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Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing & Visual Arts Celebrates its Centennial
Katelyn Morris, Member at Large, Brand Strategy Committee, 2022 – 2023
Thursday, May 18, 2023

The exemplary Dallas ISD magnet school celebrates its history and legacy. Read more.


Illustrating Juanita J. Craft’s Legacy
Emily C.  Laskowski, Campaign Manager, Brand Strategy Committee, 2022 – 2023
Monday, December 12, 2022

Together with the State Fair of Texas and Dallas ISD, Junior League of Dallas distributed a commemorative Juanita J. Craft coloring book to more than 10,000 students across Dallas. Read more.


September General Membership Meeting (GMM) Recap
Emily Wilcox, Campaign Manager, Brand Strategy Committee, 2022 – 2023
Monday, October 24, 2022

The first General Membership Meeting is in the books! Junior League of Dallas Sustainer Arcilia Acosta joined us as our first speaker. Acosta is an amazing entrepreneur and member of the Dallas business community. She started as a Provisional with the Dallas Junior League in 1999 and was introduced to the League via sponsors from a leadership program.  Read more.


How Inflation and Heat Are Impacting Junior League of Dallas Community Partners
Taylor Crosby, Content Writer, Brand Strategy Committee, 2022 – 2023
Thursday, August 25, 2022

A record-setting hot summer across North Texas is putting stress on those most in need in our community as well as the non-profit organizations that serve them, like the North Texas Food Bank, a Junior League of Dallas community partner. Read more.


Congratulations to the 2022 – 2023 T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute Class
Tricia Buchheit, T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute Chair, 2022 – 2023
Monday, August 22, 2022

We are proud to announce our T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute Class of 2022 – 2023. Please join us in congratulating this amazing group of League leaders! Read more.


Members Honored with “20 Under 40” Recognition
Kristin Yates, Content Writer, Brand Strategy Committee, 2022 – 2023
Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Earlier this spring, several Junior League of Dallas members were honored by People Newspapers’ “20 Under 40” recognition. People Newspapers covers the Dallas neighborhoods of Park Cities and Preston Hollow, and this feature profiles young professionals from a variety of career fields who have made a difference in their workplaces and communities. Four of their honorees are proud members of JLD, and we are excited to share more about them! Read more.


2022 – 2023 President’s Letter
Emily Somerville-Cabrera, JLD President, 2022 – 2023
Wednesday, June 1, 2022

After an incredible year of celebrating our Centennial, today marks the start of our next 100 years. We are as dedicated as we have ever been to developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism, and addressing critical needs in Dallas through the effective action and leadership of our trained volunteers. Read more.


Community Outreach 2022 Winter Project: Ending Period Poverty Initiative
Sarah Keller, Committee Chair, Community Outreach Committee, 2021 – 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Each year, the League completes a community project in the fall, winter and spring. The community project slate allows the League the flexibility to provide ad hoc, timely support to address critical community programs or issues that arise throughout the year. This winter, the League partnered with the Dallas City Council to support their pilot program distributing free feminine hygiene products in Dallas. Read more.


JLD Signature Project Spotlight: Women LEAD
Cami Sharp, Community Relations & Events Liaison, Women LEAD Committee 2021 – 2022
Saturday, May 7, 2022

On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, the Women LEAD Committee hosted the 10 Women LEAD scholarship finalists at the Junior League of Dallas Headquarters for their annual speech competition. Every year, senior girls from three local high schools, Thomas Jefferson, South Oak Cliff and Emmett J. Conrad, are invited to participate in the scholarship competition. The first prize winner receives $15,000 in scholarship money. Read more.


JLD Blog: 100 Years of History
By Deepika Ramesh,  Centennial Historian, Centennial Committee 2021 – 2022
Monday, May 2, 2022

In 1922, ten women organized a group of civic-minded young ladies to give their time, talent and energy to improve the lives of Dallas’ growing population. Offering their resources and time to support hospital patients and individuals with disabilities, the group leveraged the power of women as trained volunteers, giving rise to JLD – also referred to as Dallas Junior League previously – joining the nationwide Junior League movement. Read more.


JLD Blog: Agency Spotlight: Scottish Rite For Children
By Kaleigh Betts,  DallaCite Feature Writer, External Communications Committee 2021 – 2022
Sunday, April 10, 2022

With the Centennial celebration of the Junior League of Dallas, comes the celebration of the numerous community partnerships that have helped shape the League throughout the past 100 years. This year, we’re pleased to mark our Centennial alongside Scottish Rite for Children, JLD’s first agency partner. Read more.


JLD Blog: Juanita Craft’s Legacy Honored by City as Centennial Project Nears Completion
By Kathryn Bazan, Story Developer, Public Relations Committee 2021 – 2022
Sunday, March 6, 2022

In February 2022, on what would have been Juanita Craft’s 120th birthday, her successors on the City Council honored her with a proclamation designating Feb. 9 Juanita Craft Day. The proclamation accompanied an agenda item authorizing the city’s Office of Arts and Culture to accept a $176,000 donation from the League for the restoration of Craft’s home. Read more.


JLD Blog: JLD Accepts Pride of Texas Award
By Kathryn Bazan, Story Developer, Public Relations Committee 2021 – 2022
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Junior League of Dallas was honored with the Pride of Texas Award during this year’s State Fair of Texas opening ceremony. The award is presented each year to an individual or group that has demonstrated the qualities that Texans are best known for: strength, friendliness, hard-working, courageous and perhaps most of all, pride. Read more.


By Kathryn Bazan, Story Developer, Public Relations Committee 2021 – 2022
Sunday, November 14, 2021

Christa Sanford, President of the Junior League of Dallas sat down with Emmy Award-winning reporter and CEO of Real News PR, Jeff Crilley, to discuss the League’s Centennial year, its 100-year legacy and its future as a leader in Dallas voluntarism. Read more.


JLD Blog: Grants for Innovative Teaching (GFIT) 2021
By Emily Tarar, InSight Writer, Internal Communications Committee 2021 – 2022
Monday, October 4, 2021

On Sept. 1, 2021, 41 Dallas ISD educators were presented with grants up to $2,500 each by the Junior League of Dallas and Texas Instruments. Read more.


By Kathryn Bazan, Story Developer, Public Relations Committee 2021 – 2022

This year’s Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honors included three Junior League of Dallas members. The awards recognize professionals who excel in their organizations and make a difference in their community, something this year’s honorees say their time with the JLD helped them achieve. Read more.


By Christine Leatherberry, Centennial Archives Chair 2021 – 2022
Monday, August 23, 2021

This fall, the Junior League of Dallas will host an interactive exhibit of our history and impact on Dallas at the Hall of State at Fair Park during the 2021 State Fair of Texas, which runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 17. Read more.


By Elizabeth Brush, TBPLI Committee Chair 2021 – 2022
Wednesday, July 28, 2021

We are very pleased to announce that the following women have been selected for the 2021 – 2022 T. Boone Pickens Leadership Institute. Please join us in congratulating this amazing group of League leaders! Read more.


By Christa Sanford, JLD President 2021 – 2022
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Welcome to the Junior League of Dallas’ Centennial year! For 100 years, JLD has been devoted to developing the potential of women, promoting volunteerism and shaping our city through the leadership of our trained volunteers. I am honored to serve as your president as we celebrate the League’s devotion to Dallas and set a strong foundation for the future. Read more.