Remarks from Denise Bates, 2014-15 JLCU President

Season’s Greetings to all our members, community partners, supporters, and friends!

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I cannot believe how fast this year is flying by.  The end of November marked the half-way point of our Junior League of Champaign-Urbana 2014-2015 year.  I challenged our members at the September General Meeting to get their “Game On” this year and I am so proud of the work that has been accomplished.  Thank you to all of our members who have given 100%.  Our dedication to advancing the Junior League Mission by promoting voluntarism, improving communities, and developing the potential of women continues to be proven by all that we do as a League.  Thank you to all who supported our local charitable partners including Crisis Nursery and Salt & Light with your generous donations of snacks and unwrapped toys.

Our organization’s focus area, providing basic needs for school readiness, was put into practice this year.  I had the pleasure of attending the first Junior League Bright Starts event at the Urbana Early Childhood School.  I was impressed by how well it ran the first night.  Thank you to the committee for doing such a great job and to Urbana Early Childhood School for partnering with us to attempt to fill a much needed gap in services in this community.   Thank you as well to our other project committees Junior League Locker and Kids in the Kitchen; both projects continue to provide much needed services in this community.

I am so thankful to all individuals, organizations, and businesses that have supported our JLCU fundraising efforts this year.  Every donation assists our ability as an organization to continue our community outreach throughout the year.  Thank you to the Fundraising and Fund Development Committees for all of your hard work this year.   A special thanks to 301 Mongolia and Custom Flooring for your partnerships as well.  Their generosity is what keeps JLCU going strong.  Our fundraising committee truly outdid itself, putting on a fantastic Daddy Daughter Dance and Festival of Trees.  This was my daughter’s first Daddy Daughter Dance and I know that it is something that she will never forget.

Thank you in advance for those that will continue to support JLCU by attending the Gala on February 21, 2015, at the Champaign Country Club and the Juleps and Jockeys, Kentucky Derby Party on May 2, 2015, at Jupiter’s at the Crossing.  We have set our fundraising goals high this year.  We hope that members, sustainers, and the community will continue to support our efforts by supporting our events.  Please help us have another successful fundraising year so that we can continue to serve our mission in the community.

Denise Bates, President

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