1980s to 2000s

History of the 1980s to 2000s



  • 1991– Amendment of The Certificate of Incorporation to change the name to the Junior League of Greater Princeton, to better reflect the communities served.
  • 1996 – Special $7500 anniversary grant given to Mount Carmel Guild Nursery School, commemorating 75 years of Junior League service to the community.
  • 1999 – “Regent’s Mead” held at what is now the Manor House at Princeton Academy becomes the largest Showhouse ever produced by the Junior League of Greater Princeton raising $150,000 for community projects.


  • 2000 – “Millennium Project” with Union Industrial Home, establishing a computer and resource center and mentoring program for at-risk teen mothers using state of the art computer software and volunteer interaction with the young mothers.
  • 2001 – The Junior League of Greater Princeton celebrates its 80th anniversary by establishing a scholarship program.
  • 2002 – Designer Showhouse XII entitled “The Hilfield House” takes place. Major leadership restructuring establishes Governance by a Council system to improve efficiency and communication. The “Annual Campaign” Fundraiser is instituted.
  • 2003 – Project work with Fisherman’s Mark, Family Guidance Center, Community Action Service Center, Mercer County Hispanic Association, Homefront, and Millhill Child Development Center
  • 2004 – JLGP focus area is revised to early childhood education & literacy.
  • 2005 – In April, the 2005 – 2008 JLGP Strategic Plan is presented to the Membership.  In May  ROCKETS (Raising Our Children’s Knowledge by Educating Through Science) is approved as the JLGP’s Major Impact Project. ROCKETS is a theme-based science program created to educate preschool age children through a curriculum including reading, art, math, and science.  In September, the JLGP implements the first year of ROCKETS with partner Trenton Head Start (THS) providing science and math enrichment to 90 children ages 3-5 years.
  • 2006 – Designer Showhouse & Gardens XIV entitled “Fifty Hodge” continues to provide the financial resources for the Junior League of Greater Princeton to develop the potential of women, improve communities and promote voluntarism.
  • 2007 – The first Annual ROCKETS Teacher Launch Seminar is held at Rider University.  Sixty teachers attended the one-day workshop led by science education specialist Steve Spangler, and participated in hands-on science activities that they will take back to their preschool/early elementary classrooms.
  • 2008 – Designer Showhouse & Gardens XV is held at “Ridge House” on Drakes Corner Road in Princeton.  The ROCKETS logo is trademarked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • 2009 – The League holds the second annual Teacher Launch Seminar in January with over 75 attendees.  The Mercer County Commission on Abused, Neglected, and Missing Children and the Cherish the Children Foundation jointly award the JLGP’s ROCKETS program its 23rd Annual Organization Award.  The League held its first Rhythm & Brews Festival, a music fundraiser, in May.
  • 2009-2010 – JLGP members continued to support our community by donating over 400 hours and $26,000 to the community through ROCKETS and our Done in a Day programs. We transitioned our partnership with Trenton Head Start (THS) and embarked on a new partnership with Stepping Stones Learning Center in Trenton.  We continued to partner with the YWCA Princeton Childcare Center at Valley Road and also continued our RISE and Kids in the Kitchen events. Additional community programs included food, book and clothing drives during the year as well as participating in various community activities sponsored by other organizations.Designer Showhouse & Gardens XVI is held at Woodacres.