On November 12, the Junior League of Bryan/College Station will celebrate 30 years of volunteerism at their annual Charity Ball. Amid the music, live band and a return of The Follies – skits performed by local celebrities – will be reflections on the impact of the League and its service to the community over the past three decades.
“The Junior League is a community service organization focused on improving the lives of children and youth in Bryan/College Station,” says Lizett Hawkins, League president. Begun in 1982 as The Service League with 108 charter members, the group was admitted to the Association of Junior Leagues International in 1988. Today, 380 active Junior League members take on a variety of projects each year all aimed at enriching the lives and education of area children.
Through donations and service, Junior League has contributed more than $2 million to the Bryan/College Station area, Hawkins says.
“Just last year we donated 10,000 hours of trained volunteer hours,” Hawkins says. The League encourages its members to be service leaders in the community with projects and fundraisers that reach out to children in need. The annual Stuff the Bus drive provides school supplies for 15,000 children each year. Other upcoming events include the annual Charity Ball, Downtown Bryan Fun Run, and the annual Bargain Blitz.
The League partners with other non-profit organizations each year including the Backpack Program of the Brazos Valley Food Bank. The program provides backpacks filled with nutritious food for children in need to take home on the weekends when they don’t have access to school-provided meals. The League also assists with the Special Olympics Fall Classic with Junior League members serving on the organizing committee, assisting with events and presenting awards during the Fall Classic. The League partners with the Boys & Girls Club of the Brazos Valley and assists with events such as the Boys & Girls Club’s Fall Fest as well as their Spring Dance and Book Up Texas reading program.
Each September, the Junior League hosts a community forum for organizations that would like to become partners to learn more about the Junior League’s focus of serving children and youth and how the League supports group with funds and volunteer service hours.
Opportunity Knocks is another program that enables the Junior League to respond to a one-time immediate community need. This committee provides volunteers and monetary grants to a wide range of community agencies not already supported by the League’s established projects.
It’s a partnership that has enriched countless lives, both among Junior League members and the community members they serve. For women looking to become more involved in volunteerism, the Junior League encourages new members, holding an orientation each spring where women are invited to learn about the organization. New members must be sponsored by a Junior League member, and a provisional membership is served during the first year. Full membership requirements can be reviewed on their website, jlbcs.org.
Celebrate 30 Years of Service
At the Junior League Charity Ball
You don’t have to be member of Junior League to support the organization’s mission of volunteerism on behalf of children. Donations and sponsorships of annual Junior League events are welcome.
Those who choose to support the Junior League by attending the annual Charity Ball will be rewarded with an exciting evening of entertainment on November 12 at the College Station Hilton.
“We have an excellent band, The Wonders, that’s proven to bring down the house,” Shannon Madlock, public relations chair for the Junior League, says. The League is also bringing back Follies, skits performed by well-known community members. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and the evening includes dinner, a dance, The Follies and an auction.
For sponsorship information, visit jlbcs.org. For Charity Ball tickets, call (979) 774-4759 or email email@example.com.
The Junior League’s Family Fun Run, held February 11 beginning at 9 a.m., is for runners of all shapes and sizes. To register, visit www.active.com. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League’s annual Bargain Blitz will be held March 3 and funds raised support Junior League operating costs while providing gently used items at bargain prices to community shoppers. To donate items or for more information, visit www.jlbcs.org.