Dear Friends,

What a wonderful privilege to welcome you to the fall issue of Connections! We are grateful to the Director of Communications Jennifer Dorman and the entire Connections team for their hard work on this publication.

Fall is a great season of optimism and renewal! New England residents have the special joy of seeing our beautiful leaves change and enjoying gorgeous walks in our neighborhoods and woodlands.  

Thanks to you, the Junior League of Boston is growing. Membership is up nearly 10%, which in turn has allowed us to expand our Community Service Programs. JL Boston serves hundreds of girls in greater Boston, through weekday and Saturday programming. Your generosity has allowed us to add a new Community Program this year, in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts. We are delighted with the synergies that our two organizations enjoy.

This fall issue of Connections highlights our Community Service Programs and related and planned activities. We have a demonstrated history of successfully identifying community needs, developing strategic solutions and community partnerships to address the needs, and mobilizing our trained volunteers to serve. As members, community partners, and friends of The Junior League of Boston, we are boldly transforming our community and ourselves through service and leadership.


JL Boston Gives First Community Assistance Grant of 2015-2016

Jane Phelan and Kimberly Wells 
Chairs, Strong Women Strong Girls

The first Community Assistance Grant of this JL Boston year was given to our Community Program Collaborator Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) in the amount of $1,400. We enter our fourth year of partnership with SWSG with a team of 15 JL Boston members dedicated to mentoring college women who in turn directly serve at-risk pre-adolescent girls in under served local communities. JL Boston’s collaboration with SWSG elevates our member-leaders, college age women, and the girls directly served through providing cross-generational engagement and service as a lasting value. Congratulations to SWSG!

JL Boston Thanks Medtronic for Grant Award

Kyndal Michel and Judy Heartlein
Donor Cultivation Leads

The Junior League of Boston thanks Medtronic, our first grant provider of the year. Two JL Boston members, Leigh Anne Dempsey, Director of Nominating, and Marisa Saladino, member of the Board Seat Initiative committee, are senior level employees of Medtronic and generously applied for and received the Medtronic grant. This grant is available to employees who provide substantial volunteer service to regional non-profits and goes directly to the non-profit named by the employee. Thank you to Medtronic and to Leigh Anne Dempsey and Marisa Saladino for achieving these grants for JL Boston’s Community Service and Training Fund.    

JL Boston Thanks Keynote Speakers at the Fall General Membership Meeting

Elizabeth Keeley
Executive Director - The Women's Lunch Place

Joy Olaes Surprenant 
Founder and Executive Director - Catching Joy

Matt Stone
Executive Director - Youth Villages, Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Catalysts for Lasting Community Impact: Advocating for the Wellness of Girls in Boston

Pamela Lynch
President-Elect 2015-2016

JL Boston’s direct community service work in the greater Boston community helps girls in the areas of positive development, empowerment, leadership skills, health and wellness, and over the past decade our direct and indirect service has reached thousands of vulnerable pre-teen and teenage girls. Advocacy is the third pillar of service, and a great way for us to give a voice to the disenfranchised girls who are unable to speak for themselves.

JL Boston’s signature projects including Leader Within, Learning Circles and JL Boston Arts―which have curricula developed, refined, and led by members―are only one piece of the sustainable solution for lasting community impact. We focus on serving girls who live in under-served neighborhoods and are faced with challenges of self-esteem issues, gender inequality and childhood obesity at the pivotal age of 9-13 years old. 80% of the girls we serve qualify for free lunch. We act as the girls’ advocates to the schools, other organizations and in the community.  

The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) strongly supports public affairs and advocacy work as part of the full picture solution. As we develop our identity in the area of current Boston public affairs, we will advocate for the wellness of girls in the specific areas of:
  • Reversing childhood obesity
  • Empowering girls
  • Developing leaders
Through our renewed advocacy efforts, we will truly advance our focus of developing tomorrow’s healthy, confident women leaders.


Advocacy Works!

A few examples of powerful acts of public awareness that align with JL Boston's focus areas.

Stereotypes: Feminine product company Always triggered a viral social media campaign #LikeAGirl bringing awareness to the fact that 72% of girls feel society limits them — especially during puberty — a time when their confidence totally plummets.  The campaign empowers girls to be unstoppable and raises awareness on the issue of girls being influenced by society’s stereotypes.  

Sex Trafficking: Last year the documentary “A Path Appears” was released, highlighting gender inequality and the issues of sex trafficking in Boston and neighboring areas. In 2014 an estimated 1 out of 6 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children they were likely child sex trafficking victims. Of those, 68% were in the care of social services or foster care when they ran. 55% of the girls JL Boston serves come from single parent homes or are in the social services system.

Childhood Obesity: In 2012, the documentary "Weight of the Nation" also highlighted Boston and the work organizations are doing to reverse the epidemic of childhood obesity. 

Let's Do Something Good Together!

Lord & Taylor and Junior League of Boston have teamed up to support cancer survivors in Lord & Taylor’s Charity Day on October 3rd. Lunch and shopping – what could be a better way to support cancer survivors and JL Boston?
The event at Lord & Taylor is the start of a beautiful friendship! JL Boston supports the health and wellness of women and girls in the Boston area and is proud to partner with Lord & Taylor in support of cancer survivors.

The one-day event will include a fashion presentation celebrating the spirit and beauty of those who have survived cancer. Additionally, guests will enjoy special discounts, local entertainment, gifts with purchase opportunities, children’s activities, refreshments, and so much more! Coupons include two 30% off single item coupons, one 20% off store-wide savings pass, and a coupon for 10% off cosmetics and fragrance.

We invite you, family and friends to purchase a Lord & Taylor coupon book for only $5 through JL Boston. For each coupon book purchased, $5 will be contributed directly to the JL Boston Annual Fund in your name – JL Boston retains 100% of the proceeds! All coupons must be picked up in person at JL Boston Headquarters no later than 4:00 pm on Friday, October 2.

Interested in a pre-shopping lunch on October 3?
Join the Director of Fund Development, Vanessa Driscoll, and Annual Fund Leaders for lunch at 12:00 PM at the California Pizza Kitchen in Boston’s Prudential Center on October 3, followed by a shopping excursion at Lord & Taylor.

Who: Lord & Taylor and Junior League of Boston
What: Charity Day
When: October 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Where: California Pizza Kitchen and Lord & Taylor

Can’t join us on October 3? Pre-purchase items ahead of time to be picked up after the event.

Please email if you will be meeting for lunch. Lunch is not a requirement of using the coupon books.

Junior League of Boston Show House Returns in 2016

Pamela Berutti and Susan Moussalli
Co-Chairs, Show House 2016

JL Boston will host its 36th Decorator’s Show House in 2016. This storied fundraiser supports the mission of the Junior League of Boston through providing restricted funds that directly support our Community Service and Training programs. JL Boston’s community service platform focuses on the wellness of girls in greater Boston and directly and indirectly has served thousands of girls over the past decade. 

2012 Decorator's Show House

Potter Estate
Newton, Massachusetts

Are you interested in partnering with JL Boston on this fundraiser? Contact us at

The Junior League of Boston has exciting plans for this year. Mark your calendars and join us for the following events where you’ll meet and mingle with the exceptional women who comprise our volunteer base. Proceeds go to support the Junior League of Boston Community Service Program and Training Fund.

Charmed By Charity Soiree
Alex and Ani - Wednesday, September 30

Let’s Do Something Good Together!
Boston’s Lord & Taylor Charity Day - Saturday, October 3

Boston’s Bachelor Auction
Bill's Bar & Lounge - Friday, November 6

Stay Tuned for Winter Fundraising Events!

Holiday Trunk Show - December 2015
Health, Wellness & Beauty Fair - January 2016
Junior League of Boston’s Annual Charity Gala - February 2016

Learn more about our featured events on the Junior League of Boston Events Calendar!

To make this year’s fundraising events the best yet, we’re issuing a call for help!  Review the following list and contact Fund Development at with ideas and questions.

  1. Bachelors: Invite the best suitors you know to apply! Men 21+ are welcome to complete the application to participate as an eligible bachelor on November 6th. Applications are available on the Boston’s Bachelor Auction webpage.

  2. Holiday Trunk Show: Are you a vendor who wants to showcase your goods in the Holiday Trunk Show at JL Boston Headquarters? Please contact Fund Development with interest.

  3. Sponsorship, Partnerships & In-Kind Donations: Reach out to JL Boston’s Fund Development team if you have ideas for how to give back and help us support our mission, and to impact the community with your generosity. The opportunities are endless!

We are excited to hear new ideas, learn about potential partnerships, and receive feedback on communications and events. You help us optimize our operation and results!

Save the Date for 2016 JL Boston Prospective Member Open Houses

Our 2015-2016 membership year is shaping up to be an exciting time for us, our community partners and those who support us. As a league of professional women we know first-hand how communities are transformed when women empower themselves as leaders and we remain deeply committed to the communities we serve. As a member of the Junior League of Boston, you have the opportunity to be a catalyst for change in the Greater Boston community! Through our service initiatives and partnerships with the other community organizations, our members have a direct impact in our local neighborhoods. We also influence change globally, as a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Being a Junior League of Boston member has many privileges including extensive volunteer training, professional development opportunities, and the opportunity to build lifelong friendships while meeting other professional women. Applications for our new member class are open April 1-June 1. Learn more about our organization and meet current members at any of our Prospective Member Open Houses held in the spring. Until then, please visit the our website for additional information.
Junior League of Boston, Inc.
117 Newbury Street  |  Boston, MA 02116  |

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