MLJWC News


2019-2020 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Oct 8, 2019, 6:53 AM by Beth McCormick

The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club (MLJWC) is Honored to Announce Our 2019-2020 Major Grant Beneficiary, The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation (YWBCAF)

 

Mt. Lebanon, PA, October 7, 2019 – “The Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that educates, supports and provides small financial grants to women under 45 in Pittsburgh with breast cancer.  We are thrilled with this partnership as not only [is MLJWC] a powerful group of caring women, but you are the exact target we want to speak to regarding breast health,” states Jennifer Kehm, co-founder of the YWBCAF.

 

“When we were created,” Kehm adds, “the mission was to make sure all women and physicians were aware that young women can and do get breast cancer.  Young women can many times be diagnosed at later states making the challenge much greater.  We lose 116 women a day to breast cancer.  The survivors in their 20s and 30s are often isolated, lonely, saddled with fertility issues, employment issues and medical leave challenges, trying to manage young children and many times are left with a lifetime of financial challenge.”

 

Founded in July 2005, YWBCAF is deeply committed to bringing breast cancer awareness to women under 45.  To increase awareness, YWBCAF regularly partners with local groups and organizes events during the month of October such as Pink Ribbon Bagels, Lanterns of Hope and PINK OUT events held at local high school athletic functions.

 

In addition, YWBCAF oversees several different programs, including support groups, funding programs, individual grants and organizational partnerships, that aid and support local young women going through the significant challenges of a breast cancer diagnosis.  YWBCAF also provides a variety of opportunities to connect women with other survivors or counselors.

 

To honor YWBCAF, MLJWC will hold its major club event, “Viva el Bingo!” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting YWBCAF.  The event will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Bethel Park Community Center.  The event co-chairs are Becky Dearing and Jill Loughridge.

 

This year’s MLJWC board is:

 

Amy Taylor – President

Aly Chirumbolo – President Elect

Alison Birch – Treasurer

Ashley London – Treasurer Elect

Beth McCormick – Public Relations

Kate McGraw – Recording Secretary

Katie Gullone – Corresponding Secretary

Lorraine May – Membership Chair

Liz Hwang – Programs Chair

Krista Harris – Philanthropy

Lori Keener – Parliamentarian

 

Information about our grant beneficiary can be found here:

www.ywbcaf.org

2019 Gala Announced: "Color Your World- Every Child is a Story Yet to be Told"

posted Feb 3, 2019, 7:40 AM by Kelley Minucci

The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club Announces Their 2019 Gala Event
“Color Your World – Every Child is a Story Yet to be Told”

Mt. Lebanon, January 31, 2019—Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club (MLJWC) announced today that it will hold its 22 nd
annual gala on March 30, 2019. The gala will highlight the club’s major grant beneficiary, Jeremiah’s Place, which will
also celebrate their fifth anniversary at the event.
The gala will be held at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh at 6pm. The brightly colored evening will be filled with
entertainment, silent auctions, wine and gift card pulls, and – of course – fun! Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres and
a sit-down dinner by Rania’s Catering along with three hours of complimentary wine and beer. A portion of the proceeds
raised that night will benefit Jeremiah’s Place.
“This year we are honored to partner with Jeremiah's Place to celebrate five years of service to families in crisis. As many
of us are mothers, aunts, and caregivers to small children, we can't imagine what we would do during a crisis if there were
not a safe place to send our children. The passion displayed by those involved with Jeremiah's place has inspired our
group to come together to raise funds and awareness for this wonderful group. It is my hope that the monies raised will
help to continue their mission on for many years to come.”, Lori Keener, President, MLJWC.
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is located at 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh (North S), PA 15212 . Black Tie-
optional dress. Tickets can be purchased online via the MLJWC website at: http://www.mljwc.com/home/annual-benefit.
About MLJWC:
The Mount Lebanon Junior Women's Club was founded in 1968 by ten civic-minded women. The club’s goal is to
continue their legacy of giving back to our community through civic, philanthropic, and social activities. MLJWC focuses
its efforts on supporting organizations that improve the lives of women and children. MLJWC is a dynamic group of
women accomplished in career, family, and community involvement and includes nearly 100 members. Membership in
MLJWC is open to women living in Mount Lebanon and surrounding communities whose interests are consistent with the
purpose of our organization.
About Jeremiah’s Place
Jeremiah’s Place, Pittsburgh’s only crisis nursery, provides emergency care for children ages 0-6 for a few hours or a few
days based on the needs of the family, and is a secure and supportive solution for the families who use their services.
Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a haven of respite, health, renewal, and support
for children and families during times of crisis, large or small. The organization strives to be a leading voice for child
abuse prevention, thereby transforming the community into a place that is safe, stable, and loving for all children.

2018-2019 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Feb 3, 2019, 7:38 AM by Kelley Minucci

Mt. Lebanon, September 25, 2018

The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club (MLJWC) is honored to announce our 2018-2019 major grant
beneficiary, Jeremiah’s Place.
Jeremiah’s Place, Pittsburgh’s only crisis nursery, provides emergency care for children ages 0-6 for a few
hours or a few days based on the needs of the family, and is a secure and supportive solution for the families
who use their services. Jeremiah’s Place protects children and strengthens families by providing a haven of
respite, health, renewal, and support for children and families during times of crisis, large or small. The
organization strives to be a leading voice for child abuse prevention, thereby transforming the community into a
place that is safe, stable, and loving for all children.
Jeremiah’s Place is conveniently located in the East Liberty section of Pittsburgh and is staffed by trauma
informed caregivers and social workers. All services are free, are available 24 hours a day, and, most
importantly, are judgement free.
Jeremiah’s Place has served hundreds of children and families since opening their doors on April 21, 2014, and
is thrilled to celebrate their 5th anniversary as this year’s major grant beneficiary.
To honor Jeremiah’s Place, MLJWC will hold its 22 nd Annual Charity Gala, “Color Your World – Every Child
is a Story Yet to be Told” with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Jeremiah’s Place. The event will take place
on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, 10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA
15212.
The benefit co-chairs are Shanyn Winnowski and Stephanie Kerby. This year’s MLJWC board is:
 
Lori Keener – President Olivia Gallina – Corresponding Secretary
Amy Taylor - President Elect Tracy Lopez – Membership Chair
Manisha Iyer - Treasurer Maureen Kovalcik – Programs Chair
Alison Birch - Treasurer Elect Krista Harris - Philanthropy
Kimberly Love - Public Relations Becki Campanaro - Parliamentarian
Ashley London – Recording Secretary
Information about our grant beneficiary can be found here:

2017-2018 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 21, 2017, 5:39 AM by Kelley Minucci


Mt. Lebanon, September 19, 2017




The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club (MLJWC) is honored to announce our 2017-2018 major grant beneficiary, Foster Love Project.


“Foster Love Project's mission is to provide love in action to foster children as well as support to the foster families who are providing care for them. Each child is provided with a placement bag, and upon arrival at our donation center foster families can also shop - free of charge - for clothing, books, baby gear, toys, bedding, diapers and more. We also offer gift cards and financial grants to fund beds, cribs, camps, sports fees and other expenses,” states Kelly Hughes, Foster Love Project Founder.

With often short notice of their arrival, foster parents must scramble to provide basic clothing and necessities for the children. Foster Love Project started in 2014 as a placement bag drive to collect necessities and a few comforting items children could call their own when placed in foster care. Some of the items included are a blanket, a stuffed animal, a book, a toothbrush, new socks and pajamas. To date, Foster Love Project has distributed over 5,000 placement bags to over 30 agencies and shelters in Western Pennsylvania.

What started as a placement bag drive, has quickly grown into a one of a kind donation center in our area. Just this summer, Foster Love Project opened a free donation center for children in foster care. This donation center, located in Dormont, is the first of its kind in Pittsburgh. Here, in a store like setting, foster families and children can "shop" for the items that they need providing more dignity to foster youth as they can choose the clothing and styles that they like.

“There are over 15,000 children in foster care in Pennsylvania alone. And every time we can touch these lives, show them love and show them someone cares it can go a long way. We hope to be one link in the chain for positives in their lives. With the help of a grant from the MLJWC, Foster Love Project can ensure this donation center is a lasting, sustainable part of our community and can continue to provide for and support the many foster families who have come to rely on our help,” adds Hughes.

To honor Foster Love Project, MLJWC will hold its 21st Annual Charity Gala, “The Mad Hatter’s Ball” with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Foster Love Project. The event will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Cefalo’s Banquet and Event Center, 428 Washington Avenue, Carnegie.


The benefit co-chairs are Jessica Netzloff and Alison Sehgal.  This year’s MLJWC board is:

 

Becki Campanaro – President                                                    Katrina Kletzly – Corresponding Secretary

Lori Keener - President Elect                                                     Shanyn Winnowski – Membership Chair

Debbie Klein - Treasurer                                                            Kim Love – Programs Chair

Manisha Iyer - Treasurer Elect                                                   Aly Chirumbolo - Philanthropy

Amy Taylor - Public Relations                                                   Tess Carter - Parliamentarian

Tracy Lopez – Recording Secretary


Information about our grant beneficiary can be found here:


www.fosterloveproject.org

2016-2017 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 22, 2016, 10:24 AM by Kelley Minucci

Mt. Lebanon, September 14, 2016

 

It is an honor to announce our 2016-2017 major grant beneficiary, Strong Women Strong Girls, Inc (SWSG).

 

Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a nationally recognized mentoring program empowering elementary school girls to develop the social-emotional and leadership skills necessary to cultivate high ambitions and achieve lifelong success. Founded in Boston in 2004, Strong Women, Strong Girls expanded to Pittsburgh in 2006 and has been putting girls on a path from the classroom to the boardroom, or wherever else they choose to go ever since. The mission of SWSG is to empower girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models, delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women. Over the past decade, SWSG has supported over 3000 mentoring relationships in the Greater Pittsburgh region. By creating a multi-generational community of strength around every girl, SWSG is changing the future of women and girls in the cities in which we work and live.  


"Strong Women, Strong Girls, Inc. (SWSG) is delighted to partner with such a well-aligned organization such as the MLJWC. Their support will be instrumental in strengthening and expanding the reach of after-school mentoring to girls in our region. MJWC's commitment to SWSG truly showcases the power women have when they invest in their communities through the gift of service." – Sabrina Saunders, Executive Director of SWSG

 

To honor SWSG, MLJWC will hold its 20th Annual Charity Gala, “Reach For the Star” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Strong Women, Strong Girls.  The event will take place Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Duquesne Power Center Ballroom.

We are extremely excited to work with SWSG in closing the ambition gap by empowering girls in the Pittburgh area to aspire to greatness and exceed their dreams. 

 

The benefit co-chairs are Robin Gieseke and Jamie McCaw.  This year’s MLJWC board is:

 

Tess Carter-President

Becki Campanaro-President Elect

Emily Marchione-Treasurer

Debbie Klein-Treasurer Elect

Kelley Minucci-Public Relations

Cindy Wood-Recording Secretary

Manisha Iyer-Corresponding Secretary

Rachael Shaw-Membership Chair

Becky Dearing-Programs Chair

Lori Farnsworth-Philanthropy

Dana Bloomburg-Parliamentarian

 

Information about our major grant beneficiary can be found here:

www.swsg.org

2015-2016 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 23, 2015, 4:35 PM by hana.diegelmann@mljwc.com   [ updated Sep 23, 2015, 4:37 PM ]


The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club Announces Its 2016 Major Grant Beneficiary


Mt. Lebanon, September 14, 2015

It is an honor to announce our 2015-2016 major grant beneficiary. We had many wonderful applicants and this year’s decision was not an easy one. We have chosen to seize the opportunity to make a difference by continuing a strong partnership to go beyond our traditional benefit format. This year, we plan on rearranging our traditional benefit format into one in which we immerse ourselves in the organization’s mission and in return, see the physical results of our efforts.  We are very excited to share with you that we have chosen to continue the work we started last year and have named The Education Partnership as our 2015-2016 Major Grant Beneficiary.  

 

This year will not look the same as the last.  We will be participating in the “Adopt-A-School” program with the proceeds from our annual gala on March 19, 2016.  We will be volunteering and supporting the organization throughout the year by helping with events and assisting with making homework kits.  After this year’s benefit, we will have the opportunity to choose one or more schools in need in our area to adopt and sponsor.  Our funds will go directly to purchasing the supplies for homework kits for these children.  Then, next fall, we will gather again to make these homework kits for this school.  After the kits are ready, representatives from The Education Partnership and MLJWC will gather the students in an assembly to give them the homework kits. 

 

“The Education Partnership provides the youth in our communities not only with the right tools necessary to attain an education but also to be inspired to believe in themselves and hope for a brighter future.  I look forward to providing The Education Partnership with the monetary resources necessary to advance its mission.  Just as importantly, I am excited for the opportunity to help inspire the youth in our communities through their Adopt-A-School program.” Shared by Dana Bloomburg, President of MLJWC

 

To honor The Education Partnership, MLJWC will hold its 19th Annual Charity Gala, “Spectacular! Spectacular!” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Education Partnership.  The event will take place Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Doubletree, 1 Bigelow Square, downtown Pittsburgh. 

We are very excited for this opportunity to grow and strengthen our partnership through seeing the direct results of our fundraising. 

 

The benefit co-chairs are Sara Brett and Maggie Poole.  This year’s MLJWC board is:

 

Dana Bloomburg-President

Tess Carter-President Elect

Shelly Burr-Treasurer

Regina Jason-Treasurer Elect

Hana Diegelmann-Public Relations

Kristin Filipcic-Recording Secretary

Angela Wateska-Corresponding Secretary

Katrian Kletzly-Membership Chair

Becki Campanaro-Programs Chair

Lori Farnsworth-Philanthropy

Nadeana Cook-Parliamentarian

 

Information about our major grant beneficiary can be found here:

http://www.theeducationpartnership.org/


 

 

 

2014 - 2015 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 3, 2014, 8:51 AM by Robin Scibek   [ updated Sep 29, 2014, 12:25 PM by Unknown user ]

The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s Club Announces Its 2015 Major Grant Beneficiary

 

Mt. Lebanon, August 29, 2014 Mt. Lebanon Junior Women's Club (MLJWC) announced today that the club’s major grant beneficiary will be The Education Partnership. MLJWC will raise money for the Education Partnership that will help approximately 16,000 students in their program get school supplies.

"This is such an honor for our organization. It's especially exciting for me, as I grew up in Mt. Lebanon. It really has special meaning for me that they are supporting The Education Partnership. More importantly, they are helping to provide local students and teachers in low-income neighborhoods with the school and classroom supplies they need.  We are really looking forward to working with the MLJWC,” expressed Justin Brown, Executive Director, The Education Partnership.

To honor the Education Partnership, MLJWC will hold its 18th Annual Charity Gala, “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Education Partnership. The event will take place Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00pm at The Twentieth Century Club at 4201 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh. Guests will be treated to hors d’oeuvres, a two-hour premium bar, silent auctions, raffles, live jazz, dance music and songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Black tie attire is optional; vintage inspired glamour from the age of Art Deco is encouraged. The decorations team, along with the remainder of our committees, plan to whisk our guests away into a glamorous and fanciful event this year.

“The Mt. Lebanon Junior Women’s club is honored to work with The Education Partnership this year.  We are motivated to make this year’s event a success and assist in raising funds for underserved children and schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Bright futures start in the classroom and with the right support, kids can do amazing things,” shared Nadeana Cook, President, MLJWC.

The benefit co-chairs are Tiffany Duffy and Becky Meckstroth. This year's MLJWC Board is:

Nadeana Cook – President

Dana Bloomberg – President Elect

Jacki O’Keefe – Treasurer

Shelly Burr – Treasurer Elect

Jamie Hall – Public Relations

Sara Brett – Recording Secretary

Stacy Conner – Corresponding Secretary

Maggie Poole – Membership Chair

Manisha Iyer – Programs Chair

Emily Case – Philanthropy

Bethany Casagranda – Parliamentarian

 

Information about our major grant beneficiary can be found here: http://www.theeducationpartnership.org/

MLJWC Announces 2013 - 2014 Major Grant Beneficiary!

posted Aug 22, 2013, 8:21 PM by maria.fruscello@mljwc.com   [ updated Sep 3, 2014, 8:10 AM by Robin Scibek ]

At the 2013-14 Club Year New Member Social, the announcement was made that this year's major grant beneficiary will be  A Child's Place at Mercy. This organization focuses on providing care to children who are suspected of having been abused or neglected. MLJWC is looking forward to lending a hand to this worthy cause this year.

New Member Social

posted Aug 7, 2013, 5:14 AM by maria.fruscello@mljwc.com   [ updated Sep 3, 2014, 8:11 AM by Robin Scibek ]

Are you interested in getting more involved in your community? Come to the MLJWC New Member Social on Thursday, August 28, where we will reveal our 2014-15 Major Grant Beneficiary! There will be information on the many great activities planned for this year and can learn more about membership in the club. Contact Maggie Poole at membership@mljwc.com for more details.

4th Annual Holiday Market

posted Oct 24, 2012, 1:31 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 19, 2012, 4:33 AM ]

We're just about a month away from our Holiday Market event that will take place on December 1st.  Don't miss out on your opportunity to get some holiday shopping done, and support the Wallace Memorial Food Pantry by bringing a nonperishable food item!

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