Centennial Celebrations kick off with Patrons Party and Exhibit at the Nashville Public Library

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The Junior League of Nashville (JLN) kicked off a series of Centennial Celebrations with a Patrons Party at the Nashville Public Library’s downtown location on March 31.

“The Junior League of Nashville: Making a Difference for 100 Years” is open to the public at the Nashville Public Library’s Main location through Aug. 31, 2022.

Patrons Party Co-Chairs Janie Berry (far left) and Mary Lindley Carswell (far right) with Junior League President Jenny Barker and Nashville Mayor John Cooper.

The evening began with a preview of a special library exhibit detailing JLN’s impressive 100-year history and current-day projects, which will be open to the public through August 31, 2022.

Guests then enjoyed cocktails in the Junior League of Nashville Children’s Services Area and a puppet show commemorating highlights of the League’s impact on the city. CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS.

After a mayoral proclamation to announce that April 10 will be recognized as Junior League of Nashville Day, the evening continued with a cocktail supper in the Grand Reading Room and remarks by Patrons Party Chairs Janie Berry and Mary Lindley Carswell, Centennial Celebration Chairs Suann Davis and Linde Pflaum, Honorary Chair Jerry Williams and JLN President Jenny Barker.

“Tonight was the perfect kick-off to JLN’s Centennial Celebrations,” Barker said. “Our members have made an incredible mark on Nashville since 1922, and our legacy is a testament to the power of women working together to make our city a better place.”

The event also featured a silent auction with luxury trips to Ireland, Tuscany, Greece, Costa Rica, Iceland, Africa and Sedona.

Bruce Pittman Inc. donated its services to assist with the event. Forget Me Knot Design designed the floral arrangements, and Kristen Winston Catering provided the menu for the evening.

The celebrations will continue with the JLN Founding Day Fête at City Winery on April 9 and the Centennial Gala and Late Party at the Schermerhorn on April 23. More information and tickets are available at jlnashville.org/events/centennial/.

The celebration also includes an additional 100 Acts of Service beyond the more than 50,000 hours of volunteer service hours JLN members contribute to the community each year.

Over the past 100 years, the League has contributed millions of hours of direct volunteer service and nearly $22 million to the Nashville community. It has been instrumental in founding more than 20 nonprofits and programs, including Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Oasis Center, Renewal House, Children’s Services at the Nashville Public Library and more.

About the Junior League of Nashville

Founded in 1922, the Junior League of Nashville is one of the oldest, largest and most effective women’s volunteer organizations in our city. Today, it has grown to 1,500 members who are committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community. Learn more at www.jlnashville.org.

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