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Special thanks to Mothering Magazine, co-sponsor of our 50th Anniversary Celebrations.

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Starting in the summer of 2006, and continuing through the Conference at the end of July in 2007, LLLI will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. Read all about our plans.


Dinner with the LLLI Founders: Celebrating 50 Years

A special part of the LLLI 50th Anniversary Celebration was the Founders Reception and Gala Dinner held on October 28, 2006 at the Hilton Hotel in Lisle/Naperville, Illinois. The seven LLL Founders were the honored guests, and they were surrounded by members of their families and special friends from near and far. Current and former members of the LLLI Board of Directors joined in the celebration along with LLLI staff members, active and retired LLL Leaders, and corporate sponsors.

Guests were entertained by a string quartet from Glenbard East High School; musical selections from the 1950s were performed by Martha Kasten, daughter of Mary Ann Kasten who was an LLL Leader many years ago. Special 50th Anniversary Awards were on display, and additional tributes from Linkages and the United States Breastfeeding Committee were presented at the dinner. A short video was shown at the dinner that included interviews with the Founders and highlighted the LLLI 50th Anniversary. The segment was filmed by WTTW, the local PBS channel in Chicago, and had been shown on Chicago Tonight, a daily program featuring news from the Chicago area.

After a delicious dinner, a three-tiered cake, topped with an etched replica of the 50th Anniversary logo, was displayed and served. Gifts were presented to the Founders and some of the guests left with gift baskets and door prizes. A silent auction featured original artwork and historical memorabilia, including signed copies of the 1963 edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Everyone left the dinner with new and renewed friendships and fond memories, looking forward to the 50th Anniversary Conference next summer in Chicago!

50th Anniversary Fund

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of La Leche League International with a gift to the 50th Anniversary Fund! Your donation will support LLLI programs and services serving mothers and babies worldwide, and you will join thousands of donors who have made a conscious decision to sustain LLLI well into the next 50 years. If you have never made a donation to LLLI, the 50th Anniversary is a great time to begin. If you have been a donor in the past, we hope you’ll consider giving a special gift in honor of this significant milestone in the history of mother-to-mother support. Go to and select Restricted Gifts, choosing "50th Anniversary Fund", or contact the Funding Development Department at 847-519-7730, ext. 257. Thanks!

Corporate Sponsorship

An LLLI work group is looking for corporate sponsorships for some of our 50th anniversary activities. They welcome input and volunteers. If you know of a corporation that would be interested in acknowledging the tremendous contribution La Leche League has made to the world over the past 50 years, or if you would like to help in contacting these corporations and soliciting funds, contact LLLI Funding Development.

Awards for the Founders

Seven LLL Founders

How many organizations have made the kind of difference in the world that La Leche League has made? Not too many! In recognition of the importance of the work of the Founders of LLLI, the 50th Anniversary Team is looking into Awards that could be presented to the Founders as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. If you would like to be a part of the Awards Committee, contact Paulina Smith.

Premio para las Fundadoras

La Liga de la Leche International se complace en anunciar que las fundadoras de esta organización han recibido un premio de Health for Humanity (Salud para la humanidad), una organización internacional sin fines de lucro relacionada con la salud cuya sede está en Wilmette, Illinois, EE.UU. Se ha otorgado este premio a las siete fundadoras por haber demostrado un compromiso con los principios de unidad y nobleza de la humanidad y la igualdad entre hombres y mujeres.

Quilt Squares

50th Anniversary Quilt Squares will be sewn together into Banners that will be used as the backdrop on the stage at the 50th Anniversary Conference in 2007. To order a Quilt Square Kit, send your check for $5 (payable to LLLI) to:
Helene Scheff
c/o LLLI
PO Box 4079
Schaumburg, IL 60168-4079
The kit contains detailed instructions and fabric for the base. You may sew, applique, draw, or stencil your design or message.

Find "Lost Leaders"

At least 40,000 Leaders have volunteered for LLLI over the years. But only 20,000 are currently in the LLLI database. The LLLI Alumnae Association is trying to locate and contact as many of these women as possible in order to reconnect them with La Leche League International and honor them for the significant role they have played in our organization's history. If you know of any of these former Leaders who are no longer in touch with LLL, please contact the Alumnae Membership Coordinator, Kathy Hays.

House Parties

New and old friends of LLL have already started celebrating the 50th Anniversary by attending fundraising house parties all over the world! Read more about them in the LEAVEN article, Happening House Parties. To plan your party, report on your house party, or to find out more about this opportunity to "Put the Fun Back into Fundraising," use the directions and resources at the party host center.

Picnic in Wilder Park

The celebration began with a commemorative picnic on August 20, 2006, in Wilder Park, where LLL Founders Mary White and Marian Tompson first talked about meeting with their friends to help them learn about breastfeeding. We welcomed honored guests, dedicated trees in honor of the anniversary, signed special commemorative quilt squares, and had games for children.

There is still time for groups or individuals to dedicate a deciduous or evergreen tree to the LLLI anniversary. Trees will be identified with a bronze plaque engraved with up to 3 lines of type. Oak trees and/or larger plaques that can list more names are also available for an additional fee. Fees and payment plans can be requested by calling 1-847-519-7730, ext. 247, or by email.

This event was held in August partly to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, which was from August 1-7, 2006. We know that others are holding local Anniversary events. We hope to hear about such celebrations being held all over the world! Read more about World Breastfeeding Week celebrations in your area of the world.

General Information

Our 50th Anniversary logo was designed by Sue Stuever Battel. Three finalists were chosen by the LLLI 50th Anniversary Team. These designs were presented for consideration and comments before a final design was chosen. The design will be used in publications and on various commemorative items throughout the 50th Anniversary year.

Some of the goals of this year-long celebration will be to educate the public about the value of breastfeeding, update the image of LLL, and increase interest, support, and membership. If you would like volunteer to be a part of this celebration or offer suggestions about ways to celebrate this event all over the world, contact our 50th Anniversary Team. Leaders and LLL Alumnae members who are on the LLL Community Network can search for the 50th Anniversary Discussion Group and join in!

How LLL Groups Celebrate the 50th Anniversary

  • Germany
  • Spain (en español)
  • New Zealand
  • United States
  • Last updated April 17, 2007 by mmm.
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