ALISON O’NEAL MCMINN, 2016-2017 FUND DEVELOPMENT VICE PRESIDENT
Thank you for your interest in the businesses of the Junior League of Jackson. To further our mission, the Junior League of Jackson operates four fund development businesses. Funds raised by these businesses directly support the thirty plus community projects that we implement each year and the mission of the Junior League. Volunteer efforts also raised money to found our two signature projects: the Mississippi Children’s Cancer Center at the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, and the Mississippi Children’s Museum.
Our fund development businesses are organized and led by outstanding volunteers who, like all of our membership, are committed to making a difference in the lives of others by positively impacting our community. We are excited about the great opportunities that will be afforded to children in Jackson through our 2016-2017 fund raising efforts.
Junior League of Jackson Publications, or JLJP, began in 1978 with the publications of our timeless cookbook, Southern Sideboards. In 1991, the League published a companion cookbook, Come On In. These two widely popular books have laid a strong foundation for JLJP. In response to the shift towards digital media, the cookbooks were converted into e-books and made available for purchase on Amazon. In 2016 we will relaunch JLJP as Junior League of Jackson Productions, allowing the League to expand beyond print into other avenues to help generate revenue to support the League’s mission.
Entering its 36th year, Mistletoe Marketplace is Mississippi’s premier holiday shopping destination. This magical event is held the first week of November and truly has something for everyone. Located in the Trade-Mart Building in Jackson, Mistletoe Marketplace is considered the kick-off for the holiday season and is the largest Fund Development business for the League. Merchants from across the country and shoppers from all over the south come together for a three-day shopping extravaganza that includes fantastic special events sure to entertain.
The League’s newest fund development business is Junior League Jumble, which serves as both a fund raiser and a community project. This February event promises to offer great bargains in its third year as the ULTIMATE rummage sale. The event-packed weekend begins with the fabulously casual Reveal Party fundraiser on Thursday, followed by the early-riser’s Peek and Purchase on Friday morning, and culminating with General Shopping on Friday and Saturday. Truly the ULTIMATE Rummage Sale, the Jumble has outstanding deals on gently used merchandise including furniture, appliances, home decor, adult and children’s clothing and so much more!
Touch A Truck® Jackson rolls into Trustmark Park in April with over 45 vehicles, construction equipment, and exhibits for children to CLIMB, EXPLORE and TOUCH. The event begins with Field Trip Friday, which hosted twenty-five schools from across the state with almost 2000 students registered to attend in 2016. The “wheelie” good time continues on Saturday, with our early access Big Wheel VIP event, including breakfast and shorter lines, and continues through general admission throughout the day on Saturday. Touch A Truck® Jackson is truly a unique experience for the entire family.
For more information about each of our fund development businesses, and our Keystone Fund which supports the long term sustainability of the League, click on the link for each business on the homepage of our website. Through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, our fund development businesses provide the monetary resources needed to serve our community. Thank you to our volunteers, community partners, corporate sponsors, and JLJ supporters for making our community a better place!!
Alison O’Neal McMinn