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Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) offers information sessions year-round for prospective members to learn about the Junior League’s mission, community programs, and commitments as well as meet current members.  Each year women from across the Collin County area embark on a journey to serve their communities and develop their own leadership potential through JLCC membership. One unique characteristic of the JLCC is the diversity of its membership with ages ranging from 21 to 80+ allowing women to join at any life stage. No matter if you have lived in Collin County your whole life or are new to the area, membership serves as an excellent conduit to learn about the community, hone leadership skills, gain volunteer training as well as form life-long friendships.   

At the heart of the Junior League of Collin County’s mission is volunteerism and the rooted commitment to improve lives within Collin County.   Comprised of nearly 1,000 women dedicated to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, the Junior League of Collin County strives to have its mission serve as inspiration to others to embrace volunteerism and community impact.  Members are exposed to many needs of the community and collaborate on solutions for lasting community change.  Key areas of interest include family violence, literacy, health, and children. 

JLCC offers two sessions per year and the fall deadline is July 15, 2021.  All sessions below are held at the Junior League of Collin County Headquarters: 5805 Coit Road Ste. 301 Plano, TX 75093  

For information, contact recruiter@jlcollincounty.org or visit:  https://www.jlcollincounty.org/membership/prospective-members/ 

Date

Time

Tuesday, June 29

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 7

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 10

8:30 – 9:30 AM

Tuesday, July 13

6:30 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, July 17

9:30 – 10:30 AM

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As an extension of the Junior League of Collin County’s (JLCC) mission as an “organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers,” the Collin County Women of Influence Awards celebrates volunteerism by recognizing influential women volunteers who live, work, or serve in Collin County. Proceeds from the event support the charitable works of the Junior League of Collin County.  The 2021 reception will be held June 10 at Verona Villa in Frisco from 6:00pm to 8:00pm to recognize the winners from both 2020 and 2021.  The community is invited to attend to celebrate the collective impact of these volunteers.  Rebecca Silvestri of Local Profile will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.  JLCC is grateful for the ongoing sponsorship from the corporate community including Audi McKinney - a Sewell Automotive Group, Market Street, Krupa Downs Law, and Batch Bakery.   

Below are a list of the honorees and category descriptions:

2021 Female Business Leader of the Year: Pamela Zeigler-Petty, PZP BizConnect

2021 Newcomer of the Year: Ananda Kripa

2021 Non-profit Professional of the Year: Jessica Weidman

2021 Volunteer of the Year: Mimi Conner

2021 Young Professional of the Year: Joyce King

2021 Legacy Award: Honorable Florence Shapiro

 

2020 Female Business Leader of the Year: Irum Rashid-Jones, Electrician On Call  

2020 Newcomer of the Year: Ashley Gentry

2020 Non-profit Professional of the Year: Barbara Green

2020 Volunteer of the Year: Almas Muscatwalla

2020 Young Professional of the Year: Megan Nguyen-Trinh, Bank of America

2020 Legacy Award: Rebecca Egelston Caso

 

Female Business Leader of the Year:  Recognizing a female business leader who not only supports the non-profit sector through her consistent commitment to her community, but who has distinguished herself in the organization, her profession, and among her peers.  She epitomizes the values of her community and represents the best of who we are as women and leaders.  She is committed to making her community a priority for her department or organization.

Newcomer of the Year:  This award celebrates a recent addition to the Collin County volunteer community.  This is someone who has recently located or someone who has made a significant difference in volunteerism in a short amount of time. 

Non-profit Professional of the Year: This award celebrates a paid employee of a non-profit who is a bold, well-known leader that others choose to emulate.  The recipient will have a proven track record of growth, success, and influence in both her profession and her community. 

Volunteer of the Year:  This award recognizes one outstanding female adult for her valuable and selfless commitment to extraordinary hands-on volunteer service, which strengthens the entire Collin County community.  This recipient’s tireless qualities embody the mission of JLCC and the spirit of volunteerism.

Young Professional of the Year:  Recognizing a young professional woman who has already made, or is on track to make, significant contributions to her profession and her community. This recipient’s spark and tenacity is exemplified in her professional work as well as in her efforts as a volunteer and impactful community member.           

Legacy Award:  This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated superior leadership and success in the non-profit section over many years.  She has made a life-long commitment to improving Collin County by connecting others to a larger purpose, inspiring commitment, boosting resolve, and helping her colleagues and community members find deeper purpose in their lives through volunteering.

Program Contact:  Kim Schroeder, Community Awards Event Committee Chair, communityawards@jlcollincounty.org

 

ABOUT THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLLIN COUNTY:  Over 1,000 women strong, connected by values of service, leadership and respect, the Junior League of Collin County is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. This year the Junior League of Collin County will touch lives and forever change them through outreach and support of over 110 local agencies and 12 community projects and initiatives. For membership or to contribute, please visit www.jlcollincounty.org.

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Junior League of Collin County Women of Influence Awards 2021

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Junior League of Collin County’s (JLCC) volunteer recognition event, Collin County Women of Influence Awards.  As an extension of the JLCC mission as an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” Collin County Women of Influence Awards celebrates volunteerism by recognizing those making a difference in our community.  Individuals and organizations are encouraged to nominate women who demonstrate the leadership qualities within the various categories.  Nominations (accepted online) are open and accepted online through March 26, 2021.  A reception to honor the finalists will take place on June 10, 2021 at Verona Villa in Frisco.  The community is invited to attend the celebration and tickets will be available in late April.

Collin County Female Business Leader of the Year:   This award recognizes a female business leader who not only supports the non-profit sector through her consistent commitment to her community, but who has distinguished herself in her organization, her profession, and among her peers. The recipient of the Female Business Leader of the Year Award epitomizes the values of her community and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders. She is committed to making her community a priority for her department or organization.

Collin County Young Professional of the Year:  This award recognizes a young professional woman who has already made, or is on track to make, significant contributions to her profession and her community. This recipient’s spark and tenacity is exemplified in her professional work as well as in her efforts as a volunteer and impactful community member.

Collin County Volunteer of the Year:  This award recognizes one outstanding female adult for her valuable and selfless commitment to extraordinary hands-on volunteer service, which strengthens the entire Collin County community. Her distinguished service for the non-profit sector exemplifies commitment, passion, and benevolence. This recipient’s tireless qualities embody the mission of JLCC and the spirit of volunteerism.

Collin County Newcomer of the Year:  This award celebrates a recent addition to our volunteer community. This may be someone who has recently relocated to Collin County or someone who has made a significant difference in volunteerism in a short amount of time. The recipient of this award has a tangible passion for volunteerism and, in a short amount of time, has contributed to the Collin County volunteer landscape. This recipient is someone who acted above and beyond a normal expectation for a beginner.

Collin County Non-profit Professional of the Year:  This award celebrates a paid employee of a non-profit who is a bold, well-known leader that others choose to emulate. The recipient of the Non-profit Professional of the Year award will have a proven track record of growth, success, and influence in both her profession and her community. Her love of the non-profit sector is defined in her leadership that furthers the non-profit’s mission. The non-profit in which the nominee works does not have to be based or headquartered in Collin County, but the scope and impact of the nominee’s work should be felt or focused within Collin County.

Collin County Legacy Award:  This is the pinnacle volunteer achievement award. This award recognizes a woman who has demonstrated superior leadership and success in the non-profit sector over many years. She has made a life-long commitment to improving Collin County. She has a track record of long-term achievements and community involvement. The Legacy Award winner will be a woman who is known for her positive influence and her exemplary abilities. This leader possesses the qualities of trustworthiness, authenticity, tenacity, and warmth. This woman is one who works hard to connect others to a larger purpose, inspiring commitment, boosting resolve, and helping her colleagues and community members find deeper purpose in their lives through volunteering and its service toward others.

Please contact Kim Schroeder, Community Awards Event Committee Chair, at communityawards@jlcollincounty.org with any questions or sponsorship inquiries.

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As the Junior League of Collin County prepares ‘Neath the Wreath Virtual Holiday Gift Market, there are even more ways to get involved and support the critical needs of the community. Admission to shop is free however consider a donation of the $15 that otherwise would have been a daily ticket price, purchase raffle tickets and bid on the silent auction all from your phone, tablet or desktop – this year ‘Neath the Wreath is virtual and mobile! Volunteers have worked tirelessly to create the beloved ‘Neath the Wreath magic and are grateful to the generous sponsors Children’s Health, Market Street, Audi McKinney, and Callbox Storage as well as the many individual donors who contributed to the raffle and silent auction. All proceeds benefit community impact projects of the Junior League of Collin County. 

SHOP

Over 100+ merchants are participating in the Junior League of Collin County ‘Neath the Wreath Virtual Gift Market. Many are shopper favorites alongside several new merchants. Shoppers will find home décor, ladies’ fashion, gifts, holiday, children’s clothing and toys, gourmet foods, jewelry, and more. From the merchant website and app, you can shop from the comfort of home as well as purchase raffle tickets with your choice of 3 experiences and bid on a variety of silent auction baskets full of goodies to make your time home festive!  Watch for tips on how to navigate the ‘Neath the Wreath app.

RAFFLE

The ‘Neath the Wreath raffle features the choice of 3 amazing experiences including: A Glamping Getaway to Broken Bow, Oklahoma; one year of fresh floral from Market Street; or a 3-night stay at the luxurious La Cantera Resort & Spa in the Hill Country. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100 and can be purchased here. Bid on just one or all three!

SILENT AUCTION

The ‘Neath the Wreath virtual silent auction is live November 13-14, 2020. Register to bid, find your favorite packages, bid high and bid often! The complete list of items will be featured at neaththewreath.org. Bidders will find a variety of packages that are perfect to make being home more festive or great to share with friends and family as gifts.

Cheers to a Stocked Bar Cart: Cozy up with a cocktail from your fully stocked bar cart, complete with multiple liquors, festive accessories, and a set of etched cocktail glasses.

Grillin’ & Chillin’ Tailgates:  Bring the game experience to life at home. Fire up the grill and tailgate in the backyard with everything you need: skewers, basters, planks, sauces and rubs, and a football-shaped cutting board.

Sports Fans:  Step up your tailgate with a portable grill, and sports memorabilia, including autographed footballs, Stanley Cup hockey stick, mini helmet, and other memorabilia.

Wine Not:  Bid on everything from wine baskets to private wine tastings from Total Wines, William Chris Vineyards, Wild Child Wine Flight, and so much more! 

It's Amore:  Make pizzas like a pro in your own backyard with an Italia Artisan Pizza Oven. Don't have the space for a pizza oven or want others to do the cooking? Gourmet food experiences are a-plenty with baskets and gift cards!

Art with Love:  Bid on original pieces of art from Junior League of Collin County members, Sheri Steele and Donna Ivy, featuring paintings in shades of blue or neutral colors or dreamy watercolors. 

A little something:  Treat yourself with custom necklaces, jewelry collections, or a Deluxe 10-Piece Collection from Rustic Cuff.

Keep the Kids Busy: Any of the kid-oriented packages will be winners with baskets from Crayola, birthday party packages, book collections, summer camps and even a Whataburger Bird House.

Mom's Night Off: Take a night off and indulge Mom with one of multiple pampering baskets featuring spa-at-home, cozy blankets, books, candles, and more!

Deck the Halls: ‘Neath the Wreath kicks off the holiday season, so we’ve combined our annual market favorites into festive packages like Cocoa for Santa, Christmas Cookie Baking, gorgeous décor, and gourmet treats.

Kiss the Cook:  No matter who is cooking, the kitchen is center to the home. Freshen up your space with classic canisters, serving trays, tea towels, baking supplies, mouth-watering cookbook collections, and more. 

 

Save the date for ‘Neath the Wreath 2021, which will take place November 11-14, 2021.

 

www.neaththewreath.org

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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COLLIN COUNTY ‘NEATH THE WREATH HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET GOES VIRTUAL WITH HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

 As with many events in 2020, the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) is bringing the cherished tradition of the ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market to the community virtually. This year’s theme invites shoppers to celebrate ‘Home for the Holidays,’ where they can enjoy the tradition of shopping their favorite merchants online from the comfort of their couch. The virtual event will be held November 12-15, 2020, with additional details available at https://www.neaththewreath.org.

“Over the last 25 years, Junior League of Collin County members have generously given their time and resources to this beloved fundraiser. Our committee is creating various opportunities to support the merchants and mission of the Junior League of Collin County. It is our intention to be back in 2021 to celebrate the 25th anniversary and bring our ‘Neath the Wreath family together again,” stated Amanda Konersmann, 2020-2021 President, Junior League of Collin County.

This year is more critical than ever to support the community initiatives of JLCC. With a rise in domestic violence, food insecurity, and unemployment, Collin County social services are at an all-time high demand.  JLCC continues to be active in uplifting the organizations that are supporting those vulnerable in our community. With limited opportunities to work side-by-side as volunteers, financial support and donations are crucial to sustain the level of support needed.   Proceeds from ‘Neath the Wreath enable the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) and its 1,000+ volunteers to continue its mission of promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLCC has supported over 110 local nonprofit agencies and programs impacting Collin County, including: Collin County Council on Family Violence (CCCFV), Done in a Day projects impacting 30-40 agencies annually, My Friend’s House, Literacy Leaders, JuMP Juvenile Mentoring Program, JLCC C.A.R.E.S, R.I.S.E., and many others. For membership information or other ways to get involved, please visit: www.jlcollincounty.org.

A special thank you to the generous sponsors Children's Health, Market Street and Audi McKinney.  By participating in the online ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, you can play an active role in supporting these community initiatives.  Shoppers can find everything they need at neaththewreath.org and through the expanded mobile app, available in the Apple store and Google Play.   

Here are some socially distanced ways to support the JLCC ‘Neath the Wreath from the comfort of your home:

  1. While there is no admission to enter the virtual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, consider a donation in lieu of a ticket to directly to support the projects and initiatives of JLCC at neaththewreath.org
  2. Shop our merchants on the neaththewreath.org and mobile app. Merchant list will be available mid-October.
  3. Purchase raffle tickets to win signature items.  Raffle tickets go on sale October 10th at 10 a.m.
  4. Participate in the online Silent Auction on November 14th.
  5. Show your support on social media by following and sharing updates with your friends, posting pics of shopping and your favorite items found at ‘Neath the Wreath over the years. Use #neaththewreath, #jlccntw, and #jlcollincounty.
  6. Sign up for the ‘Neath the Wreath e-newsletter at neaththewreath.org to receive insider tips and updates.
  7. Save the date for ‘Neath the Wreath 2021, which will take place November 11-14, 2021.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: www.facebook.com/NeaththeWreath

                          Twitter: www.twitter.com/neaththewreath

                          Instagram: www.instagram.com/jlccntw

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‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market is almost here! Thursday, November 7 through Sunday, November 10 this 24-year holiday tradition will deck the halls of the Plano Event Center. Purchase your tickets for ‘Neath the Wreath now at participating Collin County Tom Thumb locations or online at neaththewreath.org. Not only does your ticket allow you to shop ‘Neath the Wreath, but funds raised at ‘Neath the Wreath support Collin County and the community impact projects of the Junior League of Collin County.

With over 125 unique merchants and over 80,00 square feet of fabulous shopping, we wanted to give you a few insider tips to optimizing your ‘Neath the Wreath experience this year!

-Be the First to Shop!
Want to be the first to shop our 2019 ‘Neath the Wreath merchants? Join us on Wednesday, November 6th for our Ladies Night Out Preview Party complete with shopping, sipping, socializing and Santa! Purchase your ticket now at neaththewreath.org

 

-Become a ‘Neath the Wreath Insider
Make sure to subscribe to our emails to receive ‘Neath the Wreath happenings at neaththewreath.org. Not only will we give you a heads up on ticket sales, events and merchants, we will also let you know best times to shop!

-Friday Night Lights – Open Late

To accommodate everyone’s busy fall schedule, ‘Neath the Wreath is open on Friday, November 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Get ahead of the weekend rush and shop Friday night. 

-Holiday Flare Meets Comfort
Whether you’re rocking athleisure or your latest Holiday sweater, ‘Neath the Wreath is full of lots of great merchants so make sure to wear comfortable shoes, so you can shop all day long! Dressing rooms are minimal so if you are interested in trying on the latest fashions from our merchants, make sure to dress accordingly (we recommend leggings and sports bra).

-Be like Santa. Make a list, check it twice.
Make sure no gift is left behind! Our 125+ merchants are carefully curated to bring you the best in holiday and home décor, clothing and accessories, unique gifts, jewelry, children’s items, craft foods and must-have items you will not find anywhere else! 

-Shop ‘Til You Drop and Store Your Loot
Each ‘Neath the Wreath shopper will receive a commemorative shopping tote sponsored by Ebby Halliday to stash your purchases in. Once you fill it up, don’t worry! Bag Check is available, so you can continue shopping all day long.

 

-Cash, Card, Swipe or Tap

Our merchants come from all over the nation so consider contacting your bank or credit card companies in advance. Most merchants take credit cards and cash. ATMs are available on-site at market.

-Did someone say samples?
Do not fret about fuel or hydration – a full array of concession items is available during market, including mimosas, bonus! There are also over 20 gourmet food merchants and tasty samples available on almost every aisle! 

 

-Do you need a BOOMERANG?

Sometimes one day is not enough and you want to do it all again.  ‘Neath the Wreath offers a boomerang ticket.  Before you leave, present your ticket and it can become valid for a second day for only $10. 

-Don’t let parking be a pain!
Self-parking and valet parking are available to all our ‘Neath the Wreath shoppers all weekend long. Valet parking is available for $20 and can be accessed from the Spring Creek entrance of the Plano Event Center. You can also bump up your step count by utilizing our self-parking lot off Jupiter Road.

-Make it social!
Whether you’re bringing your girlfriends, co-workers or family, make sure to share your ‘Neath the Wreath experience with us by tagging us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. @NeaththeWreath @jlccntw #neaththewreath.


We hope these tips help you make the most of your ‘Neath the Wreath experience! We can’t wait for you to experience the festive “Merry Texmas!” theme at our 24th annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market. Over 120 volunteers have worked more than 10 months and over 2,000 hours to create ‘Neath the Wreath and, we can’t wait to welcome you!

Want to be part of something special like Junior League and ‘Neath the Wreath?  Learn more about the Junior League of Collin County and membership opportunities by visiting our table at ‘Neath the Wreath. The Junior League of Collin County welcomes women of all ages and backgrounds to collaborate for a better community. 

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/NeaththeWreath

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/neaththewreath

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/jlccntw

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Texans love the benefits of RV travel and life as reflected in sales where Texas has led the nation in RV sales.  In 2018, Texas’ earned $6.9 Billion in direct economic impact of RV related sales, services and campgrounds alone as determined by the 2018 RV Industry Profile Study for rvsmoveamerica.org.        

More than nine million households now own an RV – the highest level ever recorded which is a 16% increase since 2001.  Lifestyle trends continue to spur demand for RV travel making frequent weekend getaways and mini-vacations possible for busy families.  Buyers aged 35-54 are the largest segment of RV owners according to a study commissioned by the RV Industry Association.  These and future generations are seeking innovative products to fit their lifestyle.  Manufacturers have developed lightweight, smaller units with fuel-efficiency and a significant investment in green technologies such as solar panels.  Today’s RV travelers are more diverse in ethnicity and background however all share an appreciation of adventure, outdoor activities, cultural immersion and desire for a quality connection with family and friends.   

No matter the demographic or travel preferences, RV vacations can reduce vacation costs up to 73 percent as found in the RVIA Vacation Cost Comparison.  RV manufacturing has benefitted from advancements in production and state-of-the-art design to offer travelers the best in modern conveniences and technology.   Low interest rates and aggressive show-only pricing make RV travel an affordable lifestyle.

Returning to Dallas, the SOUTHWEST RV SUPERSHOW September 12-15 at Market Hall attracts over twelve thousand visitors to experience the latest innovation, technology and advancements in RV life and travel.  More than 400 demonstration units are throughout 350,000 square feet of display space.  The popular toy hauler units will be alongside the traditional fifth wheels, travel trailers, tent trailers, motor homes, motor coaches and camper vans.  Each day of the show offers a variety of seminars on RV ownership and vendors with the latest accessories to enhance RV travels.  Professionals are on-site to provide financing and insurance scenarios.  National manufacturers are represented by regional dealer members of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association who produces the multiday event. 

“We have designed the Southwest RV SUPERSHOW to create an easy shopping experience for the consumer to meet our dealer network in a vibrant environment to showcase best in service, selection and the ultimate offerings of RV life.   The Texas Recreational Vehicle Association is dedicated to providing a platform to educate consumers on the rewarding benefits of RV life,” states TRVA Executive Director, Phil Elam.

Gorving.com is the advocacy group for RV travel and highlights several bloggers dedicated to the diversity of RV life.  From entrepreneurs working remote, families seeking life experience based education, artists documenting the countryside, travel writers providing immersion insight into a destination; the content is broad, deep and inspiring. http://blog.gorving.com/meet-our-bloggers/

For complete information on show times, admission, discount offers, please visit: www.southwestrvsupershow.com.

DETAILS:         www.southwestrvsupershow.com

SOCIAL:          Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestRVSupershow?fref=ts

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At the heart of the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) is volunteerism.  Since their inception 42 years ago, JLCC has contributed over 750,000 volunteer hours to nonprofits serving the Collin County community.   

 

To celebrate and encourage volunteerism throughout the Collin County region, JLCC hosts the annual Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards to honor local volunteers and organizations who are changing our community for good.   Held at Aristide in McKinney, Christal Howard of Community Impact served as the Master of Ceremonies and Dr. John Siburt of CitySquare was the keynote speaker.  Special guests included McKinney Mayor Fuller and Congressman Van Taylor’s office who provided additional recognition to the honorees.  Sewell Audi of McKinney served as the title sponsor of the luncheon and was joined by the following additional partners: Gittings, Market Street, Bliss Body & Barre and Community Impact. 

 

2019 Collin County Excellence in Volunteer Service Award honorees:

SRS Distribution & Raise the Roof Foundation, Community Business Partner of the Year

Chloe Frohock, Youth Volunteer of the Year nominated by Heritage Farmstead Museum

Trisha Cunningham, Nonprofit Professional of the Year, North Texas Food Bank

My Possibilities, Nonprofit Organization of the Year

QC Stone and The Source of Hope, Junior League of Collin County Spirit Award

 

 

ABOUT THE HONOREES

 

The Youth Volunteer of the Year recognizes an outstanding student who makes a difference in Collin County and serves as an inspiration to their community through their volunteer and leadership activities.  Honoree, Chloe Frohock has given over 2,500 hours of volunteer service in the past eight years to Heritage Farmstead Museum.  She has helped with summer camps, special events and children’s programs.  Her community outreach has included visits to elementary schools, appearances on Good Morning Texas, as well as getting involved in local city government.  She was instrumental in inspiring the staff at the Heritage Farmstead Museum to begin a Jr. FFA program in 2014.  She has devoted herself to changing the community by volunteering her time and creativity to the Heritage Farmstead Museum.

 

The Community Business Partner of the Year is awarded to a company that is committed to making their community a priority for their organization through partnerships with nonprofits and active employee volunteerism.  The 2019 honoree is SRS Distribution and SRS Raise the Roof Foundation for its support of countless homeless, military and disaster-affected families during critical times of need by partnering with organizations like The Samaritan Inn and CASA of Collin County through hands-on volunteering, donation drives and fundraising.

 

New for 2019, the Nonprofit Professional of the Year recognizes a paid employee of a Collin County nonprofit organization who exhibits excellence in their leadership role and a passion for their organization’s mission.   Honoree, Trisha Cunningham is CEO of the North Texas Food Bank, a $130 million organization focused on eradicating hunger in North Texas by providing families access to nutritious food.  Last year alone, the North Texas Food Bank provided access to nearly 72 million nutritious meals, distributed over 21 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and hosted over 40,000 volunteers.

 

The 2019 Nonprofit Organization of the Year honoree is My Possibilities which serves over 650 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) every week. Their mission is to pursue the full, untapped possibilities of Hugely Important People, also known as HIPsters, and provide them with a path to inclusion and a meaningful life.  Their programs teach HIPsters how to live, work, and participate in their communities.   As a pioneering leader in vocational education and job placement for adults with IDD, this agency’s programs are setting the standard for programs that move adults with IDD towards greater independence.

 

The Collin County Volunteer of the Year celebrates an individual whose extraordinary hands-on volunteer service at nonprofits strengthens the Collin County community.  Trish Patterson is a driving force empowering others through collaboration to work together to support a collective mission.  She is recognized for her recent contribution to The Source of Hope’s Holiday Feeding which served over 7,000 families in 2018. 

 

Each year an individual or organization stands out among the nominees and is deserving of the Junior League of Collin County Spirit Award that recognizes a significant gift of leadership and stewardship to many over the years and represents a pillar of the volunteer community.   In 2009, this honoree, QC Stone founded a nonprofit organization, The Source of Hope, with a mission to empower low income cosmetology students by providing assistance through educational programs, grants, and scholarships.  The mission has evolved to include helping families in transition become financially stable, independent households.  In addition, they provide a source of hope to the local community with free or reduced cosmetic services and various social outreach programs.  Examples of services include custom wig creation for children receiving chemotherapy, free cosmetic treatments for adults to help them during their interview process, and serving hot meals to thousands on a monthly basis. 

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At the heart of the Junior League of Collin County (JLCC) is volunteerism.  Since their inception 42 years ago, JLCC has contributed over 760,000 volunteer hours to the community through nonprofits serving Collin County. To celebrate and encourage volunteerism throughout the Collin County region, JLCC hosts the annual Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards to honor local volunteers, nonprofit organizations, and business volunteer programs that make important contributions and assist the residents of Collin County.  The keynote speaker, Dr. John Siburt of City Square will share ways the community can engage in fight the causes of poverty and homelessness.  The following individuals and organizations have been named finalists for the Excellence in Volunteer Service Awards to be held Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Aristide McKinney located in Craig Ranch.  Tickets are available.  Sponsors include Community Impact, Gittings, Market Street and Sewell Audi McKinney.

Collin County Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Jason Dyke (Carson’s Village)

Todd Fischer (North Texas Food Bank)

Julie Foughty (Chamberlain Performing Arts)

Lutricia "Trish" Patterson Wilson (Junior League of Collin County)

 

Youth Volunteer of the Year Nominees

Chloe Frohock (Heritage Farmstead Museum)

Ashton-Brette Rusthoven (National Charity League – Plano Chapter)

 

Nonprofit Professional of the Year Nominees

Trisha Cunningham (North Texas Food Bank)

M'Lou Hyttinen  (Heritage Farmstead)

Laurie Tauriainen  (Women Rock)

 

Nonprofit Organization of the Year Nominees

Heritage Farmstead Museum (link)

McKinney Public Safety Children’s Scholarship Foundation

My Possibilities (link)

The Samaritan Inn (link)

The Source of Hope (link)

The Turning Point (link)

WOMEN ROCK (link)

Young Men’s Service League Wildcat Chapter (North Texas Food Bank)

 

Community Business Partner of the Year Nominees

Markel-MidSouth (link)

SRS Distribution and SRS Raise the Roof Foundation (link) nominated by The Samaritan Inn

 

Luncheon tickets and more information:  evsa@jlcollincounty.org; visit: (link)   or call 972-769-0557

For JLCC membership or to contribute, please visit:  http://www.jlcollincounty.org

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Gittings, a local portrait studio known for its quality and profound history, is honoring extraordinary women in March for Women’s History Month to commemorate its 90th anniversary. Selfless Women to Remember: An Exhibition of Portraits by Gittings features and uplifts women of yesterday, today and tomorrow who have positively impacted North Texas and beyond.

The exhibition celebrates the service of 30 women, half of which were selected from the Gittings archives through a community-wide vote. The other half are members of the Junior Leagues of Dallas, Fort Worth and Collin County, each one nominated by her chapter and honored with a Gittings portrait of her own.  The honorees represent a diverse and extensive group of causes, organizations and impacts – all connected by their dedication to bettering the community.

“All of these women have made incredible impacts in their communities and beyond,” said Rick Bettinger, President and Owner of Gittings in Dallas and Fort Worth. “It is our honor to recognize them as leaders in giving so much of their time, talent and treasure, and we hope the community is inspired by their selflessness.”

The Shops of Willow Bend hosted a reception for the Junior League of Collin County and Gittings to honor the women and portrait display shown in front of Neiman Marcus on the first floor from March 18-24. 

Women Honored:  Robin Joseph-Williams, Carole Greisdorf, Kara Olson, Jenna Maynard and Irum Jones.