The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. hosted a festive May Celebration at the Merion Cricket Club in Haverford on May 24, 2017. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the League for their 2016-2017 year, which included a successful year of service and leadership training to the community through operation of the Junior League Thrift shop, execution of their Apple A Day Healthy Living Initiative, and many other community events.
One highlight of the year was the League’s distribution of $135,000 in grants to five (5) non-profit community organizations working to improve food security and health in Greater Philadelphia. Beneficiary organizations included Face to Face Germantown, People’s Emergency Center, Methodist Services’s Heritage Farm, Community Center at Visitation, and MANNA.
The League inducted 98 new members at the May Celebration and also presented awards to members and community members for their service during the year.
2017 League Awards
New Member of the Year – Ja’Netta D. Kennedy
Apple A Day Award – Elisabeth Lubin Ilca – Co-Chair, Kids in the Kitchen Committee
Volunteer of the Year – Lauren L. Homel – Editor-at-Large
Volunteer of the Year – Nina Lawall – Website Chair
Committee of the Year – Liberty Learning Exchange, Jesy Brackett and Natalie Kay, Co- Chairs
Leader of the Year – Kelli Friedrichs Brown – Chair, Education and Volunteer Training Committee
President’s Cup – Mary S. Hinds – Sustainer Chair
The League’s Susan Myers Leadership and Community Activism Award, established in 2009, is the League’s highest honor. Its namesake was a longtime Junior League of Philadelphia member and an instrumental advocate for restoration of the Fairmount Water Works. The Susan Myers Award is given to a greater Philadelphia community leader who has made a difference in the community over an extended period of time. Recipients are those who reflect Susan Myers’ ability to instill passion for a cause, lead with clear vision, and have lasting power and determination. The 2017 award was presented to Steveanna Wynn, Executive Director, Share Food Program, for her dedication to the community and commitment to ending hunger.
The League also recognized members for 5 and 10 years of service and 32 members who donated greater than $1,000 of merchandise to the Junior League Thrift Shop. The event concluded with the appointment of the 2017-2018 Board of Directors, highlighted by the passing of the gavel from outgoing president, Elizabeth K. Farr, to incoming president, Mary E. Peller.