5 Ways to Support the JLP HealthFest


JLP Members, Supporters, And Sponsors

Our inaugural HealthFest is coming up THIS Saturday, January 21 from 10 a.m. – 2p.m. at Kiwanis Park (North Soccer Field) l! The HealthFest is a FREE* family-friendly event that features health and wellness vendors, activities, bounce houses, cooking and fitness demonstrations and FREE health screenings.

  • Free pediatric dental screening and fluoride varnish for children 0-17
  • Free BMI, Glucose, Cholesterol Testing
  • Free Parenting Workshops
  • Bounce Houses
  • Face Painting
  • Cardinal’s Big Red Mascot
  • Blood Drive
  • Free Personal Hygiene goodie bags (one per family, first come first serve)

When: Saturday, January 21  I 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Kiwanis Park (North Soccer Field)    5203 S. Ash Ave.    Tempe, AZ 85283

Here are 5 easy ways you can help us promote this event!
  1. Download this flier and share it with friends, families, and colleagues. Ask permission from your child’s school, local church and/or community organization to post the flier on their bulletin boards.
  2. Share this post on your Facebook page or retweet this post on your Twitter account
  3. Share our blog post on your social media accounts and tag our handle, @juniorleaguephx
  4. Give blood and save lives at United Blood Center’s mobile bus that will be at the HealthFest! Register at www.BloodHero.com using Sponsor Code: JuniorLeaguePhx OR email JLP President, Cathy Comer
  5. Start a trend! Include the hashtags #jlphealthfest , #iamjlp #juniorleague #jlp on your social media posts


We are looking forward to a fun and successful day on January 21 and are excited to see you there.

Thank you for your support!


The HealthFest Team

*This event is free to the public thanks to the generous support of General Mills


Save the Date for JLP’s Inaugural HealthFest!


Join us Saturday, January 21, for the Junior League of Phoenix first ever HealthFest! This FREE, family-friendly festival is focused on all things health and wellness. We will have vendors, fun activities, fitness demonstrations and much more.

When: Saturday, January 21  I  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Daley Park I 1625 S. College Ave. I Tempe, AZ, 85281

Come support the JLP and our focus area of building a healthy Arizona. Stay tuned for more details.

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This event is free to the public thanks to the generous support of General Mills.

Join us for the Legacy Celebration!

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A Night of Fundraising: Celebrating Our Legacy and Building Our Future

November 11, 2016  6-10 p.m.
Arizona Science Center

The Event

The Legacy Celebration is an evening of fun and fundraising to support The Junior League of Phoenix’s focus on “Building A Healthy Arizona” and developing exceptionally qualified civic leaders who can identify a community’s most urgent and pressing needs and address them with meaningful and relevant programs and initiatives that not only improve lives, but change the way people think.

The Legacy Celebration features entertainment, silent auction, raffle, full dinner and open bar.  Purchase tickets now!

For over 80 years, the volunteers of the Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) have been at the forefront enhancing the social, cultural and political fabric of the Phoenix metropolitan area. We have amassed an archive of irrefutable results and an undisputed reputation as thoughtful and influential change agents for the public good, from bringing the Race for the Cure to Phoenix, starting Ronald McDonald House, founding the Arizona Science Center and being an integral part of the Emily Anderson Center, Ryan House, and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the nearly 1,000 members of the Junior League of Phoenix are invested in developing long term initiatives and programs that meet the ever-changing needs of our community.

Join us to celebrate and continue to build a legacy for years to come.

The Opportunities

The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) consists of highly motivated, educated, and influential women who transform the metropolitan Phoenix community through advocacy, direct service and public education. Our ability to make an impact in Maricopa County can only be accomplished by continuous fundraising to support our community programs and leadership training opportunities.

We are recruiting for Community Ambassadors!

You may have guessed it…it is Community Ambassador Recruitment Time!
The Junior League of Phoenix Board of Directors is currently looking for connectors, impact makers and established professionals with the ability to serve as our JLP Ambassadors for two years!

Here are the commitments the Ambassadors make annually to the JLP:

• Attend one ambassador meeting a year
• Engage with the JLP in meaningful discussion
• Provide a meaningful direct or indirect contribution to the JLP
• Connect the JLP with potential networking and funding partners
• Purchase a ticket to two JLP Fundraising events annually (Legacy Celebration, White Party, Rummage Pre-Party)
• Promote JLP events to your network
• Attend May Annual Meeting or September General Membership Meeting

If you know of anyone that would be a great Ambassador please share their name and email with Sara at smayer1872@gmail.com and they will be invited to an information session. There is no obligation to “join” at the meeting. We provide a comprehensive overview of the program so attendees can make a decision on the best fit.  Read more about our current Community Ambassadors here.

We look forward to hearing about all potential JLP Community Ambassadors!

Timeless Principles in a Modern Context.


For more than a century, Junior League members have confronted society’s most pressing issues and tackled its toughest problems, leaving a legacy of reform like no other.
But in a complex world, accelerating and advancing at a rapid pace, change is uncomfortable, conflicts are inevitable and challenges are cyclical. Problems loom large. Leadership talent and funding are scarce.
To fight these battles, find solutions, and advocate for those in need, a renewable army of women empowered as agents of positive change is essential.
Preparing women to serve their communities is The Junior League’s mission. Because tomorrow there will be new issues and new challenges—and the women of The Junior League will continue to serve as the undeterred voices for action, justice and change.
The Junior League of Phoenix is a network of empowered female civic leaders working with community partners to address and solve pressing issues like food insecurity/food access and nutrition and obesity. We’re part of an international network of 291 Leagues comprised of over 150,000 women, in Canada, Mexico, the U.K. and the U.S., engaged in similar work in their own communities. This provides us with a unique and powerful depth of knowledge and resourcefulness to bring about the changes we strive to accomplish.

KITK makes a difference in the Valley in 2016!



The Junior League of Phoenix helps to empower youth and families to adopt healthy habits and reverse the growth of childhood obesity in Maricopa County.

Kids in the Kitchen Program Goals:

  • Increase children’s awareness of the nutrition in everyday foods
  • Improve the quality of healthy food that kids eat by showing them easy and tasty ways to eat better
  • Increase the amount of exercise that kids do during their daily routine

Our programs involve many exciting hands-on components to get kids and families involved in learning how to be healthy. Programming focuses on four components led by league and community volunteers:

Chef Presentation: Students will create simple, healthy snacks with chef presenters.

Eat This Not That: An instructional presentation helping students choose healthy alternatives at popular restaurants and fast food chains.

Food Plate: An instruction of the Food Plate (the successor of the Food Pyramid) and how much food one should eat from each category in relation to their plates.

Exercise: Participation in 45 minutes of low-key and fun exercises to promote an active lifestyle.

Kids also get to take home activity packets and recipes to continue their learning.

Learn more!

‘Kids in the Kitchen’ Community Program Awarded $20,000 Grant from General Mills


The Junior League of Phoenix (JLP) has announced that one of its signature community programs, “Kids in the Kitchen,” has been awarded a $20,000 grant from General Mills, one of the world’s leading food companies. The grant will enable JLP to host a Health and Nutrition Day in the fall of 2016, which will include educational food and fitness challenges for kids and families.

Current JLP programs are structured around the focus area of “Building a Healthy Arizona” in order to address food insecurity and the epidemic of childhood obesity. Founded by The Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) in 2006, Kids in the Kitchen is a hands-on initiative aimed at educating children and their families on the importance of nutrition and fitness to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices.

KidsintheKitchen2010“We are excited to plan a comprehensive day of playful learning with the help from this generous grant,” said Audrey Tregaskes, chair of JLP’s Kids in the Kitchen committee. “We have a big job of ‘Building a Healthy Arizona,’ and having this level of support enables us to reach more children and make a bigger impact.”

The goals for the Kids in the Kitchen program include increasing children’s awareness of nutrition in everyday foods, educating kids on how to improve the quality of food they eat, and incorporating more exercise into children’s daily routines. JLP volunteers teach the program throughout the year, which is based on four core activities about nutrition and exercise that were created in partnership with the Arizona State University’s College of Health Solutions.

In 2014-15 alone, JLP educated more than 1,200 Kids in the Kitchen participants. The JLP currently partners with the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley, offering Kids in the Kitchen activities to third, fourth and fifth graders across more than 10 branches.

JLP Public Affairs Committee

public affairsWhat is Public Affairs Committee?

A Public Affairs Committee, or PAC, is a non-partisan committee formed to educate and take action on public policy issues relevant to the Junior League. Invented by the League in the 1930s, PAC’s advocacy efforts have ranged from educating the public about a specific problem to sponsoring and drafting bills that become law. As just one example, the Florida state PAC advocated for a law requiring safety seats in motor vehicles for children between 4 and 7 years of age.

Why is a PAC important to the Junior League of Phoenix?

We have a chance to use our collective voice in the community to start discussions and make real change on issues. It is part of our legacy as Junior League of Phoenix members to speak up for those who do not have a voice. Many League members who came before us had a hand in proposing laws that are now in the areas of water pollution, human trafficking, cyberbullying, mental health, domestic violence and most interestingly suffrage. Can you imagine the Junior League of St. Louis marching and advocating for women’s right to vote? The time has come for the JLP to join the rest of the PACs of AJLI.

What type of activities will PAC be involved in?

This is a big year for public policy with the upcoming Presidential election! PAC will host a bi-partisan debate party to get everyone talking about the future. Prior to the State legislative kick-off, we will host a White Gloves and Pearls (yes, literally!) mixer to chat with state legislators and learn about their initiatives while discussing the mission of the Phoenix League. Local League members range in geography from Queen Creek to Buckeye, and with membership levels at a high, we have a great opportunity to influence and educate elected officials about why a healthy Arizona is important. PAC will also invite local legislators to League events that fall into his/her respective district. Every elected official should know how our League improves the community that they represent!

For more information contact us, jlppublicaffairs@gmail.com or any one of our Executive Members:

Ericka Nicholes, Chair
Lauren Krepitch, Vice Chair
Cathy Brown, Delegate I
Kathryn Nail, Delegate II

JLP Builds Impact Through Volunteerism and Donations

Congratulations to the 296 Junior League of Phoenix volunteers for surpassing our annual community impact goal of 1800 hours. From August through February, JLP Provisionals, Actives and Sustainers have completed 2080 hours of service with long-lasting partnerships like UMOM and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix as well as new partnerships like the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Read Across America Initiative.

Done in a Night Updates: JLP has also completed substantial donation drives for very deserving partner organizations. In January, members brought formal dresses, shoes and accessories for Cinderella Affair, an organization that provides prom and formal dresses for juniors and seniors who cannot afford them. At our General Membership Meeting, all league members in attendance helped create over 400 ‘swag bags’ filled with makeup, nail polish and other goodies to make their night super special. In March, JLP members brought donations for Dress for Success and Free Arts for Abused Children AZ.

In April, JLP will host a virtual donation drive for items to be packed in care packages for the homeless. Items will include cases of water, sunscreen, chapstick, socks, hats and other essentials, but instead of purchasing physical items, donors can easily purchase these items easily and at any time. To participate, visit www.jlp.org.

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