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Junior League of Bronxville Honor Women of Distinction

Bronxville, NY — The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) held its Annual Women of Distinction Awards Dinner at the Siwanoy Country Club (351 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville,) Wednesday, May 24th. Vicki Clark, the motivational speaker, gave the keynote speech and inspired all to continue to serve the community. The highlight of the evening was recognizing four JLB members for their outstanding contributions including Patricia “Patty” Dorenwend, Sustainer of the Year, Larissa Modesitt, President’s Award, Michelle Schoulder, Sustained Leadership, and Janice Duarte, First Year Active.

The JLB is comprised of women that come from all walks of life, embrace diverse perspectives, and bond together with common goals and a shared vision in support of our league. Since 1948, the JLB has been empowering women to lead. We are fortunate to have such a passionate and diverse membership of women who are still committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our Sustainers, Active and New Members continue to implement their JLB training by serving on numerous community and non-profit boards as well as lead businesses, non-profits, and civic organizations. We continued to support women’s development by offering training and educational opportunities throughout the year to our members and welcoming all women who value our Mission.

Over the years, the JLB has established a wonderful legacy of “women building better communities” through our outreach, fundraisers, community events, community grants and scholarship programs which include, Mobile Food Pantry, Community Service Associates (CSA) and events like Touch a Truck, Trails to Treasures and the Dorm Drive. During the 2016-17 year, we built upon that legacy through our Done in a Day (DIAD) programs which allowed us to partner with area non-profit organizations and provide hands-on volunteer support for projects consistent with the league’s vision to alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in southern Westchester and holistic health overall. The JLB proudly serves the Bronxville, Eastchester, Mt. Vernon, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers areas of Southern Westchester County. It provides critical support to community projects, programs and partners, sharing our collective voice, expertise, and consolidated power to help alleviate hunger and improve nutrition in our community.

“It has been a pleasure and privilege to serve as President of the JLB. I am so proud of all the wonderful accomplishments, contributions and the positive impact our League has had on our community this year” said Mitzi Ambrose-Washington, outgoing JLB President. As is the tradition at the Annual Dinner, the gavel was passed from the 2016-2017 president, Mitzi Ambrose -Washington, to the incoming president, Julie McNally Daher with the help of all the past Presidents who were attending.

“As a long-time Junior League member, I reflect on how much I have learned from my league experiences. I am excited to share these ideas and thoughts with all our members in the coming year as we celebrate our 70th anniversary”, said Julie McNally Daher.

In addition to the JLB member Honorees, PCI Industries Corp. was named the JLB’s Sponsor of the Year. Sustainer scholarships were awarded to two outstanding young women, Kathleen Doherty, from Tuckahoe High School received the Cara Kealy Scholarship and Jennifer Niola, from Saunders Trade & Technical HS in Yonkers received the Positive Power Scholarship. Harrison Kealy, son of Cara Kealy, received a special JLB Legacy Award.

It was a lovely evening and a wonderful end to an inspiring year!

The Junior League of Bronxville, Inc. 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. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Bronxville, Inc., reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

Vision: The Junior League of Bronxville, Inc. is dedicated to alleviating hunger and improving nutrition in Southern Westchester through a membership empowered to provide direct community service and effective advocacy.


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