Category Archives: Fund Development

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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Food & Wine Festival: A Kentucky Derby Affair!

May 6, 2017

 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!