The Buzz about The Junior League of Bronxville’s Bids to Benefit Fundraiser

By Monica Malpass Photography by K. Salkey of Narrative View Media

April 10, 2024: The Junior League of Bronxville (JLB) hosted its annual Bids to Benefit fundraiser on March 1 at the Bronxville Field Club (BFC).

The fundraiser, which helped kick off Women's History Month, kept attendees enjoying delicious food and drinks and rocking out to cassette classics and 80’s rock by local band and JLB sponsor, Beautiful Buzz, until the final curtain call of the evening. Through ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and the purchase of curated experiences, the fundraiser supported the JLB’s mission “to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training.”

The event was overseen by JLB Past President and current Fundraising Vice President Michelle Schoulder and Event Chair Taylor Gari along with an entire team of JLB volunteers. Among the many items that attendees and other generous patrons bid on were dine, stay, and spa packages at The Abbey Inn & Spa, private paddle lessons at the BFC, a coffee tasting class with Coffee Labs Roasters, a SoulCycle workout, a speakeasy at a private home, a closet refresh with The New York Stylist and a plant care demonstration from PlantBlerd.

Bids were also placed for delicious desserts from Bakeville Treats, skin and spa services from Skin Confident Beauty & Skin Spa, a curated selection of top reads from the JLB’s Member Book Club, and more.

One “buzzworthy” aspect of Bids that was definitely worth repeating from prior years was the contribution of prior JLB Sponsor of the Year Bronxville Wines & Spirits (BW&S). Matthew Eil of BW&S put together the perfect selection of nine silent auction lots that ranged from everything from “California Legends”’ to “Greats of Italy” to a “Bar Starter Pack.”

On the evening of the event, Joern Tittel of BW&S ran a live auction that included “Sailing with a Sommelier” and a champagne tasting for twenty. Since the Bids to Benefit event was conceptualized years ago, BW&S has been a key partner for the JLB and this year was no different. Schoulder remarked, “There is no greater honor and satisfaction than to plan an event, like Bids to Benefit, where you see your membership, the local businesses, and the broader community come together in support of a mission that means so much and makes such a difference to those it touches.”

The JLB is extremely proud of the support it receives from the community, including local, small, and women-owned businesses. A heartfelt thanks goes to Bakeville Treats, Beautiful Buzz, Bronxville Wines and Spirits, Coffee Labs Roasters, Kamili Bell Hill of PlantBlerd, Michelle Makes Memories, Skin Confident Beauty & Skin Spa, The Abbey Inn & Spa, The New York Stylist, and SoulCycle.

Funds raised through this event support the JLB, including its women’s leadership development and outreach efforts throughout its five service areas of Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe, and Yonkers. Examples of the JLB‘s outreach initiatives include two monthly Mobile Food Pantries in conjunction with Feeding Westchester; the JLB Joyful Closet at the Edward Williams School in Mount Vernon, providing necessary clothing, toiletries, and other necessities to children in need in partnership with Bundles of Joy; and a monthly afterschool reading program at Eastchester Community Action Partnership (ECAP) called the Book Nook in Tuckahoe.

Current JLB President Jennifer Carella summed up the event by saying, “Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of Bids to Benefit. This year’s event was a fresh, fun take on a classic JLB fundraiser. Fundraisers such as this allow us to continue our vision of Mobilizing Women to Ignite & Inspire Community Change.” A wonderful evening that everyone will remember and all for a good cause!


Community Service Organizations Directory

Community Service Organizations

Bronxville Beautification Council

Organized in 1982 and incorporated in 1993, the Bronxville Beautification Council (BBC) is a not for profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. Its mission is to enhance and maintain the natural and man-made beauty of Bronxville Village, with emphasis on the downtown business district of Bronxville. The BBC uses the dollars raised in its annual spring solicitation letter to residents to fund the mum, tulip and summer flower plantings downtown and at traffic intersections, as well as the summer hanging baskets. Every few years the group spearheads such major endeavors as the renovation of Leonard Morange Square on the west side of the railroad tracks and the beautification of the Lawrence Hospital traffic circle, which included the addition of plants and the building of the fountain that now makes a gracious western portal to our town. The BBC also works with other civic groups to monitor the aesthetics of retail signage, the consistency of sidewalk materials, and litter and graffiti. During Beautify Bronxville Week, the BBC sponsors a poetry reading and works with Scout groups on the annual village clean-up. 

Bronxville Beautification Council
PO Box 127
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Boy Scouts

The village of Bronxville has a long tradition of scouting. “The troops and packs of Bronxville have maintained the finest scouting organizations and have taught the boys of the Bronxville area to be leaders and outstanding members of the local, national and global communities.”

There are several Boy Scout Troops in Bronxville, including Troops 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Bronxvillle Girls Scouts

The Girls Scouts is “the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world.” In Girl Scouts, “girls discover the fun, friendship and power of girls together. Through the many enriching experiences provided by Girl Scouts, they can grow courageous and strong.”

Bronxville Historical Conservancy

The Bronxville Historical Conservancy was founded in 1998 to further the understanding and appreciation of the history and current life of the village. The Conservancy furthers its mission through the presentation of programs, publications, lectures and special events that foster an awareness of the village's architectural, artistic and cultural heritage, and lends its support for projects designed to strengthen and preserve those legacies. Anyone who is interested in the Bronxville and its history can become a member; varying levels of membership are available. 

Bronxville Historical Conservancy
PO Box 989
Bronxville, New York 10708


Bronxville School Foundation

The Bronxville School Foundation, founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization independent from the school with the sole purpose of supporting the school. The Foundation raises money each year through donations from school families, community members, and alumni, among others.These contributions fund grants that provide cutting-edge technology, innovative programs and curriculum and other resources that are beyond the scope of public school funding.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Women’s Club

The Bronxville Women’s Club offers lectures, exhibits and concerts. It also has a beautiful clubhouse which is available for rental for events.

135 Midland Avenue
Bronxville, New York 10708

Bronxville Youth Council

The Bronxville Youth Council provides volunteer and leadership opportunities for high school students in the village of Bronxville.

177 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
914-395-0500 ext 1789

Counseling Center

Founded in 1971, the mission of the Counseling Center “is to provide a wide range of psychotherapeutic and counseling services to individuals, couples and families by a staff of highly trained, experience and dedicated psychotherapists. 

The Counseling Center
180 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester & Tuckahoe

The mission of the Community Fund is “to support broad social services in Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe through grants and technical support to local agencies and community projects. All money raised here in our community stays here in our community.” 

15 Park Place
Bronxville, New York 10708

Friends of the Bronxville Library

The Friends of the Bronxville Library is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to focus attention on the “Library’s services, facilities and needs” as well as sponsor projects and provide materials that are beyond the reach of the Library’s regular budget and perform other services. 

Junior League of Bronxville

The Junior League of Bronxville is “an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.”

Rotary Club of Bronxville

The mission of the Rotary Club of Bronxville is to “encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and to encourage and foster (1) the development of friendships within the community as an opportunity for service, (2) high ethical standards in business and professions, (3) the application of the ideal of service of each member to his personal and business and community life and (4) the advancement of international understanding, good will and peace through a world fellowship.” 

Senior Citizens of Bronxville

Senior Citizens of Bronxville is a not-for-profit organization that provides services and programs to seniors within the 10708 zip code area. “Programs cover a wide range of activities from educational seminars and cultural enrichment, to community services, bridge classes and exercise.”

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