JLM Miami Showhouse 2016 Press Release

 Junior League of Miami and The Kampong Partner in Celebration of Design and Architecture for the Junior League of Miami 2016 Showhouse

October 13, 2015 (Miami, Fla.) – The Junior League of Miami (JLM) is pleased to announce its partnership with The Kampong to host the 2016 Showhouse fundraiser at the historic property April 7- 24, 2016. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of The Kampong, the former home of plant-explorer David Fairchild, JLM will refresh rooms across four buildings on the property to raise funds and awareness of the programs and community projects it spearheads to help women and children in need across Miami.

Approaching its 90th year of service in the Miami-Dade community and having raised $3.3 million and contributed millions hours of volunteer service since its founding in 1926, this JLM fundraiser is an example of how the organization is matching fundraising initiatives to long-term community impact.

"Both the Junior League of Miami and The Kampong have long, storied histories in Miami," says Emilie Goldman Wernick, president, Junior League of Miami,. "This partnership is one that will leave a lasting legacy for generations to come. Not only will historic properties on The Kampong's property be restored, but the fundraiser will raise much-needed dollars for the women and children who benefit from the Junior League of Miami's programming and scholarships."

Celebrated interior designers, architects, and artists will transform rooms in the Fairchild-Sweeney House, Curator’s Cottage, Barbour Cottage, Sausage Tree Cottage and grounds at The Kampong, capturing the classic beauty of Miami while paying homage to the historical location.

"The natural and historic splendor of The Kampong is the perfect venue for the Junior League of Miami Showhouse," says Peter Gardner, president, The Kampong Board of Governors. "Visitors will weave their way through our magnificent gardens to view rooms and spaces created by world-renowned interior designers. It's a win-win for everyone."

Presented by Mercedes Benz of Coral Gables and Cutler Bay, The Junior League of Miami Showhouse will welcome visitors April 7 - 24, 2016, Tuesday through Sunday from 11am – 5pm daily.

About the Junior League of Miami

The Junior League of Miami, founded in 1926, is an organization of approximately 1,000 women sharing a common vision to empower Miami's women, children, and families to conquer tomorrow's challenges and to build a united community. The mission of the Junior League of Miami is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women and improve communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The Junior League concentrates its resources to make a significant impact on our community within the areas of homelessness, family violence, early childhood education, children’s & women’s health and foster care. This year, in addition to providing $100,000 in direct funding, another $600,000 in volunteer hours will be dedicated to the community for projects that address our five focus areas. For more information, visit www.jlmiami.org

About The Kampong

The Kampong is one of five tropical gardens and three preserves of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. The mission of the National Tropical Botanical Garden is to enrich life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. For more information, visit http://ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php

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