JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD CONCLUDES SHOW HOUSE 2018
BY MEG GUERRA AND LISSA JOHNSON
As we continue finalizing the financial results of Show House 2018, it is important to reflect on everything there is to learn about the
Junior League of Hartford’s (JLH) largest event-based fundraiser. This was the JLH’s 14th Show House and it was everything that
Show House has come to represent since its introduction to the JLH in 1979: community, partnership, membership and empowerment.
Show House is an opportunity for the Greater Hartford community to learn about the JLH and interact with our members. It is a chance
for JLH members to make new friends and connections in the League. It highlights the mission, vision and focus area of the JLH and
allows us to share the great work we do, with all in attendance. Show House allows us to make the money we need to continue to support
our community based projects and programs that help so many.
The money we raise through Show House is critical to the success of the League. A detailed earnings report will be released at a later
date, but for now here is a look at some numbers that help us analyze Show House and its success:
2,900 Estimated total visitors 11,264 Ticket page views
265 Opening Night event attendees 45% Increase in Instagram followers
82 Derby Party attendees 75% Increase in Facebook engagement
1,120 Show House volunteer shift hours 6 Offers on the property within a week of Show House opening*
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THE REMARKABLE 126 WATERSIDE LANE PROPERTY SERVED AS THE 2018 JLH SHOW HOUSE PROPERTY AND SOLD ABOVE ITS ASKING
PRICE AFTER BEING ON THE MARKET FOR OVER A YEAR AND A HALF.
SHOW HOUSE PHOTO GALLERY 2-3
VOLUNTEERATHON PREVIEW 4
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 5
MENTOR PROGRAM / LEADERSHIP GREATER HARTFORD 6
PROVISIONAL CLASS / CCYW / BENEFIT CONCERT 7
PHOTO GALLERY 8-9
ANNUAL REPORT: DONOR LIST 10
SHOW HOUSE CONTINUED
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
These numbers tell a great story. It is a story of steady tour attendance, excellent special
event attendance, effective volunteer management, increased community engagement
and a significant benefit for the home owner.
The Show House Council thanks the dedicated league members, designers, contractors,
vendors, patrons and community partners that made Show House 2018 possible.
We were lucky to have many shining stars during Show House that exemplified the
Junior League of Hartford’s commitment to excellence. We are grateful for your partnership
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 charitable.
The Junior League of Hartford, Inc.
is located at:
998 Farmington Avenue, Suite 203
West Hartford, CT 06107
League Lines Committee
COMMITTEE Tina Macca
MEMBERS OF JUNIOR LEAGUE AND THEIR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DRESSED UP IN THEIR
BEST KENTUCKY DERBY HATS TO CELEBRATE SHOW HOUSE 2018 WHILE CHEERING ON
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER JUSTIFY ON MAY 5.
SHOW HOUSE PHOTO GALLERY
L TO R: MCCORY INTERIORS’ DINING ROOM AT THE SHOW HOUSE, SHOW HOUSE 2018 CO-CHAIRS LISSA JOHNSON AND MEGHAN GUERRERA AND SERVERS
FROM THE LIQUORIST, A NEW MOBILE BAR BASED IN CONNECTICUT AND SPONSOR OF BOTH THE OPENING NIGHT AND KENTUCKY DERBY PARTIES.
L TO R: JLH MEMBERS AT THE OPENING NIGHT PARTY ON APRIL 27, KELLIE BURKE INTERIORS’ SHOW HOUSE FOYER AND THE CEDAR CLOSET REIMAGINED
INTO A ZEN DEN, DESIGNED BY BEEHIVE HOME.
L TO R: JLH SUSTAINERS MANNING THE SHOW HOUSE DURING VOLUNTEER SHIFTS, THE GORGEOUS MOREAU DESIGNS SUN ROOM AND A FUNKY, RETRO BED-
ROOM DESIGNED BY THE TALENTED TEAM AT BLAZE & BLOOM.
THIRD ANNUAL VOLUNTEERATHON: COMING FALL 2018
BY ASHLEY BORN
The Junior League of Hartford is thrilled to announce its Third Annual Volunteerathon will take place November 9-10, 2018. Annually,
our League commits to 26.2 hours of continuous volunteering on community projects to support our community partners. The JLH
makes an impact within our local community with our “woman power.”
The past two Volunteerathons have afforded the JLH an opportunity to work with incredible greater Hartford organizations, including:
• My Sisters’ Place
• YWCA Hartford
• Habitat Restore
• Junior Achievement of Southwest New England (JA)
• The Children’s Museum
• Riverfront Recapture
• Gifts of Love
• United Labor Agency
• Camp Courant
• Clothes Horse
• Playhouse on Park
• American Cancer Society
• Girls on the Run Hartford
• Capital City Education Alliance
The JLH is also thankful for all our generous supporters, including individual donors and corporate sponsors. Our incredible members
raised thousands of dollars asking friends and family to sponsor their volunteer efforts. The League also raised thousands of dollars
from our corporate sponsors, which have included:
• Pullman & Comley, LLC
• Landmark Partners
• Effie’s Place
• Total Wine
• Boa Praia
• Dunkin Donuts
• Cabot Creamery
• City Steam Brewery
Without our selfless community partners, generous donors and dedicated members, the JLH could not continue our League’s mission
and work. More details to come on our website and social media in the coming months. We look forward to your involvement.
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
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2017-2018 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
BY MOLLY TOWNE
As our 97th year comes to a close, it gives me pause to reflect on the tremendous impact the Greater Hartford has had on the Hartford
As many of you know, the 14th Junior League of Hartford (JLH) Decorators Show
House ran from April-May 2018. The Show House is our largest fundraiser and did
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. Our members give back to the community through our
Our Done in a Day Committee (DIAD), Community Outreach Committee (CORC) and
our Career Connections for Young Women (CCYW). DIAD and CORC partner with
area nonprofits, which allow our volunteers to help improve our community through a
variety, programs, events and volunteer opportunities.
These volunteer opportunities have already impacted women and young girls at Grace
Academy, My Sisters Place, Interval House, Houston, Connecticut Children’s Medical
Center, the Clothes Horse (Junior League of Harford’s Thrift Shop) and Junior
Achievement through our Career Connections for Young Women program.
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 preparing in a 10 week after school academy.
Our members receive training in each area they are able to volunteer to teach,
including: conflict management & communication, personal finance, personal branding,
dangers of social media, public speaking and more.
We ended our league year on a high note with the JLH Show House, which sustains
our programing for 3 years. Show House Co-chairs, Meghan Guerrera and Lissa
Johnson organized an amazing experience for all that attended. Show House decorators
knocked it out of the park and the attendance at our Special Events set records!
For the past 70 years The Clothes Horse has been a mainstay in the Hartford community and a symbol of the JLH. The changing economy
and retail landscape has taken a toll on the store and has turned our once profitable operation into a deficit to the
League. Unfortunately, the thirft shop is no longer a sustainable means of support to the organization’s mission and therefore we will be
closing our doors mid-September, please look for more details to follow.
Mark your calendars for the triumphant return of the Volunteerathon which will take place in early November. We will continue to solicit
community partner engagement and participation in the coming months. 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.
It’s a wonderful year, thank you for your continued support of the Junior League of Hartford.
All the best,
MENTOR PROGRAM FORGES FRIENDSHIPS, INSPIRES GROWTH
BY JESSIE GAGNON
"I'd been feeling like once the Provisional Year comes and goes, there aren't built-in opportunities to really get to know a new person
over multiple, sustained interactions,” said one participant. “I think [the mentor program] is a great way to help people hoping for that!"
This year, the Junior League of Hartford implemented a mentoring program 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.
Twenty dynamic women signed up to participate in the program, which included two group gatherings with training and guidance on
expectations, regular one-on-one meetings in mentor/mentee pairs, and additional communications in between. Participants were
surveyed throughout the year to see how the program was meeting expectations. The training committee compiled all the feedback
and will leverage the valuable information to modify and build on the program next year.
When asked what they enjoyed most about the program, mentor remarks included: "Getting involved with the League in a new and
different way," and "Getting to know an awesome new person!" Mentees commented: "Learning more about the League and getting a
perspective on how the League is run," and "Meeting new people."
Additional feedback included "I hope this continues in the next League year. I would like to see more Sustainers get involved. I feel
that this is a great bridge between Actives and Sustainers."
League members wanting to participate next year should look for the interest surveys in late summer.
LEADERSHIP GREATER HARTFORD: 2018-2019 DELEGATE
BY BRIA DAY
I have the incredible opportunity of following in the footsteps of many League women as the 2018-2019 Leadership Greater Hartford
Quest delegate. If you aren’t already familiar with Quest, it is an experiential professional development program. This year’s Quest
“class” has just over 50 Greater Hartford professionals and JLH is the only non-profit volunteer organization
that sends a volunteers for this experience – all of my other peers are employed by their sponsoring
organization. It is truly an incredible opportunity to participate as a JLH delegate!
The Quest program runs from January – October, so while I am the delegate for the next League year, my
Quest engagement spans the middle of last League year and ends at the beginning of the current League
year. Over 10 months, Quest participants come together monthly to develop, connect, and help build a
stronger, more vibrant community.
On a monthly basis, the entire group engages in leadership workshops and personalized assessments
and, more frequently, participates in a community-oriented taskforce. In January, when the program began,
we had the opportunity to present taskforce ideas to the broader group with more than 30 considered projects.
Ideas were whittled down to a total of five chosen projects.
My taskforce, My Hart My Vote, is focused on increasing voter awareness, registration, and turnout in Hartford on Election Day
(November 6, 2018). But, regardless of where you live, please make sure to register to vote: https://voterregistration.ct.gov. Follow
#MyHartMyVote on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as we generate new and curate existing content and from established organizations
like The League of Women Voters, Hartford Votes, and then distribute through Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs) and
other community events August - October.
The other four Quest programs are focused on expanding internship opportunities for high school students, working with Fidelco
Guide Dogs, marketing Hartford to Millennials, and a project focused on Hartford Public Schools.
What I am learning, through my taskforce project, the monthly workshops, self-assessment tools, and individual coaching sessions
are all experiences that allow me to further my leadership and contribute back to our League’s mission and community.
NEWEST ACTIVE MEMBERS WELCOMED AS 2017-2018
PROVISIONAL CLASS GRADUATES
BY AMIE CONNER LUGO
The Junior League of Hartford welcomed 20 new active members at the JLH
Annual Meeting at the Pond House in West Hartford on Wednesday, May 23.
These women successfully completed the Provisional Class curriculum which
included learning about the JLH’s mission and history, participating in teambuilding
exercises and volunteering within the community.
The Class of 2018 completed two community projects this past year. In the
Fall they assisted Girls on the Run with their Fall 5k and in the Spring they
contributed informative displays about the organizations the League serves to
the Decorators Show House. They also enjoyed the time-honored JLH traditions
including the Sustainer-Provisional Dinner and the annual Hartford Bus
These women have demonstrated the drive and commitment to make a
meaningful impact in the community and the League is so honored to welcome
them as active members of JLH.
THE 2017-2018 JLH PROVISIONAL CLASS GRADUATED ON MAY 23
AT THE ANNUAL MEETING AT THE POND HOUSE.
The Provisional Class curriculum is designed to provide new League members with the necessary knowledge and experience to enter as
an active member of the JLH. The next Provisional Course will begin in September, so if you know someone interested in joining, please
encourage them to apply at www.jlhartford.org/get-involved.
CAREER CONNECTIONS FOR YOUNG PROGRAM WOMEN THRIVING
The Junior League of Hartford, in partnership with Junior Achievement of Southwest New England, developed the Career Connections
for Young Women (CCYW) program in 2014 to inspire young women to focus on career planning and financial independence. The program
targets Hartford area high school women from both urban and suburban communities.
Throughout the 10 week program, the young women attend sessions focusing on topics such as conflict management, resume writing,
networking, personal branding, and budgeting. To further enhance the young women’s learning experience during the program, they
participate in mock interviews and interact with panels of female professionals from The Junior League of Hartford. In addition to helping
these young women in the community, the CCYW program has a created a diverse range of volunteer opportunities for the women of
The Junior League of Hartford.
In January 2018, the Career Connections for Young Women program began its fourth year with 18 bright, driven young women. During
the ten-week program, they had the opportunity to job shadow in small groups at various sites in the Hartford area including a law firm,
The Bushnell, a hospital and an insurance company.
Once again, under the guidance of JLH volunteers, the young women were separated into smaller groups, where they researched a
chosen career cluster and created a presentation. Upon conclusion of the program, the young women presented their findings to their
peers, family members, JLH volunteers and to the staff of Junior Achievement. The Junior of League of Hartford is looking forward to
the 2019 Career Connections for Young Women program!
CCYW INSPIRES STUDENT-LED BENEFIT CONCERT
Career Connections for Young Women (CCYW) graduate Faith Ye organized a benefit concert with the
Simsbury Chamber Orchestra as a way to say thank you for the positive changes the program has had
on her life.
FAITH YE PLAYING AT THE
MARCH BENEFIT CONCERT.
In March 2018, members of The Junior League of Hartford had the pleasure of listening to Faith play the
violin during an evening of classical music. Faith credits CCYW for helping her prepare for college and
her future career. Faith went on to win the 2018 JLH President’s Award for her efforts and dedication.
JUNIOR LEAGUE AROUND TOWN PHOTO GALLERY
L TO R: ON JUNE 12, 2018-2019 PRESIDENT WHITNEY SWEENEY AND PRESIDENT-ELECT ELIZABETH
FIERMAN SERVED AS CELEBRITY SERVERS AT THE ANNUAL EFFIE’S PLACE CELEBRITY BREAK-
FAST TO BENEFIT THE PARK ROAD PARADE. THEY WERE VISITED BY COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL
DIRECTOR KATHRYN JOERG AND TREASURER JESSICA PIERI THAT MORNING, ALONG WITH
COUNTLESS MEMBERS OF THE WEST HARTFORD COMMUNITY.
MEMBERS OF THE PROVISIONAL CLASS SPENT AN
EVENING TOGETHER PAINTING MASTERPIECES AND
LEARNING MORE ABOUT EACH OTHER PRIOR TO THEIR
GRADUATION AT THE 2018 ANNUAL MEETING. THESE
WOMEN ALL COMPLETED THE PROVISIONAL CURRICU-
LUM AND ARE NOW ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR
LEAGUE OF HARTFORD.
JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD MEMBERS PROUDLY ATTENDED THE
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERS IN ACHIEVEMENT BREAKFAST IN MAY
AT THE HARTFORD MARRIOTT.
MEMBERS SPENT AN APRIL MORNING OUTSIDE OF THE CLOTHES HORSE PAR-
TICIPATING IN THE PARK ROAD BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT, PREPARING FOR
BEAUTIFUL SPRING BLOOMS ALONG WEST HARTFORD’S PARK ROAD.
NEARLY 20 PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD GATHERED
AT THE 97TH ANNUAL MEETING AT THE POND HOUSE AT ELIZABETH PARK IN MAY.
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD BOOK CLUB MEETS MONTHLY AT MEMBERS’
HOMES TO DISCUSS THE MOST RECENT BOOK SELECTION AND SOCIALIZE TO-
GETHER. THEY’RE SEEN HERE AT THEIR MARCH GET-TOGETHER.
MICHELE SOK AND KATHRYN JOERG REPRESENTED
THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF HARTFORD AT THE FIRST-
EVER SPARKLE! HARTFORD EVENT, HOSTED BY TRINI-
TY HEALTH OF NEW ENGLAND’S SPIRIT OF WOMEN
NETWORK. THE EVENING WAS DEDICATED TO PROMOT-
ING HEALTH AND WELLNESS FOR WOMEN OF ALL AGES
AND KATHRYN AND MICHELE SPOKE WITH PROSPEC-
TIVE NEW MEMBERS INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE
ABOUT THE JLH.
MEMBERS ATTENDED THE CONNECTICUT CHIL-
DREN’S MUSEUM GALA AT THE HARTFORD GOLF
CLUB IN MARCH. A GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNER,
THE JLH WAS HAPPY TO SUPPORT THE MUSEUM
AS BOTH EVENT VOLUNTEERS AND ATTENDEES.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CEREMONI-
AL PASSING OF THE GAVEL, 2017-2018 JLH
PRESIDENT MOLLY TOWNE PASSED ON THE
TITLE TO 2018-2019 PRESIDENT WHITNEY
SWEENEY AT THE JLH ANNUAL MEETING AT
THE POND HOUSE AT ELIZABETH PARK.
2017-2018 ANNUAL FUND DONORS 2017-2018 SHOW
Up to $99 HOUSE DONORS
Carle N. Mowell
Anne B. “Bunny” Belanger
Ashey & Brandon Born
Ellen & Ken Coco,
in memory of Ann Charlton Greulich
Christiana N. Gianopulos,
in memory of Eileen Shanley Kraus
Mary Lynn Gorman
Patricia K. Hadlow
Carolyn V. Hoffman, I
n honor of Maggie Willard
Evelyn Williams Johnson
Nancy La Perla,
in honor of Carle Mowell
Peggy R. Lorence
Sarah G. Needham
Ann F. Newbury
Sarah Dahill O’Connell
Jane Brandon Pfaff
Susan L. Redfield
Sally M. Richter
Mary T. Sargent
Julia Ann Hovey Slimmon
Mary E. Stoughton
Whitney & Liam Sweeney
in honor of Nancy La Perla
Ann E. Thomas
Gara Van Schaack
in memory of Barbara J. Lamy
Amy R. Blackwood,
in honor of Elizabeth Morse
Rev. Sally D. Brown
Karen Bliss Haberlin
Valerie & Mathew Jasinski
Susan A. King
Patricia O. McLaughlin
In honor of Molly Towne
Carolyn L. Schnatz
Tiffany K. Spinella
$1000 and above
Peggy R. Lorence
$500 - $999
Margaret T. Carroll
Marilyn S. Ridolfo
Wade Anders Vianney, in honor of
Audrey Svensk Vianney, JLNH
JLH Past Presidents
$250 - $499
State Senator Terry Gerratana
Sally M. Richter
Ann E. Thomas
Wade Anders Vianney, in memory of
Sylvia & Reynold Svensk
(Wood Pond residents 1948-1986)
$100 - $249
Gina L. Detmar-Pines
Nacy Urban La Perla
Carle Mowell, In memory of
Robert Whitman, a dedicated
Jane Brandon Pfaff
Ann Louise Price
Mary E. Stoughton
Up to $99
Rev. Sally D. Brown
Karen Bliss Haberlin
Louise T. Healey
Ellen J. Meinke
Dale Ann Whalen
Anne B. Belanger
Amy R. Blackwood
Gina L. Detmar-Pines
Morgan P. Ferrarotti
Christiana N. Gianopulos
Carolyn A. Van Newkirk Hoffman
Nina F. Jankowski
Patricia M. Lorenson
M. LaRaine McGrath
Carle Mowell, in honor of
Ann Louise Price
Allison Crockett Schmitz
Mary E. Stoughton
Melinda and Paul Sullivan
Margery Chinn Warren
Holly J. Wilson
Nancy M. Woodward