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Junior League of Wheeling Prepares for ‘Affair With Emerald Flair’ Fundraiser

Photo Provided Members of the Junior League of Wheeling volunteer to present a healthy cooking lesson to children. Pictured from left are Beth Cox, Amanda Whitehead, Kristen Cox, Lindsey McGlaughlin, Jennifer Calabrese, Sarah West and Erica Wilcox.

WHEELING — Programs to empower young women will benefit from the proceeds of a food tasting fundraiser in Wheeling this week.

The Junior League of Wheeling will present “An Affair with Emerald Flair” at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wheeling Artisan Center, 14th and Main streets. Profits from the event will support Junior League programs, including “Girl on Fire” — a program that strives to build confidence and self-esteem among girls in middle school and high school.

There will be music, beer and wine, and an opportunity to sample offerings from local restaurants. Among those participating are Pickles Eatery and Bar, Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream, Mamma C’s Bakery and Deli, The Vagabond Kitchen, River City Restaurant, Longhorn Steakhouse, Ideal Provisions, Generations Restaurant & Pub, Wheeling Brewing Company and Ye Olde Alpha.

An Affair With Emerald Flair will feature a St. Patrick’s Day theme.

“The ‘Girl on Fire ‘ program Falls under our mission cue to help develop the potential of women and children in the community,” said Alex Weld of the Junior League. “Our goal with the program is to empower young women, build their self confidence and help them be the best they can be.

“We want to help them in any way we can. It’s tough being a middle school kid or a teenager.”

The first of the programs are set to take place this month at The House of the Carpenter, and at Crittenton Services Inc..

A committee of Junior League members will make the presentation. Weld said they will focus on educating young women on how to stand up for themselves and what confidence is. They also will be encouraged to communicate their self worth.

“Women are paid less across the board, and a lot of times it may be because we can’t communicate our wealth,” she said. “We can’t speak for ourselves.

“They shouldn’t be embarrassed or feel uncomfortable about speaking about their successes.”

The most well-known program sponsored by the Junior League is its efforts to oversee and maintain the Janie S. Altmeyer Playground at Heritage Port.

The group also sponsors kitchen events, with some of these focusing on teaching children to cook and eat healthy snacks.

“Sometimes organizations reach out to us when they need volunteers to paint or put up a fence,” she said. “We’re all about empowering women in the community.”

In addition to the food and music, patrons at An Event With Emerald Flair will get the opportunity to win valuable prizes.

This year’s grand prize raffle winner will win a fully customizable getaway adventure valued at $4,000. The winner will be assisted by Uniglobe Ohio Valley Travel to choose their vacation dates and destination specific to their very own getaway.

The evening will feature live music from Jukebox and the New Age Adenas, complimentary beer and wine, as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres from the local vendors.

Additionally, the event will include various basket raffles, providing guests the chance to win prizes such as a Yeti cooler, flying lessons, an in-home concert, concert and event tickets, spa packages and sports packages,

Patrons also may participate in a BYOB “bring your own bottle” raffle. Guests who bring a bottle of alcohol to the event will be awarded a raffle ticket for a chance to win the lot of alcohol. One raffle ticket will be awarded for each bottle or six-pack, and additional tickets will be available.

The event is open to the general public, and tickets may be purchased in advanced at www.affairwithemeraldflair.com. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event.

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