Valley Impact Social featured in Uptown Magazine

Uptown Magazine covered our 2015 Valley Impact Social and published the photos they took at the Valley Impact Social in their January issue.

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Read the full January issue here.

At the social, hosted by the Junior League of Phoenix, we raised more than $38,000 to support community programs featuring the League’s focus area: Building a Healthy Arizona.  Funds also support leadership training and development opportunities.

First Person: Anne, President

JLP_ValleyImpactSocial_2015-2141I cried. Your happy, tough but nice, President cried her eyes out at the Valley Impact Social while asking our attendees to donate money. I did the same thing at last year’s Valley Impact event, so I knew it was coming. When I get in front of a group of strangers, this deep emotion comes over me that I want to convey to them just how important the Junior League and our mission really is, how much it matters! It chokes me up every time because I care so deeply about it and I want them to care too.

After 17 years in the League I’ve given a lot of my time, energy, strength, and of course now tears, and it just reaches deep down that I need to portray to potential donors that they need to donate money to us, it’s imperative!  I hope you aren’t too embarrassed by my tears, I use humor mainly, but a side of crying is okay sometimes too, I guess. If you feel as passionately as I do, then I hope you’ll understand, if you don’t, then please consider giving more of yourself to the league, it will come back to you three-fold!

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Fortunately, I did not cry at Touch-A-Truck, and it proved to be another fabulous event! In fact four past Junior League Presidents of other leagues – Indianapolis, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Philadelphia all flew out to Arizona to support us and attend TAT with me – isn’t that amazing? I hope some of you had the opportunity to meet them; I was very proud of you all, as they got to see that we have the BEST members in the country!

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2015 Valley Impact Social: a night under the stars

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It was everything we expected…a night with friends of the Junior League of Phoenix to recognize community leaders making an impact in the Valley and support of our mission to develop the potential of women, improve the community, and promote voluntarism. We are still tabulating our proceeds, but the Silent Auction alone raised nearly $15,000, which does not include numbers from our raffle, ticket sales, and direct pledges! Thank you!
Congratulations to our Nominees and Award Winners!
  • Sustainer of the Year: Melinda Gulick
  • JLP Valley Impact Community Partner “Legacy” Award: Darlene Newsom, CEO of UMOM New Day Centers
  • JLP Valley Impact Community Partner “Future” Award: Christina Spicer, Senior Associate – Fund Development for Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus Pine Council
Valley Impact Award Finalists:
  • Laura Capello, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
  • Paula Giangreco Cullison, President and Founder of Arizona Women’s Partnership
  • Judith Gardner, President and CEO of the Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
  • Jodi Low, Founder and CEO of U & Improved
  • Jeanette Wood, Child Crisis Center and 10 years as an Animal-Assisted Therapy Team with Callie, a 12-year-old tri-color Australian Shepherd.
Proceeds from the Social will go directly back to the community through our programs that are focused on “Building A Healthy Arizona” as well as our leadership training initiatives. Thank you for your support and attendance. Please consider the Junior League of Phoenix in future donations and gift giving. You can donate directly on our website at www.jlp.org.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for their generous support:
  • PayPal
  • HDR Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • JD Photography
  • Premier Piano Shows
  • Flora Bella
  • Arch Vacations
  • Schmitt Jewlers
  • JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa
  • And over 75 donors for our Silent Auction

 

Announcing the 2015 – 2016 Sustainer of the Year – Melinda Gulick!

Melinda GulickThe Junior League of Phoenix Sustainer of the Year award is presented annually to honor and recognize a Sustaining Member for outstanding achievement in the area of community service and contribution to the Junior League of Phoenix. We are proud to announce the 2015 – 2016 Sustainer of the Year – Melinda Gulick.  She is most deserving of this honor!

Melinda has served the Junior League of Phoenix in many different roles, including serving as a member of the Junior League of Phoenix Foundation Board of Directors.

In addition, Melinda has committed her time and talents to many other community organizations as well, including serving on the boards of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Humane Society, The Phoenix Women’s Board of the Steele Children’s Research Center, Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, and the Desert Foundation Auxiliary. She is the past chair of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy where she received the first ever Arizona Cox Conserves Heroes Award in recognition of their advocacy and volunteer work for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

Along with her vast community contributions, Melinda serves as the Senior Vice President for DMB Associates in Scottsdale. She serves on the Executive Leadership Team and is responsible for human resources, marketing, corporate communications, internal communication and employee engagement programs for the corporation in addition to leading the design, creation and ongoing operations of authentic, sustainable and engaged community life in all DMB communities. As a testament to her work, Melinda was recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Outstanding Women in Business in 2015.

Melinda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University. She and her husband, John, live in Paradise Valley with their two sons, Zane and Jace, and two dogs, Liberty and Beau.

“The Junior League of Phoenix is truly honored to have such an outstanding member of the League with unwavering dedication to the betterment of our Phoenix community” said Molly Bell, chair of the Valley Impact Social. “She will be the perfect addition to the legacy of leaders who have received this award in the past.”

The JLP presented the Sustainer of the Year award to Melinda at the 2015 Valley Impact Social on October 24, 2015 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa at Mummy Mountain. Congratulations on this accomplishment, Melinda!


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2015 Valley Impact Award Nominee – Paula Cullison

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  In a series of posts, we will highlight the accomplishments and community achievements of the 2015 Valley Impact Award nominees.


Paula G Cullison head shot 001A long time social and women’s rights activist, Paula understands the value of hard work and the importance of giving back to the community.

In the 80’s, and as president of Women in Management for the then Bell System and with support from then AZ Gov Bruce Babbitt and 65 Mayors, county and tribal leaders, she formed an all volunteer non-profit and organized a state-wide coalition to create 1985 the Year for All Arizona Women. The project grew from her proposed 5 events to 55 events and involved over 300 volunteers and 10,000 attendees. Documents are now housed in the AZ Historical Society. Internationalizing this project, Paula presented it in Nairobi, Kenya at the UN Women’s Decade Conference, as Creating a Year for All Women in Your Country or City. When she returned, she organized event in the Phoenix Council Chambers which featured Phoenix women who had participated in the conference in Nairobi. At that time, Paula had been serving on the Phoenix Women’s Commission for a three year term; she was then appointed to the Phoenix Futures Forum Commission for two years.

Paula organized the first local celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th 1987, which was held outside at Heritage Square and featured a culturally diverse program.

In the 90’s before attending the UN Conference on the Environment in Brazil, she created an event in Phoenix to focus on Eco-Feminism: Women and the Politics of the Environment which featured the late US Congresswoman from NY – Bella Abzug. She then created the Open Forum, an event which showcased over 30 local environmental groups and was held in Phoenix.

She served as a PR advisor to the Junior League of Phoenix, in order to help develop marketing and public relations plans for the annual fundraising events. In 2002, she created the Arizona Women’s Partnership, an all volunteer philanthropic nonprofit, to award grants to small charities that assist underserved women and children at risk in AZ. As of 2015, over $319,000 in grants has been distributed state-wide to over 50 non-profits. The critical areas addressed are: domestic violence, child abuse, health awareness, homelessness, hunger, ESL, literacy, youth at risk and refugee women. Paula also created Wine, WoMEN & Jazz, the fundraiser to generate the funds for the grants. She handled all of the publicity. To showcase local female chefs, she created another fundraiser and called it Getting Our Just Desserts.

Last month Paula created an event to celebrate the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave Women the Right to Vote. The event held in Phoenix, which had support from over 20 women’s organizations, sold out in a week. Her presentation has gone viral on several blogs. Her article on the recent ASU – PhXX Forward meeting for female entrepreneurs has also gone viral.

Paula also has a passion for international travel. Upon graduating from the City University of NY Baruch College with a degree in Industrial Psychology, she worked in Switzerland on an AIESEC traineeship sponsored through Columbia University. She served as an advisor to the ASU chapter.  An independent traveler, Paula has visited over 35 countries. Her published international travel articles, photographs, and her first book, Daughters of the American Dream, can be found on her website: www.paulacullison.com. At present, her Have Passport-Will Travel photography exhibition, which encourages global thinking especially among students, continues to be featured on local college campus libraries and is currently at Phoenix College. She is a member of the Sonoran Arts League.

Paula is proud of having received the Susan B. Anthony Award for her civic involvement and the Susan G. Komen Ribbon of Hope award for advocacy on breast cancer awareness (She’s a 25 year survivor.)

2015 Valley Impact Award Nominees – Laura Capello

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  In a series of posts, we will highlight the accomplishments and community achievements of the 2015 Valley Impact Award nominees.


Laura_headshot 2014President and CEO Laura Capello oversees one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations in the nation, serving more than 1,500 youth across Maricopa and Gila counties. She provides the organizational leadership to fulfill Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona’s mission of providing Arizona youth facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Laura originally served BBBSAZ from March 1998 to Feb 2005 in public relations and marketing. From May 2011 through December 2012, she served as Vice President of Marketing and Partnership Development. Prior to BBBSAZ, Laura served as Manager of Community Relations and Special Projects at the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. She also worked as a consultant for four years helping several nonprofit and for profit clients with marketing and special events including Mesa Arts Center, the Celebrity Fight Night Foundation, The Arthritis Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chaparral Suites, Eight, Arizona PBS, and Luke Air Force Base.

Laura believes that giving back is one of the most important things she can do, so she continues to stay active in her community. As a member of Valley Leadership Class XXV, she stays involved with its Leadership Institute and served as class Chair for two years. She currently sits on Dr. Michael Crow’s Community Council and is a member of the Suns Charities 88, a group focused on raising funds and awareness for children’s organizations. She has also served on the boards of several organizations, including Jobs for Arizona Graduates, a nonprofit that runs programs for High School Students to help them stay in school, Beads of Courage, an arts-in-medicine program that helps children facing life-threatening illnesses, and the Tempe YMCA.

Laura was named a finalist for the 2013 Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena Award.
She graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and is the mother of three children. In her free time, she loves to participate in endurance sports such as cycling and running and has completed 7 half marathons.

2015 Valley Impact Award Nominee – Judith Gardner

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  In a series of posts, we will highlight the accomplishments and community achievements of the 2015 Valley Impact Award nominees.


Judith Penny and BellaJudith Gardner joined AAWL & SPCA as President and CEO in January, 2008, two years after moving to Arizona from New York. Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, she also lived in Georgia and Wisconsin. Judith spent 16 years as a Vice President of American Express in New York City and, after leaving AMEX, consulted with many non-profit organizations on business management and marketing. Her daughter, Laurie,  son, Mark, his wife, Thida and their 4 year old son  also live in Phoenix.Judith is also the proud “mom” to Bella, a Spaniel mix, and Penny, a Bisenji mix, both of whom were rescues.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League is the oldest and largest no-kill animal shelter in Arizona.  More than 4,100 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens found new homes through AAWL last year at their main location at 40th St. & Washington in Phoenix and their adoption center at Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler.  AAWL also offers many children’s camps and education programs, a low-cost veterinary clinic and has more than 550 volunteers and foster families.


2015 Valley Impact Award Nominee – Jodi Low

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  In a series of posts, we will highlight the accomplishments and community achievements of the 2015 Valley Impact Award nominees.


Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Through Ujodilow-1 & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities. Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. She is currently in the process of creating a non-profit arm of the company that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.

Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal. She was also honored by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. In 2012 the Diversity Leadership Alliance in Arizona named her “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce recognized her with the “Sterling Award.” Jodi is a devoted parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school and organizations including Feed My Starving Children. For three years, she has served on the board of Angel Mamas, a non-profit that supports mothers and families facing life-threatening illnesses and tragic circumstances.

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2015 Valley Impact Community Partner “Legacy” Award Winner – Darlene Newsom

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  Congratulations to Darlene on being named the 2015 Valley Impact Community Partner “Legacy” Award winner!


Darlene NewsomDarlene Newsom has worked in the non-profit sector in Arizona for over 41 years. She has served as the Chief Executive Officer at UMOM New Day Centers since 2002. Under her leadership UMOM has expanded its capacity and services offered to families experiencing homelessness. In 2014, UMOM programs served 6,298 individuals and provided 190,280 meals to homeless individuals. Darlene oversees UMOM’s $13 million agency budget and 220 employees.

Darlene is the Co-Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Continuum of Care Planning Committee, which coordinates regional homeless services. In addition to MAG, Darlene is the Chair of the City of Phoenix Mayor’s Council on Homelessness. In 2011, Darlene was honored with the Public Sector Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. She is widely known as an expert on issues affecting homeless families and a recognizable face at the State Legislature, where she has testified on the impact of proposed legislation on low-income families. In 2012, she participated in the Piper Fellow Program to focus on honing her leadership skills and learning new strategies for UMOM’s success.

Before coming to UMOM, Darlene was the Director of a shelter for homeless youth in Tucson and also founded a homeless shelter for families in Yuma. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona and her Masters at the University of Phoenix. In her spare time, Darlene enjoys spending time with her family and time at their mountain cabin.

2015 Valley Impact Award Nominee – Jeanette Wood

The 2015 Junior League of Phoenix Valley Impact Award recognizes individuals for outstanding leadership and contributions to the community,  as well as a passion for issues aligned with the Junior League’s mission. The award was presented at the Junior League’s Valley Impact Social on October 24 at the Camelback Inn.  In a series of posts, we will highlight the accomplishments and community achievements of the 2015 Valley Impact Award nominees.


2015 Jeanette Wood and CallieJeanette Wood & Callie have served for 10 years as an Animal-Assisted Therapy Team, serving neglected, abused, and at-risk children.  Jeanette is a founding member of the Arizona HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response.

Service History
• Jeanette and Callie have been a registered Pet Partners® therapy team for 10 years.

• They have served their local community through Gabriel’s Angels, providing animal-assisted therapy/activities to:
-Children’s Crisis Center in East Mesa
-Florence Crittenton
-Devereux House

• They are leaders in the Individual Intervention Program with high-risk children. This program places a highly trained therapy team with a child and his/her therapist. The canine team works as a “bridge” between the therapist and the child. During 3 months of weekly visits, the canine becomes a special and safe friend, who provides unconditional love, which helps a child open up to his/her therapist, in order to begin the healing process.

• In 2010, they became Arizona’s first certified HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response Team, part of a national organization of more than 120 specially trained canine/handler teams. Crisis Response Teams are the “navy seals” of therapy teams, undergoing specialized training in working with people in crisis. During the past five years, with a concerted recruitment and training effort, they have grown from a single team to six teams in 2015 and 8 more teams scheduled for training this year. Jeanette and Callie’s deployments have, in part, included:
-Kelly Elementary in Carlsbad, CA after a school shooting in 2010
-Tucson memorials, after the mass shooting in January 2011
-Camp Operation Purple, serving children of deployed military in 2012
-Yarnell Hill Fire and Prescott Firefighter Deaths in 2013 (Callout Leader)
-Phoenix Flood Recovery Centers in 2014

About the Canine
• Callie is a 12-year-old tri-color Australian Shepherd. She loves people, especially children, and is always eager to put on her work vest. With her friendly face, quiet and curious demeanor and soft fur, she is a natural at animal-assisted therapy/activities.
• In her 10 years of service, Callie, along with her handler, have provided comfort and support to more than 10,000 individuals.

Notes of Interest
• Jeanette and Callie were recipients of Gabriel’s Angels “Pet Therapy Team of the Year” in 2010 and are one of the longest-serving teams in the service of abused and at-risk children.
• Jeanette is a member of Arizona Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (AZ VOAD) and a member of Scottsdale Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).