Junior League of Fresno – 1980s

The 1980s included the establishment of the first Ronald McDonald House for the Central Valley, initiated by the Junior League of Fresno. Break the Barriers, an organization providing physical and cultural activities for disabled and able-bodied children, received funds to purchase a bus to transport the children. A public awareness campaign was the focus of the Adult Day Care project. Premature Parents was a songwriting contest involving young adults, which encouraged adolescents to avoid teenage pregnancy. The “How to Say No” program found Fresno members working with high school students to combat peer pressure. The Oral History project added to the Fresno County Library’s collection of Fresno’s past by the people who lived it. This decade also produced the local League’s “California Treasure” Cookbook that was a fundraiser for the next several years. In 1982, the Fresno League established the first annual Senior Girl Athlete Awards Dinner, because at the time there weren’t any other events honoring female athletes. In 1986, Impact Fresno, a committee of volunteers who provide assistance to many nonprofit organizations through short-term mini projects was established in Fresno and then emulated by Leagues around the country.