Junior League Gala

Important JLGR Event Information – COVID-19

March 16, 2020

Dear Community Supporters,

In light of the recent guidance from the Governor, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization, the Board of Directors has decided that what is safest for our members and our community is to suspend all in- person JLGR activities through the end of April. This includes the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Gala on April 30 due to escalating COVID-19 health warnings about large group gatherings. We are devastated to miss out on this event, especially after all the work that has gone into it by so many of our members and partners. We did not make this decision lightly. In recent weeks, we’ve all learned of the increasing number of travel advisories, work-from-home policies, and cancellations at almost every level of conference, school, and sport. Specifically, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement this week urging that gatherings of 100 people or more should be canceled in an effort to contain the spread of the virus.

While our Junior League tradition inspires all of us to want to plow forward, overcome the obstacles, and see our goals through to the end, we are cognizant of the risks that are beyond our control and of our duty to protect our members and the community. While not our first choice by any means, we know canceling our in-person activity during this time is the right thing to do.

While we are disappointed to cancel the 2020 Gala, Susan Jones has graciously agreed to be our honoree at the 2021 Gala instead, and we look forward to seeing you there under better and safer conditions. We will be communicating details in the coming days about options to current ticket holders, and we are working with our sponsors to ensure their satisfaction and ongoing partnership. Information about the 2021 Gala will be communicated to all ticket holders as well as sponsors via email to announce a new date as soon as possible.

The work of the Junior League will not come to a halt, and we will continue to look for ways to support our community. In response to the situation created by school closures, the Junior League is making a matching gift of $10,000 to Kids’ Food Basket to support food access for children who rely on school breakfast and lunch programs. We invite you to join our efforts by visiting https://www.juniorleaguegr.com/system/donate_summary/ to make a secure, tax-deductible gift online. All gifts up to $10,000 made to the League’s general fund through April 30th will go to support the matching gift to Kids’ Food Basket. After that, all tax-deductible donations to our general fund will support our work in training women leaders, combating food insecurity, improving access to safe urban play spaces, and providing food for families transitioning out of domestic violence.

Tessa K. Muir
JLGR President | 2019-2020

P.S. For more information about the work the league is doing in this emergency situation, please visit our Facebook page @JuniorLeagueGR for updates.


If you have questions or want to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact a member of the Junior League of Grand Rapids jlgrdonordevelopment@gmail.com and a someone will respond with sponsorship information.

To view our sponsorship form, please click here.


To view photos from previous Gala events, please visit our Facebook page.