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President's Message • P.2

Treasurer's Report • P.4


Community Partners & DIAD • P.5

Designer Showhouse • P.9

As our League year comes to a close, we are grateful

for all the support we've received this year. Thank you

to the active members, sustainers and community

partners for your contributions and commitment to the

Hartford community.

Meet the members • P. 10

Vision for 100 years • P. 12



Bria Day

JLH President 2021-2022

Kathryn Joerg

JLH Presiden 2022-2023

Dear Junior League of Hartford members and supporters,

As our 2022 fiscal year comes to a close and we excitingly gear up for 2023 with the launch of our

15th Annual Designer's Show House presented by CT Cottages and Gardens, we reflect on the

close of our Centennial celebration and JLH's momentum in the Greater Hartford Community. This

past year marked the final year of our formal relationship with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

where we partnered, since 2019, to enhance and support the SMART Girls Programming with

volunteers and financial support. Our League members supported their Thanksgiving baskets,

self-care seminars, and career expos for the SMART Girls and Club participants.

As we expand and look at the impact of our broader community support, our League members

supported organizations such as Journey Home, My Sisters’ Place, Noah Webster House,

Wadsworth Atheneum, West End Welcome (Afghanistan Refugee Support), Catholic Charities,

Love146, Project Linus, Auerfarm, Chrysalis Center, and Greater Hartford Park clean-up efforts

such as Park Road and Cabot Street clean-up events.

We supported the training and development needs of our members throughout the year with

training sessions focused on topics such as closing the investing gap. We continue to be one of the

few non-profits in our area that sends a delegate to Quest, a training program developed by

Leadership Greater Hartford. Through the Quest program, member Michele Sok participated in

various leadership classes and worked with a task force team to transform acres of vacant

Hartford lots into productive community gardens that currently serve over 300 local families in

partnership with Knox, Inc.

In addition, we supported our members' desires to connect socially from occasional happy hours

to paint nights to Book and Cares Clubs. We welcomed more than 30 new and transfer members

into our League and we thank our seven members transitioning from Active to Sustainer for their

commitment and years of service. In total, our League is over 380 members strong, and we are so

grateful to this community of incredible women for continuing to choose the JLH as one of their

many ways of impact in the Greater Hartford community!

We focused our fundraising efforts around Show House and we were so excited to welcome

everyone to 51 Brookside Blvd West Hartford, CT from June 3 through June 26. Our 15th Designer

Show House was a culmination of years of hard work that showcases the beauty of a house, the

collaboration of our League with so many community partners and incredible designers, all while

raising funds to continue JLH's community impact. We look forward to celebrating with you and to

an incredible 2022-2023 fiscal year. Thank you for your support - past, present, and future!

Bria Day (JLH President, 2021-2022) & Kathryn Joerg (JLH President, 2022 - 2023)

JLH Board of Directors


Bria Day


Kathryn Joerg


Michele Sok


Kelly Iuliano

Assistant Treasurer

Bethany Naccarato

JLH Community Council



Ashley Donnelly


Morgan Murphy

Fund Development

Ashley DePasquale


Amie Lugo

Nominating & Placement

Arielle Marlette & Jessica Pieri

Sustainer Council

Alison Schmitz, Kathleen Schuster

Committee Chairs

Boys & Girls Club

Lissa Johnson & Alexandra Young

Done in a Day

Mary Benoit

Leadership Greater Hartford Delegate

Michele Sok (‘21)

Kathryn Joerg (‘22)

Souper Sustainers

Bre Bologna & Debra Ortega

Special Events

Brie Campbell, Scotia Daugherty &

Katelyn Wasielewski

Membership Experience

Maura Keating & Catherine Carroon

New Members

Maggie DeVito & Rachel Collins

External Communications

Kim McNally & Meg Collier

Internal Communications

Christina Lumbreras & Lisa Cuozzo

T R E A S U R E R ' S R E P O R T

Bethany Naccarato

Asst Treasurer 2021 - 2022

The 2021-2022 League year was a big year for the Junior League of Hartford (JLH). It celebrated

100 years of service to the greater Hartford community. During the year, JLH was hard at work

with hybrid volunteer hours and collecting clothing, baskets, and other donations for its many

community partners. League members participated in fundraising events to raise money to

financially support both community partner initiatives and leadership development of its members.

In honor of our Centennial Celebration, League members attended a gala and donated towards a

special Centennial fund. The Centennial Anniversary Diamond Fundraising Drive (Centennial Push)

raised more than $12,000 for our League.

As a direct result of these efforts and contributions, the JLH was able to donate over $15,000 back

to community partners, and leveraged over $3,600 to benefit members through trainings,

conference attendance, and participation in Leadership Greater Hartford’s Quest Program.

The League is also looking forward to another successful Showhouse fundraiser, beginning on

June 3, 2022. Preparations for the Showhouse began at the end of this League year, with members

selling tickets and securing sponsorships, including a Connecticut Cottages and Gardens

sponsorship of $30,000.

Below is the breakdown of revenue for the 2021-2022 League year, exclusive of funds raised for

Showhouse, as those are changing daily as more tickets are sold and additional expenses are



Supporting the Hartford Community since 1921

For over 160 years, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford

has provided a positive environment for children and

teens throughout the City of Hartford. Their mission is

to enable all young people, especially those who

need them most, to realize their full potential as

caring, productive and responsible citizens.

Through membership and community outreach, they

serve more than 9,000 youth annually through

programs in: Academic Success, Character &

Leadership, STEAM, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,

Health & Wellness, and Workforce Readiness.

Project Linus' mission is to provide love, a sense of

security, warmth and comfort to children who are

seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need

through the gifts of new handmade blankets and

afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

And provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity

for interested individuals and groups in local

communities, for the benefit of children.

Love146's vision is to end child trafficking and

exploitation, they journey alongside children

impacted by trafficking today and prevent the

trafficking of children tomorrow. Love146 connects

the dots to understand how vulnerability operates in

the lives of children, and intervenes both to care for

survivors who have been harmed and ultimately to

prevent harm from happening in the first place. Their

work is achieved through the power of relationships

and collaboration, listening to those with lived

experience and diverse backgrounds, scaling proven

practices, and challenging the systems that leave

children vulnerable.

The Chrysalis Center is a private, non-profit, socially

innovative multiservice organization that serves

individuals and families living in the State of

Connecticut. Chrysalis Center helps those living in

poverty, veterans, women and children, young adults

and individuals who are struggling with mental

health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, homelessness and those

returning from incarceration. Through job training,

employment services, housing and other community

healthcare services, Chrysalis Center helps

individuals transform their lives by “Getting help…

Getting better… and Giving Back.” The Center offers

a continuum of services in five core areas: Housing,

Food, Recovery, Community Support and Employment.

Catholic Charities is a non-profit agency serving

people of all faiths in Hartford, Litchfield, and New

Haven Counties since 1920. Catholic Charities

focuses on children as the future, families as the

backbone of society, and the elderly as the link to

society's roots. The Cathedral of St. Joseph Food

Pantry is open for Connecticut residents in need of

food and household goods.


We participate in a variety of projects in and around Hartford.

Here are some of the ways we made an impact this year.

October is domestic violence awareness

month. In the state of Connecticut, 1 in 3

women and 1 in 4 men have experienced

physical violence from a partner. On

October 16, 2021, League members took

part in an annual walk put on by The

Interval House in honor of Jennifer Faber


We supported the annual Love Hartford

Week by attending the Cabot Street Garden

Cleanup in Hartford. This community

garden allows neighbors to rent plots and

cultivate their own produce. Our members

worked hard to clear and construct new

beds for next spring. Member Christina

Lumbreras was interviewed by NBC

Connecticut, and our members were

featured in a nighttime news segment!

Our League provided $3,000 as part of our

annual grant and partnership. Elle Duncan,

renowned sportscaster for ESPN, served

as master of ceremonies. The Boys & Girls

Clubs of Americ started right here in

Hartford! Founded in 1860 and originally

called The Dashaway Club, this annual

fundraiser pays homage to the national

organization’s roots.

The JLH participated in a successful event

supporting the annual Halloween Party at

My Sister's Place. Approximately 40

children and their parents played games,

ate pizza and of course enjoyed an

abundance of candy!

The League members raised over 2,000

lbs. of in-kind donations valued at $4,000,

and $400 in cash donations for

Thanksgiving baskets for the Boys & Girls

Clubs of Hartford.

The League gifted our archives to the CT

Historical Society as part of a partnership

in which the Historical Society will

preserve and catalog the documents.

In honor of our centennial year (2021) we

sponsored a rose garden and tended roses

at the Elizabeth Park Rose Garden.

Wadsworth Festival of Trees invited us to

be part of their annual event. This event

hosted by the Wadsworth Atheneum

Museum of Art is a Hartford holiday

tradition. This event features a parade of

more than 30 trees decorated by local

organizations to raise funds for the

museum. JLH members decorated a tree

with the theme "Show House" featuring

red ribbons and ornaments made of

skeleton keys,

Project Linus is a national organization

dedicated to providing "love, a sense of

security, warmth and comfort to children

who are seriously ill, traumatized, or

otherwise in need through the gifts of new,

handmade blankets and afghans loveling

created by volunteer "blanketers".

Members met this year to make ____

blankets for this wonderful group.


The Junior League of Hartford has implemented a new Compact Commitment structure. This

allows our organization to meet women where they are and give them flexibility to determine how

many hours they would like to dedicate to the league each year. We understand that our members

are in different seasons of life and one year you may be able to volunteer 50+ hours and the next

only 10 hours, and that is okay. Instead of setting a required number for volunteer hours, we ask

members to fill out a brief survey with the number of hours they can personally commit to

volunteering for JLH initiatives each semester. These activities include Volunteer-A-Thon, Boys &

Girls Clubs of Hartford, and Done in a Day volunteer shifts. This number allows us to ensure we

adequately meet the needs of our members and make realistic commitments to our community

partners. In addition to the volunteer hour commitment, the member compact asks members to

actively participate in their assigned committee, leverage learning opportunities, stay informed of

the League's work and pay membership dues. As we come to a close of our first league year with

this new structure the feedback has been positive. Members can fill out their member compact for

the 2022-2023 league year.

We welcome transfer members, active members, and new members through our provisional

program. New members spend 6 months learning about the League and it's role in the community

before becoming full members. Active members participate in the League through committee

work, meeting attendance, done in a day vounteer opportunities, and social engagements.

The Junior League of Hartford respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes,

characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We welcome membership

of all women who value our mission and aim to create and retain a membership representing all

socio-demographic aspects of our community. We believe that bringing diverse women together

allows us to collectively and more effectively address the issues that face Greater Hartford. We

are committed to supporting inclusive environments and strive for Junior League of Hartford’s

partners, strategies, and investments to reflect these core values.


Making Memories, Forging Friendships, Supporting Our Community

We celebrated our history and achievements during the Centennial Celebration at

Hartford Country Club. We've come a long way since our first project as a local milk

bank for newborns and we continue to focus on children in our community. Attendees

dressed in their 1920's finest to toast our first 100 years. Here's to 100 more!

We were proud to introduce a new initiative for the League called the JLH Cares Club.

The JLH Cares Club formed by member Brie Campbell, is intended to help support each

other in a “time-of-need”, in moments of celebration, or to welcome a new JLH

member to the area.

Junior League of Hartford Book Club is back! Readers gathered at members' homes to

discuss a monthly selection. Books and locations announced at jlhartford.org and in our

weekly email.

We met for classes and events throughout the year including brunch, a Nordstrom

shopping event, ornament making, and an exercise class, among others. New Members

participated in a Murder Mystery social event and a pumpkin decorating afternoon.

15th Annual



JUNE 3-26, 2022

51 Brookside Drive, West Hartford

The Junior League of Hartford was delighted to bring back their signature fundraiser, Designer Show House. Over the

years this event has raised more than $1.6 million to support charitable projects and programs in the Greater Hartford

Community. The Designer Show House was first introduced to the Junior League of Hartford by League member Mary

Lynn Gorman, who had firsthand experience with a Junior League Show House in Ohio. This resulted in the Designer

Show House of 1979 and began a successful history of fifteen (and counting) Designer Show Houses. This highly

anticipated event occurs every three years, and is unlike any event in Central Connecticut. This year we were thrilled to

have Anthony Barrata as our honorary design chair along with many other talented designers.

Missed the Show House? There is an opportunity to view the house virtually!

The Show House is available online as a self-guided immersive 3D tour, accessible remotely from any computer or

mobile device. Virtual Tour tickets are $10 and can be purchased by searching “2022 Virtual Tour - Junior League

of Hartford Show House“ on Eventbrite. The virtual tour will be available from July 1, 2022 until June 30, 2023.


Meet some of our members and see what they love about the JLH

Rachel Collins

Spring 2019

Rachel loves getting to know

the community she lives in,

and getting to know likeminded

women in the area

Kim McNally

Fall 2020

Kim is a transfer member and

she loves being part of an

organization with both a national

and local presence. Being in the

Junior League has allowed her to

serve her community no matter

where she called home.

Anna Eisen

Fall 2017

Anna loves to connect with the

community through meaningful

volunteer opportunities and the

JLH is a welcoming, inclusive

group of women who care deeply

about improving the Greater

Hartford region.

Christina Lumbreras

Fall 2017

Christina loves the Junior

League's commitment to the

community and fostering of

women leaders.

Brie Campbell

Fall 2017

Brie loves the JLH because of all

of her new connections and

networks she has been

introduced to, from young

actives, to lifelong friends to

Sustainer mentors!

Faria Madhumita

Fall 2021

Faria loves to give something

back to the community and the

opportunity to develop her

leadership skills in new ways.

She enjoys working with the

members who are "super nice

and helpful."


Meet the Women behind The JLH Showhouse 2022

Molly Towne

Molly joined the League in 2010 and went sustainer in 2018. During her time in the league

Molly was on the new member committee, the chair of the new member committee,

Treasurer for 2 year, President Elect, and then President in 2017/2018. Following her

presidency of the League, Molly took a few years off and has returned as the 2022 Show

House Co-Chair.

Molly, what inspired you to take on the role of Show House Co-chair?

Honestly what inspired me was being able to work with Whitney Sweeney again. She was

President Elect the year I was president. We became such good friends — and given the

opportunity to work with her again - I jumped at it. We’ve had a great time — we’ve laughed,

we’ve cried but in the end we have had a great time working on the 2022 Show House.

Whitney Sweeney & Molly

Towne at the Annual GMM

on June 25, 2022

What advice do you have to current and prospective members?

Get involved - show up! You get out what you put into the JLH. Many of my closest friends

have come from the JLH. The impact we’ve had on the Hartford Community is tremendous -

so get involved and be apart of that impact. The JLH came into my life when I was new to

West Hartford and a new mom. I truly feel that the JLH has always given me more than I’ll

ever be able to give it.

What are your hopes for the JLH as we move into the next 100 years?

To keep going - my hope is that 100 years from now the JLH can talk about the amazing

things and impact they continue to have in the Hartford Community. My hope is that the JLH

is a place where friendships, volunteering and change continues to happen.

Whitney Sweeney

Whitney officially joined the League of Hartford in 2009, but jokes that she has been a "lifelong member" since her mom is a JLH member, too!

During her time in the League, Whitney has served on the Annual Fund Committee, Freshplace Committee (as a member and a chair), New Member

Co-Chair (formerly known as Provisionals!), Membership Council, President-Elect, President, Boys & Girls Club, and now Show House co-chair.

Whitney, what inspired you to take on the role of Show House Co-chair?

Well I vividly remember one of the first questions I asked when the League proposed the President position was whether it would be a Show House

year, because I knew what a beast Show House was and wasn’t sure I could handle it! Fast forward to 2020 when the League asked Molly and I to

chair it together- I couldn’t say no! I love working with Molly, I was President-Elect when she was President, we really balance one another out and I

truly love Show House. I still have such fond memories of my mom volunteering at various Show Houses and getting to see the transformations of the

“enormous old houses,” and how unbelievable it was through the eyes of a kid! It is our biggest fundraiser and critical to the League and our

community partners.

What advice do you have to current and prospective members?

Say yes! When N&P approached me to chair the New Member Committee I literally asked if they had the wrong Whitney. I had never envisioned

leading such an important committee. I joined to “make a few friends” and “give back to the community” but have learned so much more about

myself and the community. We are truly a leadership training organization.


The JLH continued to celebrate our Centennial. Looking forward, here is what some of our

members had to say about our next 100 years.

We hope.....

"to focus our efforts to support foster children and families, and become the largest direct service

organization in Hartford."

"that the Junior League of Hartford sustains and flourishes. I love the balance between tradition and

progress that this organization has found, I hope this balance remains."

"the League continues to mentor and train female leaders who are change makers in the Greater Hartford

area and beyond."

"the Junior League is viewed as a diverse, inclusive nonprofit and a champion of causes impacting women

& children in communities across the country and potentially internationally. I hope we are recognized for

our accomplishments."

"our league creates 100 self-sustainable community projects that are still providing benefits when my

grandchildren join the League!"

"the impact of the work the JLH does is felt by the whole Hartford community, and that we train up

powerful leaders in the community.


P.O. Box 270956, West Hartford, CT 06127

P: 860.233.4300 | E: info@jlhartford.org



Thank you to all of our donors for making our work possible, the support from donors is critical to

the ongoing success of the Junior League of Hartford.

Anniversary Fund Donors


Carle Mowell

GOLD $200 & OVER

Laura Cardillo

Elizabeth Fierman

Carolyn L. Hoffman


Mary T. Sargent

Marcie Sener

Beverly Vincent

SILVER $100 - $199

Wendy Avery

Brandon & Ashley Born

Barbara L. Cambria

Marie Carney

Barbara A. Cloonan

Shirley B. DeLong

Ashley Dubin

Betty Dugan

Susan B. Dunn

Susan V. Ely

SILVER $100 - $199

Ellen Franklin

Kristin J. Fritz

Lee Goode

Ann E. Greene

Carrie Hammond

Susan S. Hatch

Paula Healey

Marcia Hincks

Pamela Peaslee Hunter

Kelly Jarvis

Mathew & Valerie Jasinski

Dene Keithline

Nancy La Perla

Peggy Lorence

Lynne Lumsden

Mary Katherine McKone

Kelly Miley

Bethany M. Naccarati

Sara Dahill O'Connell

Rosemarie Papa

Polly Chapman Parker

SILVER $100 - $199

Charnley Parr

Kristen Potter

Ann Louise & Robert J. Price

Sally M. Richter

Marilyn S. Ridolfo

Prudence Robertson

Sarah Rosendahl

Susan Smith Rubin

Betsy Russell

Mary T. Scanlon

Carolyn L. Schnatz

Kelly Sellew

Francis W. Seymour

Emily Shea

Mr. & Mrs. Edmund B. Spinella

Coreen Majka Sunde

Arline Whitaker

Margrieta Willard

Holly Wilson

Nancy Woodward

Marianne Zinzarella

Endowment Fund Donors

Wendy Avery


Francine Christensen

Mary H. Crary

Gina L. Detmar-Pines

Susan V. Ely

Christiana N. Gianopulos

Susan S. Hatch

Paula Healey

Kraus Family Foundation

Peggy Lorence

Patricia M. Lorenson

M. LaRaine McGrath

Allison Crockett Schmitz

Kathleen Bolduc Schuster

Melinda and Paul Sullivan


Margery Chinn Warren

Bob and Mary Ellen White

Magrieta Willard

For information on how you can become a donor, please visit www.jlhartford.org


Thank you to all of our donors for making our work possible, the support from donors is critical to

the ongoing success of the Junior League of Hartford.

Annual Fund Donors


Carrie & Rob Hunter, In Honor of Bria Day

STEWARD $500 - $999

Ellen Coco

Carle Mowell, In Honor of Gara Van


Carolyn VanNewkirk Hoffman

PATRON $250 - $499

Laura Cardillo

Ranjana Chawla Family

Bria Day

Kate A. Fisher

Sally M. Richter

Mary T. Sargent

Allison Schmitz

Robert & Marcie Sener

Frances W. Seymour

Whitney Sweeney

SUPPORTER $100 - $249

In Memory of Phyllis Bellotti, mother of

Laura Cardillo

Wendy Avery

Brandon & Ashley Born

Beverly Boyle

Susan M. Brown


Lynne Carey

Susan Chudwick

Jeanmarie Cooper

Michelle Creed

Melanie da Costa

Gina Detmar-Pines, In Memory of

Josephine Richards Brown & Grace Brown


SUPPORTER $100 - $249

Kyra Dorsey


Ellen Franklin

Kristin J. Fritz

Christiana Gianopulos

Patricia K. Hadlow

Ann F. Hare

Alyce F. Hild

Kelly Jarvis

Mathew & Valerie Jasinski

Victoria Keenan

Dene Keithline

Roza Kogan

Nancy La Perla

Peggy Lorence


Susan L. Redfield

Linda Ruby


Betsy Russell


Carolyn L. Schnatz


Marcie Sener

Jennifer Smith, In Honor of the

Schreiber Family

Michele Sok


Ann E. Thomas

Elisabeth Thompson

Sarah thrall

Nancy Woodward

Heather Zoeller

FRIEND up to $99

Valerie Bischof

Rev. Sally D. Brown

Jennifer Byrne

Shirley DeLong



Susan V. Ely

Wendy Estela

Jessica Gagnon

Karen Haberlin

Jan Hickcox, In Memory of Eunice Groark

Judith Howe


Bobbie Lingard

Mary Martin

Patty McDonald

Kelly Miley

Vanessa Pileggi

Kristin J. Potter

Susan Varnum Smith Rubin

Julie Simplicio

Linda Smyth


information on how you can become a donor, please visit www.jlhartford.org

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