Christine Kearney and Westfield Garden State Plaza to be honored


Westfield Garden State Plaza to Receive Inaugural Outstanding Partner Award

RIDGEWOOD, NJ – The perfect kick-off to the giving season is here!  The Junior League of Bergen County (JLBC) is proud to announce its 33rd Annual Festival of Trees, a black tie optional gala featuring a silent and live auction scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Alpine County Club in Demarest, New Jersey. Guests will enjoy a formal dinner, complete with open bar and dancing, as well as the time-honored tradition of spectacularly decorated trees displayed throughout the venue.

As part of this year’s gala program, the JLBC will also be honoring longstanding member and Upper Saddle River resident, Christine Kearney, who has given the JLBC her time, energy, and expertise for more than fifteen years. Christine has also been active in the Bergen Community, using her JLBC training and skills by currently serving on the Board of Trustees for West Bergen Mental Health.  She previously served on the Board for Rebuilding Together, and Children’s Aid and Family Services. To learn more about Christine, please visit the JLBC website,, where she is the featured Member Spotlight.  

Additionally, the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus will be honored with the League’s inaugural Outstanding Partner Award. For more than a decade, the Westfield Garden State Plaza has increasingly become a trusted partner of the JLBC, assisting in executing key community events such our annual Touch-A-Truck fundraiser, and our latest Little Black Dress Initiative, a new campaign that successfully raised awareness and funds this past spring, in support of critical women’s issues impacting women throughout New Jersey.

“The Junior League of Bergen County has a long proud history of educational and charitable outreach and promoting effective leadership in our communities, and we’re pleased to be honored with the group’s inaugural Outstanding Community Partner Award,” said Jay Daly, Senior General Manager of Westfield Garden State Plaza. “We’re proud to support innovative initiatives championed by the Junior League that help make North Jersey a better place.”

“Each year, the success of our Festival of Trees gala enables the Junior League of Bergen County to do incredible things.  With proper funding, we are able to strengthen the skills of our female leaders while overseeing countless projects that positively impact communities throughout Bergen County”, says current JLBC President, Gretchen Connard. “For more than 30 years, this event has helped to significantly fund and support the Junior League of Bergen County’s mission and this year, will certainly help make some groundbreaking projects and collaborations possible, in the year ahead.”

Using our Bidding for Good website, which is mobile friendly, guests in attendance and supporters from home will have the opportunity to bid on unique items such as sports memorabilia, restaurant packages, luxury getaways, and much more. As the JLBC’s signature fundraiser, funds raised as part of this year’s gala will help support all JLBC efforts, including its work in the community and ambitious “Set Sail” project.  In partnership with CUMAC located in Paterson, New Jersey, “Set Sail” focuses on tangible ways to help foster more resilient communities, such as supporting networking sessions and educational work re-entry programs. 

Tickets to this year’s Festival of Trees Gala are $150 per person and can be purchased through  For more information about this exciting event, please refer to the JLBC website homepage or email the organization directly at