69th Annual New York Junior League Gala

69th Annual NYJL Gala: Friday, April 30, 2021
Harriman Circle VIP Special Reception: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Junior League of the City of New York requests the pleasure of your company at its 69th Annual Gala. To be held virtually, this year’s gala will honor our 2021 Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers while raising critical funds to support our New York City community programs and partnerships.

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Our 2021 Honorees | Attend the Gala | Gala Mistress of Ceremonies | Schedule of Events

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Our Honorees

The Outstanding Sustainer and Outstanding Volunteer Awards are the highest honors bestowed by the NYJL, reserved for those women who exemplify a superior standard of excellence in volunteerism.

Outstanding Sustainers
Mary G. Herms
Mary Beth C. Tully

Outstanding Volunteers
Caroline Adams
Serra E. Eken
Lauren A. Giordani
Kristen Leigh Kocis
Courtney Wessling Schramm


$750 • Harriman Circle VIP  Purchase
**Ticket purchase is 100% tax deductible.**

To purchase your Harriman ticket via pledge, please click here

The Harriman Circle is an exceptional group of volunteers, friends and sponsors who support the Annual Gala at the Benefactor level. This year, we are grateful to our Harriman Circle supporters whose 100% tax-deductible ticket purchase of $750 will support the NYJL’s community programming at a time of historic need in New York City. 

Thank you to those who have already committed to joining us as a member of the Harriman Circle.

  • As a special thank you to our most generous supporters, the NYJL will welcome Harriman Circle ticketholders to a reception honoring our Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers and featuring a performance by Broadway stars!
  • The evening will also offer access to other ways to support our community partners and the City of New York during a time of historic need. 
  • Harriman Circle ticket holders will be honored in our commemorative print invitations and Journal, which will be mailed to ticket holders after the Gala on April 30. VIP ticket holders also gain admission to the formal April 30th event as a part of their ticket purchase. 
  • Confirmed ticket holders will receive instructions to register for the virtual presentation after ticket purchase.

$100 • General Admission  Purchase
**Ticket purchase is 100% tax deductible.**

  • Attend the main event! Each ticket will include the selection of an evening program following the formal presentation.
  • Confirmed ticket holders will receive instructions to register for the virtual presentation after ticket purchase.

Gala Mistress of Ceremonies: Alissa Anderegg

Throughout her life, NYJL volunteer Alissa Anderegg has used her voice to inspire others. From appearing on stage and screen as a professional child actress to speaking around the U.S. as one of the country’s leading Alzheimer’s activists to lending her media expertise to world-renowned companies— and now as Miss World America 2020— Alissa has lived by her mission to educate, empower, and activate. Alissa has been featured in HBO, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Maria Shriver’s Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement national campaign, and more. She is currently a Celebrity Champion of CaringKind: The Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving.  We are proud to welcome Alissa as our Mistress of Ceremonies!


Schedule of Events

The 69th Annual New York Junior League GalaFriday, April 30, 2021
Presented virtually

*Additional programming to be announced

7:00–7:45 p.m. •  Formal Program

  • Mistress of Ceremonies Opening Remarks
    NYJL Speakers
    Presentation of Outstanding Sustainer and Outstanding Volunteer Awards
    Live Auction and Fund a Need Presentation
    Closing Remarks and Toast

8:00–10:00 p.m. • Evening Program Continues with a Festive Program You Can Choose!

Each ticket holder will be entitled to select one program after the formal presentation. 

Evening Reception Event Preview: Dinner Party at Home with Jane Cooks for You &  Social Studies.

  • Join Chef Jane Morgan from Jane Cooks For You for a virtual cooking class and complete your experience with an expertly styled table setting from Social Studies. Jane Morgan is a recipe developer and personal chef based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, who specializes in fresh, seasonal spins on classic comfort foods.
  • Social Studies is your go-to resource for entertaining and modern party décor rentals; all the styling, mixing, and matching is done for you.

Evening Reception Event Preview: Solo Performance by “King” Solomon Hicks

  • Enjoy the sounds of virtuoso blues guitarist King Solomon Hicks performing a live set and taking your requests!
  • King Solomon’s style of music includes jazz, blues, classical, gospel, R&B, funk, Afro-Cuban, and classic rock. He also teaches beginning and advanced guitar along with music theory.
  • A blues guitarist since he was 13, King Solomon recorded his first album Embryonic at 14 with the Cotton Club All-Star Band and has toured in Spain, Denmark, Germany, Mexico, Japan, Bahamas, Bermuda, Barbados, and the United States.
  • King Solomon is a New York Junior League favorite, having played at the Astor House for several festive events in the past several years. He is pleased to be able to help us celebrate our wonderful 2021 Class of Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers!

Evening Reception Event Preview: Cocktail Tutorial with 67 Orange

  • 67 Orange, a Black owned speakeasy in Harlem, will present brief history of cocktail mixology in Harlem followed by a tasting of three Black-owned spirit brands and a cocktail demo.
  • Guests will have the opportunity to pre-purchase cocktail kits to go along with the experience (although not required to enjoy the presentation).
  • The kits will contain three different tasting spirits plus the ingredients to make one cocktail (two servings). The cost will be $50** per kit.
  • Purchase Cocktail Kit from 67 Orange
  • Kits will be mailed out by April 20, and available for pickup from the location if purchased by April 23.
  • **Shipping and Handling fee will be between $10-$20 as indicated by the vendor based on shipping location in the US.

More evening reception events to be announced soon!


Donate to the Gala

  • Our Fundraising success would not be possible without the support of corporate sponsors and individual donors. You can support the 2021 Annual Gala and our community work through a direct donation or pledge.  Your donation may be eligible for a match by your employer!
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Annual Gala Journal

The 2021 Annual Gala Journal is a 100+ page souvenir publication that will be distributed to all of our guests and displayed on this webpage. The Journal includes commemorative ads, the event program for the evening, biographies of the honorees, and highlights of the NYJL’s community work. Honorees treasure the messages of support and celebration included in this document! View last year’s Journal here.

Friends, family, and supporters of our honorees are invited to purchase congratulatory ads in the Journal. Two types of ads are available:

  • Friends and Family Ad  Purchase Friends and Family Ad
  • Individual New York Junior League volunteers and/or their immediate family are invited to purchase Friends & Family advertisements in honor of the 2021 Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers.
  • Full-page (dimensions are 7.375”h x 7.5”w), printed in black and white, featuring one black and white photo and a maximum of four lines of text for $500.
  • Tribute Ad  Purchase Tribute Ad
  • Corporations and groups of supporters are invited to purchase a Tribute Ad in honor of the NYJL and the 2021 Outstanding Sustainers and Outstanding Volunteers. 
  • Tribute Ads are available in a variety of formats:
    • $2,000 •  Color • Full Page (7.375”h x 7.5”w)
    • $1,500 • Black & White • Full Page (7.375”h x 7.5”w)
    • $800 • Black & White • Half Page (7.375”h x 3.5”w)
    • $450 • Black & White • Quarter Page (3.25”h x 3.5”w)

Deadline: All files, text, and payment must be received by Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to be published in the 2021 Annual Gala Journal. 

  • For more information and to purchase a Friends and Family Ad, please complete this form.
  • For more information and to purchase a Tribute Ad, please complete this form.

Please contact the event committee at WinterBall@nyjl.org for additional information about 2021 Annual Gala Journal ads.


Partners and Sponsors

Thank you to our partners and sponsors!





All contributions benefit the charitable activities of the Junior League of the City of New York, Inc. (NYJL). A description of such activities may be obtained from the NYJL upon request. You may also request a copy of the NYJL’s latest annual financial report from the NYJL or obtain a copy from the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau website (www.charitiesnys.com).  Requests should be addressed to NYJL, 130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075. Information about charitable organizations may be obtained by calling the New York State Attorney General at (212) 416-8686.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.

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Phone: 212.288.6220 | Fax: 646.390.6047 | Email: info@nyjl.org

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