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Fostering volunteerism and collaboration among women for over three decades.

The Junior League of Pensacola | By Magi Thomley Williams | December Bella Magazine

Since 1956, The Junior League of Pensacola has provided opportunities for women to volunteer, collaborate and train for civic leadership. “Junior League Pensacola is now, and always has been, a group of women interested in empowering themselves through volunteer action, collaboration, training and engagement with other women,” said KatherineMurphy Creel, president of Junior League Pensacola, Inc. and tax accountant at Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund.

The organization continues to support children’s health and wellness, as it has from inception. Another constant is Lexie Thorsen, the executive director for 33 years. She embodies a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm for Junior League of Pensacola.

In the six years Murphy Creel has been a member, some things have evolved with the times. Social changes demanded adaptation in how Junior League Pensacola raises funds. In years past, Market Basket and the Annual Bargain Sale were staples for Pensacola and surrounding communities. With the popularity of Etsy and many local makers’ markets, changing demands on the time of working women and a changing economy, Junior League developed two signature events to replace the dated fundraisers.

Each year, Junior League recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contributions of women and young ladies in the Pensacola area with the Women’s Empowerment Awards. These awards honor exceptional women of all ages, of diverse cultures and roles, celebrating the power of individuals to spark change and improve their community and beyond. Held in March, in 2023 the event will take place in the evening to accommodate the schedules of more working women. Nominations for deserving women in various categories such as Woman in Business, Woman in Philanthropy, Youth Woman in Leadership and Hometown Hero can be made at

Read the full  article: December Bella Magazine :: Pages 46 & 49

Meet the Author

Magi Thomley Williams is Founding Principal at Thomley Consulting. She can be reached at