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Junior League class completes community project

January 9, 2013
North Fort Myers Neighbor

The fall 2012 provisional membership class of The Junior League of Fort Myers, a women's organization that focuses on community improvement through volunteerism, recently completed its group community project with the Ronald McDonald House.

With the help of generous donations from sponsors including: City Furniture, Silks by Mu, Sanibel Captiva Community Bank, Pulte Group SWFL Division, Luxury Home Solutions, Ferguson Enterprises, Target, Royal Palm Plumbing, and Benjamin Moore Paint, the provisional members and volunteers worked together planning ways to make improvements throughout the house to foster a special "home away from home" for the families who stay there while also trying to create a more up-to-date Ronald McDonald theme.

Some transformations included new furniture in the foyer, custom Ronald McDonald themed artwork throughout the home, new curtains and centerpieces for the boardroom table, new closet and storage organizational systems for the boardroom, updated bathroom mural and fixtures, as well as new wall paint for all the rooms. To make sure this project was a success, the provisional class made several trips to RMH and spent several hours planning and organizing before the actual project date.

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The fall 2012 provisional membership class of The Junior League of Fort Myers recently completed its group community project with the Ronald McDonald House.

"The provisional project was a huge success," said Bethany Anderson, Membership Development committee member., in a prepared statement "The Junior League of Fort Myers delivered on the requests for updates to the Ronald McDonald house and exceeded their expectations. The ladies raised community support for donations to give even more than was requested. The staff and families at the Ronald McDonald House were so pleased with the results and they continue to receive compliments from visitors on how beautiful and comfortable the house is after the project,"

The 2012 Provisional class is led by the Junior League of Fort Myers' Membership Development committee and is comprised of 26 provisional members.

Membership Development committee chairs include: Veronica Bynum and Carissa Laoang and committee members Bethany Anderson, Stephanie Chiu, Talia Gates and Ginny Zimmerman

Provisional Members include: Magdalena Battles and Kasey Harrell (project co-chairs), Lindsay Albrecht, Darcy Andrade, Caitlin Bomberger, Liz Calasans, Shavon Chester, Lesli Cothren, Rio DeArmond, Lauren Dunford, Jessica Ehrhart, Susan Frantz, Megan Garrison, Jennifer Hamilton, Jaclyn Julow, Sara Levene, Kathryn Medlock, Rebecca Migliore, MaryBeth Molloy, Elizabeth Moore, Kathleen Perko, Carrie Pollock, Jessica Ruzicka, Ashley Seidler, Mikova Talokonnikoff and Katrina Wells

During the 2012-2013 year, the JLFM will continue multiple community projects including mentoring young women at-risk through WISH (an acronym for "Women Instilling Self-Worth and Hope"); Mini Grants program for local non-profits in our community; creating short-term, done-in-a-day, quick impact community service and improvement projects through our Helping Hands program; and expanding our Kids in the Kitchen program to include a mobile food pantry, which will help needy families access healthy food.

The Junior League of Fort Myers, Inc., a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLFM membership is for women aged 21 and older of all races, religions and national origin who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.

Since its founding in 1966, the Junior League of Fort Myers has contributed more than 1,000,000 volunteer hours and more than $1,000,000 to community projects and programs.

For more information about the Junior League, call 239-277-1197 or visit us online at



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