Prospective JLSD Class: Provisionals

We have had a fantastic 2019 – 2020 year for our 101 Provisional members.
Each year, our incoming Provisional class plans and hosts events that raise awareness about and benefit our mission-based programs. JLSD Provisionals hold one event focused on training, one on fund development, and one on community. Through our Provisional events, we hope to surpass our goal of $20,000 for our causes and community partners.

TRAINING: Our Provisional training event, Money Mindfulness: Financial Balance For Success was held on Feb. 8.

FUND DEVELOPMENT: We Leaped back to the time of college game days, flip-cup, keg stands and dancing till dawn with JLSD family and friends on Feb. 29.

COMMUNITY: The JLSD Provisionals are planning a Dog Fashion Show for Saturday, April 18, 2020. Save the date, and check back soon at JLSD.org for more information.

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Every year since 1929, JLSD has welcomed new members (called Provisionals), transfers from other Leagues around the world, and reinstatements.

Prospective Member Information Sessions will be held on the following dates at AMN Healthcare Auditorium | 12400 High Bluff Dr, San Diego, CA 92130
Thursday, April 30th

Please register online to attend one information session.

Thank You – JLSD Gala

Two hundred and fifty guests attended our Junior League of San Diego’s annual gala at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park in October. The masquerade ball raised $60,000 through silent and live auctions, while guests enjoyed an evening of dining, music, and dancing amongst the museums artifacts.

Funds raised at the gala will be used to support JLSD’s mission-based programs for San Diego’s foster youth community, to assist partners in reducing human trafficking, and help train women to become effective community leaders and advocates for social change. Dr. Jamie Gates was recognized with the JLSD Spirit of Community Award for his work exposing human trafficking in San Diego. Our Masquerade Gala at the Natural History Museum of San Diego was a huge success. It’s because of your support that JLSD are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

Our members are part of JLSD’s success story and we thank you.

We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

Giving Tuesday – JLSD Annual Fund

December 3rd is Giving Tuesday 2019Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday begins the charitable season. #GivingTuesday is a global day for giving to those less fortunate.

We ask that you consider donating to the Junior League of San Diego to help us continue our work in the community. Click here to donate now and don’t forget to tell your friends why you’re supporting the Junior League of San Diego! Challenge 5 friends to match your donation and be a part of something BIG!

Thank You: JLSD 2018 Gala- A Great Gatsby Affair

Some time has passed since our Great Gatsby Affair on the green of Morgan Run Golf Course and Resort. It’s because of you that we are able to create lasting partnerships to end human trafficking, and continue training programs that help develop successful women to be change agents in our community.

Through your generous donations we are able to support the league and its mission-based community projects to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego though programs like Band of Brothers and Solutions Summit.

You are part of our success story and we thank you.

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This year’s recipient of our Spirit of Community Award was Poppy Fitch Ed.D.

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The Junior League of San Diego is happy to recognize Poppy Fitch. As a former foster youth, Poppy’s enthusiasm for educational equity and leadership development is informed by her life experiences. She is fiercely committed to ensuring that youth and adults are free to reach their fullest potential through the transformative power of education.

We would also like to recognize this year’s runner up, Vanessa Arteaga.

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Vanessa Arteaga is a Program Manager at San Diego Youth Services (SDYS). She has 10 years of experience working with youth and families experiencing homelessness. She currently oversees programs which provide a drop in center for transitional aged youth (TAY), an art expressive program aimed at destigmatizing mental illness, short term housing for TAY, and street outreach for runaway and homeless TAY.

Vanessa has been a strong contributor to the Junior League’s Solutions Summit, Brand of Brothers and the “Runaway and Homeless Youth Walk and Rally.”

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We would like to offer a sincere thank you to all of our amazing vendors, donors, and corporate sponsors who played a role in making this such a successful event.

Our cup is overflowing with gratitude for you and the change you are helping us to make in the community.

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Thank You – JLSD Food & Wine Festival 2018!

Thank you so much for attending the 2018 Junior League of San Diego Food & Wine Festival! With your help, we raised more than $100,000 for the League and it’s mission-based community projects! Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Through your generosity, JLSD will continue to support transition-age foster youth in San Diego through programs such as Brand of Brothers and Solutions Summit, advocate for victims and build partnerships to end human trafficking in our community, and work tirelessly to develop strong and successful women leaders. You are a part of our success and we appreciate you!

Thank you also to our amazing vendors, corporate sponsors and media partners who make this occasion the premier JLSD fundraising event of the year!

This year we were fortunate enough to partner with many long-time and new vendors.  We love seeing so many people committed to improving the lives of transition-age foster youth and supporting our women’s based organization!

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2018 JLSD Provisional Fundraiser Events Recap

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.

AJLI Organizational Development Institute – Grapevine, TX

Angela Venuti, a second year active and current Impact Chair, attended the Fall 2017 Organizational Development Institute (ODI) conference in Grapevine, TX. Hosted by AJLI, ODIs are a leadership development meeting that provides Junior League members with mission-based training in key areas (Membership, Community, Fund Development, Internal Capacity, and Marketing) critical to the healthy functioning of a League. We asked Angela a few questions about her experience on the Community track!

What inspired you to apply to attend ODI?

I was really drawn to the idea of getting together with so many other women from different leagues. Most of the time I am focused on what we do at JLSD, however Leagues internationally and nationally have adapted wonderful strategies and ideas. I was excited to meet those women and learn from them, in addition to sharing what we do here in San Diego.

Did you meet women from other leagues and what are some of the places they were from?

So many! From Calgary to Wilmington, Santa Barbara to Waco, Junior League women are incredible. In addition to the other league members, meeting some of the AJLI staff was a treat- both working with them in the track sessions and at the networking events!

What were your biggest takeaways from your experience?

The women in Junior League are some of the most accomplished, successful people I’ve gotten to meet. But they don’t stop there; women across the many leagues are working hard to continue making their communities a better place. Utilizing an issue-based approach and a member-centric strategy, JLSD can continue making San Diego even better with our work among TAY and anti-human trafficking.

What did you enjoy the most about going to ODI?

Meeting the different attendees and hearing about how their work in the community is going. Each league is in a different place with their focus area, and making a difference with their target population.

How does what you learned and experienced at ODI apply to what we do here at JLSD?

I’ve actually already started! On the Impact committee, it was important for me to take a step back mid-year and look at how much we do. How can we be more member-centric and focused on the shifts we offer members? Looking forward to continuing this conversation with members for the second half of the year!

Would you recommend others attend ODI?

Absolutely! This really is such a life-changing experience. While most of us integrate Junior League work into our lives here and there, having time dedicated to reflecting on what we are accomplishing was very special. Especially if you are a leader or interested in being a leader, hearing how other leagues operate is inspiring.

Anything else you would like to share about ODI and your experience?

I walked away from my time in Grapevine so excited to hit the ground running at JLSD. I think reflecting on your work is important, along with opening doors for the opportunity to collaborate! Thank you for this amazing experience!

To apply for ODI for the 2018-2019 year, keep an eye out for the application in late Summer 2018. Applications for all ODIs that year are due at the same time. ODIs occur three times a year in various cities around the country. For questions, please contact Nominating at nominating@jlsd.org.

 

December 2nd: 10th Annual JLSD Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash

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Join the Junior League of San Diego for our highly anticipated 10th annual Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash, a lively evening featuring a live charity auction of San Diego’s most eligible bachelors.

Where: Saturday, 2 December from 6 – 9 pm

When: Fluxx Nightclub, 500 Fourth Avenue, Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego

After the auction, guests are welcome to stay at FLUXX for mingling, dancing and food.  Proceeds from the food and drink afterparty purchases will benefit The Junior League of San Diego.

Live Auction: Amongst the bachelors and dates on to be auctioned, you’ll have a chance to bid on a group dinner for 6 with some of San Diego’s finest firemen at San Diego’s Big House 1. This date will include dinner for 6,  a guided firehouse tour, and an opportunity for a ride-along, making this date an experience unlike any other. You’ll also have the opportunity to bid on a vacation in Napa Valley, a Music Box VIP Opera Box, a signed Green Bay Packers football and more!

Emcees: Frankie V and a very special co-host, Landa Plenty.
Dress Code: FLUXX is an upscale nightclub so please dress stylishly.  No shorts, sandals, ball caps, athletic wear, or excessively baggy clothing will be admitted. The decision of Door Staff is final. FLUXX reserves the right to deny entry for any reason.

Buy your tickets now!

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Giving Tuesday – November 28

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Tuesday, November 28 — Mark your calendars for Giving Tuesday 2017Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday begins the charitable season. #GivingTuesday is a global day for giving to those less fortunate.

We ask that you consider donating to the Junior League of San Diego to help us continue our work in the community. Click here to donate now and don’t forget to tell your friends why you’re supporting the Junior League of San Diego!

Want to give and then give some more this holiday season? Shop Cyber Monday at smile.amazon.com and select (your Junior League) as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the Junior League of San Diego.

 

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.

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.

Thank You – JLSD Day At The Races

JLSD’s Day At The races event had a sellout crowd with 160 members & guests in attendance! It was a beautiful afternoon at the Del Mar track, with Membership Connections hosting several contests throughout the day: Best Hat, Most Dapper G
Gentleman and Best Dressed Couple. There were prizes and some of the winners were escorted down to the winners circle by League President, Rachel Thompson, to congratulate the winning jockey after the 8th race of the day, which happened to be named for the Junior League of San Diego. After the last race, some attendees enjoyed the free show by Ludacris on the Seaside stage. We’re already looking forward to playing next year’s 70th annual event!

 

 

A Q&A with the Food & Wine Festival Chairs

2017 Food & Wine Festival Chairs: Jessica deLinde, Jen Burton, Camile Salleh and Caitlin McCarty

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 Preparations for the Food & Wine Festival are well underway! Food & Wine Festival Chairs Camile, Jessica, Caitlin and Jen gave us their insights on what they love most about the event and why it’s important to JLSD…

Q: Why were you drawn to chair the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: With over 1,000 attendees, the F&W Festival is the biggest fundraiser event for JLSD. The money we raise is used to support our mission, including our community programs to support transition-age foster youth and training opportunities within the league.

 Q: What is your favorite part of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: Our favorite part is watching the derby race! The excitement is contagious. 2017 will be the annual event’s 19th year and the fun seems to grow each year. Can we also say the food and drinks? We partner with over 60 food and beverage distributors to make the day amazing!

 Q: What is the history of the Food & Wine Festival?

A: The event was originally named Island Divine that started as a small fundraiser held at 210 Maple. Each year, it had a different island theme. In 2013, it was renamed the Food and Wine Festival and introduced a Kentucky Derby theme for the first time. It was so popular, that we’ve kept the derby theme ever since.

 Q: Is the Food & Wine Festival important to the League?

A: Absolutely. As a non-profit organization, the funds we raise during the event are crucial to the continued operations of JLSD. The money we make goes directly to our mission to promote volunteerism, developing the potential of women through training opportunities and improving the community.

Q: How does the Food & Wine Festival connect us to the community?

A: Our fundraisers are the main avenue to reaching the public, and we use them not just to raise money, but also to promote all the amazing programs JLSD offers to the community.

Q: What has been the biggest benefit of being a leader in the Food & Wine committee?

A: Running an event this big is a huge responsibility and sometimes feels like organized chaos, but the friendships we make and the organizational skills we learn are invaluable.

Q: What can we look forward to at the Food & Wine Festival this year?

A: We’ll have delicious tastings, tons of auction items to bid on and great entertainment throughout the day. We’ll even be doing a big car raffle for a Subaru Forester lease with all the bells and whistles included! (Shout out to Frank Subaru for their huge donation!). We’ve also moved the day up to start at noon instead of 1pm so you can start the day earlier!

 Q: What is the most helpful way for a Junior League member to contribute to the Food & Wine Festival?

A: We need everyone’s help to spread the word about the event – by encouraging friends to buy tickets and acquiring sponsors. As we’ve been known to say…”No one can do everything, but everyone can do something to support JLSD”.

Join us on May 6th at La Jolla Cove.  Check us out at www.jlsdfoodandwine.com

 

February Volunteers of the Month

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Angela Venuti, Fund Development Marketing Chair, Marketing Council

Angela is the wonderful JLSD volunteer responsible for securing the great media coverage for Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash. She is the communication glue between Marketing and Fund Development for all of our events and keeps everything on track.  Our fundraising efforts would not be as successful without you and we can’t wait to see the coverage for Food and Wine in May.  We know you’ll knock it out of the park! Way to go Angela!

February Volunteers of the Month

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Cassie Muntz, Food and Wine Festival Committee, Fund Development Council

Cassie has returned to the Food & Wine Logistics Committee and has brought back her great experience and knowledge to the team. She has been extremely helpful in helping to secure all the Food & Wine contracts and has even secured a $1,500 sponsor. Cassie is a wonderful member of the Food & Wine committee and we are lucky to have her.  Can’t wait to see the fruits of her labor in May!

February Volunteers of the Month

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Ali Head, Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash Chair, Fund Development Council

Who can you call when you need to find 15 eligible bachelors that can get the job done? Thank you Ali for working tirelessly on Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash ensuring that it was a huge success. She went above and beyond and lead her committee every step of the way.   Your efforts are recognized and appreciated!

January Volunteers of the Month

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Crystal Arnote, Main Event Chair, Fund Development Council

Who was that beautiful, elegant woman running around the Junior League of San Diego’s Main Event? Crystal Arnote began working on the new signature fund development event well before this league year started. She spent countless hours working on the event and leading her committee.  Thank you for not being fearful of forging into unknown territory for JLSD and helping us on the path to achieving a strategic fundraising goal. The Main Event was a roaring success and you set the bar high for events to come!

Giving Tuesday – Thank You For The Support

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On Giving Tuesday 2016, a total of 76 members donated and the Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) reached 10.59% member participation towards its annual campaign. 

The JLSD aims to make a significant impact in the community through activities and programs supporting transition-age foster youth including, mentoring programs, Solutions Summit, grants and scholarships for foster youth and a variety of volunteer events. Every gift counts… no matter the size! All gifts will directly impact the JLSD and our local community.

Your support means the world to the JLSD and there is still time left to donate! Let’s close the year strong. Please consider giving to our Annual Fund during this holiday season. Giving Circles for our 2016-2017 Annual Fund campaign recognize members for making a donation at various levels. To learn more about Giving Circles, click here.

#Unselfie – Giving Tuesday

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Tuesday, November 29- Mark your calendars  for Giving Tuesday  2016Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday begins the charitable season. #GivingTuesday is a global day for giving to those less fortunate. We ask that you consider donating to the Junior League of San Diego to help us continue our work in the community. Click here to donate now and don’t forget to post your #unselfie by taking a selfie with a sign saying why you’re supporting the Junior League of San Diego!