**Press Release***

Junior League of Seattle Honors

Maureen Benoliel with Dorothy Stimson Bullitt

Community Service Award

SEATTLE – (March 19, 2019) – The Junior League of Seattle (JLS) is pleased to announce that Maureen Benoliel has been selected as the 2019 recipient of its prestigious Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award. This award recognizes a JLS member who has enriched the lives of the community through extraordinary volunteer public service. Past recipients include community leaders such as Mary Maxwell Gates, Dee Dickinson, Cathi Hatch, Ginger Ackerley, Micki Flowers, and Patty Barrier.

The Junior League of Seattle will present Maureen Benoliel with the Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Award at its Catalyst Luncheon on Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club. Media who are interested in attending should contact communications@jrleagueseattle.org.

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Community Service Award was created by the JLS in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in community service. Bullitt was a charter member of the JLS, civic leader, women’s advocate and the founder of the King Broadcasting Company. The JLS award is the only award she allowed to carry her name.

Maureen Benoliel has channeled her time and resources generously towards her love of education: fostering students needing mentoring and financial assistance; investing in schools and universities; and instilling the value of voluntarism in others.

With a passion for education at all levels, Benoliel has demonstrated outstanding leadership over the past four decades. From teaching in the classrooms of the Lake Washington School District, to serving on the PTA of Lakeridge Elementary, and on the boards of the Jewish Day School, Jewish Family Services, and The Overlake School; educational volunteerism was always a paramount priority.

Benoliel served for 12 years as a Regent at Seattle University, two years as a chair of the Board of Regents and now serves on the Board of Trustees and College of Education. She provided leadership in the Search for Meaning Book Festival at Seattle University. Additionally, Benoliel served as an advisor to the Puget Sound Educational Service District participating in a review of curricula for different school districts throughout the region and served on the Executive Leadership Committee for the University of Washington Law School Capital Campaign.

The College Success Foundation administers a scholarship bearing her name, encouraging private philanthropy for education. Benoliel’s passion for education continues with her current involvement in the Fostering Scholars Program at Seattle University.

“Maureen continuously demonstrates her ability to be a role model, mentor, catalyst and risk-taker over and over again by supporting the efforts of diverse organizations in need of leadership by assisting them in achieving their goals,” states Elizabeth Rampson, president of the Junior League of Seattle. “She is a source of inspiration for our members and the greater community and we are honored to present her with this award.”

Benoliel has been active in other community causes including the MS Society, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Foundation, Art Council Board, Jewish Federation, Cystic Fibrosis, March of Dimes, Cancer Guild and served as a chair of the annual Gala for the Seattle Guild of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and for the Seattle University Scholarship Gala and the Annual Soirée for Amara Parenting.

About Junior League of Seattle

The Junior League of Seattle (JLS), a nonprofit corporation, is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1923, JLS works to meet the emerging needs of the Seattle community by initiating critically important programs and providing trained volunteers to manage them.  www.jrleagueseattle.org

Photos of Benoliel are available upon request.

Media Contact
Lori Meyers
Blue Sky Communications NW
lori@blueskycommunicationsnw.com
206-915-7384

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