Credit: Kelly Hunter via NYJL Volunteer Facebook Group

The New York Junior League’s Engagement Events committee recently hosted a fun night of Bingo. An energetic group of ladies from different committees were in high spirits, enjoying the one and a half hour game and savoring complimentary hors d’oeuvres between breaks.

With outstanding prizes, the volunteers played the game competitively. The winners were rewarded with beauty and snack baskets and signed footballs by the New York Giants. The atmosphere was very friendly with women giving big round of applause to the winners, and entertaining each other.

The Engagement Events committee is thrilled to invite NYJL volunteers to Ladies Who Lead, taking place on March 15. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to hear from a panel of volunteers discuss their professional experience and what leadership in the area of advocacy looks like.

NYJL Promotes Health & Wellness During Inaugural Event

The New York Junior League held its inaugural Wellness Day fundraiser at the Astor House on the third Saturday of January. A full day of health speakers, exhibitors and classes was scheduled and broken up in two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

A VIP Lunch Panel featured female founders of wellness-focused companies. The founders shared their personal stories of wellness and lessons learned from starting their own business. Fitness classes focused on muscle rehabilitation, cathartic exercise, abdominal strength and Pilates. A nutritionist, dermatologist, fitness instructor, yogi, fertility specialist, financial adviser and personal trainer were also available for advice.

Wellness Day partners and sponsors include health foods, day spas and boutique gyms with plenty promotional offerings. While the day concluded with a Bandier reception with vendors to invigorate healthy living.

Thank you to Partners of Wellness Day:



Chaise Fitness

Human Potential Chiropractor

Juliana Jacobs Shalek

Fitness Instructors:

Samantha Cagman

Hilary Rifkin

Jade Alexis

Kyle Brown

Bryna Carracino

Tatiana Lampa





Dr. Anne Chapas

Financial Gym

Dr. Jamie Knopman of CCRM – NY and Truly-md

Dr. Jennifer MacGregor

Jen Nigro Meditation

Lorraine Kearney Nutrition

Dr. Sheeva Talebian of CCRM – NY and Truly-md

Tatiana Ridley of Healthylicious Bliss


Thank you to Sponsors of Wellness Day:




NYJL Announces 2018-2020 President

Please join us as we congratulate the newly slated NYJL President for 2018-2020, Lauren Jenkins Chung!

Lauren is currently a Director at Large on the New York Junior League Board of Directors. She also serves as the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Work Group and as a member of the Governance and the Food & Beverage Work Groups.

Since transferring to the NYJL from Washington DC in 2006, Lauren has served as the Strategic Planning Council Head on the Management Council, the co-chair of the Advocates for Public Policy and Research & Strategic Planning Committees, and as a member of the Nominating Committee, Community Alignment Task Force and Finance Work Group, among other placements. She was honored as a 2014 Outstanding Volunteer.    

Outside of the NYJL, she serves as Board Member & Fundraising chair for Calvary-St. George’s Episcopal Church, co-chair and Executive Committee member for the KIPP NYC Charter Schools Associate Council, Executive Board member and Community Affairs Vice President for the P.S. 234 Independence School Parent Teacher Association, and as an elected Board member for the Community Education Council, Department of Education Manhattan District 2.

Lauren holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a MPA in Public Nonprofit Management and Policy from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

We wish Lauren the best of luck in her new role!

Navigating the NYC Real Estate Market

Deciding to purchase your first home can be daunting enough. Doing it in New York is a whole other experience! To help prospective buyers, Femme Finance, which is part of Affiliation, recently hosted an interactive discussion on the do’s and don’ts of purchasing real estate in New York. From brokers to mortgages to closings, panelists from Wells Fargo, MiT National Land Services and Wexler & Kaufman, PLLC went step-by-step through the typical purchasing processes. By the end of the evening, attendees had a better grasp on how to navigate the New York real estate market and knew the differences between a condo, a co-op and condop!

The Affiliation Council hopes you are able to join them for the first Thirsty Thursday of 2018 – Trivia Night!  Hosted by the Engagement Events committee, enjoy an evening of evening of “friendly” competition this Thursday, January 11.

Getting to Know Community Committees

The Engagement Events committee recently hosted the third Thirsty Thursday of the 2017-2018 NYJL year, “Hello, My Name is Community”. Active members and provisionals mingled in the Pine Room and Harriman Room, enjoying sliders, crudités, and pigs-in-a-blanket on behalf of the Astor House.

In advance of Provisional graduation and January placement, Provisionals and Transfers alike were able to learn more about community committees by speaking directly with co-chairs. Representatives from committees including Senior Friends, Artistic Journeys, and Crisis Intervention, explained the requirements of their committees and spoke to the meaningful work they bring to the city and beyond.

NYJL members catch up with old friends and get to know new friends

All members of the NYJL community are invited to Thirsty Thursdays, a monthly free event held at the Astor House with a cash bar. Members are encouraged to check the internal calendar and weekly Friday Flashes to stay up-to-date with the Engagement Events schedule. Stop by in 2018 for a fun evening and meet new women at upcoming Thirsty Thursdays, including Bingo Night and Trivia Night!