Saturday evening saw Black’s Tearoom decked out in the spendor of old, complete with ladies in gowns of velvet, sequins and silk, and men in tuxedos gracing the venue’s timeworn wooden floors. The gala affair marked the kickoff of Junior League’s 80th anniversary in the Cedar Valley, and active and sustaining members were on hand to celebrate while raising funds for charity.

Twenty-five gowns from Charity Balls past were on display, the oldest worn to Charity Ball in 1963 by Linda Worthington and again by her daughter Cynthia Goro in 1988. A slide show history of JL’s many accomplishments ran throughout the silent auction portion of the evening. The night’s highlight for many was the elegant pre-party hosted at the home of Christie and John Wood. Many past members who had long ago put away their dancing shoes were able to participate and enjoy this portion of the gala.

Current League president, Katy Poe Harbough, said the funds raised will be used to expand the organization’s current project, League’s Lockers, which supplies dress code-approved apparel and school supplies to students in need.

Junior League of Waterloo/Cedar Falls membership is open to all women who want to make a positive impact in the Cedar Valley. For more information or to become a member, email