Winter Ball: This is what drives us!
From September through March, over 50 women convened every Tuesday at New York Junior League headquarters to plan what they hoped would be a record-breaking fundraiser. They knew there was a lot at stake – they were planning the New York Junior League’s Annual Winter Ball, which accounts for nearly half of the NYJL’s annual fundraising.
Each year, this spectacular event celebrates and honors the work of the New York Junior League’s volunteers, especially recipients of the NYJL Outstanding Sustainer and Outstanding Volunteer Award. With this in mind, Winter Ball committee members focused on creating an unforgettable evening that invigorated members and supporters to enter into their next year of service inspired and energized.
At the heart of what drives these dedicated volunteers, is knowing that the continuity and growth of the New York Junior League’s community service depends on the the success of this magical evening. While weekly meetings cover myriad fundraising essentials, the committee remains highly focused on who we’re fundraising for — the recipients of the community services provided by New York Junior League volunteers.
This year’s ball highlighted the work of two New York Junior League committees – Healthy Beginnings and Rights of Passage at Covenant House. Both Healthy Beginnings and Rights of Passage provide essential life skills workshops on site at Covenant House. Sessions focus on topics such as healthy living, financial planning, job searching, as well as interviewing workshops for homeless mothers and pregnant teens at the Covenant House Mother & Child Center and for the young men and women residents of the Rights of Passage and Crisis floors at the Covenant House. Continuity of services is critical for the recipients of these programs.
Ask any Winter Ball committee member and they will likely tell you that the Winter Ball is truly a league-wide effort and an occasion where all New York Junior League volunteers and supporters come together for a common mission to sustain the vital work and service we do in the community.