By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill of America will host the largest fundraiser in its 60-year history. The black tie gala, “Creating a Legacy of Literacy” will take place at The Piedmont Driving Club on Saturday, April 16.
The group hopes to mark this milestone in its history with a contribution of $60,000 to its beneficiary organizations, the Jack & Jill of America Foundation, East Lake Foundation and Raising Expectations Inc. The event will begin with a piano reception with music performed by Jack and Jill teen members, and the gala will feature a live auction, themed rooms decorated with memorabilia marking each decade of the chapter’s existence and local live entertainment.
“We have an opportunity to make history, and we couldn’t think of three more deserving organizations to support. Thanks to wonderful corporate sponsors like Greenberg Traurig, Belk department store and The Coca-Cola Company, along with our dynamic membership; we can continue to uphold literacy as a cornerstone to success with our children and with all children in our community,” said Atlanta chapter President Patrice Greer.
“Our goal is to leave a legacy for another 60 years and beyond,” she said. Since its inception in 1951, the Atlanta chapter has been a champion for children and has sought opportunities to make a difference in the lives of families in the community at large. The national organization, Jack and Jill of America Inc., advocates for issues that are pivotal to the development of children and the local Atlanta chapter boasts a strong heritage as a leader in that pursuit as it has grown to become the largest chapter in the United States. The organization has held as one of its core principles that every child, with the proper guidance and opportunity, can be a leader.
“We are honored and grateful to the Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill of America for their continued support over the years. Their contributions have allowed us to increase our reach in the community as we serve more of our city’s youth,” said Maria Armstrong, executive director and co-founder of Raising Expectations Inc. “We strive to live up to the expectations of our donors as we set high expectations for our students”
The shoppers’ event at Phipps Plaza Belk took place on Thursday, March 31, from 6 p.m. to close. Shoppers were treated to in-store discounts and coupons as well as music, hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar. There also were wardrobe stylists on hand, makeup demonstrations and exciting give-a-ways. Five per cent of the proceeds went toward the “Creating a Legacy of Literacy” fundraiser.
Recently, the Atlanta City Council recognized the organization for its accomplishments by issuing a proclamation to Greer.