Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Celebrates 60 Years of Service to Atlanta's Youth

Sharon Burgess Jones (Member at Large), Joli Cooper (Regional Director), Miriam Shropshire (1st Atlanta Chapter President), Tara Joseph-Labrie (National President) and Tamara Robinson (National Vice President) of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated attend the chapter's 60th Anniversary Celebration on April 16, 2011 in Atlanta, GA.

The Largest Jack and Jill Chapter in the Country Partners with Greenberg Traurig and Belk to Continue "Creating a Legacy of Literacy" in Atlanta

On April 16, 2011, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill of America hosted "Creating a Legacy of Literacy," a black tie gala that raised $120,000 to support local Atlanta organizations and the organization's national philanthropic arm, the Jack and Jill of America Foundation.  The anniversary gala was the largest fundraiser in the chapter's 60 year history.

“The Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill is thrilled with the tremendous success of our fundraising efforts for the East Lake Foundation, Raising Expectations and Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which culminated at our 60th Anniversary Gala, ‘Creating a Legacy of Literacy.’  Our chapter mothers, together with both the Atlanta corporate and philanthropic communities, have truly exceeded our expectations and have enabled us to exceed our fundraising goal of giving $60,000 in celebration of our 60 years of service in the community,” stated Farah Cook, Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill Gala Co-Chair.

The event began with a piano reception that featured music performed by Jack and Jill teen members, a live auction, themed rooms decorated with memorabilia marking each decade of the chapter's existence, and local live entertainment.

Kimberly Evans Paige (Gala Co Chair), Patrice Brown Greer (Atlanta Chapter President), and Farrah Cook (Gala Co Chair).

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 growing to become the largest chapter in the United States with 170 members. The organization has held as one of its core principles that every child, with the proper guidance and opportunity, can be a leader.

“Through the funds raised, our organization will be able to directly and positively impact the literacy needs of the children served by our beneficiaries in a meaningful way,” stated Patrice Greer, President Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill.

Kimberly Paige, Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill Gala Co-Chair added, “We view literacy as a child’s passport to the world and life excellence. This is why the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill’s community service goal is ‘Creating a Legacy of Literacy.’ We look to provide financial, time, and talent gifts though our members and sponsors.”

Earnest Greer and Patrice Greer (Atlanta Chapter President)

Sonya Halpern and Daniel Halpern; Marci and Glenn McKenna

Photo credit:  Glenn McKenna

About Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
Jack and Jill of America, Inc. is a national children's organization founded in 1938 to provide educational, cultural, civic, recreational, and social activities for African-American youth between the ages of 2 and 19. Today, there are over 218 chapters, in 35 states, united through national initiatives to enhance the quality of life for youth.

In February of 1951, the Atlanta Chapter of Jack and Jill was organized through the effort of Mrs. Elizabeth Macomson, a teacher at Spelman College. The Atlanta chapter children were the first Black children to participate in a then popular WSB-TV puppet show called Woody Willow. By the middle and late 1950's, the chapter mothers and children were established in charity projects. Through community service projects the chapter seeks to offer all children the same advantages which they desire for their own children. The Atlanta Chapter is one of 6 chapters in the metro area. Ambassador Andrew Young, Ralph Abernathy and the late Maynard Jackson are among the prominent and historic families who have been and are currently members of the Atlanta Chapter.

Photo credit: Kimberly O’Hara Evans


KGDC said...

If the organization wasn't so (class) exclusionary, I would have joined my local chapter long ago... even after being invited 4 times. I just couldn't expose my girls to that mindset.

Anonymous said...

I am a proud Jack and Jill Alum, I look forward to the day I can engage my own children in activities to shape their sense of pride, self-worth, and the world around them. My experience taught me of parliamentary procedures, volunteerism, networking, and above all that black women and the black family are valuable beyond measure. Hopefully KGDC can be introduced to people in the organization with like mindsets.

J. Sharpe
J & J Alumni 2001
Milwaukee Chapter Teen President

prep said...

Best wishes on such a great year I will get my seat early