Who: Ladies Who Sip Cocktails in Jeans and Jewels
What: Blue Jeans & Bling
Where: Minnesota Children’s Museum
When: Saturday, February 27, 2010
Why: A night for Junior League of Saint Paul’s members, hubbies, and boyfriends to mingle and raise funds for the League’s community programs
Nearly 150 friends and members of the Junior League of Saint Paul pulled on their jeans and dressed them up with plenty of flash, from sparkly jewelry to sequined-embellished tops, for the 3rd annual Blue Jeans & Bling at the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
Adults were kids-for-a-night by playing games stationed throughout the museum, like fishing for R.F. Moeller Jewelry gift bags or picking a cork to win a bottle of vino at the wine wall.
When the Junior League comes to mind, you may not associate the 90-year-old organization with ladies in blue jeans sipping cocktails, but rather ladies who lunch. But when we bumped into Kathy Ordahl, who joined the league in 1997, she begged to differ. “I’m not about the white gloves and the pearls thing,” she says. “That’s not me.”
“I joined for . . . imagine that . . . social reasons, and I wanted to give back to the community,” she says. Kathy is a “sustiainer,” a member who already committed more than five years of active service years to the league.
“It’s like a sisterhood. The friends that you make will be your lifelong friends,” she says nodding toward fellow sustainer and sistah Carlon Fontaine.
As the live auction got under way, with spa packages and Oprah’s tickets up for bid, Christine Sand, president of the Junior League of Saint Paul, encouraged the crowd that their dollars mattered, “You’re helping us cultivate leaders of the future,” she says. That night, about $25,000 was raised for Junior of League of Saint Paul programs and activities, including a fund that will give a game and book to 200 St. Paul children.
Thank you ladies!