The Junior League of Buffalo was established according to the principle that women could and should make a meaningful contribution to society; an ideal that was first advanced by Mary Harriman in New York City as Founder of the Junior League in 1901 and borrowed in Buffalo in 1919 by Mary Crate Taylor as the Founding President of the Junior League of Buffalo. This same purpose endures today, 100 years later. Purpose is what unites us across generations and with 292 sister organizations of AJLI.
Since 1919, the Junior League of Buffalo has been investing in the welfare of Buffalo’s children, families, neighborhoods, and heritage. Through voluntarism, fundraising, and advocacy, the Junior League of Buffalo improves the quality of life for residents of Western New York. By delivering solutions in support of healthcare, nutrition, the arts, literacy, criminal justice, the environment, historic preservation and downtown revitalization, the Junior League of Buffalo empowers individuals and strengthens our community.
We are very proud of our legacy of service and our diverse impact on our local community. Finding the right balance between tradition and change has been critical to our longevity; indeed, our continued relevance depends on it. The historic occasion of our 100th anniversary is cause for both celebration and contemplation as we look back on our bright past and look forward to our brilliant future.
Starting in May 2018, we launched a year of Centennial events to commemorate our historic birthday. Join us as we celebrate 100 years of impact and empowerment. Discover JLB. Discover partners for prosperity.
On March 30, 2019, The Junior League of Buffalo Centennial Gilded Gala was held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. Performances were given by Caroline Bowman and Kara Lindsay, Award Winning Broadway Actors Featured as Elphaba and Glinda in “Wicked.” More than 250 guests attended the very successful event. To view photos from the event, please click HERE. We would like to thank all of our Gala Sponsors and Guests!