The Junior League of Martin County - Connecting with the Community

Monday, January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020
The Junior League of Martin County- Connecting with the Community
The Junior League of Martin County (JLMC) has been steadfast and strong this year. We are a small league with a big punch and have had our hands in a lot of volunteer work, whether it is helping other organizations or fundraising money for a better purpose, JLMC faces have been involved with so much and were not done! Our goal this year was and is to connect with the community and let it be known that we are eager and willing to help in many different ways to better our community and the families that reside here.
Since the beginning of our season (September) we have partnered with Keep Martin Beautiful in helping spread the word and bring awareness on how to keep our waterways healthy and clean! This is such an important topic to be involved in and we hope to continue our efforts in helping Keep Martin Beautiful. In November, we were all hands-on deck at the Community Thanksgiving hosted by M.I.S.S at the Martin County Fairgrounds! We had so much fun distributing food, giving a helping hand and dancing the night away in celebration of the coming holidays, what a fabulous event to take part in. December was a month to remember! Each year, Junior League helps support United Way in their toy drive. From assisting with the setup, to donating bikes then having the pleasure of sharing in the excitement with the parents receiving those bikes to give to their children is truly what the holiday spirit is all about! We are not only about giving our time, but we also held our first of two, Books for Kids, Book Drive at Barnes & Noble. Twice a year, Barnes & Noble generously opens their doors to the JLMC and helps us generate money to donate books to our public schools! Experiencing how many businesses are willing to help a great cause is truly where you find the magic in Junior League. There is no other organization that can educate you in so many facets of where help is needed and help you learn all that the community has to offer! This year has been an awesome experience so far and we look forward to continuing our work in the community.
We are pleased to share that our Nominating Committee nominated the following members for awards in our community.  Lauren Betsinger for Soroptimist of Stuart; A Women of Distinction who demonstrates high ethical standards personally, is a recognized role model, has a strong sense of community responsibility and is outstanding in her contributions within Martin County. We have also nominated Keri Gustafson for dream catcher award for Tykes and Teens which is someone who embodies the vibrant spirit and determination that made Dolores Ripper (long-time resident of Martin County and philanthropist) special and has demonstrated a substantial positive impact on the lives of children, either as a professional, a volunteer, or a philanthropist. We wish our ladies and those nominated the best of luck!
Upcoming Events:
  • The Junior League of Martin County is hosting LUNAFEST® for its 5th consecutive year! This exciting film festival will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Flagler Place in Downtown Stuart. LUNAFEST is an inspirational film festival that features short films by, for, about Women®. Some of these short films will tug at your heartstrings, others will make you laugh out loud, and all of them are presented with the goal of raising awareness of, and funds for, women’s issues. The festivities kick off with a lively cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. and the short films beginning at 7:30 p.m. General Admission tickets include one drink ticket for wine, beer or signature cocktail; popcorn and candy bar; live entertainment; amazing silent auction; raffle items; swag bags and more! Advance purchase tickets will be available through 3/26/20 for $35, and, if still available, tickets can be purchased at the door for $40. VIPs will be greeted with a welcome drink and can preview silent auction items; complimentary valet parking; open bar with wine, beer & signature cocktails; preferred seating; VIP swag bags and more! VIP tickets are priced at $60 and will be available through 3/26/20.
  • We welcome you to join the Junior League of Martin County as we reclaim, what once was, the Pineapple Ball to the anew; Pineapple Palooza- A Southern Soirée. The Pineapple Palooza will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Rockin H Ranch in Palm City from 7-11 p.m. This event will feature a chic southern experience reflecting on our Floridian roots and Junior League hospitality filled with live entertainment, dancing, dining, cocktails and so much more! Monies raised from this evet will be directed towards literacy efforts in conjunction with our Books for Kids. Books for Kids is one of the newest and most successful programs of the Junior League of Martin County has been an annual book drive collecting elementary level books to donate to the schools. First year teachers often find themselves with a shortage of books to stock their classroom libraries. The Junior League addressed this need by donating over 3,500 books to all 12 Elementary schools in Martin County and this year will be focusing on the middle schools. JLMC Volunteers partner with the literacy coaches at each school to ensure that the books provided fit into each grade level and the curriculum.
    For more information, ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities for both upcoming events, please visit our website ( or find us on Facebook (@JuniorLeagueMC).
For those interested in learning more about the Junior League, please visit You can also find the Junior League of Martin County on Facebook & Instagram @JuniorLeagueMC to see what we are doing in the community.
The Junior League of Martin County is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.