3/15/16: Junior Auxiliary Invites Friends and Family to Eat Well and Help Raise Funds for Taney County Children with Schwan's-Cares!

Junior Auxiliary of Taney County (JATC) members are having fun eating and raising funds and are encouraging the community to help.  The “Schwan’s-Cares!” Fundraising campaign starts March 14 and will run for 135 days through June 11.  During that time, by placing an order through Schwans-Cares.com or via phone, a portion of the sales will come back to JATC to support the many service projects that JATC members provide for the children of Taney County.  The order must have the Campaign ID code #26359 for JATC to get the funds.

Through the generous contributions of the “Schwan’s-Cares!” Fundraising program, JATC will receive 20% of all Schwan’s product sales as well as 40% on $25 eGift Card sales from March 14 – April 27.  The entire $25 value of the eGift Card may be used to buy food and JATC will receive $10 for each card purchased.  After April 28 and until June 11, JATC will receive 5% of all food purchases made online and via phone.

Orders for eGift Cards must be placed on line at www.schwans-cares.com/c/26359 under “Shop to Give”. Product orders may be placed on-line or by calling 1-855-870-7208 and giving the Campaign ID code #26359.

More information can be found on the Junior Auxiliary website JATCMO.ORG, their Facebook page, Junior Auxiliary of Taney County or via email at jatcmo@gmail.com.

Members of JATC currently provide support to the children of Taney County through eleven projects including School Supplies in January; Tender Critters; Santa’s Gift House; College Readiness programs and scholarships; prom dresses for girls in need; support for the Women’s Crisis Center, in which they provide home improvement and monetary support for one of the cottages; Heart of Arts, in which members donate art & craft materials for adults with disabilities at Developmental Connections; and Book Swap Stop/Homework Helpers, in which they provide snacks, enrichment programs, reading and homework help for children who live in extended-stay motels.

Members raise money for these projects through one major event - a fun Trivia Challenge with dinner, live entertainment, a raffle and a Silent Auction.  This year the 16th Annual Trivia Challenge and Silent Auction will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Branson on April 2, 2016. Also, JATC raises money from other events such as Belk’s Charity Days, Schwan’s Cares and the Branson Women’s Expo.  Generous local businesses also donate money to JATC’s various events including Doug Baker State Farm Insurance, Ozark Mountain Ear Nose & Throat, Combs Hotel Properties, Mr. G’s Pizza, Mitch Holmes/Edward D. Jones Financial Advisor, Central Bank of Branson, D.S. & F. Plumbing, White River Valley Electric, Thousand Hills Realty and Lowe’s.

JATC is more than a nonprofit organization, it’s a group of women united by a single cause and dedicated to helping the children of Taney County.  That’s the magic of JATC.  It was chartered by a group of caring, enthusiastic women in 1998 and continues to grow and thrive throughout Taney County.  Approximately 50 members annually contribute more than 4,000 volunteer hours as they strive to improve the mental, physical, social and emotional well-being of children in Taney County.

JATC is part of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA), a non-profit organization founded in 1941 with headquarters in Greenville, Mississippi.  NAJA has more than 15,500 active, associate and life members in 98 chapters located in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.  Their slogan is “Care Today-Character Tomorrow”.

Published: Branson Tri-Lakes News, March 19, 2016; Hometown Daily News--KOMC Website, March 28, 2016