All the Glitters Premier Event - Thank You for Making it a Success
The Junior League of Seattle held its 13th annual fundraising gala on Saturday, February 12th. Though it was a dark and stormy Seattle night, 450 JLS members, spouses, friends and supporters sparkled in the beautiful Four Seasons ballroom and enjoyed a wonderful evening of glitz and glamour! JLS is very pleased to announce that we raised over $160,000 through the silent and live auctions and "raise the paddle" contributions, which will continue to support the community we serve and project relating to the education and empowerment of women and children. Thank you to all - we truly value your dedication, support and extremely generous donations!
The Premier Event Committee, led by chair Betsy Weadock, decorated the ballroom with stunning floral arrangements, donated by local florists, shimmering lights and gems that lit up the tables and created an elegant and glowing atmosphere. Guests dazzled in sequins, rich jewel-toned gowns and stylish cocktail attire to add to the "All That Glitters" theme!
JLS welcomed Jenni Hogan of KIRO-TV as the event's announcer and auctioneers Kip Toner and Josh Halpin, husband of JLS member Sara Halpin, to lead the live auction of impressive, one-of-a-kind pieces and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. All three added great enthusiasm and charm to the evening and kept the room alive and full of excitement. Bidding was competitive, as guest were more than willing to support the cause and lucky bidders won the floral centerpieces, decadent desserts, a custom Louis Vuitton luggage set, premier sporting event tickets, a gorgeous Salvatore Ferragamo handbag and lavish vacation packages that spanned the globe.
To continue the festivities, guest celebrated at the glamorous after party held at Thoa's Lounge and danced the night away to music by DJ Danny.
It was a fabulous evening and JLS would like to thank all of the amazing supporters, sponsors, organizers and donors who made this important fundraiser such a success. The proceeds exceeded our goals and every dollar raised will go back to the community. Your generous contributions will allow JLS to continue to partner with local organizations, develop projects and focus on meeting the needs of our community. Thank you again for all your support.
Northwest Exchange: An Inspiring Success
The Junior League of Seattle was honored to host the regional training event, "Northwest Exchange 2011," (NWX) February 4 - 6. Over 66 delegates from 11 Junior Leagues across our area heard insightful speeches and took part in useful Q & A's.
The educational weekend began with, "Women With Impact," at the Seattle Tennis Club hosted by the JLS Nominating Committee. The award winning training featured inspiring Seattle area leaders and volunteer such as Iola Brown Groth, Nancy Sclater and Alison Athay.
The rest of the weekend took place at the Washington Athletic Club. JLS Past President and AJLI At-Large-Director Evelyn Zabo was charming and witty Master of Ceremonies.
The theme for this year's training was "Connect, Share and Learn," and featured interactive discussions, team building activities and resources. Attendees were exposed to practical tips and ideas on how to move forward, putting their passion in to effective volunteer service.
Susan Danish, AJLI Executive Director, wrapped up the event on Sunday with an interactive session on the AJLI Strategic Roadmap.
The NWX Committee thanks the JLS and the JLS Sustainer Council for financial and leadership support. In addition, a number of individuals and committees provided numerous resources ad assistance including the JLS Board of Directors, JLS Management Council, JLS Nominating Committee, JLS Training Committee, JLS Training Committee, JLS Treasury Committee, Kathi Effenberger, Courtney Laguio, Laura Garcia Pendergrast and Colleen Willoughby.
Special thanks to the NWX Hospitality Committee members who planned an entertaining Saturday evening starting with sweets from Yellow Leaf Cupcake and continuing through Beltown.