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Support the Junior League of Rockford 2020 LBDI
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The Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) is an awareness and fundraising campaign employed by many Junior Leagues around the world. The Junior League of Rockford (JLR) has chosen to participate for the third time on November 15-21 2020.

Participants will wear a black dress or black outfit, as they are able, for seven consecutive days as a visible symbol of participation and to start conversations and raise awareness about literacy issues in the Rockford area. Wearing one black dress or outfit illustrates the crippling effects limited resources can play on one’s quality of life and allows members to educate themselves on the difficulties facing those in need. Participants will also solicit funds from family, friends, and coworkers to support  the Junior League of Rockford and our new project, Literacy Leaders. The goal of Literacy Leaders is to lessen the consequence of illiteracy in children and provide opportunities for families to have access to books for the home. 


All active members are highly encouraged to participate in this initiative as they aim to 

  • Raise awareness and educate themselves on the difficulties facing those in need without access to resources and how limited resources can impact our daily life. 
  • Start a conversation about the Junior League of Rockford and our project, Literacy Leaders 
  • Shine a spotlight on the issues surrounding poverty and the limits poverty can place on access to books, early reading and language development, and long-term academic achievement of the children in Rockford


Founded in 1930, the Junior League of Rockford, Inc. (JLR) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League of Rockford, Inc. reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to voluntarism.



All events will abide by CDC guidelines in light of COVID-19. We ask that you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Sunday, November 15th: LBDI Kickoff! Join us on Facebook as our members kick off their fundraising efforts! 

Monday, November 16th: Dine + Donate with Mary's Market 15% back on Medium Raspberry Mocha Latte $3.95 at all Mary's locations ( East State, Perryville, Edgebrook, and Roscoe). Open 7 AM - 7 PM

Tuesday, November 17th:  Dine + Donate with Sam's on Riverside;   10% back at Sam's Ristorante Pizzeria if you mention JLR when ordering for dine in or take out orders only. You must mention Junior League of Rockford for your purchase to count between 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Wednesday, November 18th: Yoga with JLR @ 7 AM and Yoga with JLR at 5:30PM $10/ticket (10 in person for both, virtual available at same price).  First 40 people also receive a $5 Sugar Britches gift card! 

Thursday, November 19th: Mixology + Jazz Night with Abreo$50 cocktail kit (2 different cocktail kits, each yielding 2 drinks for 4 drinks total and 2 appetizers) with a virtual happy hour complete with a jazz musician Parker Stluka with Jazz and Jam's. Order by 11/17, pick up 11/19 at Abreo during your selected time during the hours of 12-5. Zoom call starts at 7:00!

Friday, November 20th:Board and Brush Take Home NightBoard & Brush Take Home Kits that come with everything you need and instructions on how to do the project! Kits can be purchased through the Board & Brush website until Wednesday, November 18th for $25 each. 

Saturday, November 21st; Virtual BINGO with JLR; Hosted through Zoom, your 1st card is free. After your 1st card, $5/card or 3 for $10.  4 rounds of Bingo starting 3:00-4:30 PM with prizes for each round!






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