Last month the Junior League of Long Island (JLLI) held its annual winter fundraiser—a speakeasy 1920s theme party—in The Founder’s Room at the Paramount in Huntington.
“The event was a total success and much fun,” said Sierra Mittleman, Winter Fundraiser cochair.
The $8,600 raised will help fund JLLI’s many efforts and initiatives.
Costumes were encouraged and the public got the message. They showed up channeling their inner Zelda Fitzgeralds and Al Capones.
“It was so much fun to dress up in clothes from such a fabulous era,” Mittleman said.
Guests donned their best Roaring ‘20s flapper and gangster costumes pieced together from local shops and online vendors. The Founder’s Room is an exclusive space not open to the public, which made the speakeasy event even more thrilling.
“Having the event at The Founder’s Room, which was set up and decorated like a speakeasy, made the evening seem even more like a step back into the roaring 1920s,” Mittleman explained.
The event featured period music, an open bar, a silent auction, a wine and spirits pull, a cigar bar, a photo booth and exclusive tasting menus. Tickets were offered at $125 for Guys and Dolls general admission, $175 for “Bootleg Buddy of the League” admission, which included 10 raffle tickets, and one ticket was available for The Don for $1,000. It included entry for four into the event, access to the private Frankenstein room, 25 raffle tickets and a bottle of scotch, and was purchased by none other than Mittleman’s husband, Phil.
This annual fundraiser is themed differently every year, but the goal remains the same. The proceeds from this event allows the JLLI to continue its daily efforts to engage in volunteering and fundraising efforts across Long Island. They use the money for various projects, including building a playground at local schools in need, the “First Step” event, which helps women from underprivileged circumstances return to the workforce with career advice and a new work wardrobe and the “Kids in the Kitchen” event, which helps children learn healthy eating habits. All JLLI projects and events help local women and children on Long Island.
The Junior League office and thrift store can be found at 1395 Old Northern Blvd. in Roslyn. For more information, call 516-484-0485 or visit www.jlli.org.