The 2005-2006 year of the Junior League of El Paso unleashed many wonderful ideas, projects, and programs into the El Paso community. Through our eight projects: Cradled in Love, Field of Dreams, Music Therapy for the Elderly, El Paso Desert Botanical Garden at Keystone Heritage Park, El Paso Ambassadors, Kids Discover El Paso, Independence House and Let Go, an incredible impact was made on many El Paso citizens. The Garden hosted the first annual “Sizzlin’ Saturday Nights” Summer Series and celebrated the opening of the permanent restroom facilities. El Paso Ambassadors was instrumental in bringing a major employer to El Paso. Independence House saw a successful transition to the YWCA after many years of JLEP involvement.
A Christmas Fair with a Western Flair was a great success this year with over 15, 000 people in attendance and over 190 vendor booths from all over the country. Bite of the Border, in its third year, moved to Biggs Field and offered twenty-six restaurants and tons of entertainment. The Junior League of El Paso Endowment Fund realized over a 60% increase since its inception in 2002.
The JLEP was honored to assist AJLI in hosting the President Elect Training and Governance Conference in El Paso in February. After selling the unused land parcel behind Headquarters, the office received a newly paved parking lot and a new roof. After “Unleashing the Potential” through efforts within the organization and in the community, the JLEP demonstrated once again why they are the volunteer organization of choice.