Junior League ‘Little Black Dress’ highlights at-risk moms’ needs

The Junior League of Boca Raton’s annual Little Black Dress Initiative raises funds to help underserved women and children in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

League members that take part in Little Black Dress wear the same black dress or outfit for a week to illustrate restrictions poverty places on choices, opportunities, and access to resources, the League said in the statement. “Members experience what it’s like to only own one dress and have to keep it clean and wear it for an entire week so they can reflect on the impact of poverty and the lack of choices people have who live in poverty…

“In Florida, 62% of the workforce is comprised of mothers with infant children and one quarter of the state’s residents live below the poverty level,” according to League estimates.

“This important initiative will highlight how difficult it is to work, but not make enough to make ends meet and really be able to take care of your children’s needs,” said Cristy Stewart-Harfmann, Junior League of Boca Raton president. Chairs for the Little Black Dress Initiative are Tara Patton and Cheryl Marcus.

League members raise money for Little Black Dress by posting on their social media channel, pictured in the outfit. The Junior League’s goal is to raise at least $25,000. To help, go to: or send a check to: Junior League of Boca Raton, Vegso Community Resource Center, 261 NW 13th St., Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Donations are fully tax deductible and also support the programs and missions of the Junior League of Boca Raton, including Feeding our Community, Self-Esteem Programs and the Diaper Bank.

Throughout the year, JLBR members  contribute more than 35,000 volunteer hours and donate more than $250,000 to support training volunteers, developing the potential of women and improving the South Florida community through impact areas: child welfare, hunger, and nonprofit support. To learn more about the JLBR, call 561-620-2553, go to: or, or


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