President’s Message

Friends and supporters of The Junior League of Bergen County, I welcome and graciously thank you for visiting our website….

We are approaching the end of the league year; what a bittersweet time for me.  As I prepare to step down, I remind myself of our mission and my heart is warmed at the leadership demonstrated by so many members this year.  Being on the journey with them, I know for certain the dedication they give to this league each day.  Words CANNOT EXPRESS my appreciation to them and for the opportunity to have been their leader.

COMMUNITY: 11 months into the league year and we’ve touched thousands of people in our community.  A few noteworthy ones… making Thanksgiving possible for families that would have gone without, raising awareness for breast cancer through a Pink Ribbon Campaign, sprinkling inspiration through our Kindness Rocks Project, feeding the homeless, providing essential basics for children aging out of foster care, writing letters of resilience to families impacted by hurricanes, walking for heart disease, selected a scholarship recipient whose actions support our mission & held vision board training.  We have also begun to open the curtains to our new community impact area: RESILIENCE; the strength and speed of response to adversity. As a service organization, The JLBC has pledged to dedicate time and resources to this focus area, with the goal of training & empowering our communities to become more resilient. One way in which we have already supported this focus area was through our ‘A Room for a Resilience’ at the Center for Hope and Safety. Stay tuned for our resilience project kick-off on April 28th.

FUND DEVELOPMENT: It’s important we act strategically especially when it comes to the fiscal sustainability of our league.  The more money we raise, the more money we can put back into our community to carry through our mission.  That’s why increasing our brand awareness and building strong community relationships is critical.  Thank you to the follow partnerships thus far this year that helped us raise money:

Anthony’s Cold Fire Pizza of Fairlawn

Blue Moon Mexican Café of Wyckoff

Alex and Ani of Ridgewood

Westwood Cinemas

Bloomingdales of Wayne

Railyard Tavern of Fairlawn

Shoprite of Fairlawn

Bewitching Bath Company of Ridgewood

In addition to our smaller fundraisers, we also raise money through grants and sponsorships.  Thank you to the following companies for their generous sponsorships at our annual fundraiser gala (Festival of Trees) and our upcoming Touch-A-Truck event:

McCarter & English

Wilmington Trust

The Cor Group

Becton Dickson

Paramus Medical and Sports Rehabilitation Center

Fun Bus of Elmwood Park

PM Pediatrics

and Wells Fargo for their generous grant.

MEMBERS: We are a league of approximately 50 active & provisional members and approximately 125 sustaining members. None of the work we do would be possible without the leadership demonstrated by these women. An example of this leadership is this website! The new look, design and functionality would not be possible without the countless hours of our PR Committee.  Every minute they chose to give to the league was a minute they were away from their loved ones… Thank you to them and their loves ones who selflessly share them with us.

I’m so proud to be the leader of this organization for the 2017/2018 league year.  The ride is almost over for me, but I especially honored to pass the gavel on to our incoming President, Leslie Martin-Bazzini, a woman who embodies the definition of servant leadership.  The league will be left in very capable hands under her leadership.

Maria Reis, President