Founders’ Day Celebration

The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk came together for a final celebration of our Centennial Year at our Founders’ Day Celebration on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Hosted at  The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, this special event featured a reception with wine, a carving station and passed hors d’oeuvres, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and tours of the aquarium, a place rooted in JLSN history.

When: February 7, 2024
Where: The Maritime Aquarium, 10 North Water St, Norwalk
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM




Tickets included 2 drinks, a gift bag, and the invitation to join us for a champagne toast to sunset our 100th year. During the aquarium tours, guests had the opportunity to see our legacy in action and visit the Touch Tank that was donated by JLSN!

Our League also hosted a special Kendra Scott popup at the event and online where 20% of all proceeds went to JLSN. Attendees could customize a piece of jewelry to commemorate our Centennial or design their own exclusive piece.

A Nod to Our JLSN-Maritime History

The Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk has a long rooted history with the Maritime Aquarium, and we are excited to revisit our past as we celebrate the future of our League. The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate and protect the Long Island Sound ecosystem and the global environment through living exhibits, marine science, and environmental education.


The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk: 1980 – 1990

JLSN membership voted to collaborate with the Oceanic Society, The Norwalk Seaport Association, and City of Norwalk and its redevelopment agency to create a new maritime center featuring animals from Long Island Sound and an IMAX. Initially called the Maritime Center, the city’s objective was to create a tourist destination that would revitalize the area and cultivate new business. The League created a Maritime Center Committee to spearhead its participation in the project. Members raised funds for the Maritime Center and worked in the Center’s offices, offering support during the planning and development process. 

In 1986, membership approved a four-year extension of the League’s participation, including a commitment to raise $120,000 to build a Touch Tank exhibit, and the publication of a regional seafood cookbook to defray costs. Membership planned and participated in the ground-breaking ceremonies for the aquarium, which opened in the summer of 1988, and created the Maritime Center’s newsletter. In 1989, the League celebrated the opening of the Touch Tank exhibit, receiving a Certificate of Environmental Achievement from Renew America for this project.


Sponsors and Donors of the Event

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors and donors of this event. Our League appreciates your generosity and are so proud to have you as part of our community. This event would not have seen the success it did without your contribution. Thank you for your support of JLSN!

Event Sponsors

Corporate Sponsors

Online Auction and Event Donors