Month: January 2014

2014 JLS Premier Event After Party: A Little After Party Never Hurt Nobody!

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Keep the red carpet glamour and couture rolling into the night after Premier Event with A Little After Party Never Hurt Nobody!   The vintage Hollywood entertainment will continue with dancing, cocktails, a DJ and a photo booth to capture all your special moments.  It is sure to be the perfect place to celebrate the success of Lights, Camera, Action! with your family and friends and a great way to end the evening.

The event will be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 10:00pm to midnight at the historic and luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel Garden Room in downtown Seattle.   Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting the JLS Events page; tickets are $25 for gala attendees and $30 for non-gala attendees.

This event provides a fabulous opportunity for JLS members and supporters to directly have an impact in our community. Proceeds from Premier Event and the After Party will enable the JLS to continue to support important community programs with partners that provide arts and creative thinking, activities that promote health and wellness, combat childhood obesity and prepare women and children to thrive in society.

Stay Connected with JLS!

Follow the Premier Event on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter to get a preview of items up for bid, swag bag details and more!  We look forward to seeing you dolled up in your vintage Hollywood couture and glam!





Day-Long Training Focuses on Advocacy, Fundraising

By Shanna Lisberg

Close to 100 first-year members of The Junior League descended upon the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Jan. 25, for an all-day training. The day started out early and, as members gathered to check in, more than one lady arrived bearing a large cup of coffee. By 9 a.m. the training was under way and members had broken out into their first training sessions of the day.

Members attended four training sessions – two in the morning and two sessions in the afternoon. By attending and completing the all-day training, provisional members were able to satisfy their League training requirement for the year.

Provisionals had the option to choose from six training topics:

  • Advocacy 101

  • Parliamentary Procedures

  • How to Run Effective Meetings

  • Fundraising – How to Make the Ask

  • Your Junior League Career Path

  • How to be an Effective Volunteer

The Advocacy Committee’s Chair and Vice-Chair presented Advocacy 101. We learned that advocacy boils down to picking an issue and talking about it, and that one of the best ways to get involved is to know your legislators and to call or write them a letter. Additionally, advocacy can be for all sorts of issues, not just political issues.

Parliamentary Procedures discussed the purposes and rules of parliamentary procedure and the steps of going through motions and discussions. Topics included how to make a motion, when to table a motion, and tips for debating and voting on motions.

Issues discussed in the How to Run Effective Meetings training included the different types of meetings and how to be a facilitator of a meeting. Some of the tips for running a successful meeting included: Stick to the agenda, make sure there is a clear reason for the meeting, and always end a meeting on a good note.

Fundraising – How to Make the Ask discussed how to reach out and make the first step in asking for donations and contributions. We learned that it’s important to identify the key players and to know what you want to procure. Most significantly, anyone can make the ask, you just have to advocate for what you love.

There are many different career paths within the Junior League. Your Junior League Career Path aimed to explain how members can advance in the Junior League. We learned that the main key is to know your interests and to recognize what position(s) you want to attain.

Tara, the volunteer coordinator for Mary’s Place, spoke about How to be an Effective Volunteer. Some of the tips given by Tara included learning about the background of the organization you want to volunteer with, figure out what the staff expects from its volunteers, and have a commitment to how you want to help.

The all-day training was a terrific experience and a great opportunity to interact with other provisional members. All the presenters were engaging and incredibly knowledgeable in their area. At the end of the day, we all learned something new and hopefully we can implement these skills in our future roles in the Junior League.

90th Anniversary Trivia: 1924 in the Spotlight

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by Katherine Sather

As the Junior League of Seattle celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, we’re looking back at the year we were founded.

The year 1924 was a Leap Year. Calvin Coolidge was president, women were bobbing their hair and wearing hats (think flappers!) and prohibition was in full swing.

Here are some more fun facts from 1924:

The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City on Nov. 27.

Gas was 11 cents per gallon! A movie ticket was 15 cents and the average cost of rent was $18 per month.

Favorite tunes of the time included “Everybody Loves my Baby” by the Georgians and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” “Thief of Bagdad” was a film hit.

Born this year were Marlon Brando, Jimmy Carter and Doris Day, who once said: “Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.”

The Washington Senators were World Series champs, beating the New York Giants in seven games.

Save the Date!

The Junior League of Seattle will be celebrating 90 years of community impact April 5 with service shifts in the community during our annual Impact Day, followed by an evening party at the Museum of Flight. We hope to see you there!

2014 JLS Premier Event: LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!

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The Junior League of Seattle will soon be rolling out the red carpet and celebrating its 90th year in vintage Hollywood style with the Premier Event of Lights, Camera, Action!  Be transported to the golden age of Hollywood for the League’s marquee fundraising and social event of the year as you enjoy delicious cocktails, wonderful food, silent and live auction items and plenty of fun with your friends and family!


The event will be held on Saturday, February 22nd at the historic and luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle.  Prepare to doll up in your favorite vintage Hollywood couture as you help the JLS reach the event fundraising goal of $165,000.  Proceeds from Premier Event will enable the JLS to continue to support important community programs with partners such as Seattle Children’s Home, Seattle Public Schools, Treehouse, Boys and Girls Clubs of King County, Childhaven and many more.

Buy your tickets by January 14th to take advantage of preferred pricing.  The event is currently 80% sold out; we are well on our way to welcoming 390 attendees this year.   Tickets are available on the JLS website.  Classic tickets are $175 and include a three-course meal and accompanying wine fit for a vintage celebrity star, check-in/check-out and two hosted bars. VIP tickets are $250 (VIP tables are $2,500) and include elevated meal and wine pairings, dedicated VIP check-in/check-out, dedicated VIP hosted bar, overnight auction item storage and next day delivery (within a 15-mile radius of downtown Seattle), special event recognition and theme-inspired VIP accessories.

The fun will continue into the night at the Premier Event After-Party where you can continue to rock your vintage look.  The After-Party will directly follow the Premier Event and will also be held at Fairmont.  Details and ticket information will be available soon.

Special room rates with the Fairmont have been negotiated for the Premier Event. To take advantage of the below rates, call 1-800-821-8106 by January 22nd and mention you are with the Junior League when booking your reservation.  You may also book your reservation online at

Deluxe Room – $199

Executive Suite – $229

Deluxe Executive Suite – $259

Corner Suite – $675


The Premier Event Committee has secured many fabulous items that will be up for bid including:

  • Wine tasting for four at Willamette Valley Vineyards
  • A Husky football experience for 6
  • $250 gift card to Suite
  • $150 gift card to Stumbling Goat
  • A Seattle Sounders game experience for 4

The Premier Event committee is currently accepting donations for silent and live auction items.  Do you have a vacation home?  Have an abundance of airline miles?  Know someone who owns a restaurant?  Own season tickets to a local sports team or cultural event?  Do you have connections for vacations, trips, and excursions?  We like all of the above!  Please contact Procurement Vice Chair Jenn Miller at with connections you have for silent and live auction items.


The Wall of Wine is a perennial Premier Event favorite and provides auction attendees an exciting way to build their wine cellar.  You can contribute to the WOW at the January GM on the 21st and take advantage of a convenient way to make progress toward your annual fundraising credit obligation (1 credit will be given per $25 value) and a great way to share your favorite wine with an appreciative audience.

We welcome WOW donations at a $25 value (desired brands include: Delille Cellars, L’Ecole, aMaurice Winery, Mark Ryan, JM Cellars, Alexandra Nicole Cellars) and at a $50 value (desired brands include: Nickel & Nickel, Cakebread, Leonetti, Cayuse Vineyards, Reynvaan, Quilceda Creek.)  We also encourage you to bring your favorite wine (if not mentioned above) at the $25 and $50 price points.  Please direct questions to Sarah Cooper.


Be sure to follow the Premier Event on Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter to learn all about the latest exciting news for Premier Event.  We look forward to seeing you on the red carpet!