Junior Aid Association celebrates its 100th Anniversary
The Junior Aid Association of Malden originally the "Junior Aid Association of the Malden Hospital," was founded on November 12, 1912. At that time, the primary objective of the organization was to render services and provide financial assistance to the hospital. The membership consisted of 32 women from the Malden community who volunteered their time by sewing infant's clothing and bedding for the hospital's pediatric ward. For many years, the group worked diligently rolling bandages, sewing diapers, providing pajamas, donating Christmas gifts, awarding nursing scholarships and raising funds for various hospital programs and much needed medical equipment.
Since its inception, the members of Junior Aid have given unsparingly of their time and energy to assist the community. The organization has sponsored numerous fundraising events, including brunches, bridge parties, concerts, auctions and of course the traditional Charity Ball. The first major event was held in 1928 at the Malden Armory and attracted 500 people. In 1937, the Silver Anniversary Charity Ball was celebrated and nearly 1,000 people were in attendance. In May, 2000, in collaboration with the City of Malden, Junior aid assisted in planning the City's 350th Gala Ball. Historically, the group meets monthly at the homes of members to plan its upcoming events. This tradition continues today.
Today, although no longer affiliated with a hospital, the organization continues in its dedication to the community by providing financial assistance to charitable organizations with a focus on women, children and health related issues.
In November 2012, Junior Aid’s will be celebrating it’s 100th Anniversary, at the Copley Plaza. This year committee for the Ball is: Lillian Berardino, Claire Croken, Melissa Menard Demakes, Debbie DeMaria, Betty Eustace, Debbie Hardy, Helen Kipnis, Joanne Lambert, Maria Luise, Michelle Luong, Carole Madden, , and Patty Riley.