The Magnolia Junior Charity League plans “A Night the the Derby” on Saturday, April 20 at the Magnolia Arts Center.
Magnolia Junior Charity League provides the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program to children in Columbia County in grades first through sixth. Through this program, children receive a book of their choice twice a year; an estimated 5,160 total books distributed. For many, these books are the only ones they are able to call their own. The league also provides cultural arts programs such as the Tell-A-Tale troupe from the Arkansas Arts Center
In addition to providing enhancing experience for the children, the league also contributes to their needs. In the past year the league has helped 6 burnout families, provided 50 boxes of band-aids to the Columbia County Health Unit to help with the flu clinic and presented Christmas gifts to 87 children through the Columbia County Angel Tree program. MJCL has also supplied local schools with more than 150 coats, 100 pairs of shoes, and 300 clothing items. Each year three graduating seniors receive a $500 scholarship to Southern Arkansas University through the League’s scholarship program. This year, the League saw a need for school supplies for the children in the county and hosted their first “Cram the Bus” school supply drive. More than 2,100 supplies were donated and then distributed amongst the schools in the county.
During the past year, the members of Magnolia Junior Charity League have contributed more than 1,200 volunteer hours to Magnolia’s public schools, CARC Center, the Columbia County Fair and Livestock Show, and the Magnolia Boys & Girls Club.
Katherine Caldwell, chairperson of this year’s fundraiser, said the work is already well under way, but for this event to be a true success depends on the citizens of Columbia County and their willingness to support the cause.
“We have already seen an enormous outpouring of sponsorships and donations from our community and feel so fortunate to live in a town whose residents have such giving hearts,” said Caldwell. Caldwell also shared that this year’s goal is to raise $30,000. With this amount, the league will be able to continue helping meet the needs of the children in Columbia County.
“We are very excited about this year’s fundraiser theme and the activities for our guests throughout the night,” said Caldwell. In keeping with the “A Night at the Derby” theme, there will be a simulated horse-racing event, a best hat contest and a best dressed couple contest. Murphy’s Jewelers will be sponsoring a “Diamond Bar.” Guests will have the opportunity to guess between two cubic zirconias and a ½ carat round brilliant cut diamond for a chance to win the diamond, valued at $2,200. Guesses are $10 each.
Other Junior Charity League chairpersons and co-chairpersons include Carmon Watson, this year’s fundraiser co-chairman. Julia Nipper, chairman and Ashley Talley, co-chairman of publicity and sponsorships; Jennifer Paladino, chairman of auction items; Katherine Adcox, chairman and Laura Welch, co-chairman of invitations, tickets, and t-shirts; Brittney Schrick, chairman and Ashley Thornton, co-chairman of food; other committee members include Leslie Boyd, Christa Brummett, Charlotte Foster, Lacey Foster, Allison Hunter, Christian Meacham, and Drew Moore.
Tickets to the event will go on sale March 15 at Jennifer’s on the Magnolia square or may be purchased online at www.mjcl.org. For more information, contact Julia Nipper at 870-235-5033.
Among the silent auction items will be three months of advertising on magnoliareporter.com — a $450 value — to an individual or business that is not presently an advertiser.