February 12, 2012 - Junior League of Ft Lauderdale Celebrates 75 Years of Service to the Community
Where: New River Inn
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Beneficiary: Junior League of Ft Lauderdale
EMCEE: Christie Caliendo
Co-Chair(s): Christie Caliendo
Committee Members: Jennifer Bartolucci, Rinear Coulter, Jamie Lipman, Julie deRochemont, Stephanie Little, Kate Lochrie, Tiffany Tobol, Karrie Parkinson
Libations: Premier Wine & Beverage
Catering: Absolute The Full Wedding & Event Planning Company, Goslings & Sweeter Days Bake Shop
Music: Joey Beesley
Sponsors: THE Full Wedding & Event Planning Service; Kim & Randy Sweers and Fastboats.com; Eten Food Company Las Olas, Premier Wine & Beverage, Goslings and Sweeter Days Bake Shop, music by Joey Beesley and linens by Over The Top
Decor/Rental Company: Absolute - The Full Wedding & Event Planning Company
Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino, Blacktie-Southflorida.com
Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale Celebrates 75 Years of Volunteerism and Giving Back
In the heart of Fort Lauderdale’s historic village where this city was born 100 years ago, the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with members both past and present, the Historical Society board and Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler.
Vintage parasols hung from the second floor of the New River Inn, as Mason jars brimmed with baby’s breath on red velvet-laden tables and the flames from tea lights hanging from trees danced in the evening breeze. Delectable food from Eten Food Company Las Olas and scrumptious signature cocktails were enjoyed by all.
Mayor Seiler lauded the women of the Junior League for launching many of the most effective non-profit organizations in this community, which include Jack & Jill Children’s Center, the league’s very first project. At the soiree, several of the organizations were present to spread the word about how they help.
Other legacy projects – or organizations which the league started or helped to launch – are Museum of Art, Museum of Discovery and Science, S.O.S. Children’s Village, Kids In Distress, Henderson Mental Health, OUR House and more. The league’s most recent project was the FLITE center, which provides resources, guidance and support to foster youth aging out of the system.
Speaking to the history and the impact the Junior League has had on this community were Christie Caliendo, the League social chair; Alicia Malinowski, the League president; Dr. Harry Moon, Historical Society board president; Mayor Jack Seiler; and Judge Eileen O’Conner, League sustainer. The Junior League sustainers presented the Historical Society with a check for $3,600 to help with maintenance of the historical buildings, commemorating the partnership that was established between the two groups when the league of 1971 fought to preserve the King Cromartie House and had it floated down the New River to where it sits today.
“It makes every single one of us so proud to look around this city and see what an impact our league has had on this great community, and to envision all we can do in the future,” Malinowski said. “The amazing women who have made their mark before us inspire current league members to continue the great legacy they have built, and encourage the next generation of Junior League women.”
Sponsors and supporters for the evening included Absolute-THE Full Wedding & Event Planning Service; Kim & Randy Sweers and Fastboats.com; Eten Food Company Las Olas, Premier Wine & Beverage, Goslings and Sweeter Days Bake Shop, music by Joey Beesley and linens by Over The Top.
To learn more about the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, visit www.juniorleagueftl.org or call 954-462-1350.
About the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale
The Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc. is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.