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.

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.

 

JLSD Provisionals: 118 Women & One Shared Commitment

 

Members join the Junior League of San Diego for many different reasons: volunteering, training, leadership, friendship and a desire to make our community a better place. Whatever our personal reasons are that lead us to the League, we all have one collective goal – to bring awareness to Transition Age Foster Youth (TAY) and Human Trafficking. During an October meeting the Provisional Training Committee had the honor of introducing our members to Abdi Yusuf.

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Abdi shared his moving life story about what it’s like being a foster youth in San Diego and provided an eye-opening message about what happens when one transitions out of the system. Bringing success stories like Abdi’s to the provisional women sop early in their training helps build a strong foundation and deeper understanding of why we do what we do in the Junior League of San Diego.

What a year it’s been so far! Between fall training session, monthly socials, and getting the women started on the planning process for their Fund Development events, the Provisional team is staying very busy. Monthly training events are designed to expose the women to different areas of the Junior League with the goal that as they enter their first active year in the League, they will feel well prepared, equipped and encouraged to hit the ground running to make a difference in our community.

One of the most exciting parts of the provisional experience is planning and executing a Fund Development event. All of the funds raised, across five different events, in support of our mission-based programming efforts. The women have formed sub-committees, narrowed down themes, and have begun reaching out to partner with local venues. It’s remarkable to see these women so excited and active in their work and beginning to lay out every detail they will need for these events to come to life. We’re so excited to see what they come up with and we hope you’ll join us at an upcoming Provisional event. Stay tuned for details in early 2018.

 

JLSD 2016 – 2017 Annual Award Winners

Although the Junior League of San Diego’s 2016 – 2017 Year has come to close, we would like to, once again, formally recognize those individuals who were announced as annual award winners at the May General Membership meeting.

President’s Award – Virginia Chambers

Spirit Award – Lindsay Pfeffer

Leadership Award – Melissa Davies

Spirit of Volunteerism – JLSD Sustainer Barbara Kramer

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Executive Management Team Star Recognition

  • Membership Council
    • Becky Coulter, Provisional Chair
    • Kelly Johnson, Provisional Chair
    • Tracy Mitchell, Membership Connections Chair
    • Jennifer Kutzke, Membership Connections Transfer Coordinator
  • Community Outreach Council
    • Melina Flanders, Solutions Summit Chair
    • Emily Pickering, TAY Outcomes Task Forces Chair
    • Holly Nicoll, Impact Committee
    • Erin Swift, TAY Outcomes Task Force Committee
  • Fund Development
    • Crystal Arnote, The Main Event Chair
    • Ali Head, JBBB Chair
    • Brianna Barbier, F&W Committee
    • Hope Reilly, F&W Committee
  • Finance Council
    • Lisa Norris, F&W Treasurer
    • Elle Masri, Finance Council Member at Large
  • Marketing
    • Angela Venuti, Marketing & PR for Fund Dev Chair
    • Libby Lopez, Social Media Chair Elect
    • Franceen Kakavoulis-Perera, Publications and Website
  • Training
    • Sheridan Malphurs, Training Council
    • April Joy Galka, Training Council

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New Sustainers:

Tracy Achten                      Jennifer Burton

Virginia Chambers           Lisa Cobble

Nicole Crosby                    Natalie Hunter

Sarah Rechif                       Dayana Silva-James

 

Provisional Rising Stars:

Emilie Brooks                     Rachel Grover

Olivia Huie                           Sally Johnson

Hannah Kropf                    Allison Lojek

Katie Morel                        Darlene Robetcky