07 Jan Simply Speaking Benefit
JLP’s LAST SIMPLY SPEAKING BENEFIT: AN EVENING WITH TRINA TURK WAS HELD ON APRIL 29, 2017 AT 5:00 P.M. AT THE LA CANADA COUNTRY CLUB INCLUDING THE BREAKWOMB AND TRIOKAIT
The Junior League of Pasadena Inc. (JLP), recently hosted its 4th annual Simply Speaking Benefit dinner and silent auction. The JLP uses the funds raised from this event to empower women to break barriers in order to build their futures and strengthen their communities. The JLP recently began an issue based approach to its programing, selecting the Support and Development of Women as the issue area, and focusing on business, leadership, entrepreneurship and leadership skills for women, otherwise known as BELS. The evening highlighted exceptional women. California’s own Trina Turk, an extraordinary designer and entrepreneur delivered the keynote address and gave a glimpse of the early beginnings of her expanding fashion empire. The BreakWomb, a comedy duo who happen to me moms, and whose resumes include The Second City and Groundlings, entertained with sketch comedy during dinner. TrioKAIT entertained with modern, tight, and groovy sounds that were captivating, playful and exciting.
The event featured a tremendous selection of items for bid in the silent auction as well as a raffle for a Palm Springs getaway. This was JLP’s most successful Simply Speaking to date and drew interest from hundreds of attendees from the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.
Simply Speaking tickets are always made available for purchase to the public. If you are interested in becoming a 2018 Simply Speaking Patron or would like to sponsor a table or donate items for the silent auction please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Simply Speaking Benefit Luncheon
The Junior League of Pasadena’s annual fundraiser and community award presentations were held at the San Gabriel Country Club on Saturday, April 30th, 2016. This event was a time for JLP members and community members alike to celebrate the first year of the new JLP vision statement supporting women in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Skills (BELS). They gave out community awards and raised funds to support another year at the forefront of Pasadena volunteering.
This year’s Community Impact Award Winner went to the most praiseworthy woman, Akila Gibbs, of the Pasadena Senior Center. With the Senior Center celebrating its 55th Anniversary in 2015, Akila is committed to meet the growing needs of seniors in the self-proclaimed “silver tsunami.” The true lady that she is, she also commented on the recent passing of Cynthia Rose in her acceptance speech.
Julie Echols, JLP Sustainer Board President, had the honor of bestowing the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award to Sharon Thralls. Sharon passed away in April and Terry Cloughtery accepted on her behalf. The Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award recognizes a woman who has made an exceptional contribution to the Junior League of Pasadena and a significant difference in the community. “She (Sharon) believed in providing resources where they were limited so that all community members, especially children, had equal opportunities. She also valued training and the focus on developing other leaders to continue good work, thus providing a strong continuum of needs met.” says Julie.
The keynote speaker was Meaghan Rose, CEO and Co-founder of Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription service that is used by many women around the country. Her story that she shared with the audience struck a chord in many hearts and the inspiration she evoked was felt by all.
About the Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award
The Junior League of Pasadena’s Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award was created to recognize and honor a Junior League of Pasadena Sustaining Member who has demonstrated the following qualities to be considered an outstanding volunteer.
Candidate must be a Sustaining member in good standing who has been a Junior League of Pasadena member for three or more years. Current Sustaining Board Members are ineligible for this award. Sustaining transfers are eligible.
The award is presented to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution throughout her Junior League career and to the community. The recipient should be an individual who is held in high regard by her peers as someone who has made a “significant difference” because of her volunteer service.
The deadline for nominations falls in the Spring of each year. Selection will be made by the Sustaining Member Board of Directors and announced at the Simply Speaking Luncheon.