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:

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:

2015-2016 Major Grant Beneficiary Announced

posted Sep 23, 2015, 4:35 PM by   [ 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:




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:

MLJWC Announces 2013 - 2014 Major Grant Beneficiary!

posted Aug 22, 2013, 8:21 PM by   [ 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   [ 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 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!

New Member Social

posted Jun 29, 2012, 11:09 AM by Robin Scibek

Join us on August 23rd 7pm to for good food, good drink, and to learn more about our organization.  For more information about this event please email Maria at

Now Accepting Grant Proposals for 2013 Major Grant Beneficiary

posted Apr 10, 2012, 8:46 PM by Robin Scibek

We are now accepting grant proposals for the MLJWC 2013 major grant beneficiary.  Please see our proposal guidelines page for more information or email  Deadline for applications is May 18th, 2012. 

Toast of the Town

posted Jan 18, 2012, 12:28 PM by Robin Scibek   [ updated Jan 18, 2012, 12:30 PM ]

Join us for our annual gala to be held on March 3rd 2012.  This event will feature a silent auction and luxury basket raffle to support our major grant beneficiary, Young Women's Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation.  For more information  or to purchase tickets for this event please visit the Toast of the Town web page.

1-10 of 13