Press Releases

Junior League of Nashville Introduces Club Twenty-Two Shopping Card
Local Merchants Participate in the Group’s New Community Fundraiser

Nashville, Tenn. – September 17, 2012 – The Junior League of Nashville is proud to announce its newest community fundraiser, the Club Twenty-Two Shopping Card. It is named in honor of the organization’s founding year, 1922.

For a $50 price tag, shoppers receivea 20 percent discount at more than a hundred and forty stores and restaurantsin the Nashville area. To receive the discount, one must first purchase the Club Twenty-Two Shopping Card either online, at Junior League of Nashville’s Headquarters in Green Hills or at one of the participating merchants, which some include Auld Alliance Gallery, Belk-Cool Springs, Kiehl's, Levy's, The Beveled Edge and Woo Skincare and Cosmetics. Once purchased, the shopping card is valid at participating retailers from November 1-12, 2012 and again in the spring from April 18-29, 2013.

One-hundred percent of the fundraiser’s proceeds support the mission of the Junior League of Nashville and the impact it makes in the community through its partner agencies. See a full list of the organization’s current partner agencies.


About The Junior League of Nashville
Founded in 1922, The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the Nashville community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Today, JLN has 2,000 members who are active in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. JLN has founded many important Nashville resources, including the Junior League Home for Crippled Children in 1923 (now a part of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital), Renewal House and the JLN Children’s Services at the downtown Nashville Public Library. For additional information about JLN, visit 
www.jlnashville.org or call (615) 269-9393.

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Junior League of Nashville Joins Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Civic group narrows community focus to make impact
 

Nashville, Tenn. – September 6, 2012 – In accordance with National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the Junior League of Nashville announced its new focus of fighting childhood obesity. The group of women will concentrate on fitness, nutrition and education in the Nashville community.

The Junior League has been focused on children’s health since its inception in 1922.  The organization’s members believe they will be able to touch more people in the community and gain diverse perspectives. Jillian Waters, Junior League of Nashville’s president, said the organization supports, develops and enables committed civic leaders and volunteers to make an impact.

“Having identified the growing health crisis of childhood obesity in the Nashville Community, the League will be able to answer that need better through the investment of time and leadership of our members,” Waters noted.  “At the end of the day, we want to be able to say that we have made a commitment to the Nashville community and leveraged the League’s assets to impact positive change.”

The Junior League will collaborate with nonprofits to create tangible and more measurable goals, which should result in a deeper community impact.  This concentration will provide a more strategic vision and partnership to fight the growing childhood obesity challenge. 


About The Junior League of Nashville
Founded in 1922, The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the Nashville community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Today, JLN has 2,000 members who are active in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. JLN has founded many important Nashville resources, including the Junior League Home for Crippled Children in 1923 (now a part of Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital), Renewal House and the JLN Children’s Services at the downtown Nashville Public Library. For additional information about JLN, visit www.jlnashville.org or call (615) 269-9393.

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF NASHVILLE CELEBRATES 90 YEARS OF SERVICE IN COMMUNITY

NASHVILLE, Tn. (March 15, 2012)

CELEBRATORY LUNCHEON TO HOST SYLVIA WEINSTOCK, NEW YORK’S CAKE CONNOISSEUR

What: The Junior League of Nashville to celebrating 90 years of empowering women and children in the Nashville community with a celebratory luncheon with guest speaker, Sylvia Weinstock, New York’s Cake Connoisseur.

Why: Proceeds from the 90th Anniversary Luncheon will be used to continue to improve our community, in accordance with the Junior League’s mission, and to enable more of our trained volunteers' time to be spent in direct service to those in need in the community.

Who: Junior League of Nashville, an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers

*Interview and Photo opportunities are available with Sylvia Weinstock and Junior League representatives.

When: Thursday, March 29, 2012

Where: Loews Vanderbilt
11-11:30: Past Presidents’ reception
11:15: Past Presidents’ photo
11:30: Enter luncheon area
11:45: Luncheon Begins

Welcome: Ali Fricke and Beth Glascock, 90th Anniversary Co-chairs
Opening: Michele Toungette, JLN President 2011-2012
Invocation: Keri McInnis, JLN Sustainer Liaison
Introduction: Beth Harmon and Amanda Robinson, JLN Sustainers
Guest Speaker: Sylvia Weinstock
Closing Remarks: Mary Lee Bartlett, JLN President 2005-2006
Missy Eason, JLN President 1991-1992

Media Contact: Reaghan Roper at 256-394-7125 or roper004@gmail.com

More about Sylvia Weinstock:
Sylvia Weinstock is the grande dame of cake design, one of the first to use imaginative forms for wedding cakes—introducing butterflies and bees, for example, to brides who had previously known only flowers. Her 28-year-old company, located in New York City, has created cakes for the Clinton White House as well as numerous celebrity weddings. Weinstock’s cakes have been featured in publications ranging from Modern Bride to the New York Times. Weinstock resides in Manhattan.

 

 

TWICE IS NICE RUMMAGE SALE

Friday and Saturday, April 1st and 2nd, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. (March 28, 2011) – The Junior League of Nashville will bring its second Twice is Nice Rummage Sale to The Tennessee State Fairgrounds, April 1st and 2nd, 2011.

Twice is Nice is the Junior League of Nashville’s spring fundraiser. The rummage sale will feature pre-owned quality furniture, antiques, electronics, clothing, books, kitchenware and more. Twice is Nice raises funds to support the Junior League’s mission of enriching the lives of women, children and their families.

Shopping will take place April 1 and 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door and are $2.00.

The preview party, BBQ & Bargains, will take place Thursday, March 31 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets for a preview party shopping pass alone are $10.00 and tickets for the full BBQ and Bargains event are $25.00 and include preview shopping, dinner, libations, silent auction and entertainment. The preview party offers the opportunity to purchase items in advance of the official opening; merchandise is priced double on the night of the preview party, March 31st.

Wendy Foster and Kari Mullins are co-chairs for Twice is Nice. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.TwiceIsNiceShopping.com.

Proceeds from Twice is Nice benefit the community projects and the services of The Junior League of Nashville.


 

Kids in the Kitchen Initiative Martha O’Bryan Center, Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. (March 24, 2011) – In 2009, the Junior League of Nashville began a local educational program called Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen in partnership with the Middle Tennessee and Cumberland Valley Troops of the Girl Scouts of America. . This year, JLN will host Kids in the Kitchen at the Martha O’Bryan Center as a strategy to attract a broader audience of 4th through 6th graders, including children at the James A. Cayce Homes, the city’s largest housing project.

Session 1: Girl scouts ages 7-10, 9:00-12:00

Session 2: Local children, ages 9-12, 1:00-4:00

Kids in the Kitchen 2011 will feature ten activity stations hosted by local experts in hopes to teach children how to make healthy lifestyle choices. A registered dietitian will show kids how to prepare simple, healthy snacks. A local fitness expert and Physical Education teacher will be doing fun exercises including hula hooping and jumping rope. There will be an Iron Chef station, a food pyramid station, a portion size station and a station illustrating the benefits of water. In addition, students from Belmont University will join in to discuss body image and self worth. In the Two Foods Game, children will be challenged to choose the healthiest food and to round out the event there will be a pediatric dentist to discuss the health value of good dental hygiene.

About The Junior League of Nashville

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 1,700 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families.


ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC AWARENESS TRAINING

Nashville, Tenn. (January 15, 2011) - As members of the Junior League of Nashville we want to be a positive influence on our community and city. An exciting new training opportunity will teach us how to make an impact in 2011 within the time constraints of our busy lives. Special guests United States Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, Tennessee Representatives Brenda Gilmore and Debra Maggart and Council Member At Large Ronnie Steine will share their experiences and advice. This is the perfect opportunity to have your questions answered, such as "Does my representative even read the emails I send?". Please join us for this wonderful experience on January 22, 2011, at 10:00 am at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Board Room. There is a limited number of seats available. Please click here to reserve your spot.

Brought to you by your Advocacy and Public Awareness Committee


 

LEADING NON-PROFIT TO TAKE OVER GIVING CARD FUNDRAISER

Nashville, Tenn. (November 18, 2010) – Beginning Spring 2011, Junior League of Nashville will be taking over the Giving Card Fundraiser originally brought to the Middle Tennessee area by Centerstone. When Centerstone decided to discontinue the Giving Card Fundraiser this Fall, The League knew what a great opportunity it would be for its members.

The cards will be sold for $60 at participating retailers, online and through the Junior League membership. Retailers agree to offer a 20% discount to cardholders during the pre-determined shopping dates. Giving Card sponsors underwrite all administrative and production costs of the promotion so that 100% of the sales benefit the mission of the Junior League of Nashville.

Junior League of Nashville plans to reach out to the more than 100 retailers and restaurants that participated in the last few years, as well as many new ones.

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly1,700 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville consistently ranks as one of the 15th largest Leagues internationally. To learn more, please visit. www.jlnashville.org.


 

Junior League of Nashville Delivers Holiday Spirit at the 4th Annual 'Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace November 18-20

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 8, 2010) – The Junior League of Nashville will bring its fourth annual ’Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace to The Factory at Franklin ( 230 Franklin Road) on November 18-20.

The three-day holiday shopping extravaganza features 70+ top merchants from across the country. Shoppers will have access to one-of-a-kind home décor, food, clothing, toys, jewelry, scores of unique specialty and boutique items – all while raising funds to support the Junior League of Nashville and its community projects.

Shopping hours are:

· Thursday 10am – 7pm
· Friday 10am – 7pm
· Saturday 10am to 5pm

One-day shopping passes are available for $7 online or a three-day pass is offered for $15 at www.TisTheSeasonShopping.com. Individual tickets are $8 at the door. No strollers please.

‘Tis the Season also features the annual Santa Snaps event on Saturday, November 20 from 12pm - 2pm at The Factory at Franklin, offering children a chance to visit with Santa in a winter wonderland. Visits are complimentary and photos by award-winning children’s photographer Ashley Segroves (voted #1 Children's Photographer by Nashville Parent 7 years in a row) may be purchased for $15 each. Photo holiday cards are also available.

Genevieve McKinney and Jen Watson are co-chairs for ‘Tis the Season. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.TisTheSeasonShopping.com.

About The Junior League of Nashville

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 1,700 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families.

Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville consistently ranks as one of the 15th largest Leagues internationally. JLN’s local, nonprofit partners include:

· Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool*
· First Steps
· Harvest Hands
· Homeless Teen Drop-In Shelter at Oasis Center*
· Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt*
· McNeilly Center’s Infant and Toddler Program*
· Nashville Children’s Alliance
· Nashville Children’s Theater Comfort Room*
· OUR Kids
· Preston Taylor Ministries
· Rejoice Ministries
· Ronald McDonald House
· Saddle Up!
· Second Harvest Food Bank
· St. Luke’s Community House

*Programs of the Junior League Home Board

For more information or to learn more about the Junior League of Nashville, please visit www.jlnashville.org.


LEADING NON-PROFIT ELECTS 2010-2011 HOME BOARD

Nashville, Tenn. (August 23, 2010) – Junior League of Nashville Home Board recently announced its 2010-2011 members. This group of 11 voting members and 6 ex-officio members will oversee the Junior League Programs of the Home, led by Erin Morrison, Chair.

2010-2011 Home Board Members:

Erin Morrison – Vice President of Consulting Services, Infoworks, Inc.; Jennifer Hill – Director, Team and Family Services, KIPP Academy Nashville; Kira Roberts – Realtor, Fridrich and Clark Realty, LLC; Angela Moretti-Goddard – The Family Office; Alice Essary - Community Volunteer; Amy Strong – Community Volunteer; Clare Michels – Senior Vice President, U.S. Trust; Laura Creekmore – President, Creekmore Consulting; Brooke Reusch – Annual Fund & Constituent Relations Manager, Father Ryan High School; Kerry Dunn – President, No Detail UnDunn; Jenny Barker – Manager of Public Relations, Centennial Medical Center

2010-2011 Ex-Officio Members:

Natalie Ruggiero – Senior Vice President & Area Executive, BB&T Bank; Marcy Rehse – Autism Consultant, Tennessee Autism Consulting and Therapy, LLC; Trish Poe – Vice President of Marketing, Cumberland Sales Co., Inc.; Laura Currie – Community Volunteer; Kristin Torrey Shorter – Director of Greek Life, Vanderbilt University; Ashley Stringfellow – Community Volunteer; Heather Kemp – President, Junior League of Nashville; Michele Toungette – Chief Business Development Officer, Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute and President-Elect, Junior League of Nashville; Amy Smotherman - Managing Director, Junior League of Nashville

The Home Board is part of the Junior League of Nashville (JLN), which was founded in 1922. The following year the Junior League Home for Crippled Children was established. The Home’s purpose was to provide free and skilled convalescent care for orthopedically crippled children, especially those with Polio. The physical location of the Home has moved several times over the years. The Home is currently located at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and elsewhere in the community through various programs and projects of the Home.

Programs include:

Junior League Center for Advanced Maternal - Fetal Care

Junior League Vanderbilt Center for Parenting Young Children

NICU Development Follow-up Clinic

Junior League Child Life Specialists

Junior League Family Resource Center

McNeilly Junior League Infant and Toddler Center

Junior League of Nashville Homeless Teen and Drop-in Center at Oasis Center

Nashville Children’s Theater

Centerstone Therapeutic Preschool

Art Therapy Program at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly1,800 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville consistently ranks as one of the 15th largest Leagues internationally. To learn more, please visit. www.jlnashville.org.


Junior League of Nashville to Select 2011-2012 Partner Agencies

Pillars of Strength Partner Program

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) will host an informational meeting on Thursday, August 12 from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm at the JLN headquarters, located at 2202 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215. The 2011-2012 Pillars of Strength program provides volunteers to agencies throughout middle Tennessee. The program will choose agency partners that not only fit the mission and vision of the Junior League of Nashville but also promote and advance children's health - the cornerstone of our rich and celebrated legacy. The focus is on programs that enable children to thrive socially, emotionally, physically, developmentally and educationally.

JLN will choose nonprofit agencies to partner with for a one year period. The JLN will provide members as volunteers to approximately 10 agencies. Junior League volunteers will serve from June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2012. Agency partners should be able to utilize at least 10 JLN volunteers requiring 40 hours of service time per volunteer during the 12-month period.

The application is available online at www.jlnashville.org.

About The Junior League of Nashville

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 1,800 members and remains committed to developing women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville is the 13th largest league in the nation. For additional information about JLN, visit www.jlnashville.org or call (615) 269-9393.


Leading Non-Profit Elects 2010-2011 Board of Directors

Nashville, Tenn. – (July 2010)The Junior League of Nashville recently elected and announced its 2010-2011 Board of Directors. Fifteen women will contribute their collective experience to guide the 2010-2011 Junior League of Nashville. Heather Kemp will lead the charge as this year’s President.

Heather is embarking on her 11th year of service with the Junior League of Nashville. Within the League, she has served as Vice President of Community, a member of the Home Board, Chair of various committees and a League volunteer with partner agencies.

In addition to her work in the Junior League, Heather is a past Board member and Vice President of All About Women, a former Spanish teacher at St. Cecilia Academy, a 2009-2010 class member of Leadership Nashville, Chair of various events at Overbrook School, and a past Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scout troop leader. Heather and her husband, Kristopher Kemp, are the parents of three daughters.

The 2010-2011 Board of Directors include:

Heather Kemp - President, Michele Toungette – President-Elect, Necie Elizabeth Pable – Vice President of Education and Training, Lauren Rowe – Strategic Planning Chair, Julie Walker – Sustainer Representative, Jessica Horne – Recording Secretary, Natalie Ruggiero – Treasurer, Maggi McLean Duncan – Parliamentarian, Jessica Clark – Vice President of Development, Abigail Frossard – Vice President of Finance and Operations, Julia Cashion – Nominating Chair, Erin Morrison – Home Board Chair, Tiffany Davis – Vice President of Community, Eleanor Wetzel – Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Mary Wilson – Vice President of Membership.

About the Junior League of Nashville:

The Junior League of Nashville “JLN” was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 1,800 members and remains committed to developing women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville is the 13th largest league in the nation.



Junior League Responds to Flood Crisis in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (May 6, 2010) -We encourage all of our members to register now with Hands on Nashville to volunteer with flood relief assistance. The Junior League of Nashville, as a volunteer organization, is registered with HONand has been in contact with their Director, Brian Williams. We will alert members to specific opportunities as we become aware of them.

JLN members are leading a task force to check with each individual member and our partner agencies to determine how we can help. We are coordinating how the League can help as we better understand the scope of issues our members and our agencies are tackling at this time.

The Junior League of Nashville Board of Directors approved an initial gift of $15,000 at the meeting held Tuesday night, May 4.  $10,000 will be divided between the Red Cross and the Salvation Army, and those gifts will be doubled by First Tennessee Bank’s matching funds program. The remaining $5,000 will be allocated as the League determines needs over the next several weeks.


Jenny Barker Chosen as AJLI Rising Star for 2010

Official Press Release from AJLI

New York, NY – (April 17, 2010)– The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) announced that Jenny Barker of the Junior League of Nashville is a recipient of its 2010 Rising Star Award. The award celebrates a Junior League member whose early years as a member demonstrate significant promise consistent with the vision and values of The Junior League Mission.

“Jenny’s can-do attitude and relentless dedication to the community is making a difference in Nashville,” said Delly Beekman, AJLI President-Elect and member of The Junior League of Monmouth County. “We are pleased to honor Jenny with this award for her efforts in improving her community through effective action and leadership.”


 

Find Bargains Galore at Junior League Rummage Sale

Inaugural Twice is Nice Rummage Sale Set for April 9-10 at Tennessee State Fairgrounds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 19, 2010)The Junior League of Nashville will hold its inaugural Twice is NiceRummage Sale on April 9 and 10 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, located at 2368 Bransford Ave. in Nashville.

“Our newest fundraising event offers value to bargain hunters who appreciate the thrill of finding new, almost-new and gently-used treasures at a fraction of their original price,” said Junior League of Nashville President Stacy Sullivan-Karrels. “Best of all, the proceeds go to support valuable community programs to better the lives of Nashville residents.”

The Rummage Sale will showcase thousands of bargains including furniture, electronics, kitchenware, home décor, clothing, books, designer purses, jewelry and collectibles, office equipment, and much more. The event co-chairs are Caroline Roche West and Kerri Zelenik.

Twice is Nice Rummage Sale items have been donated by Junior League members, friends, family, community members and local retailers. Junior League of Nashvilles nonprofit community partners will be invited to shop for much-needed items free of charge and unsold items will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee. Sponsors include The Tennessean,Carabba's in Green Hills and First Tennessee.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Admission to the sale is $2 per person. Children 13 and under are free.  Admission is free after 12 p.m. on Saturday. Two day passes are $3 (advance online purchase only). Please note that only cash and credit cards will be accepted. Parking is free. For tickets and additional information, visit www.twiceisniceshopping.com.

About The Junior League of Nashville

Founded in 1922, The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The organization has been a driving force behind initiatives and institutions that make the community a healthier, more vital place to live. Learn more at www.jlnashville.org.                                                                 


Kids in the Kitchen Event Set for March 27

Junior League helps local Girl Scouts build healthy habits

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 19, 2010)In conjunction with national nutrition month, the Junior League of Nashville is partnering with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee to host Kids in the Kitchen—a free hands-on event about nutrition and making healthy choices. The event will be held on Saturday, March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.at the Girl Scout City Center, located at 4522 Granny White Pike.

Over 200 local Junior Girl Scouts are expected to participate in this fun-filled day of entertaining lessons and demonstrations related to fitness and healthy food. Participants will also receive a Kids in the Kitchen fun patch.

“Childhood obesity has become a nationwide epidemic with one in three kids being either overweight or obese,” said Junior League of Nashville President Stacy Sullivan-Karrels. “It is important for each of us to take an active role in the healthy future of the children in our communities. Our Kids in the Kitchen initiative is able to do that in a fun, engaging way.”

Junior League members Nicole Orgain and Jessica Osaki-Howell are the event co-chairs. Sponsors include Publix Super Market Charities, HCA-TriStar Health System, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and The Print Authority. 

The Junior League also invites the public to visit www.kidsinthekitchenajli.org, which features downloadable healthy recipes from chefs and celebrities that are fun for youngsters to make while teaching them about healthy food preparation and opening their diets to new healthy foods. 

About The Junior League of Nashville 

Founded in 1922, The Junior League of Nashville is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The organization has been a driving force behind initiatives and institutions that make the community a healthier, more vital place to live. Learn more at www.jlnashville.org.


 

Past Presidents Reception 2009-2010 

Our 2009-2010 Past Presidents Reception took place on January 21st from 6-8 pm. The reception included hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Carrabba’s Italian Grill at Green Hills Village. We had a great turn out with 16 Past Presidents attending. The 16 who attended were: Shana Alford, Ann Bumstead, Nancy Diffenbaugh, Missy Eason, Fran Hardcastle, Phyllis Heard, Caryl Hippler, Marie Maxwell, Sallie Norton, Linde Pflaum, Bertie Shriver, Sue Spickard, Ann Tidwell, Julie Walker, Patricia Wallace, and Jerry Williams. The current Vice Presidents, President Elect Elect, President Elect, and President were also in attendance.

The VPs discussed what has been occurring in their area, and Stacy Sullivan-Karrels, President, shared new developments within the League. Amy Smotherman, Managing Director, explained the different projects that the staff was working on and other League updates.

A new tradition of passing down an engraved Junior League of Nashville medallion to the current President was started. The medallion design is specific to the JLN, and Mary Rigby, President 07-08, helped design the logo. Her daughter, Maria, will be given the medallion that was intended for Mary. All Past Presidents in attendance were given a charm to reflect this new tradition.

Overall, the event was a great success with such a feel-good impact that we received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Please click hereto see photos from the reception.


'Tis the Season 2009 

Click hereto see more photos from TTS 2009.

Thank you to this year's sponsors!

On behalf of the 2009 ‘Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace Committee, thank you so much for your support of our banner fundraiser.  Junior League members participated in ‘Tis the Seasonby becoming patrons, working League Power shifts, attending special events, coming to shop, and spreading the word!

‘Tis the Seasonsurpassed its fundraising and attendance goals thanks to you and we can’t wait to release final numbers as soon as they are in. 

Save the Date: ‘Tis the SeasonHoliday Marketplace 2010 will take place November 18-20, 2010.  We can’t wait to see how Genevieve McKinney and Jen Watson build on the success of the past three years for next year.  Good luck, girls!

Sarah Goschy & Brooke Reusch


 

Junior League of Nashville Brings Holiday Spirit Again

3rd Annual ’Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace Set for Nov. 19-21 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 2009) – The Junior League of Nashville is ringing in its third annual ’Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace Nov. 19-21 at The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Rd.). This three-day holiday shopping extravaganza brings together a juried selection of 75+ merchants from across the country. Shoppers will have access to one-of-a-kind home décor, food, clothing, toys, jewelry and much more scores of unique specialty and boutique items – all while raising funds to support the Junior League of Nashville’s community projects. 

Shopping hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. One-day shopping passes are available for $7 each online at www.TisTheSeasonShopping.com. Tickets are $8 at the door. No strollers please.

’Tis the Season also features two special events that are open to the public:

  • Candy Cane Cocktails, set for Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin, includes entertainment by "SUPER T!" and the TYRONE SMITH REVUE –the #1 dance and show band throughout the South for more than 28 years. Tickets are $60 per person in advance ($75 per person at door, if available) and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar with signature cocktails, silent auction and goody bags.
  • Santa Snaps, set for Saturday, Nov. 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Factory at Franklin, offers children a chance to visit with Santa in a winter wonderland lined with lollypops, gumdrops and other delights. Photos by award-winning children’s photographer Ashley Segroves may be purchased for $15 each. Photo holiday cards are also available. Visits with Santa are complimentary.

Sarah Goschy and Brooke Reusch are co-chairs for ’Tis the Season. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.TisTheSeasonShopping.com.

About The Junior League of Nashville 

Founded in 1922, The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) is an organization of nearly 2,000 women who committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the Nashville community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Last year alone, JLN contributed 100,000+ volunteer hours and provided nearly $1 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations. JLN’s nonprofit partners include: Centerstone’s Therapeutic Preschool, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, McNeilly Center’s Infant and Toddler Center, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Nations Ministry Center, Oasis Center’s Teen Drop-in Center, OUR Kids, Preston Taylor Ministries, Rejoice Ministries, Ronald McDonald House, Saddle Up!, Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Luke’s Community House and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. To learn more, please visit www.jlnashville.org.

 


Junior League to Offer Pillar Grants

Junior League of Nashville honoring the 86th year of service

Nashville, Tenn. – July 30, 2009 –The Junior League of Nashville is holding an informational meeting Tuesday, Aug 4 from noon to 1 p.m. for all Nashville area nonprofit agencies interested in applying for a Pillar Grant. The meeting will focus on information about the grant and the application process.

"We hope agencies across the community will take advantage of this opportunity. The JLN wants those who are interested to not only apply for the grant but also be recognized and assisted with advancing children's health," says Stacy Sullivan-Karrels, president, Junior League of Nashville. The Pillar Grant application will be available by Aug 4 at www.jlnashville.org. JLN will partner with approximately 10 agencies for a one-year period. Contact Valerie Nagoshiner at 615.218.3122 or valerie.nagoshiner@nfib.org for any questions.

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 2,000 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville is the 12th largest league in the nation.


Leading Non-Profit Elects 2009-2010 Board

Long-time Member to Lead Nashville Junior League

Nashville, Tenn. – July 14, 2009– Junior League of Nashville recently elected and announced its 2009 Board of Directors. Fifteen women will join together their collective experience and will guide the 2009-2010 Junior League of Nashville. Stacy Sullivan-Karrels will lead the charge as this year’s President.

Stacy has completed ten active years of service in the Junior League of Nashville. She has served on numerous councils and was selected to Co-Chair the 2007 Inaugural Tis the Season Holiday Marketplace, the League’s largest current fundraiser.

In addition to her work in the JLN, she received the Alpha Gamma Delta Greek Woman of the Year award, and has chaired events for Senior Citizens, Inc., now Fifty Forward, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Williamson County Child Advocacy Center, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society where she received the Volunteer of the Year Award. Stacy is married to Kevin Karrels.

The 2009-2010 Board of Directors include:

Stacy Sullivan-Karrels- President

Heather Kemp- President-Elect

Jennifer Childers- Vice President of Education and Training

Laura Creekmore- Strategic Planning Chair

Missy Eason- Sustainer Representative

Alexandra Fricke- Recording Secretary

Abigail Frossard- Treasurer

Madison Gray- Parliamentarian

Shawn Haile- Vice President of Development

Kelly McMullen- Vice President of Finance and Operations

Mary Kate Mouser- Nominating Chair

Katherine O’Connor- Home Board Chair

Karin Prentice- Vice President of Community

Carrie Stokes- Vice President of Communications and Marketing

Sarah Woodall- Vice President of Membership

The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) was founded in 1922 by a group of visionary women committed to serving the Nashville community in a volunteer capacity. Today, JLN has nearly 2,000 members and remains committed to developing the potential of women as leaders and grassroots volunteers in charitable causes that improve the lives of women, children, and families. Located at 2202 Crestmoor Road in Nashville, the Junior League of Nashville is the 12th largest league in the nation.


Paragon Award Winners Announced for 2008-2009

The Sustainer Service Award goes to Laura Allen. The recipient for the Outstanding Service Award is Wendy Foster. Margo Hall is the recipient for the First Year Active Award. Art Rebrovick is the Community Service Award winner. Congratulations to all of the winners! To see the winners, click here.


The Junior League of Nashville Announces First Annual Kids in the Kitchen Award-Winning Education Initiative

NASHVILLE, March 3, 2009 -- In conjunction with National Nutrition Month in March, the Junior League of Nashville will launch its first annual childhood obesity and nutrition education initiative, Junior Leagues' Kids in the Kitchen in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee. The program which works to empower children to adopt healthy lifestyles, kicks off on March 28, 2009 when 200 Middle Tennessee Girls Scouts will come to Girl Scout City Center for a morning or an afternoon filled with fun, interactive and educational activities! At the successful completion of the workshop, girls will receive the Highway to Health badge as well as a Kids in the Kitchen fun patch!

Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Troops from Middle Tennessee will join members of the Junior League of Nashville to learn how to prepare wholesome snacks, relieve stress, and take healthy steps towards improving your physical, nutritional & dental health.

"Kids who participate in Kids in the Kitchen walk away with practical tools that will help them live healthier lives," said Jessika Poirier. "By learning about nutrition and actually preparing healthy meals, kids are able to adopt healthy habits that can last a lifetime."

"Encouraging children to think about the balance of foods they eat raises awareness of calories, nutrients and portion sizes -- these contribute to good health and help them avoid the obesity epidemic that affects nearly a third of children in the US today and is such a grave threat to their health," she said.

Other activities at the Kids in the Kitchen event include cooking demonstrations by chefs from Whole Food's Salud cooking school and Young Chef's Academy, health tips from Vanderbilt health professionals, and great exercise ideas from local fitness trainers. This event is made possible through the generous support from Vanderbilt Medical Center, Whole Foods Market, and Young Chef's Academy.

Since the inception of its Kids in the Kitchen campaign in 2006, over 240 Junior Leagues have implemented local initiatives based on the belief that hands-on learning is the first step in addressing the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity. The Kids in the Kitchen initiative builds upon The Junior League legacy of helping children and transforming communities, which has been the Mission of Junior League volunteers since the first League was founded in 1901. In the past year, the program has partnered with a list several organizations who share the same passion for combating childhood obesity including: Cartoon Network; EatingWell Magazine; National Heart, Lung and Blood Institutes‘ We Can! Program; U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC); United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); and many more.

The Junior League also invites the public to visit http://kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org/, a comprehensive website with information focused on childhood health. On the website parents can find downloadable healthy recipes from chefs and celebrities that are fun for youngsters to make while teaching them about healthy food preparation and opening their diets to new healthy foods. There will also be Kids in the Kitchen TV, where parents and children can view healthy cooking demonstrations provided by EatingWell magazine. Additional resources include nutrition and exercise tips, quizzes, an educational game provided by Cartoon Network featuring characters from the hit series Camp Lazlo, and the USDA's MyPyramid Blast-Off game, a fun way for youngsters to learn the most current guidelines for daily food consumption and exercise.


Junior League Gives $150,000 to Centerstone Therapeutic Preschool

September, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Junior League of Nashville's Home Board recently presented a $150,000 gift to Centerstone's Therapeutic Preschool.

Centerstone's Therapeutic Preschool, located at 230 Venture Circle, has been operating for more than 20 years and is the only one of its kind in middle Tennessee. The preschool serves children ages 30 months to 5 years who have experienced, or are at high risk for, neglect, have witnessed traumatic events or who have emotional or behavioral problems. Parent/guardian counseling is a large component of the program.

"The generosity of the Junior League Home Board will help us ensure that at-risk children have a better chance at becoming successful and self-sufficient," said Robert N. Vero, EdD, CEO of Centerstone Tennessee. "We are grateful for the long-standing relationship we have enjoyed with the Junior League, particularly for the role the organization played in establishing Centerstone's precursor - The Dede Wallace Center."

In 1956, the Junior League donated property on White Avenue, the site of its Junior League Home for Crippled Children, to build the Mental Health Guidance Center of Middle Tennessee. It was later renamed in honor of Louise Dede Bullard Wallace, a tireless Junior League volunteer and a champion for the mental health and emotional needs of women and children.

"Since our inception in 1922, the Junior League of Nashville has consistently taken on challenges that threaten the well being of children in our community," said Junior League President Dara Dickson. "Our heritage of community support has included everything from caring for polio patients and sexually abused children to addressing homelessness and poverty. We are excited to continue our legacy by helping Centerstone in its work to break the cycle of abuse, overcome developmental delays and prepare children and their families for a better chance at being successful."


Annual Meeting

May 21, 2008

This year's Junior League of Nashville Annual Meeting was a celebration of volunteers making a difference in the community. The evening included the presentation of gifts to the community totaling $425,000 to nine agencies including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Centerstone, Saddle Up!, the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, Ronald McDonald House, Preston Taylor Ministries, St. Luke’s Community House, Rejoice Ministries and Our Kids. At the end of the evening fifteen former JLN Presidents joined 2007-2008 JLN President Mary Rigby in passing the gavel to incoming 2008-2009 JLN President Dara Dickson.


Junior League of Nashville Awarded $10,000 for Outstanding Leadership Development

May 3, 2008

As part of an Awards Dinner Celebration recognizing outstanding achievement in leadership development, the Junior League of Nashville received the Junior League Leadership Development Award at The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. (AJLI) 86th Annual Conference held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, April 30-May 3, in San Diego, California. The award was presented at a banquet sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and attended by representatives from 293 Junior Leagues in four countries. This year’s JL Awards were underwritten by AJLI Board member, Gena Lovett, COO of Alexandra Investment Management. “The Junior League of Nashville’s drive and dedication to make a difference are evident in their impressive work in the community,” said Lovett. “This award-winning program serves as a wonderful model for volunteers everywhere.” 


Paragon Award Winners Announced

April 1, 2008

The Junior League of Nashville is pleased to announce the winners of the 2007-2008 Paragon Awards! The Sustainer Service Award goes to Beth Moore. The recipient for the Outstanding Service Award is Sally Holland. Jenny Barker is the recipient for the First Year Active Award. Robb Harvey is the Community Service Award winner. Congratulations to all of the winners! We truly appreciate everything that you do for the Junior League of Nashville. Please click here to find out more about the Paragon Awards and the past recipients.


 

Soles4Souls

February 29, 2008

The First Year Actives have done a wonderful job collecting new or gently used shoes for the organization Soles4Souls. Thus far, they have collected 74 pairs! If you would like to learn more about Soles4Souls please click here. 


 

JLN Selects 2008-2009 Pillar Grant Recipients

February 5, 2008

The Junior League of Nashville is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2008-2009 Pillar Grants! These agencies include Centerstone, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee, OUR KIDS, Preston Taylor Ministries, Rejoice Ministries, Ronald McDonald House, Saddle Up!, and St. Luke's Community House. The Community Research Committee chose projects or programs that not only fit the mission and vision of the Junior League of Nashville, but also promote and advance child health - which is the cornerstone of our rich and celebrated legacy.