Junior League holds annual ceremony

It was a night of recognition at the Junior League of Greenwich (JLG) Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held recently at the Tamarack Country Club.

The annual event celebrates the JLG volunteers’ achievements and also highlights awards and grant recipients.

The evening also introduces the league’s new member class and allows them to serve as trained volunteers. This year, the JLG welcomed 50 women, the largest class in recent history.

Greenwich High School senior Meei Hayashida received the 2012 JLG Community Service Award at the event for significant commitment to community service and leadership. Meei has been an active volunteer at Abilis, in both the visual and performing arts programs, since her freshman year of high school. Additionally, she is co-president of the Abilis Youth Board and initiated the “Come Together” program at GHS, which allows students with and without special needs to work together to foster compassion and respect between students.

Meei, who was the 2011 Youth Volunteer Award winner, also raised money for the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund and serves as a peer mentor at the school.

JLG also awarded Community Grants, which fund new initatives to support areas of community need that are not presently being met by JLG projects or programs. Recipients of this year’s grants included Voluntary Services for the Blind (VSB) of Fairfield County and Mothers for Others (MFO).

VSB is a non-profit organization that provides services to help blind individuals maintain an independent lifestyle. They intend to expand their program to Greenwich, where it is currently unavailable, and will target populations at residences such as Agnes Morley, Nathaniel Witherell, Quarry Knoll, McKinley Terrace and Wilbur Peck.

MFO is a grassroots, women-run organization that help families find meaningful places to donate unwanted children’s items while helping other families obtain the items which they cannot afford.

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