While the name of the event is “New to You,” the goal of Junior League of Fort Wayne remains the same: Helping develop the potential of women through volunteering and charitable efforts.
The annual “New to You” sale, now in its seventh year, is Junior League's primary fundraiser. The format of the sale is simple: Donated goods are gathered for resale, at extremely affordable prices, on the second Saturday of November. The sale was held today, as it has been in past years, at the former Marshall Field's store at Glenbrook Square.
Laura Antil, the president of the board of directors for Junior League, said the organization hopes to raise between $14,000 and $16,000 through the sale. With Saturday's pleasant weather, Antil said that the organization appeared to be on pace to meet that goal, but just as importantly, the group's membership continues to fulfill its mission.
“This is a lot of work -- it's a lot of time and effort,” Antil said. “It's wonderful to see it come together.”
Junior League members must commit at least 12 hours of service time for the event, which primarily benefits Hope House and a women's transition program. The importance of those types of programs and support, as well as Junior League's own training, should not be understated.
Members prepare to sit on boards in the community and some are also sent to professional conferences for further development.
“Look at it for my own personal growth,” Antil said. “The friendships I've made, the people I've met, have all helped me to develop the confidence I need to be successful.
“Volunteering -- it's necessary to give back to your community. It helps those who are in a position of need. It doesn't have to be a huge production every time,” Antil continued. “All things, small things, add up, and at the end of it, we can say, 'We've helped someone today.'”