Junior Service League banquet marks 25 years of ‘serious work’

Women take stock of service

AMY LUSBY, PRESIDENT of the Junior Service League of Grand Junction, takes care of a media interview Saturday evening before the league’s gala in Liff Auditorium at Mesa State College.

When women are left to plan an event, one thing is almost certain: Chocolate will be involved.

Saturday night’s 25th anniversary celebration for the Junior Service League of Grand Junction was no different as people were handed small boxes of Enstrom’s chocolate as they left the gala.

The local chapter of the Junior Service League is made up entirely of women, which helps make the service organization unique to Mesa County, president Amy Lusby said.

“I think, and our 25 years can attest to this, when you get a group of women together, you can do some serious good work,” Lusby said.

Saturday’s formal event honored past and present members, as well as sponsors and past grant recipients.

Since its inception 25 years ago, the Junior Service League has donated more than $750,000 to local nonprofit organizations and provided more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service in the community, Lusby said.

This year, the Junior Service League has decided to grant money to nonprofit organizations that serve local children.

Grant applications will be accepted through Dec. 31, and grant money will be awarded in May, Lusby said.

More information about the grant process and the Junior Service League is available at http://www.jslgj.com.

The grant money is raised through several projects the Junior Service League puts on locally. Viva el Vino and the annual Walk 4 Life are two of the most visible fundraisers in the Grand Valley.

Last month, nearly 800 walkers helped raise $62,000 for low-income women in Mesa County to receive mammograms to help in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer, Lusby said.


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