The Junior League of Richmond (JLR) is a diverse
group of women ranging in age, background, and
life experiences with the common goal of affecting
change in the Richmond community.Junior
The Junior League of Richmond is an organization of women
committed to the mission of promoting voluntarism, developing
the potential of women, and improving the community through the
effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
The Junior League of Richmond‘s trained and talented members
serve women, youth, and families for the purpose of reaching
goals, providing support, and generating pride in the community.
From The President
The mission of the Junior League of Richmond is to promote voluntarism, develop
the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and
leadership of trained volunteers. The support of our members, community partners,
donors, staff and friends allows us to drive this mission forward every day. We
recognize that we cannot do this work alone and pause each year to create an Annual
Report that demonstrates what we were able to accomplish with your support.
The 2014 – 15 year was magical, and it was my honor and privilege to serve as
President. With the help of a talented Board of Directors and a staff that is second
to none, we were able to develop annual goals supporting the internal, external and
sustainable objectives defined in the 2014 – 17 Strategic Plan. One of the goals
for the year was to increase the visibility of the JLR and its programs. We made
tremendous headway in this area, and as you read through the report, you’ll see
a focus on the various opportunities we had to share our story with the Richmond
community. Thank you to all of our partners who made this possible.
In addition to heightened visibility, this year’s report highlights two firsts for the
Junior League of Richmond: the launch of the Boots to Suits program and the inaugural
visit of the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® van to Richmond. The League has,
since its inception, been a part of many firsts, and the momentum continues as we
move toward our ninetieth year of service to the Richmond community.
Lastly, what would the League be without its volunteers? This year’s award winners
are a selfless group of women who make me proud to say I’m a member of such a
prolific group of volunteers, dedicated to getting the job done.
I can’t thank you enough for the love and support I felt from you this past year.
Serving as President of the JLR has been an experience I’ll never forget.
Thank you for being a part of a historic year for the Junior League of Richmond – we
Monica Brinkley Davis
Boots to Suits is a community effort to outfit military veterans with clothing
appropriate for job interviews and new occupations in the civilian world. Boots to
Suits is operated from the two locations of The Clothes Rack, the Junior League of
Richmond’s thrift shops and largest fundraising projects. The initial idea for Boots
to Suits gained quick momentum with the support of the community and veteran
resource groups. Hundreds of suits in all sizes were donated in anticipation of the
launch of the program. Richmond’s McGuireWoods law firm donated 125 suits
alone! As the men’s clothing inventory at the Clothes Rack stores expanded to
unprecedented levels, Director of Retail Operations, Mark Gaddis, and his staff
worked tirelessly to prepare the merchandise for a new type of customer. The
community’s generous apparel contributions were supplemented with financial
gifts designated to support the program.
Boots to Suits was launched on November 11, 2014. The program has already
assisted 85 veterans with new clothing for civilian life. Veterans are given vouchers
through McGuire VA Medical Center’s Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV)
Program, the Virginia Department of Veterans’ Services Virginia Wounded Warrior
Military veterans transitioning to civilian life face many challenges. One of those challenges is affordably
acquiring a civilian wardrobe, including clothing suitable for job interviews. Sue Farrell, a Sustaining member
of the Junior League of Richmond, also faced a challenge: what to do with her late husband’s business
wardrobe? Solving two challenges at once inspired Sue to initiate the JLR’s latest endeavor, Boots to Suits.
Boots to Suits
Program, the Virginia Employment Commission’s Disabled
Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP), or the Petersburg
Freedom Support Center. The vouchers allow veterans to
receive two career outfits from either Clothes Rack location.
Boots to Suits has been featured in The Washington Post, on
the front page of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and on NBC
Colgate Bright Smiles
The Junior League was thrilled to host the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright
Futures® Mobile Dental Van at Southside Child Development Center
on April 9, 2015. The 32-foot long van is designed to be child-friendly
and to provide a non-intimidating screening experience for children,
many of whom have never visited a dentist. After 2 minute screenings,
most children were then referred to a local dental program. In addition
to the screening, each child received a gift including a toothbrush,
toothpaste and fun information about keeping a bright smile.
Richmond medical professionals volunteered their time and screened
over 50 local children. The van’s visit was initiated at the suggestion
of a JLR New Member and facilitated by the Association of Junior
Leagues International (AJLI). Katrina Amos Washington, Community
Vice President for the JLR, worked diligently on the project while
gathering the manpower support of Active and Sustainer volunteers.
“We were thrilled to host the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures®
Mobile Van at Southside Child Development Center. Having the van in
Richmond was a great example of how we are able to take advantage of
AJLI partnerships and resources to serve our community,” said Katrina.
Women of Distinction
Barbara Ransome Andrews Award
The Barbara Ransome Andrews Award, named for one of our
most esteemed and beloved members, is the highest and
most prestigious award presented by the JLR. It is given to a
Sustainer who has distinguished herself by outstanding service
to her community and the Junior League through extensive and
exemplary volunteer activities. This year’s recipient, Sue Farrell,
served on the Richmond History Architecture and the Women’s
Resource Center as an Active member. Under Sue’s leadership,
VCU Massey Cancer Center’s “Key to the Cure” event set an
attendance record. As a Sustainer, she is still a dynamic presence
within our membership. Sue was the visionary for the JLR’s
newest endeavor, Boots to Suits. Boots to Suits, a collaboration
between the Clothes Rack and numerous community partners
that coordinate resources for veterans, provides free, high-
quality business and business casual wear for men and women
transitioning from the military to civilian life. To learn more
about the program visit www.bootstosuits.org.
Pinkie w. Smith Award
The Pinkie W. Smith Award, established in 1998, commemorates
the exemplary service and dedication to volunteerism evident
in the life of member Pinkie Smith. This year’s recipient, Bev
Brown, is an “unsung hero” who consistently contributes above
and beyond Junior League of Richmond requirements and
demonstrates excellence in volunteer work, dedication, and
loyalty to the JLR. Since joining the JLR in 2003, Bev’s breadth of
leadership has been wide. In each of these varied roles, she has
proven herself to be a team player and an invaluable resource.
She has served on the Board of Directors, as Vice President of
Events and chaired both Touch a Truck and Community Sampler.
Bev has also served as an Active Member Advisor and been a
member of the Branding and Nominating Committees. Those
who work with her applaud her unstoppable enthusiasm,
perseverance, and selfless dedication.
Women of Distinction
Community Volunteerism Award
The Community Volunteerism Award recognizes an Active member who has contributed significant
volunteer time and outstanding effort to improve the quality of life in the Richmond community.
This year’s worthy recipient was Satara Graham. As Chair of the Families First- Elementary
committee, Satara led her team to double community participation in the program at the Southside
Child Development Center. This increase is directly attributed to Satara’s interaction with the
staff, parents, and students. Satara implemented a frequent attendance program to encourage
participation, and the results were clear. Satara’s genuine and caring personality, combined with
her go-getter attitude, is a constant inspiration for Junior League of Richmond members. Satara has
served in community placements since joining the JLR in 2010. A Master of Public Administration
and Social Worker, Satara’s efforts have also been recognized by Governor Terry McAuliffe.
President’s Award Winners
“It is my great honor to present the 2014 -15 President’s
Awards. This small but mighty group of ladies
represents all levels of League membership and has
made a tremendous impact on the League this year. In
recognition of their commitment to the League, I would
like to give them a small token of appreciation for their
contribution to this year’s success.” - President Monica
Davis at the Annual Meeting