TOUCH A TRUCK 2018… Give Us 9 Seconds!

Never has touching a truck, car, bus, tractor, ambulance, or helicopter been SO FUN! On November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park, The Junior League Of Phoenix will be putting on our 6TH ANNUAL TOUCH A TRUCK EVENT and you WON’T want to miss it!

The average blog reader has the attention span of a Goldfish, 9 whole seconds!!! So we are going to try to fit in all the fun that will be had on November 3rd as quickly as possible.

FUN– Speaking of catching your attention this event will be PACKED with TRUCKS of all sizes! Last year some of the fan favorites included a HELICOPTER, City Bus, Construction Trucks, and an ambulance! Don’t worry we know you can’t have fun without a BOUNCE HOUSE and this event will have no shortage, perfect for kiddos of all ages!

We are also excited to announce the introduction of Safety Town within Touch-A-Truck this year. Safety Town will provide families of children ages 4-8 with age-appropriate information and Meet & Greets with local rescue workers.

FOOD- Did someone say Food truck? YES WE DID! Even the pickiest little pallet will find food they love at our Touch-A-Truck. Event November 3rd! Just a few fan favorites included this year are KONA ICE, BURGERS AMORE, and QUESO GOOD! We suggest dipping your burgers in queso to get the most out of your calories that day 😉 Stick with us for about 6 more seconds!

FRIENDS– Our Junior League of Phoenix community has come together with our friends in the valley to bring you TRUCKS, TRUCKS, and MORE TRUCKS as well as emergency responders, local mascots, a LIVE DJ, and interactive educational games! Bring your friends, family and neighbors to Honk, Lift, Squeeze, Slide, Play, and Feast at our 6th Annual “Touch A Truck” event November 3rd from 9am-1pm at Aviano Park.

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Mark you calendars for this weekend and don’t miss this family fun event! Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 or are $6 at the door. Purchase your tickets online here

  • From 9am -10am we will have a “NO HORNS HOUR” created specifically for children with special needs and sensitive ears in mind. During the horns-free hour, attendees will be able to enjoy the event without horn honking or disruptive noises.

JLP Member Spotlight: Trina Jonas


Get to know Trina Jonas and learn how she makes our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight!

How many years have you been in the league?  This is my 3rd Active Year, 4th Year including provisional

What committee do you serve on? I currently serve on the Community Leadership and Outreach Committee (CLO)

What is your day job?  My day job is selling real estate throughout the valley and being Mom to 3 kids (Jayne age 13, Ryan age 10, and Kyle age 7)

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  We love to try new restaurants for date night, and take our kids hiking in the mountains when we’re not busy with their sporting events.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  Read a book, Bake yummy treats

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love being able to make friends with strong passionate women from all over the valley.  I also love being exposed to and having access to nonprofit organizations that as an individual I would not.  I like being able to volunteer and make a difference in special ways through the league.

Why did you join the JLP? I joined JLP to be able to volunteer more meaningfully in the community and meet like-minded women.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  I’d like more people to know about how fun JLP is and how amazing the members are!

Favorite JLP memory?  I loved getting to help start Little Black Dress last year when I served as Donor Relations Chair.  I loved seeing the amazing response of the women in the League for our new initiative and helping put that event together.  My volunteer shifts at Homeward Bound, especially at Christmas time, are also some of my favorite memories.  Making kids happy at Christmas is magical.

4 ways to support The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI)

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2017 participating LBDI members

The Little Black Dresses are coming!  The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) is preparing to support the Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI), our advocacy and fundraising campaign against the limits in our community’s health from October 1-5.

LBDI tackles issues in our communities such as limits in health, nutrition, education and advocacy. Through the unstoppable force that is the Junior League women, we will stand united in defiance and bring awareness to these limits by choosing to wear the same little black dress for five consecutive days. Our members will illustrate the limits our community members face in Arizona and how the JLP’s programs improve the fabric of our community.  For more about our community programs, visit

How does it work?
JLP members will sign up to participate in LBDI and set their own personal fundraising goal.

For the week of October 1 – 5, they will wear the same little black dress every day along with their “ask me about my dress” buttons. Every day they will collect donations in person and through their fundraising page, while bringing awareness to the campaign through social media posts, emails and meaningful in-person conversations.

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Members bring awareness to the LBDI cause with social media posts

How can you help?
Join us in the fight to make health limits unfashionable in the following ways:

  1. Purchase a LBDI t-shirt. Proceeds from the sale of the t-shirts will benefit the LBDI and the mission of the JLP. Get yours here

    Use the link above to purchase a 2018 LBDI t-shirt
  2. Sip for a cause. The JLP will be hosting a happy hour in support of the LBDI on Friday, October 5th at the Casablanca Rooftop Lounge in Scottsdale. From 5:00 PM to 8:00, Casablanca will be donating a portion of their proceeds to our LBDI, so be sure to tell them you are with JLP for a wristband. For more information visit our Facebook event page here. Don’t forget to wear your little black dress!

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    2017 participating members celebrating their accomplishments at the LBDI happy hour
  3. Donate directly to the cause. Make a difference and help remove health limitations in our community by donating directly to the LBDI here.
  4. Get Social. Help spread the word by sharing LBDI social media posts from the JLP and participating members using the hashtags #JLPlittleblackdress, #sayyestothelittleblackdress, and #LBDI.

This is our second year of the campaign and last year the Junior League of Phoenix raised almost $25,000! With your help, we hope to increase that number to $30,000, while fighting against the limits in our community’s health.1g6w6VZA
For questions regarding the Little Black Dress Initiative or the Junior League of Phoenix please contact 





JLP Member Spotlight: Kelsey Murrietta

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How many years have you been in the league? This is my 6th active year!  I can’t even believe that.

What committee do you serve on? The best one!  Touch-A-Truck

What is your day job? I wrangle two boys (2 and 5) and do some graphic design from home.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Our Touch-A-Truck event is my favorite! I also love going to Coyotes games, hanging out by the pool, hosting people, and going to look at model homes (so weird, I know).

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? I would take a nap and maybe do some of the things I pin on Pinterest.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? I love hanging out and volunteering with amazing women!  We have some incredibly talented leaders, and I want to learn from them.

Why did you join the JLP? My friend talked me into it, and I’m so glad she did.  I love the myriad of volunteer opportunities that are available to our league.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? I want people to know all of the ways the JLP has positively impacted Phoenix.  It’s truly remarkable.

Favorite JLP memory? My favorite memory is when the trucks started showing up at the very first Touch-A-Truck at PV Mall.


Learn more about the upcoming Touch-A-Truck event referenced in this spotlight here.

JLP Member Spotlight: Taylor Davis


How many years have you been in the league? This year will be my third active year.


What committee do you serve on? I’m on Rummage Committee, for the third year in a row!

What is your day job?  I’m the Chief Compliance Officer for an investment company.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Trying new restaurants!  We have the best restaurants in the Valley and there are fun, new places opening all the time!  I also love going to the spa!  The Montelucia is my favorite, but there are so many good spas around town.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? 8 extra hours?!  I would love to just have one extra hour in the day!  With extra time, I would spend more time with my family.  My husband and I would take our son, Deacon to the aquarium or the park!  I would also get a workout in, catch up on reading and take a nap.  Rest is hard to come by as a mom of a toddler!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Being a part of the JLP community!  I have met so many amazing women that share many of my values, but come from different walks of life.  I have learned so much from other members and I have enjoyed the camaraderie that comes with working together to make our local community better!  I also love how our members help and support each other.

Why did you join the JLP? I wanted to give back to the community in a more strategic way.  I have always volunteered and donated money to worthy causes.  However, I wanted to be apart of an organization where I could work alongside like-minded people towards common goals such as helping Arizona youth and bettering our community.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  We have such a diverse membership of intelligent, caring women, who bring their own unique perspectives towards solving problems, raising money and building our community.  The many social events and community impact shifts help strengthen the bonds between members, making JLP more than a non-profit organization, but a family.

Favorite JLP memory?  It’s hard to pick just one, so I’m going to give you two!  My provisional graduation was a great night!  I loved getting to know the other girls in my provisional group and it was fun to celebrate our accomplishment together.  My provisional group has maintained a strong bond and we still get together regularly!  Co-chairing the Rummage Pre-Sale Party for the first time in 2017 was also one of my favorite memories.  My co-chair, Marina and I were asked to chair the event six weeks before, so it was a lot of working putting it together.  It was a fun, successful event and it was awesome seeing all of our hard work come to fruition!

JLP Member Spotlight: Kristine Denholm


How many years have you been in the league?  This is my 6th year (5th active year).

What committee do you serve on?  I’m the VP of JLP’s Community Teams.

What is your day job?  I work for the Department of Justice.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  I really enjoy going to Diamondbacks games, hiking, and discovering new restaurants.

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  I would spend more time connecting with friends and family who I don’t get to see often enough!

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member?  The friendships I’ve made with women who have various backgrounds and interests.

Why did you join the JLP?  After living in Phoenix for a couple of years, I wanted to start volunteering and to become more involved in my community. But no single organization I found seemed to offer everything I was seeking. Also, growing up in the South I’ve always known about the Junior League. Being somewhat familiar with the Junior League, I sought it out for the volunteer opportunities with an access to a wide variety of organizations making an impact in our community.

What do you want other people to know about JLP?  The JLP is more than just an organization of women who wear pearls and sip tea. We’re activists in our community committed to making it a better place for everyone to live.

Favorite JLP memory?  There are so many to pick from! I’ve enjoyed being exposed to a variety of community partners to include building new relationships with organizations as part of my work on JLP’s community committees. However, I also love attending the White Party! It’s always such a fun and well-organized event.

JLP Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Goldstein


How many years have you been in the league? I transferred to JLP January of 2016, but I feel like I’ve been in JLP much longer. I felt an instant connection.

What is your day job? I work for Gingerbread Shed, which is owned by AEG. We provide ticketing and access control for live events.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? I’m a bit of a foodie; so, I like trying new restaurants. I also love spending time outside in the sunshine. Spring training is always fun!

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it? Sleep! Just kidding-I would probably spend the extra time playing with my dog. She’s my best friend, and I really like to hang out with her.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP memberFor me, the best part of being a member of JLP, is the connections and friendships I have made. I moved to Phoenix not really knowing anyone, and I’ve met an entire network of people thanks to JLP.

Why did you join the JLP? 
I joined to make new friends.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? You get out of it what you put into it. Whatever you are looking for (volunteer opportunities, networking, leadership building, friendships, etc.) JLP can provide. You just have to be willing to put yourself out there and get involved.

Favorite JLP memory? My favorite JLP memories have been the Kick-Off Pool Parties! I love getting the girls together (actives and new provisionals) for a fun day that is informal and just involves hanging out at a pool getting to know one another.

JLP Member Spotlight : Andrea Simbro

IMG_2738How many years have you been in the league?  3 years (2nd year active)

What is your day job?  Attorney with Warner Angle Hallam Jackson & Formanek, PLC, specializing in civil litigation, construction law, real estate law, and probate litigation.
Favorite thing to do in Phoenix?  Hike if the weather is nice. Tom’s Thumb is my favorite!
If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?  Spend it with the people I love and catch up on sleep!
In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member?  The opportunity to get to know an amazing and talented group of women leaders.
Why did you join the JLP?  To meet new people and become more involved in my community.
What do you want other people to know about JLP?  Joining JLP is a fun way to network with like-minded women while refining your leadership skills and giving back to the Phoenix community.
Favorite JLP memory?  Taking a trip to Jerome, Arizona last year with the JLP Travelers group for wine tasting and a ghost tour!

2018 JLP Community Ambassador of the Year Jayson Matthews


Our 2018 JLP Community Ambassador of the year has been an advocate for our mission of  “Building a Healthy Arizona” every day since beginning his partnership with the JLP. Since joining as a Community Ambassador, Jayson Matthews has aligned himself with the JLP to support our mission in several capacities. He has provided his knowledge of ending hunger at our GMM panel meetings. He spearheaded the new partnership between the JLP and the United Way to end hunger in the classroom by providing opportunities for our league members to support the Weekend Hunger Backpacks program where volunteers build meal kits to put in children’s backpacks so they have access to food over the weekend. He is a champion in our efforts to train league members to be advocates for children in the valley who are struggling with hunger. The JLP is grateful to have Jayson Matthews, of the Valley of the Sun United Way as a Community Ambassador and thank him for his continued support of the Junior League of Phoenix!

JLP Member Spotlight: Laura Sharp


Get to know Laura Sharp! Another Junior League of Phoenix member that makes us our league awesome in this week’s Member Spotlight.

How many years have you been in the league? This is my 2nd Active year.

What is your day job? My husband and I own a software consulting company.

Favorite thing to do in Phoenix? Running/hiking – I love that the weather here allows that for most months of the year!

If you had an extra 8 hours in your day what would you do with it?
Read a great book, run a few miles, and spend some time with my family.

In your opinion what is the best thing about being a JLP member? Our community impact shifts always refocus me on our purpose. I love the ways we give back to our community!

Why did you join the JLP?  To have an outlet to give back to our community and continue to develop myself.

What do you want other people to know about JLP? League members are incredibly diverse, with many different passions, but a common goal.

Favorite JLP memory? My first Feed My Starving Children shift where I was able to share my desire to give back with my older son, and watch him see the impact a committed group of people can make to change the world.