Annual Fund raises over $149,000 to support NYJL’s mission

The NYJL Annual Fund helps support the NYJL’s community work, its leadership training programs, and the upkeep of the landmark Astor House. For the 2016–2017 volunteer year, the Annual Fund raised over $149,000 to help support our mission.

One way these contributions helped support the community work we do in NYC was through the 2nd Annual Personal Empowerment Project (PEP) Career Day. This day-long event welcomed to the Astor House 80 at-risk school-age girls served by the PEP and Lead Inspire Focus and Thrive (LIFT) committees to learn about different careers paths and life skills.

The girls started off the day with an opportunity to design their own business cards, then enjoyed two panels hosted by Ines Rosales, traffic anchor for Good Day NY. The girls had an opportunity to learn about each of the panelists’ backgrounds, educational experiences, and reasons for choosing their career paths. At the end of the day, each child took home a backpack filled with school essentials and healthy snacks.

While we celebrate the achievements of the 2016–2017 fundraising year, our work is not done! This year, our goal is to raise $150,000 to help support our mission. If you’d like to lead the charge for this year’s Annual Fund, you can do so now.

Meet Team NYJL 2017: part 1

For the third straight year, the NYJL is sponsoring a charity running team in the TCS New York City Marathon. Team NYJL has already been training for months, and on November 5, they will join thousands of other runners from all over the world, filling the streets of our city with their passion and dedication.

The iconic NYC Marathon traverses all five boroughs and has become one of those bucket list items for runners of all ages, shapes, and skill levels. You’ll see our 2017 team is an eclectic mix of both seasoned marathoners and first-timers, speed demons and recreational runners—all committed to training for the 26.2 mile journey while raising funds to support the NYJL.

Team NYJL has a collective fundraising goal of $55,000, and every dollar raised will support the charitable activities of the organization. During the following weeks, we will introduce you to these incredible women who are not only training for this daunting race but also fundraising to ensure that the NYJL continues its mission of improving the lives of women and children in our community.


Keelyn Brown

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A volunteer on the Specialty Events committee, Keelyn only started running earlier this year, and already has two half marathons under her belt. “I’m hooked and excited to challenge myself to finish the year stronger than I started it,” she says. “They say life begins at the end of your comfort zone so I am grateful to challenge myself in a way I never thought possible!” Originally from Chicago, Keelyn always manages to squeeze in a run or two during her busy work travels. Back home, she loves to slip on headphones and just cruise through Central Park. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run alongside these amazing women as part of Team NYJL!”

Helena Darling

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A New York City native, Helena is thrilled to be training for her first-ever marathon. “Nothing beats running outside on a gorgeous day,” she says. “That ‘runners high’ really is a great de-stressor!” Currently a volunteer on the Astor House Events committee, Helena is particularly excited to be raising money for the NYJL where she’s found new friends and many meaningful opportunities. “Running for the NYJL gives me the chance to help contribute to the great causes this organization supports.”

Cameron Estes

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Now living in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Cameron was an active NYJL volunteer a few years ago while based in Manhattan. She transferred to the Junior League of Birmingham soon after moving back. “Running on this team will allow me to raise awareness for the NYJL,” she notes, “as well as share information about the organization in general and how I am so lucky to be involved with the Junior League in two cities!” Besides raising funds for the NYJL, Cameron is running the marathon to celebrate her milestone 30th birthday just a few weeks before. Her longest race to date has been a half marathon that she finished in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Christina Taler

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Christina knows a thing or two about fundraising. A graduate of Columbia University’s Nonprofit Management Program and a professional fundraising consultant, she brings a wealth of experience to Team NYJL. Originally from Baltimore, she now lives in Park Slope and volunteers on the Crisis Intervention committee. Christina is another one of our team members who has stepped up to the challenge of tackling her first marathon. “Running is a great way to clear your head and redirect your attention to the here and now,” she says. “I am running to raise awareness of the incredible work done by the NYJL and its volunteers.”

Clue: A Whodunit Homecoming Fundraiser

NYJL Fundraiser

The New York Junior League Presents
Clue: A Whodunit Homecoming Fundraiser

Friday, October 6, 2017 • 7:00–11:00 p.m.
130 East 80th Street, New York, NY 10075

A party to die for! Help us learn whodunit as we kick off the NYJL volunteer year with a Clue-themed Homecoming fundraiser. Should you accept this assignment please rendezvous for an evening full of fun and mystery. In addition to specialty cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and dancing, ticket holders also receive access to an exclusive after party. We can’t wait to see you there!

The NYJL Homecoming Fundraiser supports communities affected by Hurricane Harvey with donations for families.

To highlight the service Junior Leagues provide and to assist those in need, we are accepting donations of the following items at our Homecoming Fundraiser: new underwear, new socks, new warm-ups (for men, women, children and infants), toiletries, hygiene products, baby formula, baby wipes, bottles, diapers, and Graco Pack ‘n Plays for babies to sleep in.

We will redistribute collected items to Junior Leagues in South Texas who are providing on-the-ground support to their communities.

As a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, the New York Junior League is proud to bolster the collective power of Junior Leagues everywhere and amplify our service through shared knowledge and support of common causes across the country.

Proceeds benefit the charitable activities of the New York Junior League. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible.

NYJL commemorates Women’s Equality Day

New York Junior League commemorates Women's Equality Day

Today, August 26, 2017, is Women’s Equality Day. Yesterday NYJL President Suzanne Manning joined NYJL Sustaining member Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and 40 women leaders from business, government, and nonprofits to commemorate this important day at Nasdaq. Manning shared the NYJL’s purpose and vision in a press conference, highlighting how women’s equality is at the heart of our community work.

“We cannot ignore that still today women have fewer economic and cultural opportunities than men, and the New York Junior League is proud to continue fighting for women’s equality. From supporting women’s suffrage to advocating for the successful passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, every day our work with women—whether mothers, immigrants, or survivors of domestic violence—empowers them with the tools and skills to seek better jobs and wages and promise a better future for their families.”

New York Junior League commemorates Women's Equality Day

Today we remind you that we cannot do this alone. The New York Junior League—and Junior Leagues across the world—invites you to join us in advocating for women’s equality and celebrating the valuable contributions of women everywhere.

Jump in to support the NYJL at the Hampton Classic Horse Show

During the upcoming Hampton Classic Horse Show, NYJL volunteers will be keeping an eye on Callan Solem, one of the nation’s leading grand prix show jumping riders. This talented, award-winning equestrian has been paired with the NYJL for Jump for Charity, a program started last year to support charities in the community that are near to the hearts of Hampton Classic staff members.

The program pairs 10 riders with 10 select charities. The charity matched with the rider who has the best finish during the Douglas Elliman Grand Prix Qualifier, taking place on September 1, will receive a portion of the proceeds raised from the sale of Jump for Charity baseball hats. If all of the hats are sold, a total of $30,000 will be raised, which will be awarded to the top three winning charities. This year, the hats are being underwritten by Hampton Classic staff and Sea Shore Stables.

How can volunteers show their support and help the NYJL win money for our community programs? Buy an NYJL Jump for Charity baseball hat! Each hat will come autographed by Callan Solem and will have the NYJL and the Jump for Charity logo on it. Pre-purchased hats can be picked up at the Classic beginning August 27. Alternatively, hats can be shipped directly to you in September following the Classic.

Be sure to pick yours up while supplies last. Go Team Callan Solem!

Final hat design pending.