Who: Philanthropists, denim lovers, and cocktail sippers
What: Blue Jeans & Bling!
Where: University Club, St. Paul
When: February 25, 2011
Why: To raise funds for Junior League of Saint Paul’s mission to help the St. Paul community
Getting all gussied up in a dress, tightly fitting nylons, and uncomfortable heels can be somewhat nightmarish for those attending benefits and galas. Especially in the winter when sweatpants often become the outfit du jour. But Blue Jeans & Bling is different. At this party you can throw on a comfortable pair of jeans, pick a cute sweater or blazer, and you’re ready to go. But one mustn’t forget to accessorize with the bling—although isn’t this every woman’s favorite part of getting dressed anyway?
This annual party is definitely one of the hottest shindigs on the east side of the river. The Junior League of Saint Paul holds this “dress up/dress down” benefit to raise funds for its philanthropic efforts in the city of St. Paul.
On this chilly Friday night, more than 185 ladies and gents made the University Club on Summit Hill party central. The Club’s Summit Room, or main dining room, had light snacks, wine and beer, and a great DJ who provided a fun atmosphere for some mingling. The Terrace off of the dining room held a room full of live auction items and was packed! It was great to see so many people checking the items out, including gift cards, designer goodies, and prize baskets.
As I made my way out onto the dancefloor, I ran into Dianna Peterson, JLSP president. She told me how much members look forward to this event every year and the huge impact it has on the Junior League of Saint Paul’s ability to create programs and help the community. “This party is always so great,” she said.
Then the DJ kicked it into high gear and JLSP members and their guests hit the dance floor to break it down to everything from Ke$ha’s “Tick Tock” to the iconic “Shout” by The Isley Brothers.
The dancing ended just in time (I was getting a bit tired . . .) for the live auction. The hot ticket of the night was a cruise on Lake Minnetonka, which sold for $750! All in all, the night full of bling, baubles, and besties raised $25,000 for the Junior League of Saint Paul’s mission.