69th Annual New York Junior League Gala

69th Annual NYJL Gala: Friday, April 30, 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 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!

Silent Auction    Bid Now

The 69th Annual Gala Auction is now live! The auction will close on Saturday, May 1 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern.

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.

  • 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. 
  • As a special thank you to our most generous supporters, the NYJL welcomed Harriman Circle ticketholders to a reception on April 7, featuring a performance by Broadway stars!
  • 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.

*Please note registration information for ticket holders has been sent. If you are a ticket holder and have not received your registration information, please contact winterball@nyjl.org.

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

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 join any or all of the following presentations.

*The evening reception experiences will be housed on the GiveSmart site, so be sure to register and bookmark the page for ease of access on Gala night!

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

Breakout Room #1: Krewe de Fromage
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Meeting ID: 813 1823 0009
Passcode: 663446
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Breakout Room #2: Jane Cooks for You & Social Studies
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Meeting ID: 874 8444 8432
Passcode: 331586
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Breakout Room #3: King Solomon Hicks
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Meeting ID: 890 7124 4342
Passcode: 935836
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Breakout Room #4: 67 Orange
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Meeting ID: 835 7943 6091
Passcode: 029581
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Breakout Room #5: DJ Odysseus Bailer
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Meeting ID: 849 0400 0359
Passcode: 201110
Dial by your location: +1 929 436 2866 US (New York)

Evening Reception Event Preview: Charcuterie Board Lesson with Krewe de Fromage

  • Krewe de Fromage is a female-owned, Upper East Side custom cheese and charcuterie board business. Born during the pandemic, Krewe has created a fun and safe way to celebrate all of life’s special moments from a picnic to a birthday brunch with unique conversation starting boxes.
  • Join us as Krewe owner, Jen, teaches us how to create a delicious cheese board at home! You’ll learn the history of the ingredients, fun cutting and shaping techniques, and the best things that should always go on a successful cheese board.
  • Cheese and charcuterie board kits are available for purchase and may be picked up on the day of the event, but they aren’t required to participate. Aviation Gin partnered with Krewe de Fromage and included a complimentary airplane bottle in every kit!
  • More details to come on which cheeses and charcuterie options will be included. Check out @krewedefromage for all the Insta inspo and what to expect in your kit!
  • Pick up will be in the Upper East Side; details will be provided upon purchase.
  • Order your kit by Tuesday, April 27.
  • $35  Purchase kit from Krewe de Fromage

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

  • Gather your friends for an evening of merriment and fun! Join Chef Jane Morgan from Jane Cooks For You for a virtual cooking class! Jane is a recipe developer and personal chef based in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, who specializes in fresh, seasonal spins on classic comfort foods.
  • To complete the dinner party atmosphere, guests have the option to choose dinner and dining décor from Social Studies. The women behind Social Studies have made gathering stylish and hassle free. All the styling, mixing, and matching is done for you, so that the evening can be an unforgettable experience!
    1.  Pick your dish décor and number of guests.
    2.  A package arrives, delivered to your door.
    3.  Enjoy the Gala and the achievements of the NYJL in 2020.
    4.  Pack up dishes and Social Studies will pick them up for you.
    • Use promocode NYJL10 for 10% off the Total Order. 
    • Rent décor from Social Studies 
    • *To ensure your Social Studies kit arrives in time for the event, please order by April 16 if outside of the Tri-State Area and by April 20 if within the New York City region. Shipping and handling will be indicated by the vendor and is based on shipping location in the U.S.
  • Shopping List for Spicy Rigatoni Alla Vodka:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion or 2 shallots
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 4.5 oz tube or can of tomato paste
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 pound rigatoni, or your other favorite pasta shape
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Basil or parsley, for serving
  • For a gluten-free version, any gluten-free pasta will work. For a vegan version, sub 1 cup of unsweetened non-dairy cream for the heavy cream (Silk and Ripple have good neutral tasting ones) and vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast for the parmesan!
  • For questions about substitutes, you can email jane@janecooksforyou.com.

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.
  • $50 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.

Evening Reception Preview: Live DJ

  • Live DJ after-party! Details coming soon.

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.

New York Junior League
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075
Phone: 212.288.6220 | Fax: 646.390.6047 | Email: info@nyjl.org

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