Ju­nior League plans gala ahead of its cen­ten­nial

The Buffalo News - - WEATHER -

The Ju­nior League of Buf­falo will host its “Cen­ten­nial Gilded Gala” from 5 p.m. to mid­night next Satur­day at Sal­va­tore’s Ital­ian Gar­dens.

It will be one of sev­eral the or­ga­ni­za­tion has hosted over a 20-month pe­riod in cel­e­bra­tion of its up­com­ing 100th an­niver­sary in June.

The gala will in­clude a VIP pre-party, open bar, gourmet din­ner, danc­ing to the Mark Mazur Band, silent and live auc­tions, and a latenight buf­fet. The black-tie af­fair will also fea­ture guest per­for­mances by award­win­ning Broad­way ac­tors from “Wicked,” in­clud­ing Caroline Bow­man as El­phaba and Kara Lind­say as Glinda.

Ad­mis­sion is $135 and in­cludes din­ner, open bar, and the after-party, or $175 for a VIP ticket which also in­cludes a pre-party cock­tail hour. Tick­ets and more in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at jl­buf­falo.org, by call­ing Sa­man­tha Long at 698-7963, or by email at sa­man­[email protected]

“As we com­mem­o­rate the Ju­nior League of Buf­falo’s 100 years of ser­vice, we es­pe­cially trea­sure our friends and part­ners who en­abled us to do­nate more than $4.9 mil­lion to cul­tural and hu­man ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tions in West­ern New York. Let’s cel­e­brate the pow­er­ful and last­ing im­pact of women vol­un­teerism,” Chris Storm-Rus­tow­icz, the Cen­ten­nial Gilded Gala Com­mit­tee chair said in a news re­lease.

The Ju­nior League of Buf­falo, founded June 5, 1919, is a women’s vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life for res­i­dents of West­ern New York.

“Our League con­tin­ues to grow and thrive be­cause of our amaz­ing mem­bers, who are also our most ded­i­cated sup­port­ers,” Ju­nior League of Buf­falo Pres­i­dent Rosanne Brax­ton said. “The women serv­ing to­day are to­mor­row’s busi­ness, gov­ern­ment and com­mu­nity lead­ers. The train­ing our mem­bers re­ceive through ex­ter­nal vol­un­teer­ing, as well as in­ter­nally man­ag­ing all as­pects of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, pre­pares women to iden­tify crit­i­cal needs and con­tinue the mis­sion of im­prov­ing the Buf­falo com­mu­nity.”

The Ju­nior League of Buf­falo has been in­vest­ing in the wel­fare of our re­gion’s children, fam­i­lies, neigh­bor­hoods, and her­itage. Through vol­un­teerism, fundrais­ing and ad­vo­cacy, the Ju­nior League helps ad­dress needs and de­liver so­lu­tions in sup­port of health care, nutri­tion, the arts, lit­er­acy, crim­i­nal jus­tice, the en­vi­ron­ment, his­toric preser­va­tion and down­town re­vi­tal­iza­tion. The Buf­falo chap­ter is part of an in­ter­na­tional net­work of sis­ter or­ga­ni­za­tions that ex­ceeds 150,000 mem­bers in 292 leagues, in four coun­tries. The Ju­nior League of Buf­falo con­sists of 505 mem­bers, pri­mar­ily from Buf­falo and sur­round­ing town­ships.

Mem­ber­ship is open to all women age 18 and older from any race, re­li­gion, eth­nic­ity, and so­cioe­co­nomic class who demon­strate an in­ter­est in and com­mit­ment to vol­un­teerism.

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