BUBBLY & BITES FALL FUNDRAISER
BY JESSICA OLIVIERI
The Junior League of Hartford certainly knows how to paint
the town red! The League’s Fund Development Council
(which consists of the Fundraising, Planned Giving and
Clothes Horse committees) hosted its first fundraiser of the
2017-2018 League year, focusing on “Women Building Better
Communities,” on Friday, November 3.
Along with community partners, family members, friends and
guest, JLH members came together to celebrate the
League’s accomplishments over Bubbly & Bites, with the
three floors of wine tasting
sponsored by Maximum Beverage
and delicious appetizers
donated by Effie’s Place
and The Rockin’ Chicken. The League’s own Clothes Horse held a pop-up boutique to showcase some
of the items from the store.
The fundraising goal of $2,018 was surpassed in only one night. Guests also found value in the connections
forged with the community partners. As relationships continue to develop for next year’s Volunteerathon,
partner organizations in attendance included Capital City Education Alliance, The Children’s
Museum, Gifts of Love CT, Girls On the Run Greater Hartford, Grace Academy Hartford, Junior Achievement
of Southwest New England, Interval House, My Sisters’ Place and YWCA of Hartford.
For those unable to attend, donations are still being accepted at https://www.jlhartford.org/support/annual
-fund. The Fund Development Council is looking forward to planning their next FUNdraising event!
LEAGUE MEMBERS MINGLED DURING THE NOVEMBER 3 FUNDRAISER, BUBBLY & BITES, WHILE SHOPPING AT THE CLOTHES HORSE’S POP UP SHOP.
PROVISIONAL PROJECT / CORC EVENTS 2
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE / BEST OF WEST HARTFORD 3
2017-2018 JLH BOARD/THE CLOTHES HORSE/THIRD THURSDAYS 4
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM 5
ENDOWMENT FUND/WINTER WONDERLAND PHOTO GALLERY 6
SHOW HOUSE 2018/PHOTO GALLERY AROUND TOWN 7
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
COMMUNICATIONS Elizabeth Paige
COMMUNITY SERVICE Jocelyn O’Brien
FUND DEVELOPMENT Demetria Wright
MEMBERSHIP Sarah Needham
SUSTAINERS Roza Kogan
The Junior League of Hartford is an organization
of women committed to promoting voluntarism,
developing the potential of women and
improving communities through the effective
action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its
purpose is exclusively educational and
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
is located at:
993 Farmington Avenue, Suite 208
West Hartford, CT 06107
League Lines Committee
COMMITTEE Tina Macca
PROVISIONAL PROJECT: GIRLS ON THE RUN
BY BRITTNEY MIHALICH
On December 3, the 2017-2018 provisional
class partnered with Greater Hartford's
branch of Girls on the Run to cheer on the
young athletes as they completed the Blue
Back Mitten Run 5K in West Hartford Center.
The class honed in on their creativity to
create signs and planned race-morning
activities for the girls, including face painting,
a photo booth and distribution of
healthy snacks and goodie bags. Everyone
was thrilled to encourage and support
the racers throughout the course as they
complete this momentous milestone.
Girls on the Run is a nationwide nonprofit
girls empowerment program that builds
confidence and teaches life skills through
running. The program serves girls from
third through eighth grade through weekly
small group workouts to train for each season's culminating 5K run. Since the expansion
of GOTR Hartford in 2016, members of the Junior League have become
increasingly involved in the organization's mission.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH COMMITTEE EVENTS
BY MEAGHAN MARY COOPER AND JENNIFER MILLER
SIGNS CREATED BY THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF
HARTFORD ENCOURAGED THE RUNNERS FROM
GIRLS ON THE RUN GREATER HARTFORD DUR-
ING THE BLUE BACK MITTEN RUN 5K IN WEST
HARTFORD ON DECEMBER 3.
The Community Outreach Committee (CORC) teamed up with My Sisters’ Place to
throw their annual kids’ Halloween Party. As part of the fun-filled evening, Junior
League members served Halloween-themed dinner to the families, helped the children
play games and decorate cupcakes, watched them bob for apples and handed out
candy as the kids trick-or- treated through the building.
The children were decked out in costumes ranging from a Tootsie Roll to Moana. All
the kids, parents and volunteers had a blast. The Junior League of Hartford looks forward
to continuing its
longstanding relationship with
My Sisters’ Place through a
variety events in the coming
CORC also recently organized
a breakfast for residents at
Interval House, preparing a
beautiful spread and dining
with the women and children
in attendance. After breakfast,
they colored and played with
the children—it’s a toss up
who enjoyed the coloring and
MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD
DRESSED UP TO BRING HALLOWEEN CHEER TO THE CHIL-
DREN AND FAMILIES AT MY SISTERS’ PLACE.
BY MOLLY TOWNE
For 97 years the Junior League of Hartford has made an incredible impact in the
Greater Hartford community. Our members are engaged and committed to the community
impact area of our league: Empowering Women and Young Girls.
As you know, the mission of the Junior League of Hartford is to promote volunteerism,
develop the potential of women and improve our community through the effective action
and leadership of trained volunteers. To give you some examples of where we
have made an impact:
• Our Done in a Day Committee (DIAD) and Community Outreach Committee
(CORC) partner with area nonprofits, which allow our volunteers to help improve
our community through a variety of programs, events and volunteer opportunities.
• These opportunities have already impacted women and young girls at Grace
Academy, My Sisters Place, Interval House, Houston, TX Diaper Bank, Connecticut
Children’s Medical Center, the Clothes Horse (The Junior League of Harford’s
Thrift Shop) and Junior Achievement through our Career Connections for Young
• Career Connections for Young Women (CCYW) is our joint endeavor with Junior
Achievement (JA) of Southwest New England. This program highlights how we
are developing the potential of women and young girls as well as training our volunteers.
Annually, we work with JA to mentor over 20 high school girls on college
& career preparation in a 10-week after school academy. Our members receive
training in each area they volunteer to teach, including: conflict management and
communication, personal finance, personal branding, dangers of social media,
public speaking and more.
None of these great programs would be possible without fundraising efforts and community support and 2018 will be no different. We are
entering an exciting year and one of our big events is the 14th Decorator Show House happening in May. The last 13 Show Houses have
raised over $1.35 million for the impact area and mission of our league. We hope to see you there (and don’t worry, our Volunteerathon
will be back in fall 2018)!
Our league hopes to continue to do all of this and much more, so mark your calendars and keep a lookout for more information on our
website and through our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
All the best,
THE JLH SELECTED AS CHARITY PARTNER FOR BEST OF
WEST HARTFORD EVENT
BY JESSICA PIERI
The Junior League of Hartford was thrilled to be
selected as the charity partner of the 2017 Best of
West Hartford event, held on September 27 at
Cinepolis at Blue Back Square. In addition to providing
volunteers for the third annual event, members
of the JLH participated in all the fun festivities of the
evening, as well.
L TO R: KRISTEN FRITZ, MARTA ROBINSON, ALISON PERRY, DEMETRIA WRIGHT, JESSICA
PIERI AND CHEYNEY BARRIEAU AT THE BEST OF WEST HARTFORD EVENT.
THE 2017-2018 JLH BOARD OF DIRECTORS. PHOTO COURTESY OF CHEYNEY BARRIEAU PHOTOGRAPHY.
MEET THE 2017-2018 JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Junior League of Hartford would like to introduce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors:
President – Molly Towne
President-Elect – Whitney Sweeney
Secretary – Stacey Clark
Treasurer – Anissa Berasi
Assistant Treasurer – Jessica Pieri
Sustainer Council Directors — Roza Kogan, Julie Krug
Communications Council Director – Elizabeth Paige Fierman
Community Service Council Director – Jocelyn O’Brien Hawkins
Fund Development Council Director – Demetria Wright
Membership Council Director – Sarah Needham
Nominating & Placement Council Director – Taylor Shea
Show House Directors — Meghan Guerrera, Lissa Johnson
THE CLOTHES HORSE
BY ALLISON HONEYMAN
On Thursday, November 9, The Clothes Horse
held its annual Customer Appreciation Night. Loyal
customers shopped til they dropped with fun instore
THIRD THURSDAY SOCIALS
“Third Thursday Socials” are new monthly gatherings for JLH members.
These events are a welcome opportunity to meet other members in a fun
social atmosphere while trying out some great local restaurants. Members
are also encouraged to bring friends and coworkers potentially interested
in learning more about the League.
This fall, The Clothes Horse began accepting consignment
handbags in new or gently used condition;
gently used vintage handbags are also acceptable.
They will be priced at 25-50% of their
retail value as determined by The Clothes Horse
staff. Handbags can be brought in on Wednesdays.
On Thursday, December 14, The Clothes Horse
partnered with Kimberly Boutique for a Clothing
Donation event. Kimberly Boutique is located at
968 Farmington Avenue in West Hartford Center.
Participants who made a clothing donation to The
Clothes Horse during the event then received 10%
off their Kimberly Boutique purchase that evening.
LEAGUE MEMBERS CONNECTING AT VINTED IN WEST HARTFORD.
JLH MENTORSHIP PROGRAM CONNECTS NEW & SEASONED MEMBERS
BY JESSICA GAGNON AND JEN BYRNE
A desire to cultivate a deeper understanding of the mission of the Junior League of Hartford, make a difference in the community, develop
leadership skills and forge friendships drew 24 women together on November 14 to kick off the JLH’s Mentorship Program at First
& Last Bakery Cafe in Hartford. The program aims to increase member retention in a way that engages new members by offering them
support from seasoned members and inspires them to own the mission of the League, becoming League ambassadors in the community,
in the process.
This is the first year the JLH has implemented a mentoring program and 20 women signed up to participate, 10 as mentors and 10 as
mentees. The JLH Training Committee is spearheading the program and used an interest survey to match mentees, who are new
members or transfers from other leagues with mentors, who have been in the League for at least four years. Both members of each
pairing had similar interests and goals, whether it was to find more ways to get involved in the community, develop leadership skills and
join the JLH Board of Directors, grow their network within the League or balance work, family, and volunteering.
The pairs met for the first time in person at the kickoff event, which included introductory remarks about the goals of the program, expectations
for participation, a group ice breaker and time to meet one-on-one to establish their own goals for the coming year. Pairs will
meet on their own over the next two months and the broader group will reconvene in February. Also in attendance at the kickoff were
members of the Training Committee and Board of Directors.
MEMBERS CONNECTED AT THE MENTORING PROGRAM’S KICK-OFF EVENT AT FIRST & LAST BAKERY CAFÉ IN HARTFORD ON NOVEMBER 14. PARTICI-
PANTS JOINED IN ICEBREAKERS AND CONVERSATION LED BY TRAINING COMMITTEE CHAIRS JEN BYRNE AND JESSICA GAGNON (PICTURED R ABOVE).
JLH PLANNED GIVING: ENDOWMENT FUND INFORMATION
BY BRIA DAY
The Junior League of Hartford's Endowment Fund, managed by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, is extremely important to our
League's future and sustainability. The Fund was started in 2011 by a few Sustainers and, with the support of other Sustainers, Actives
and Provisionals, has grown tremendously. The Endowment Fund is vital for the long-term success and continuity of the Junior League
of Hartford. By contributing to the JLH, donors can help ensure that the JLH has income possibilities in the future.
You can support the Endowment Fund with a donation of any amount. Whether your donation is $10 or $5,000, all support helps grow
the Endowment Fund to support the JLH and its activities in the Greater Hartford community.
Here are ways you can donate:
Donations to the Fund may be made by check, payable to “HFPG, Inc.” noting “JLH Endowment Fund” on the memo line. Checks can
be sent to the Junior League of Hartford office or directly to:
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
10 Columbus Boulevard, 8th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106
For donations charged to a credit card, please call the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving at (860) 548-1888 or to pay via credit card
online, please visit HFPG.org/donate
If you are interested in making a bequest, please contact the Junior League office for more information. To contact, please call (860)
233-4300 or email email@example.com.
PHOTO GALLERY: 2017 WINTER WONDERLAND
DURING WINTER WONDERLAND, A FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT, JLH MEM-
BERS HEADED OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY TO DECORATE OUR PARTNERS’
SPACES FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9. THE TOP LEFT
SCENE WAS INSTALLED AT THE VILLAGE FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES,
WHILE THE BOTTOM LEFT AND ABOVE PHOTOS WERE TAKEN AT THE
CHRYSALIS CENTER, BOTH IN HARTFORD.
COMING IN SPRING 2018: 14TH DECORATOR SHOW HOUSE
BY 2018 SHOW HOUSE COUNCIL
What is the Decorator Show House?
Every three years, the Junior League of Hartford takes over a notable home or estate in the Greater Hartford area and selects designers,
local and regional, to make over the interior spaces and surrounding grounds, a process that takes months to accomplish. During
April and May, the public is invited to view the grand home that has been transformed both inside and out. Funds are raised through
tour ticket sales, special event ticket sales, individual and corporate sponsorships and program advertisements.
When is Show House 2018?
Decorator hours will begin March 19 through April 16. The house will then be open to the public from April 27 through May 20.
Where is Show House 2018?
The location for Show House 2018 has not yet been selected. The search is a lengthy one that requires the Junior League of Hartford
to find a house that fits all event logistics as well as a homeowner willing to meet all requirements stated on the lease. Once a house is
selected, there will be a reveal to all Junior League of Hartford members and the community.
PHOTO GALLERY: JUNIOR LEAGUE AROUND TOWN
HELPING ONE OF THE JLH’S COMMUNITY PARTNERS, MEMBERS HELPED
DECORATE FOR AN ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL ON
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17. THEY STRUNG LIGHTS, MADE STUFFED ANIMAL
GOODIE BAGS, MADE CENTERPIECES AND CREATED A PHOTO BOOTH.
MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL CAME TOGETHER FOR A
SMALL GROUP MEETING IN NOVEMBER AT THE NOAH WEBSTER LIBRARY IN
BLUE BACK SQUARE IN WEST HARTFORD. THEY DISCUSSED LEADERSHIP
OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD.
MEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN A HOLIDAY COOKIE COMPETITION AT THE ANNU-
AL JLH HOLIDAY PARTY ON DECEMBER 6. HERE ARE THE WINNING TREATS:
CHINESE NEW YEAR COOKIES MADE WITH CHOCOLATE, BUTTERSCOTCH,
PEANUTS, CHOW MEIN NOODLES AND FESTIVE SPRINKLES. OF THE 11 SUB-
MISSIONS, THEY CAME OUT ON TOP!
THE ANNUAL JLH HOLIDAY PARTY WAS HELD AT REAL ARTWAYS IN HART-
FORD ON DECEMBER 6 AND WAS FULL OF COOKIES, MINGLING AND HEAR-
ING FROM COMMUNITY PARTNER MY SISTERS’ PLACE ABOUT ALL THE GOOD
THEY DO IN THE GREATER HARTFORD COMMUNITY.
PERMIT NO. 1522
Junior League of Hartford
993 Farmington Avenue, Suite 208
West Hartford, CT 06107
Since 1921, the Junior League has been making the Greater Hartford community a better place to live by promoting
voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers. We are a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization whose purpose is exclusively educational
and charitable. The Junior League of Hartford is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International
MAKE A DONATION: JLH ANNUAL FUND
Thank you for making our work possible.
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. is an
organization of women committed to
promoting voluntarism, developing the
potential of women, and improving communities
through the effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose
is exclusively educational and
Your support is critical to our continued success, and we invite you
to join us with a gift to our Annual Fund. Donations to the Annual
Fund provide unrestricted funds to the Junior League of Hartford,
Inc., which enhances our ability to provide quality community services
projects and trained volunteers who serve the needs of the
Greater Hartford community.
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Please donate online (www.jlhartford.org/give) or by sending a
check, made payable to the Junior League of Hartford, Inc., to 993
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