The Milestone Luncheon will shine a light on sustaining members of the Junior League of Columbia who have made lasting impacts in the Columbia community through their volunteer efforts. We will celebrate how the tools gained as members of the League helped these women make Columbia a better place while learning how to promote the legacy of leadership into the next century.
Wednesday, March 6, 2024
2030 Gregg Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Social will start at 11:30am, followed by lunch at 12:00pm.
The Centennial Luncheon will feature a panel of Sustaining Junior League Members:
- Dr. Traci Young Cooper – Former Chair, SC Board of Education
Traci is a former member of the South Carolina State of Education where she served as Chair representing the Fifth Judicial Circuit. In 2002, Cooper was selected as South Carolina’s State Teacher of the Year. During her tenure, she served as a statewide ambassador for the teaching profession and participated in a one-year residency at the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment and Retention. Additionally, Traci successfully chaired the South Carolina Teacher Forum, comprised of the state’s accomplished honor roll and district Teachers of the Year. Traci currently serves on an array of community Boards including the Prisma Health Midlands Board, ETV Endowment Board of Trustees, and the University of South Carolina Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Board. She has held membership in the Junior League of Columbia since 2005, and proudly served on the JLC Board and as a Sustainer Representative from 2022-2023, among many other Community-focused placements.
- Mrs. Katherine “Kappy” McNulty Hubbard – JLC President 1992-1993
Kappy is establishing a legacy of leadership and community involvement. She has served on the boards of The Central Carolina Community Foundation, Columbia Green, Thornwell Home for Children, The Speech and Hearing Clinic, Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council, Children Unlimited, and The South Carolina Archives and History Foundation. She was a founder and board chairman of The Alliance for South Carolina’s Children – now The Children’s Trust. In 2008, The Children’s Trust established the Kappy Hubbard Award, which is annually given to recognize distinctive service to children in SC. She also served on the State of South Carolina’s Merit Selection Panel for the United States District Court. Kappy has also immensely supported her alma mater, The University of South Carolina, by serving in several Board positions. A member of the JLC since the 1970s, Kappy has served as President, the sustaining member of the board of directors, and chaired the State Public Affairs Committee for the Junior Leagues in the Order of the Palmetto. Throughout it all, Kappy has also led a full life with her husband, William, and their three children (and now grandchildren)
- Mrs. Divya Reddy – AVP, Healthcare Management, Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
Divya Reddy has been in the league for a total of fourteen years, with the last three years as a sustainer. She has predominantly been a leader in the Community Council as Chair of Healthy Kids with Special Needs during her tenure in the league. Outside of the League, she has been a healthcare leader for sixteen years and is currently an AVP at Blue Cross Blue Shield, leading clinical programs and innovation for national accounts. She also serves on the Sistercare board and as President of SC American College of Healthcare Executives. Divya lives in Lexington with her husband, cat and puppy.
- Mrs. Mary Ruffin W. Childs – Former Senior Director of Alumni Engagement at the Darla Moore School of Business
Mary Ruffin served as President of the JLC from 1995-1996. During her tenure, a preschool program, Smart Matters, was launched in Richland One. Currently, she is the Project Manager for the IB50th Global Business Summit at the Darla Moore School of Business. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director for Alumni Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion at DMSB. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and an avid Gamecock fan. She has been blessed with two wonderful daughters and their families, including four grandchildren.
- Mrs. Bett Williams – JLC President 2008-2009 & AJLI President 2020-2022
Bett Williams is the immediate past president of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. She previously served as at-large member and chair of the AJLI Governance Committee. For the Junior League of Columbia, Bett served as president (2008-2009), Finance Council VP and chaired Clean Sweep and Community Research and Program Development committees. In her professional work, she is the chief communications officer of Children’s Trust of South Carolina, where she leads strategic communications, branding, and media relations for the state’s child abuse prevention organization. She also serves as the co-chair of the Communications Committee for the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, the national organization for state Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds. Bett graduated from Wake Forest University, earning her B.A. in English and Politics. She is the wife of Philip Williams and mom to college junior, Martha and high school senior, Stowe.
- Ms. Teresa Wilson – City Manager, City of Columbia
Teresa Wilson is the energetic City Manager at the forefront of transforming Columbia, South Carolina into the ultimate place to live, work, and play. Wilson leads the executive team for the capital city, driving daily growth and development. She tirelessly addresses resident needs and actively engages with citizens to champion community development and enhance Columbia’s quality of life. A proven leader, she collaborates with the business community for future economic growth. Wilson, a Senior Executive Institute graduate, Liberty Fellow, and Riley Fellow, boasts a remarkable list of accolades, including “Top 20 Under 40” Business Professional, “50 Most Influential People,” and “Top Women of Influence.” She is the proud mother of Teresa Alexandria Florence, a junior at the University of South Carolina Honors College. Teresa spent the majority of her active years within the JLC in the Community branch, serving as vice-chair of Community Research and Project Development while also participating in Smart Matters and Touch-a-Truck.
The Centennial Gala is a black-tie event that celebrates the history, legacy, and future of the Junior League of Columbia.
Saturday, April 13, 2024
Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Gala hours are 6 – 10 p.m.