FORT MYERS, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2016) – To celebrate its 50th Anniversary, the Junior League of Fort Myers will be holding “A ‘60s Coastal Affair” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.
The ‘60s chic themed event is open to the public and promises an evening full of fun, food, dancing, open bar and a silent auction as well as a historical look back at the Junior League’s 50 years of volunteering and making a difference in Southwest Florida.
Sponsors for the Junior League’s 50th Anniversary include Scanlon Auto Group, Guardian Retirement Services, Palm Casual, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Myers, Brettholtz & Company, PA and Harrell, Tolp & Albright Realtors.
Sponsorships are still available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early-bird entrance prices are available until April 1 and are $85 per person, $150 per couple, and tables of eight are $575. Proceeds from the event will support the Junior League’s work in the community. To purchase tickets or tables, please 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 its 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 Junior League, call 239-277-1197 or visit www.jlfm.org.