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Junior League of Summit Celebrates 85 Years in the Community


This year, the Junior League of Summit (JLS) is celebrating 85 years of service, sustainability and leadership in the Summit area community.  During our 85 years, we have seen much success and impact.  Last year alone, the JLS awarded $55,000 across 15 organizations, including United Way of Greater Union County, Summit Speech School, Presbyterian Church of Chatham, Summit YMCA, Girls on the Run, and the Enright Melanoma Foundation. The JLS’s current focus areas center on supporting local non-profits and improving children’s lives. Much of our financial and human resources will be committed to supporting these focus areas, an exciting initiative and one which we hope to grow through community partnerships.

On April 25, 2015, we will come together with our community leaders and members to celebrate our 85 years of power and progress in the Summit area community at an Anniversary Gala at Canoe Brook Country Club.  During this evening, the Junior League of Summit will be honored by Summit Mayor Ellen Dickson with a Proclamation naming April 25, 2015, Junior League of Summit 85th Anniversary Day.  It is truly an honor to be the 85th President of the Junior League of Summit, an esteemed organization full of amazing women. I am incredibly proud of what the League has accomplished and what we will accomplish in the future.” -- Jolie Steppe, JLS President.

Gala Details:  The Gala begins at 7 pm at Canoe Brook Country Club.  Tickets are $125 per person and will be sold at the door.  The evening will feature a performance by the Larks, silent auction & raffle items, and the presentation of our Gano Award.

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Highlights about the Junior League of Summit:

·       For 85 years, the Junior League of Summit has often been one of the first organizations to tackle our community’s biggest challenges and not just in Summit alone but in Berkeley Heights, Chatham, Madison and New Providence. 

·      Opened in 1934, The Junior League Thrift Shop is the oldest retail establishment in Summit.

·      Over one million volunteer hours logged since our founding in 1929.

·       $3,000,000 returned to the community through JLS grant funding and scholarships.

·       Our current focus is on improving the lives of children and supporting local non-profits.

·       The JLS has an internal network of over 400 members encompassing varied backgrounds, education, and talents who directly impact our community through their involvement in voluntarism.

·       The League has insight into community needs, access to community leaders, and exposure to creative strategies in problem solving and administration of a non-profit organization.

·       Women building better communities- that’s the Junior League!


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