On April 28 at its annual “Simply Speaking” fundraiser, the Junior League of Pasadena, Inc. presented the 2018 Nancy Reed Payne Achievement Award to San Marino resident June Banta. The award honors a Junior League of Pasadena sustaining member who has made an exceptional contribution to the community throughout her Junior League career and beyond.
Banta has a long list of outstanding accomplishments and has made a significant difference in the community through her dedicated volunteer service, which has focused on mothers and children. June has worked tirelessly to give babies a healthy start in life, in mind, body and spirit. For example, June designed and taught motherhood preparation classes at Pasadena City College, which brought mothers into class before their first babies were born, and focused on the first two years of the children’s lives.
June’s lifelong commitment to children and education has included leadership in a number of youth-focused activities including Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, church school classes, and the San Marino PTA. June is also involved in Children’s Hospital as a foundation trustee and as a member of the board of trustees, as well as Huntington Hospital, where she continues to volunteer. June can often be found in the rehabilitation unit playing piano for the patients and their families. June has also volunteered and supported the Doheny Eye Institute and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Founded in 1926, the Junior League of Pasadena is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective leadership of trained volunteers. Past projects have included La Casita, Kidspace Museum, and the Pasadena Senior Center. To receive further information, please contact the Junior League of Pasadena at 796-0244 or visit its website at www.jlpasadena.org.