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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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


JLSD Human Trafficking Awareness Rally

2017-ht-rally-digital-banners_jlsdwebsiteThe Human Trafficking epidemic in America is stealing both our children’s innocence, and the livelihood of adults, and we cannot back down. The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.

Junior League of San Diego believes that awareness of and training to confront and stop human and labor trafficking is key to an improved outcome in San Diego County. Via the Rally, audience participants will learn from San Diego community subject matter experts and gain the knowledge and resources available to help those who may be at risk in our community. Register today: bit.ly/JLSDRally2017

Featured Speakers:

Congresswoman Susan Davis, US House of Representatives – 53rd District

Senator Toni Atkins, California State Senate – 39th District

Summer Stephan, Chief Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County

Michelle Shoemaker, Director, Churches Against Trafficking

Dr. Jennifer Prager, Director, Victims Counseling Services

Bettina Hausmann, President and CEO, United Nations Association San Diego

Christina Marzocca, Women’s Equity Council

Anne Hoiberg, San Diego Trafficking Advisory Council

Susan Muncey, Director, Generate Hope

Ruby Chacon, US Immigration and Custom Enforcement Victim Specialist

Marisa Ogarte, Outreach Coordinator, Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition

Saturday, Dec 3rd: 9th Annual JLSD Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash


The Junior League will host our 9th annual Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash charity auction of the areas most eligible bachelors this Saturday, December 3rd, at Fluxx Nightclub in the Gaslamp District starting at 5pm.

The lively evening includes bachelors ranging in age from 25 to 38, with professions as varied as engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, and fighter pilots. The evening will kick-off with drinks and appetizers, and the opportunity to view all 20 date packages, which include a wide number of activities from a romantic dinner at the Catamaran Oceana restaurant, to a la Jolla kayak tour, to a private tennis lesson at the Del Mar Tennis Winners Club.  Both single and group date packages are available.

Nathan Fast from San Diego’s hit music station 93.3 and Shelly Wade from IHeartMEDIA’s KMYI San Diego and  Star 94.1 FM will be co-Master’s of Ceremonies, proudly supporting  JLSD and our community partners working with transition-age foster youth.

“For nine years, Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash has been a must-attend event of the holiday season and we are proud to use all the funds raised in the auction to support the Junior League’s mission to train women leaders and improve the San Diego community through our work with transition age foster youth,” said Rachel Scatizzi, Junior League of San Diego President.

Tickets are available online at JLSD.org for $30 per person, or $350 for a VIP table which provides premium seating for up to 5 people, and includes a bottle of champagne and 5 VIP bags. This event is 21 and up, a valid ID will be required to enter FLUXX.


Making An Impact: Oktoberfest

A great time was had by all at the JLSD’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go straight back to our community partners and directly to the Junior League of San Diego’s mission.


Calphonics rocked the house again with their amazing tunes, in addition to DJ Quanson mixing up the hits.


This year’s Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest went to this well dressed couple and was voted on by our cheering crowd.  They received a bottle of St. Petersburg vodka.


The new strong armed stein-holding champion  took home $100 and a bottle of St. Petersburg vodka.


Emily won the over $900-value San Diego staycation prize.

A huge thank you to all our sponsors for your generous support of the Junior League of San Diego and its missions.


Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming fundraisers The Main Event on November 12th and Jingle Bell Bachelor Bash on December 3rd.

TAY Family Drive: Donate Today!

The JLSD Impact Committee will be running a Family Drive in September to support five families of Transition Age Foster Youth who utilize San Diego Youth Services and TAY Academy resources. These families are transition age foster youth who have children and have very few resources available to them.

TAY Academy works with families to provide safe housing options and support services; however, TAY housing options and several homeless shelters separate the families by gender and often times these families have to resort to homelessness in order to remain a family unit.  JLSD plans to help each family by providing them donated items from the lists below.

As an incentive to donate items, members dropping off items at the September General Meeting will receive one raffle ticket. At the end of the meeting, the winning raffle ticket holder will be given a $25 gift card.

JLSD Members/Sustainers can drop off items at the JLSD house during office hours with Sheila or simply put items in the Community Council Room in the JLSD house basement. The items will be stored in the community room in the basement in September and then packaged up at the October General meeting. An impact shift will be scheduled in November to drop off the drive items to SD Youth Services. Please email the Impact Committee for more information or any questions.

Andy (23) & Lola (19) Al (23) & Mason (22) Danny (21) & Katie (20) Tina (19) Alexandra (21)
Amy (2.5) & Alex (3 mon.) Nancy (1 yr) Elise
(6 mon.)
(4 mon.)
(born 8/11/2014)
Items of Need
3T Pull ups Wipes Size 4/5 diapers 6 mon. female clothes infant stroller (that will fit car seat)
Size 6 Diapers Size 5 diapers wipes Size 12 pants diapers (0-6 mon.)
Size 4 Diapers toilet paper baby soap Size 9.5-10 tennis shoes wipes
Wipes 12-18 mon. female clothes 6-9 mon. female clothes Medium Shirts (Female) laundry detergent
9 month male clothes Baby toys 9-12 mon. socks Size 2 diapers bottles
3T female clothes Food and baby food large female tank tops wipes (sensitive) baby soap/shampoo
Baby bottles Hygiene supplies (male & female) 8.5 size sandals (female) Baby toys hygiene supplies (female)
Hygiene supplies (male& female) 36C nursing bras Baby dishes, bowls, spoons, etc breast pump
8.5 male tennis shoes blender diaper bag (large)
large muscle Ts (male) Size 8 underwear baby bath towels
32 waist boxer briefs (male) hygiene, bodywash, deodorant, toothbrush
Hair shaver/razor bouncer
Hair straightener
Size 7 skinny jeans (female)
Additional Items not listed above:
Duffle bag/luggage
Gift cards to grocery store/Target/Walmart/etc.

**Diapers are high priority on the list as they are not covered by Food Stamps or Government assistance.

Donate Life: Jackie Dunn Memorial Campaign

As many of you are aware, JLSD lost a dedicated member, Jackie Dunn, in a tragic June bicycling accident. Our loss was felt by many, and will not be forgotten. Jackie was as generous in death as she was in life and, because she was a registered organ donor, the lives of six southern California residents, ages 4 – 60, were saved with seven of her vital organs.

This past summer, Gabrielle Durand and Christiane Hoffman initiated the Jackie Price Dunn Memorial Campaign. Although we’ve had a number of re-registrations and profile updates, there have not been any new enrollments thus far. Registering is an uncomplicated, straightforward process. We hope during this season of giving, you’ll consider reviewing the FAQ’s and registering.

Undoubtedly, Jackie’s loss was felt most by her family, who are still recovering from their loss. The silver lining has been knowing that Jackie’s spirit lives on in others. Organ recipients sometimes choose to reach out to the donor’s family months, or sometimes years, after their surgeries. One of Jackie’s recipients recently reached out to Jackie’s husband, Durward, to express his gratitude for Jackie’s gift. He’s a middle-aged man who was compelled to write and let him know that his five year old daughter will grow up with a father because Jackie chose to register as a donor. Hopefully, with the influence of her father, this child grows up to be as kind and generous as our Jackie.