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.