Family Services.  A nationally-recognized foster care, adoption, and youth services agency that shares Henry David Thoreau’s vision for personal growth, our individual rights and responsibilities as members of a community, and a life that celebrates the richness of natural diversity.

Their staff of highly trained social work professionals and licensed therapists supports birth, foster and adoptive families and the community in caring for more than 265 children and youth—many who have physical or developmental disabilities, behavioral or mental health challenges, who identify as LGBTQ, or who are part of large sibling groups. Preparing families to care for children with special health care needs or disabilities allows kids to grow up in families, rather than in hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, or group homes and congregate care facilities. Most important, living with a family helps children and youth build relationships, which are the foundation for learning, social-emotional well-being, and successful, fulfilling lives.

Headquartered in San Diego County, Walden Family Services operates district offices throughout Southern California. Walden holds accreditations from a number of regional and national organizations, including the California Alliance of Child and Family ServicesCARF and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children—All Families initiative. Walden staff also serve on the Cultural Competency Committee of the national Foster Family-Based Treatment Association.

Walden Family Services has been helping foster children and adoptive families throughout Southern California for 41 years.  To learn even more about this incredible community partner, click here.

Solutions Summit 2017

What is the Junior League’s Solution Summit? – Members of the Junior League of San Diego and community partners continuously working toward improving the lives of Transition-Age Foster Youth (TAY) in San Diego County.

image4[1] Speakers: Dairrick Hodges, Judge Sharon Kalemkiarian, Veronica Castillo (Photo: Eric Gonzales Photography)

 

This year’s Solutions Summit, held at the San Diego Central Library on March 22 and 23, focused primarily on establishing potential solutions to solve TAY issues related to 3 issues: (1) pregnancy and prevention, (2) housing, and (3) sexual exploitation. The themes were determined by a steering committee and decided on by Just in Time’s LEAP Council, as this year’s Solutions Summit team hoped to add more of a TAY voice to the event.

Over 60 community partners, each with a TAY connection, participated in this year’s event and lent themselves to the following potential initiatives:

  1. Developing an app that helps with decision making to prevent human trafficking
  2. Creating a video series to teach TAY parenting skills and relationship norms
  3. Two new conferences for TAY and their supporters – one including resources related to housing, and the other focused on pregnancy prevention.

All potential outcomes will be reviewed by the Junior League to determine whether TAY Task Forces will be able to assist in implementing the initiatives.

image2[1]Speaker: Councilwoman Lorie Zapf