The Thursday Club Juniors raise $88,400 for Shelter to Soldier™ program!

June 24, 2016

On April 22nd, 2016, The Thursday Club Juniors hosted an 1940’s themed “Night at the Hollywood Canteen” gala to benefit our mission at Shelter to Soldier™. It was truly a night to remember. The Thursday Club was founded in 1921 to promote social, educational, cultural and civic activities throughout San Diego County.
“The Thursday Club Juniors is proud to support Shelter to Soldier™ and its dedication to the men and women who have selflessly given so much of themselves in service of our great Nation,” said Ginger Dethloff, president of the Thursday Club Juniors.

For nearly 100 years, the Thursday Club members have combined social activities and volunteering their time for civic and benevolent projects benefitting Balboa Park and the San Diego Community.

From the smallest detail, to swing dancers and a trio of dolls dressed in their pin-up best singing all of the era’s greatest hits, the gala was loaded with all things 1940’s. Ladies were dressed for the occasion, and their dates were in full costume from flight suits to sailor gear.

The incredible women of the Thursday Club Juniors worked tirelessly over months to bring this memorable event together. They gathered donations from local businesses for the silent auction, and decorated each item to the max. The live auction was exciting and incredibly moving, as guests stepped up in a big way with donations to support out cause. The event itself was a snapshot back in time, with incredible decor, mess-hall style exquisite cuisine, and fun for all in attendance.

On May 19th, The Thursday Club Juniors held their May luncheon, inducting new members into the club, introducing the women to hold office positions for the 2016-2017 year, and presenting the checks for the donations they raised for three worthy charities through their 2015-2016 fundraising efforts: The Travis Manion Foundation, San Diego Zoo Global’s Wounded Warrior Project, and Shelter to Soldier™. vo•cab•u•lar•y boutique held a fashion show at the luncheon, with Thursday Club Junior members as the models for Spring and Summer fashions. It was a touching day, and our team felt very moved to be a part of such enormous, genuine, and compassionate work on the part of the ladies of The Thursday Club Juniors who have given back to their community in such a big way, and this year, specifically to the veterans of San Diego county.

The Thursday Club Juniors gala raised $88,400 for our psychiatric service dog program! This donation will help us to adopt, raise, and train approximately 8 dogs for our mission. These dogs will be placed, free of charge, with post-9/11 combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other injuries associated with traumatic service experiences. Together, the Thursday Club Juniors and Shelter to Soldier™ are “Saving Lives, Two at a Time.”

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