Laura Tate Goldman - A True Talent!
Laura Tate Goldman, current President of the Junior League of El Paso, has lived in El Paso for 16 years. Before moving to El Paso, she was a professional singer and actress performing on stage in NYC and LA as well as in off-Broadway productions. In her career, she toured with the Smothers Brothers, had her own band and was in the pilot for the famous TV-show “Dallas”.
October 24, 2008
Laura has also been involved in behind the scenes work - writing, directing and producing. Since moving to El Paso, Laura has enjoyed performing in the Junior League “Follies”. She has also been singing for charities like CASA, El Paso Museum of Art and the Alzheimer’s Association to help them raise money.
Tell us about the Junior League of El Paso.
The Junior League is the oldest women’s organization in the world whose mission is to empower women, train volunteers and do charitable work in the community. Created in 1933, the Junior League of El Paso is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. Since our inception, we have given over $5 million and countless millions in volunteer hours to support the community. We have developed supported incredible projects and great women leaders.
How did you get involved?
I got involved with the Junior League about ten years ago when the focus area was domestic violence prevention. The Junior League engaged in a huge public relations campaign, letting the community know that a woman dies every seven seconds as a result of domestic violence. Having my own experience with domestic violence, I joined the Junior League and got involved in the speaker’s circuit. The volunteerism and impact swept me away and I have been involved ever since.
What do you hope to accomplish as President of the Junior League this year?
Every president-elect of the Junior League spends a year researching community needs. Our projects grow out of that experience. In learning that there are 45,000 plus people in our community who go to bed hungry at night, one of our major projects this year is called “Harvest of Hope”. Knowing that our food banks are depleted, we will work to bring raise awareness about hunger in our community and host several events to collect canned goods.
What advice would you give women interested in volunteering in the community?
Volunteerism is just a willingness to work on behalf of others without financial gain. I believe that we have to help each other. We need each other to build great citizenship and a better community. Volunteering is such a rewarding experience and everyone has something to give. There are individuals and nonprofit organizations in this community who can benefit from your knowledge or skills. It will make a difference in someone’s life. And it will make a difference in your own.
How do you like to spend your time when you’re not busy volunteering?
I enjoy performing and painting and cooking and hanging out with my husband and friends.
Please take a look at the PDF link below to learn more about the Junior League of El Paso and their community projects.
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