On Sunday, May 19, members of the community will generously open their hearts and homes for the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. House Tour & Boutique. Proceeds from this important fundraiser will support the diverse projects and programs provided to local children at risk by the Junior League of Montclair Newark, Inc. (JLMN). These initiatives, which focus especially on the areas of health and safety, education, and the arts, benefit over 5,000 children at risk each year.
The JLMN House Tour & Boutique is a new event conceived in the tradition of the organization’s history of Designer Show House fundraisers. The self-guided tours will offer an up-close look inside our community’s finest residences during the popular “May in Montclair” season. Attendees will also have an opportunity to shop fabulous mini-boutiques from the area’s top vendors at the check in location, Van Vleck House & Gardens. Boutique items will include gifts for Father’s Day, graduation, weddings, as well as women’s accessories, home accents and an Attic Treasures Estate Sale area featuring vintage home décor and designer accessories.
“The JLMN House Tour & Boutique is a fundraiser that feels both fresh and familiar for our organization,” said Jessica Lane, President of the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. “Until 2007, the JLMN was well known for our successful Designer Show Houses. This year we saw an opportunity to return to that heritage and highlight this area’s residential beauty with a fun, community-oriented house tour, boutique and supply drive. We’re hoping for a terrific turn out since this fundraiser is critical for the vital organizations with whom we partner, and for the individuals we serve.”
To kick off the day, the JLMN will also host a Brunch and Browse event from 10am to 11 am, which will offer a raffle to win fabulous prizes including a photography session from Best Photography, women’s accessories and more!
All self-guided tours may begin any time after 11:00 am and must be completed by 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 19th. The check-in location is Montclair’s beautiful and historic Van Vleck House & Gardens located at 21 Van Vleck Street. A map and itinerary will be provided so that participants may customize their own tours.
Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. House Tour and Boutique
Sunday, May 19. Brunch and Browse from 10 am – 11 am / Self-guided House Tours from 11 am – 4 pm
Checkin at 21 Van Vleck Street / Tours throughout Montclair
$40 advance tickets are recommended and can be purchased online here. (Tickets are $45 at the door) / $35 tickets for Brunch and Browse are separate
To contact the JLMN with questions, please email or call 973.746.2499.
The JLMN House Tour & Boutique will also serve as a central location for a supply drive benefiting two important initiatives:
(1) The Transitions for Youth Summer Housing Internship Program (SHIP) which supports young people who, placed in foster care as minors, have overcome great obstacles to go to college and are in need of assistance in obtaining food and basic household supplies between semesters during the summer.
(2) The kindergarten teachers’ supply closet at Watsessing Elementary School in Bloomfield.
The JLMN will welcome donations of markers, paint and paint brushes, dry erase boards, other art supplies or school supplies in general, toothpaste, deodorant, laundry detergent, peanut butter, cans of soup, mac and cheese, pasta, beans, cereal rice, pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks and more. For a full list of items please visit www.jlmn.org.