These women have dedicated their lives to community service by organizing a variety of activities throughout the Chicagoland community. Through one of their programs Woman to Woman, these women build the self-esteem and teach valuable life skills, to women with a history of substance abuse. To encourage a healthy lifestyle among today’s youth, the Kids in the Kitchen program organizes cooking sessions and fitness activities. These women also spread the importance of literacy throughout the community by visiting libraries to encourage reading among the youth. This is just the tip of the iceberg of all of the things that the Junior League of Chicago is involved in. One member informed me that, there are enough volunteer activities for one to participate in something every day. Don’t think I exaggerated when I mentioned that these women have dedicated their lives to service.
What better way to mix and mingle with these dynamic women of the JLC than at their inaugural gala entitled A Night on the Red Carpet. This black-tie affair brought the Hollywood glam right to the Windy City. The gala was held at the spacious Museum of Broadcast and Communications. As guests entered into the venue, there awaited them was a red carpet complete with a step and repeat. Gorgeous gowns were seen on all of the ladies of the JLC. There were sparkles and satin galore. One would think I was on the red carpet for the Academy Awards. The tables were decorated with rounded jeweled candle holders with black table cloth. On the table lay red rose petals scattered in the center.
As guests showed off their fancy wears, a variety of decadent dishes was served tapas style. About 5 selections made their rounds to the guests. While we waited for the opening remarks and for dinner to be served, a few tables were set aside featuring auction prizes. The auction tables immediately caught the attention of party goers as they were decorated with large black feather candelabra style centerpieces. The selection was quite impressive with prizes ranging from a few nights stay at The Langham and a signed guitar from the legendary John Mellencamp.
With plenty of sights and spectacles to be seen, time flew by as dinner was ready to be served. After the introduction from CBS 2’s Erin Kennedy, dinner was presented buffet style. On one side, there were Caprese sandwiches, charcuterie offerings, iceberg salad, and spinach dip served with pita chips. The opposite side featured Italian dishes such as pizza, pasta, and rolls. With it being buffet style, there was plenty to eat so guests could even go back up for seconds.
After guests found themselves satisfied from their meal, it was then time to dance the night away to the sounds of Green Fourteen. The women of the Junior League Club of Chicago were certainly deserving of a night on the town for all that they do for the Chicagoland community.
For more information on the Junior League Club of Chicago go to JLCChicago.org
Special thanks to Alex Demers and the women of the Junior League of Chicago for inviting me to their gala. I had such a great time meeting some lovely ladies and learning about their mission. 🙂
Photo Credit: Melissa Song Photography