Gala raises more than $65,000 in proceeds
Scarsdale, NY, March 19, 2012 – The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) announced today that its 65th Anniversary Gala, on March 16, 2012 at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, far surpassed its fundraising goals with proceeds over $65,000. The monumental 65th Anniversary Gala celebrated the JLCW’s growth over 65 years, and the organization’s commitment to promoting volunteerism; developing the potential of women; and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The resounding success of the Gala, co-chaired by Marcy Berman-Goldstein and Leslie Chang, will provide essential financial support for the JLCW’s educational and charitable projects.
The theme of the gala was “Lights, Camera, ACTION!” After a walk down the red carpet, over 330 guests were transported back to Old Hollywood with glamorous event décor that was largely donated by the legendary Diana Gould of Diana Gould Ltd. Floral & Event Décor.
Master of Ceremonies, Brian Conybeare, Anchor from News 12 Westchester, led an awards program for the evening’s honorees. Susan Wayne, President and CEO of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) was on hand to accept FSW’s Community Partner Award for its demonstrated excellence in partnering with the JLCW. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin presented the Distinguished Sustainer Award to JLCW member and Scarsdale resident Lynne Clark. Lynne was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation for her tireless commitment to serving the community through the Junior League and beyond. Delly Beekman, President of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI), was in attendance to induct many past presidents into the JLCW’s Circle of Leadership with engraved sterling silver compacts donated by Links of London.
Guests danced the night away to music by The Del Bocas, a 6-member band of Scarsdale and Edgemont residents. They were made to feel like true celebrities with many photo opportunities by Londin Photography including on the red carpet and in the very popular photo booth. Fundraising for the League continues with photos now on sale through www.jlcentralwestchester.org. During the cocktail hour and dinner, there was a silent auction, including exciting one-of-a-kind items from Neiman Marcus, the Ritz-Carlton, New York Knicks, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and The Palm Tribeca.
The JLCW is grateful to all of its 2012 Sponsors, particularly their Emerald Level sponsors, Morgan Stanley, Neiman Marcus, and American Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the JLCW. Other gracious sponsors include: Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, TD Bank, Houlihan Lawrence, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty, KOS Building Group and Advocate Brokerage Corp.
“Our 65th Anniversary Gala greatly exceeded our expectations and we are so grateful to our community for the outpouring of generosity and support of our organization,” stated Lynn Marvin, President of Junior League of Central Westchester. “We are proud that this year’s gala will increase our ability to promote the literacy, health and welfare of children and families in the JLCW service areas of White Plains, Greenburgh, Eastchester and Scarsdale.”
About the Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW)
The JLCW is a non-profit women’s organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Headquartered at historic Wayside Cottage, the JLCW has served the communities of Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains for more than 65 years. Our approximately 250 active and sustaining members are accomplished collaborators who identify community needs and develop effective and responsive programs to serve those needs. The JLCW invites women of all races, religions and national origins who are committed to volunteerism to become a member. (Additional Information at www.jlcentralwestchester.com)