Raleigh | February 23, 2015: This March and April, the Junior League of Raleigh will host a series of events to celebrate the League’s 85th anniversary. The celebrations will highlight the League’s legacy of service in Wake County.
A major part of the celebration will be held in partnership with the City of Raleigh Museum. The kickoff event will take place at the museum Friday, March 6, from 6-9 p.m. during Downtown Raleigh’s monthly First Friday celebration. That night will mark the opening of an exhibit that follows the history of the League, founded in March 1930 after the Junior Guild of Raleigh was accepted into the Association of Junior Leagues of America. The free exhibit, “The Junior League of Raleigh: Decades of Leadership, Service and Commitment,” will run through the end of March (Women’s History Month).
The 85th anniversary celebrations will culminate in a week of service from April 18-25. In addition to ongoing volunteer efforts, League members will lead one-time efforts to volunteer with community partners and other area nonprofits. Opportunities for individuals, families, and groups will be available. More details about volunteer opportunities will be available soon at www.jlraleigh.org.
“We have bonded together for the common goals that the Junior League of Raleigh supports. We have a wonderful legacy and a rich history of women who wanted to make a difference,” said Selené H. Brent, the 2014-15 president of the Junior League of Raleigh.
During its long history, the League has:
● provided more than 1 million volunteer service hours to various community partners
● worked to meet different community needs at different times, from healthcare for infants and mothers to historic preservation, the arts, mental health advocacy and more
● played an important, collaborative role in the establishment of many agencies including Hilltop Home and Learning Together
● been inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County’s Hall of Fame because of its longstanding support of that organization
● founded SAFEchild, the only child abuse prevention agency in Wake County working directly with families to create healthy, nurturing environments. Long an independent agency, SAFEchild since 1992 has provided parent education and support services to families to prevent abuse and neglect, and to change the long-term effects of abuse if it has occurred.
● donated more than $5 million in funding to over 170 nonprofits
● served as host of the North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball and related events since 1933
● operated fundraisers including the Bargain Box store in Cameron Village (which opened in 1951) and A Shopping SPREE!, an annual event begun in 1984
Supporting children has always been a major focus and since 2000, JLR’s work has targeted promising youth. Eleven volunteer teams currently engage in direct service with community agency partners. In 2010 the League opened the Center for Community Leadership, at 711 Hillsborough Street, where it offers training and networking programs for its members and other local nonprofits, and provides affordable meeting space for community groups. All of these efforts are represented in the exhibit.
The City of Raleigh Museum also will host a Throwback Thursday celebration for the League that promises to be an evening of reminiscence and revelry to recognize the Junior League’s 85 year-commitment to leadership and service in the Wake County Community. The League’s March General Membership meeting also will pay homage to a rich history of talented women, including those who participated in a former signature fundraiser, “the Follies.” Current and past members and friends are all invited to celebrate with us at the McKimmon Center March 10.
About the Junior League of Raleigh
The Junior League of Raleigh is the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in, and commitment to, volunteerism. Now in its 85th year, the Junior League of Raleigh boasts nearly 1,700 women supporting community organizations around Wake County.