Giving Back

Junior League of Greater Princeton – Holiday Showhouse – November 2014

Mission: The Junior League of Greater Princeton

The Junior League of Greater Princeton is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

From The Junior League of Greater Princeton:

The 2014 Designer Showhouse and Gardens: Holiday Edition was held at historic 159 Library Place.

The magnificent brick Georgian was designed by John Russell Pope, designer of The National Archives and Records Administration, the Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art, among others.

Fifteen interior design spaces, as well as exterior lawn and garden areas, provided local designers and landscape architects unique opportunities to showcase the winter holidays celebrated, with a focus on creating festive, warm spaces inviting to family and friends. Designers and landscape architects this year included Ronni Hock, Michael Herold, Susan Taylor, Jeffrey Queripel, and Stewart von Oehsen, among others.

In addition to the new holiday theme, unique features of this Designer Showhouse included a Junior League Community Giving Tree, Pop-Up Art Gallery and Junior League-Past, Present & Future exhibit. The JLGP Community Giving Tree welcomed visitors as they enter the Showhouse. To help the League share its mission with the Greater Princeton community, the Giving Tree displayed ornaments, available for purchase, created by the children of our community program partners – The Cherry Tree Club Nursery School and Better Beginnings. The Pop-Up Art Gallery featured works of local artists for sale. A portion of each sale supported the league’s mission and community projects. The Junior League – Past, Present, Future exhibit gave guests a look into this venerable women’s volunteer organization. With more than 90 years of voluntarism behind it, the League continues its commitment to local women and children and looks ahead with great enthusiasm and expectation to the Centennial Celebration and beyond!

Black-eyed Susan Christmas Open House Benefit – Bucks County Housing Group – December 2014

Mission: Bucks County Housing Group

Bucks County Housing Group is a private, non-profit social service organization which provides a wide range of housing and related social services to homeless and low-income families. Our primary goal is to assist families attain permanent housing and financial security.

From Black-eyed Susan:

If you think it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, just wait until Susan welcomes you into her home for this year’s exclusive Christmas Open House Benefit! It’s all things merry and bright, from carefully curated centerpieces to Susan’s collection of holiday treasures. Expect surprises in the detailed room designs and support a worthy cause — all proceeds go to the Bucks County Housing Group. Share the spirit of giving with Susan and the staff at Black-eyed Susan!

Bucks County Designer House – Village Improvement Association (VIA) – May 2018

Mission: Village Improvement Association

The Village Improvement Association was founded in 1895 to support and enhance the quality of life in Central Bucks County. In 1923, the VIA opened Doylestown Hospital and today, VIA members continue to oversee the governance of this award-winning healthcare system. The organization has grown to more than 300 members and still pursues the goals of the founding members through service and education. The VIA’s largest fundraiser is the Bucks County Designer House & Gardens, a community event that draws more than 7,000 visitors each year.

From Bucks County Designer House:

Cedaridge Farm in Pipersville has been selected as the 43rd Bucks County Designer House & Gardens. This charming 20+ acre property has roots as a dairy farm, orchard and even as a home for the Delaware Indians. The home is surrounded by conversed lands and besides the beautiful main farmhouse, there’s a garden house, a ranch house and a barn. The gardens are well-maintained and beautifully sculpted by the current owners, Derek, an author and photographer, and Carolyn, a gardening expert.

The home will be transformed by a team of talented professionals and opened for public tours from April 30-May 28, 2018. Be sure to attend the Empty House Party on February 25 and the Preview Gala on April 27.

The principal home boasts a glass conservatory, river stone fireplaces, and a sleeping porch. The features of the ranch house include Mercer tile bathrooms. The garden house and grounds feature a enchanting gazebo, a waterfall, streams and a nature trail leading into the conserved woodlands.

This annual fundraising event is held by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown. Proceeds from the Designer House benefit the Doylestown Health Heart Institute.