Junior League plans gala ahead of its centennial
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.