Soon after I moved back to Ogden 5 years ago I fell deeply in love with our fair city. Yes, the mountains and miles and miles of trails are beautiful. We have some amazing restaurants and theatres and coffee shops. We enjoy the small-town feel with all the conveniences of larger cities. However, what I fell the hardest for was the people. I grew up in a small town not far from Ogden that shall remain nameless. I’ve lived in Salt Lake City and a bit further south down in Albuquerque. I never felt like I found ‘my people’ until I found my way back to Ogden, though.
Ogdenites have grit. We’re skeptical of outsiders but open to change and growth. We love ideas and entrepreneurs and honesty. Our loyalty to our city lies heavily in the fact that we know we’re amazing – we always have been – whether or not anyone else realizes it. We put our time, money, and volunteer efforts into our community, our neighbors. There are a number of amazing local groups and organizations that represent everything that makes Ogden great. One such group is none other than the Junior League of Ogden. I volunteered with JLO and did a provisional year back in 2015. I was so impressed with the giant hearts and dedication this group of women have – they truly represent some of the best Ogden has to offer.
The women of the Junior League have long been involved in helping support and empower not only the women who volunteer but the community in which they all love and live. They were the force behind what has become our beloved Nature Center. They cleared the weeds and tilled the dirt in what is now the beautiful Oasis Garden. These tenacious members recognized a need in our community and worked with local medical providers and others to open Midtown Health Clinic. The Junior League recognizes needs in the Ogden community and they do something about it.
Members volunteer thousands of hours every year on numerous projects that impact nearly every single person in the Ogden community. Change doesn’t always come free, though, and they rely on donations and support from the community to make all this work possible.
The Spring Gala is their biggest fundraising event of the year. I was invited to share the evening with these women, many of whom are personal friends and acquaintances of mine, along with many other supportive and passionate members of our community.
‘A Night in White at the Cape’ was the theme and most attendees dressed in white. The food, catered by Peddlers, brought a bit of New England fare to the evening with dishes such as Creamy New England Clam Chowder, Savory Leek Bread Pudding, and my favorite, Shrimp Stuffed Baby Potatoes.
Dozens of local businesses lent support by donating items for both the live and silent auction. Friendly bidding wars helped raised thousands of dollars that will go directly back into the community and impact the lives of men, women, and children.
Interested in learning more about the Junior League of Ogden? You can find more information on their Facebook page or website. Want to get involved and/or donate? Their next event, LobsterUp Down the Ogden River, will be a fun one for the entire family. You can find information on that here.
*Many thanks to Nick Bowsher for use of his photos from the gala. All photos are his.