Shirley Wight Keeney was a beloved member and Past President of the Junior League of Summit. This remarkable woman was well-loved and greatly admired by generations of Junior League women. She began her volunteer work early as a preschooler in the early 1920s and carried on her tradition of service throughout her life until her passing in 2010. We feel it is a privilege for the League to be able to offer $3,000 scholarships to high school seniors, in her name, each year. The scholarship is open to students who meet the Shirley Wight Keeney Scholarship requirements.
We also award a Continuing Education Scholarship to a member of the community who has demonstrated a commitment to volunteerism in her community and is pursuing additional education or certification and who meets the Continuing Education Scholarship requirements.
Congratulations to all of our 2019-20 Scholarship Winners: Domenico Deluca, Mikayla Meyler, Alison Zimmermann, Jillian Zimmermann, and Nikki Griffiths.
Jean Hudson Gano Volunteer Award
The Jean Hudson Gano Community Service Award was established in May of 1997 in celebration of Jean’s life. Jean was an outstanding Junior League and community volunteer. Jean’s impact on the community was far-reaching and long-lasting. The award given in her memory will ensure that her extraordinary commitment to voluntarism will never be forgotten. Click here for Criteria for Jean Hudson Gano Award.
Congratulations to 2020 award winners FLAG of Chatham-Madison and FLAG of Summit. Learn more about FLAG.
FLAG, which stands for Front Line Appreciation Group is a group that’s dedicated to helping feed our front line health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic while also keeping our local restaurants in business. The group was started by Liz Bernich of Chatham, NJ — who teamed up with another mom, Gina McGuire of Madison, to create the group that raised an amazing $100,000+ for the cause in its first two weeks of existence. As FLAG has become a nationwide movement, 100+ other independent, community-based organizations using the FLAG name have been created all over the country emulating their mission.
From inception, FLAG of Chatham/Madison had 32,642 meals delivered $238,644 spent locally, and $254,007 raised for local use and partnered with 52 different businesses/ restaurants across Chatham, Madison and Florham Park.
Katie Darcy of FLAG Summit soon followed suit, adding “After seeing something on FB from Chatham, that had started maybe 3 days prior, I knew we had to do something in Summit. I was prepared to carry all the weight and do every single delivery, but having grown up in Summit, I knew this community would step up- both financially and with their time. This town did not disappoint. During a very chaotic, uncertain time, it felt so good to be a part of something good.”
Summit FLAG delivered 18,000 meals, raised over $150,000, and patronized over 80 local businesses.
The Amanda Parrish Block Award
Each year, the JLS awards The Amanda Parrish Block Grant based on certain needs that arise in the community surrounding food insecurity and meeting essential demands. The grant was established in 2017 in honor of Amanda Parrish Block, founder of Giving and Receiving Assistance for our Community’s Essentials (GRACE), as a tribute to her tireless efforts, enthusiasm, and dedication to address the various needs in our community.
Congratulations to this year’s recipient: ‘Helping Hands’ in support of students and families of Chatham in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Helping Hands’ assisted local families by purchasing grocery gift cards, securing boxes of fresh produce, milk and eggs, bread, face masks and other essentials. Helping Hands of Chatham, NJ is an online volunteer coordination service for friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors to assist those in need. In addition, they have recently implemented a buddy system where volunteers can sign up to help within the community. Whether the need is emotional, a shopping trip, pharmacy pick up, a car ride, a visit to the doctor – whatever the necessity may be, They will have a pool of volunteers to provide outreach. Learn more about Helping Hands.