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Junior League to celebrate 65 years

Here are some of the helpers during a league’s event at the Manees House. Lillie Moore is working with some french fries.
Here are some of the helpers during a league’s event at the Manees House. Lillie Moore is working with some french fries.
A dental clinic was the League’s first major community service project. Local dentists donated their time with members serving as assistants. From left to right are Mildred Smith, Anita Phillips. Dr. Walter E. Ward.
A dental clinic was the League’s first major community service project. Local dentists donated their time with members serving as assistants. From left to right are Mildred Smith, Anita Phillips. Dr. Walter E. Ward.

By Greg Rayburn

Editor

The Junior League of North Little Rock will celebrate events on March 21 in honor of its 65th anniversary.

From 6-8 p.m., a reception will be held honoring all past presidents at the E.O. Manees House and it is anticipated hundreds will be in attendance. The culmination of anniversary events will take place on March 23 with the 65th Anniversary Gala “Read Between The Wines” benefitting childhood literacy.

This event will be held at the Wyndham Riverfront in North Little Rock from 6:30-10 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception starting at 6:30 p.m., seated dinner and program, live entertainment, and the unveiling of the Junior League of North Little Rock’s new literacy project.

Tickets are $65 for the gala and may be purchased by contacting the League office at 372-1436 visit its website at www.jlnlr.org for information on the event.

For almost 65 years, the Junior League of North Little Rock has been volunteering in North Little Rock and the surrounding communities.

“As part of its ongoing commitment to women, children, and families in the area, the League hosts fundraisers to generate the necessary resources to continue and expand our programs and services,” said Tonya Toney, VP of Communication for the League.

In addition to funding its new literacy project, funds raised through events such as this will also be utilized to support ongoing projects and activities that strengthen the community.

“The Junior League of North Little Rock reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism — women building a better community,” said Toney.

For almost 65 years, the Junior League of North Little Rock has been volunteering in North Little Rock and the surrounding communities.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to women, children, and families in our area, the [League] hosts fundraisers to generate the necessary resources to continue and expand our programs and services. We need you to make this happen,” said Toney. “We are asking for your support with our 65th Anniversary events.”

In addition to funding its new literacy project, donations raised through events such as this will also be utilized to support ongoing projects and activities that strengthen the community.

Admission to the Past President’s Reception is free. Read Between the Wines event tickets are $65.

How you can help

“We are asking for your support in one or more of the following areas,” Toney said.

— Presenting Sponsor ($5,000), which includes underwriting for past presidents to attend; Platinum Level Sponsor ($2,000); Gold Level Sponsor ($1,000); Silver Level Sponsor ($500); Table Sponsor ($650); Bronze Level Sponsor ($250); Friend Sponsor ($100); Food and/or Beverage Sponsor; Event signage (display posters and/or flyers).

Organized in 1948, the Junior League of North Little Rock occupies the historic E.O. Manees House in downtown North Little Rock.

“We are a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. — an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable,” Toney said.

All funds raised from our activities are used to help children become successful in life.

“We do this by providing baby supplies and prenatal education through our signature project, Heaven’s Loft; school supplies with our League Locker program; gifts for families that are part of Salvation Army’s Angel Tree; scholarships to area students; and grants to organizations in the community that serve children,” Toney said.

The Junior League is involved in numerous projects throughout the year.

The first Follies event raised nearly $7,000 for the North Hills Exceptional Children’s School.

A dental clinic was the League’s first major community service project. Local dentists donated their time with members serving as assistants.

In February of 2006, Junior Leagues from across four countries implemented an international initiative called Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen, designed to help communities address the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity and poor nutrition. The League hosts two such events each year.

“We held out first annual Health and Literacy Expo in August 2012 which included health and vision screenings, nutritional information, complimentary books and school supplies, and family activities,” Toney said.

This event took place at the E.O. Manees House, located at 216 West 4th Street in North Little Rock’s Argenta District.

The Junior League also has hosted an annual Holiday Tour of Homes for past 10 years or more, all funds raised from activities used to help children become successful in life.

“We do this by providing baby supplies and prenatal education through our signature project, Heaven’s Loft; school supplies with our League Locker program; scholarships to area students; and grants to organizations in the community that serve children,” she said.

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