Juniors presenting Ruby’s Place, our major beneficiary, with $25,000. Featured in the photo from left to right are Tina Frechman, Rachel Blatt, Addy Park, Manijeh Kaviani, Sean Murphy, Teli Thayer, and Alison Crane.
The Lafayette Juniors raised $50,000 in the past 12 months for local non-profit organizations. The funds were distributed on June 4th by the Lafayette Juniors in a special ceremony at the Lafayette Community Center to Ruby’s Place, Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek, and VESTIA.
The Lafayette Juniors have a history of organizing fundraising events like the Rummage Sale in the Fall and Kitchen Tour in the Spring to raise money for selected beneficiaries. This year the Juniors chose Ruby’s Place, California’s first incorporated shelter for women and children impacted by domestic violence, as their major beneficiary. The Juniors donated $25,000 to support the work Ruby Place's has been doing since the shelter’s founding in 1972. Today, 43 women and children each day call Ruby’s Place home and rely on the shelter and its staff for a comprehensive array of services for safety and healing as they begin to live their lives free of abuse.
"The Lafayette Juniors are a dedicated group of women who take giving back to the community very seriously. They embody volunteerism at its best and understand the impact their generosity has on non-profits who provide services to people in need. Their donation of $25,000 will be used to remodel our intake room so that we have a confidential and safe space for women and children when they are admitted to the shelter to speak openly with our staff. We will also use the Juniors donation to upgrade our existing shelter facilities with a handicap accessible bathroom," states Vera R. Ciammetti, CEO of Ruby's Place. "The Lafayette Juniors has made our dream a reality, and we thank them for supporting our mission as well as the community members who generously supported the Lafayette Juniors throughout the year to make this amazing donation possible."
The Lafayette Juniors also donated $10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Diablo Valley, $5,000 each to Las Trampas, Trinity Center Walnut Creek and VESTIA.
The Lafayette Juniors are looking forward to continuing this tradition of giving and are accepting applications from now until July 31st from all non-profits in Contra Costa and neighboring counties in the San Francisco Bay Area who serve women, families and seniors and others requiring assistance. The Juniors will select 4 organizations from the applicant pool to become their 2015 – 2016 beneficiaries. Fundraising for these groups will begin this Fall. To obtain an application or learn more about the Lafayette Juniors please visit www.lafayettejuniors.org.
About the Lafayette Juniors
Founded in 1953, the Lafayette Juniors is a non-profit organization made up of local women who come together to raise funds and offer service in support ofother non-profits that serve children, families and seniors as well as other people in need throughout Contra Costa and neighboring counties in the San Francisco area. Over the past 16 years, the Lafayette Juniors have raised more than $600,000 for Bay Area non-profit groups.
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