FORT MYERS, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) – To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. will be holding a Golden Jubilee celebration at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
According to Golden Jubilee Chair Amelia May, the event is open to the public and promises an evening full of fun and food, as well as a historical look back at the Junior League’s 50 years of volunteering and making a difference in Southwest Florida.
A cocktail hour will be followed by a silent auction and dinner, a celebration of the League’s charter members and past presidents, as well as live music and dancing.
The theme is coastal chic.
“Think vintage Palm Beach and Trina Turk,” May said. “Gentlemen should feel free to wear their fedoras, linen and seersucker suits.”
Sponsors for the Junior League’s 50th Anniversary Gala include Scanlon Auto Group, Guardian Retirement Services and Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, email AmeliaMayJLFM@gmail.com.
Individual tickets are $125 each, and tables of eight are $1,000 each. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Junior League’s work in the community. To purchase tickets or tables, visit www.jlfm.org.
Since its founding in 1901 by social activist Mary Harriman, the Junior League has evolved into one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in the world, encompassing 150,000 women in 292 Leagues in four countries. Its mandate has remained the same: to develop exceptionally qualified civic leaders who collaborate with community partners to identify a community’s most urgent needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives but also change the way people think.
Through the decades, the JLFM has made major contributions to Southwest Florida to support a wide variety of community needs, including founding the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium (1973), the Volunteer Service Bureau – Volunteer Action Center – now known as Volunteer Center (1992), Teen Court (1992) and the Women’s Resource Center (1996). It has also been active in feeding the hungry in the five-county area through the food drive at the annual Taste of the Town, mentoring teenage girls in foster care, supporting self defense for women, preparing women to re-enter the workforce, creating a listening library for cancer patients, preserving historic architecture, supporting the Ronald McDonald House, distributing holiday food baskets, organizing holiday gift drives, providing gender-specific programming to teenage girls in juvenile justice, supplying backpacks to children in Harlem Heights Community and more.
A member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., the Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The JLFM is also a granting organization, providing mini-grants to organizations through out Southwest Florida’s five-county area to programs that create better life outcomes for our area’s youth. JLFM memberships are open to all women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism. For more information about the JLFM, call 239-277-1197 or visit www.jlfm.org.