Make the Holidays Special with a Handwritten Letter from Santa

ALTON, ILLINOIS – Many holiday traditions may look a little different this year, but back again by popular demand is Junior League of Greater Alton’s Letters from Santa fundraiser. 

Send your loved ones, old and young, a personalized, handwritten letter from the big guy in red himself – Santa Claus. Each letter costs $8.50 and will be postmarked from the North Pole. 

“This is the fifth year we’ve done this fundraiser and it has become a favorite among our members and members of the community alike,” said Committee Chairperson Angela McDowell. “We love being able to add a little touch of magic to the Christmas season.”

All proceeds will benefit JLGA’s philanthropy throughout the Riverbend community, including the Junior League Locker, which provides new clothes for students in need within the Alton School District.

“JLGA wanted to give area children the opportunity to cut the tags off of their own clothes and help them find the confidence and pride they deserve,” said 2020-2021 President Maggie Partilpilo. “We launched the program in 2018-2019 in Alton’s K-1 centers, and have been able to expand through grade five in the last two years. We are thrilled to see the program grow, and it has been amazing to be able to spread joy in our community through the Locker.”  

JLGA works with counselors and administrators at the schools to fulfill clothing requests for students in need on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, each school is stocked with a “Locker” filled with basic clothing needs and shoes that teachers, counselors and administrators can give to children as needed throughout the school year.

The Junior League Locker is currently operating at Eunice Smith Elementary, Lovejoy Elementary, Gilson Brown Elementary,  Lewis and Clark Elementary, North Elementary, East Elementary and West Elementary. While many local schools were remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this academic year, JLGA added a locker at the Alton YWCA and helped provide clothing for children at St. Francis Daycare and Alton Middle School, and reached out to other groups to offer assistance as well. 

“The need is there, especially this year,” Partipilo said. “By providing kids with brand new clothes as they are starting school again, we are not only able to take a small financial burden from their family, we can give them a sense of normalcy during these difficult times.  Sometimes, something as small as a new outfit that was selected just for them can help them remember how special they are.”

To purchase a letter or learn more about this fundraiser, visit juniorleaguealton.org/fundraising/letters-from-santa. Orders must be placed by Dec. 4 in order to be postmarked from the North Pole.

To learn more about the Junior League Locker, visit juniorleaguealton.org/community-impact/jl-locker

The Junior League of Greater Alton, established in 1952, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to empowering women and making the community in and around the Riverbend a better place for a diverse population of children and their families. JLGA is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is dedicated to the training and development of local women leaders and volunteers making an impact in the community. To learn more, visit juniorleaguealton.org.  

Alton Square Mall to Support JLGA, Others Color For A Cause Event

ALTON – Junior League of Greater Alton will participate in this year’s Color for a Cause, a live mural coloring contest and shopping event that raises funds and awareness for local causes, from 5-7 p.m., March 12, at Alton Square Mall.

During the event, JLGA and other participating organizations will be provided a 6-foot mural and coloring supplies. Everyone has two hours to color their mural and shop on behalf of a cause. Patrons can shop anywhere in the mall and show their receipt in center court to earn a point for a participating cause.

The mall will donate $1 for each point earned and a $250 prize donation will be awarded to the organization with the most points and winning mural design, as determined by local guest judges.

Alton Square Mall has announced the organizations participating in Color for a Cause. In addition to Junior League of Greater Alton, they are: Community Hope Center, Inc., Good Samaritan House – Shelter of Granite City, IMPACT CIL, Make-A-Wish Southern Illinois, Olga’s Kitchen in support of Boys and Girls Club – Alton Chapter, Ronald McDonald House Charities of St. Louis, Senior Services Plus, Inc. to benefit Feed the Need and TreeHouse Wildlife Center.

JLGA Organizing Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Event

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton will host its 6th Annual Uncorked and Uncapped wine and beer tasting fundraiser, Sunday, April 29, at Old Bakery Beer Company.

All persons over 21 years of age are invited to join JLGA for an afternoon of food, beverages, and comradery for a cause. The Old Bakery Beer Company is providing both the venue and the beer samplings. Wine tastings will be provided by Koerner Distributor.

“Our committee and community partners have really worked together to make this annual event a success,” said Katie Gibson-Boley, Uncorked and Uncapped Chair of the Junior League of Greater Alton. “The day is all about having fun, but also illuminating the issues affecting our area and helping those in need.”

The event will run from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets are available for $25 from any Junior League member or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3366894.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Contact Gibson-Boley for details at (618) 980-3922 or kboley406@gmail.com.

All proceeds support programs throughout the Riverbend area benefitting women and children.

“We’re very excited for the opportunity to partner with The Old Bakery Beer Company for this year’s event,” said JLGA Vice President Laura Inlow. “The money raised will help the Junior League of Greater Alton train and empower our members as civic leaders to make a positive impact for women and children throughout the region. We hope to see you there!”

More details about Uncorked and Uncapped can be found at www.facebook.com/JuniorLeagueGreaterAlton/ and http://juniorleaguealton.org/community-impact/current-projects/uncorkeduncapped/.

The Junior League of Greater Alton, established in 1952, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to empowering women and making the community in and around the Riverbend a better place for a diverse population of children and their families. Upon researching the area’s needs, JLGA most recently teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College’s GED program to help improve family literacy in the region. JLGA is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is dedicated to the training and development of local women leaders and volunteers making an impact in the community. 

 

Thanks for Your Support! Another Great Event!

The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to the fourth annual Bowling Tournament.  The tournament was held Saturday, June 10, at Bowl Haven Lanes in Alton.

“Turnout was great this year, and everyone had a lot of fun,” said Jill Tueth, JLGA Bowling Tournament Committee Chair. “I just want to thank everyone who helped make this fundraiser a success – especially Bowl Haven, for letting us use their fantastic venue again this year.”

Junior League of Greater Alton would also like to thank our sponsors for the event:

Bowling winners 2017
The winners of the 2017 JLGA Bowling Tournament were (left to right) Jerry and Jaime Dwiggins, Stacey Vambaketes, Stephanie Preston, Jeff Link and Steve Brinkman. Photo by Shelli Oliver

Funds raised at this event will be used to fund JLGA’s Family Literacy project, as well as the organization’s various Community Outreach volunteering efforts.

JLGA hosts several fundraisers each year to support the organization’s efforts, which include training and empowering women leaders through volunteerism in the community. In addition to an issue based community impact project, JLGA members also take part in various volunteer efforts throughout the community each year, including, most recently, Bucket Brigade and the First Presbyterian Church’s Saturday Cafe.

The Junior League of Greater Alton, established in 1952, is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to empowering women and making the community in and around the Riverbend a better place for a diverse population of children and their families. Upon researching the area’s needs, JLGA most recently teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College’s GED program to help improve family literacy in the region. JLGA is a chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. and is dedicated to the training and development of local women leaders and volunteers making an impact in the community. To learn more, visit www.juniorleaguealton.org.

Thank you, it was a great event!

Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to a very successful Uncorked and Uncapped event this year.   Uncorked and Uncapped, the annual wine/beer/spirits tasting fundraiser hosted by JLGA, was held on Saturday, November 5th at Temple Banquet Center in Alton, IL.  JLGA President, Lori Artis, had this to say about the evening –

 “The venue was great, the wine and beer were flowing and the live music was a bonus. This event flowed so smoothly, and I would have to say it had a lot to do with how detailed the planning that went into the night was. We look forward to hearing the final count in terms of attendance and dollars raised from this year’s first fundraising event.”

JLGA has five fundraising events throughout the League year, Uncorked and Uncapped is the first.  Proceeds from all fundraising events go to organizations in the community, focusing on the betterment of women and children.  JLGA wants to thank its members for support, as well as everyone in the community who turned out for a fun evening supporting an important cause.   If you missed this year, no worries.  We look forward to seeing you next year!

Thank You for Supporting “Uncorked and Uncapped”

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton would like to thank everyone who helped support the “Uncorked and Uncapped” wine, beer and spirits tasting held Saturday, March 12th at Jacoby Arts Center.  This annual event is always a fantastic time and all funds raised go right back into our community.   A special appreciation goes to our 2016 table sponsors:

If you couldn’t join us this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

The Junior League of Greater Alton is a not-for-profit organization of local women that has been promoting volunteerism since 1952. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by JLGA throughout the year are used to fund projects/agencies supported by Junior League, including Lewis and Clark Community College’s Family Literacy program, which assists parents in attaining their GEDs, career exploration, parenting workshops, family visits with literacy activities, library events and support services; the OASIS Women’s Center, which provides shelter and support for battered women and/or homeless, chemically dependent women and their children; Riverbend Headstart, which provides early childhood education for children living in poverty or who are challenged with special circumstances; and the Riverbender.com Community Center, which provides a safe environment for middle school and high school aged children to interact and learn

Get “Uncorked & Uncapped” with JLGA March 12

ALTON – The Junior League of Greater Alton is excited to announce the date of its annual wine, beer and spirits tasting event, “Uncorked & Uncapped,” to run from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton.

“Last year, despite a snowstorm, the event was very well attended and supported,” said event chair Abby Lett. “We are excited to host the event again, and are looking forward to an even more successful turnout. It is a wonderful evening, and the proceeds of the event will help fund Junior League’s mission to support women and children in the River Bend area.”

Tickets are $25 per person, which includes tastings of various wines and beers, plus two vouchers to sample spirits. Delicious hors devours will be provided, and a cash bar is also available. Participants must be 21 to attend.

Buy tickets from any Junior League member, or purchase them online now.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Lett at abby.lett2@gmail.com, or by phone at (636) 541-6128.

The Junior League of Greater Alton is a not-for-profit organization of local women that has been promoting volunteerism since 1952. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by JLGA throughout the year are used to fund projects/agencies supported by Junior League, including Lewis and Clark Community College’s Family Literacy program, which assists parents in attaining their GEDs, career exploration, parenting workshops, family visits with literacy activities, library events and support services; the OASIS Women’s Center, which provides shelter and support for battered women and/or homeless, chemically dependent women and their children; Riverbend Headstart, which provides early childhood education for children living in poverty or who are challenged with special circumstances; and the Riverbender.com Community Center, which provides a safe environment for middle school and high school aged children to interact and learn.