On Saturday, March 1, The New York Junior League celebrated 113 years of community service and honored seven volunteers. The 62nd annual Winter Ball, “Enchantment in the Secret Garden,” was held at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. During the soiree guests were able to bid on live and silent auctions. The Mistress of Ceremonies was Diahann Billings-Burford.
"I am very very proud to be serving as President as the New York Junior League. It is my honor to welcome you to The Pierre this evening as we celebrate the 62nd annual “New York Junior League Winter Ball,” Fiona Grant Small told attendees.
"The New York Junior League has a long and very proud history. For 113 years we have made a positive impact on the lives of New Yorkers and the community at large. Although the issues have certainly changed through the years, our mission has not and it remains as relevant and vibrant as ever. As part of that history for the past 62 years we have had a tradition of celebrating the very best of the New York Junior League, our outstanding sustainers and outstanding volunteers," Grant continued. The Outstanding Sustainers were Nancy Geer Blackford and Gregg Deane Swain and the Outstanding Volunteers were Robin L. Body, Colleen L. Caden, Lauren Jenkins Chung, Anne-Marie Peterson McMahon and Amanda Koenig Stone.
"This award honors those who achieve the highest standard of excellence in volunteerism and these are women who truly represent The Junior League and all we do as an organization. They embody our core values, they are passionate about the community, they respect all those we serve and with whom we work, they act responsibly, and honorably in all that they do and they work to help everyone around them to achieve their potential. But most of all they truly care about the communities we support and in helping the New York Junior League to fulfill its mission and to improve the lives of woman and children in New York City. Later in the evening you will have a chance to hear a little bit more about these 7 extraordinary women," she added.
Grant ended her address with, "Now I would like to take moment to acknowledge a few of the women who are here tonight. We have with us many of our past presidents and former outstanding sustainers and outstanding volunteers as well as members as well as members of our board of directors and our management counsel all of whom have made unique and remarkable contributions to our organization and to the New York city community….I would also like to recognize our membership, which is currently more than 2600 volunteers strong, we truly appreciate the efforts of these women…Without them none of us would be here this evening….Their hours of dedicated service would be impossible without the great support of husbands, partners, families, friends, co-workers, managers and of course the staff of NYJL. We could not do this without all of you and we cannot thank you enough for your support for our extraordinary organization."
After the dinner, guests headed to the after-party next door, where a live band performed songs like Pharrell's "Happy" and "Blurred Lines," in addition to many other pop songs. Guests danced and enjoyed delectable deserts and the bash ended around midnight.
The event benefitted the NYJL’s charitable activities. The NYJL’s community programs are focused on four issue areas: Adult Education & Mentoring, Children's Education, Culture & the Arts, and Child Health & Welfare. Marquee programs include the Financial Literacy Program, Community Health Access Model Program, Playground Improvement Project, Nonprofit Boards Clearinghouse Program and the Volunteer Conference.