FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONTGOMERY COUNTY PA TEENS TAKE ON MARCH MADNESS WITH A CHARITABLE TWIST
For the second year in a row, the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Montco PA Chapter Teens will organize their award-winning charity basketball fundraiser in Plymouth Meeting.
Plymouth Meeting, PA — Teens of today are extremely busy with part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, maintaining good grades and, let’s not forget about a social life. In the midst of it all, some even manage to donate time to a charitable cause or two. Above and beyond, there are the exceptional few who take it a step further and do great things to make a greater impact on the lives of others.
The teens of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Montco PA Chapter wanted to make an impact on the lives of children. Last year, the teens created a fundraising concept that was outside of the normal teen dance or car wash. They wanted an event that was unique, positive and fun with the goal of raising money for causes that benefit kids. One of the teens came up with the idea of a basketball tournament, then with the support of the other teens “March Madness” was born. The First Annual March Madness Fundraiser went on to raise over $10,000 for charity and won the teen group a Jack and Jill Foundation award for the most money raised award at the Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated National Convention, held in Charlotte, NC last summer.
The 2nd Annual March Madness Fundraiser will take place on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at the Greater Plymouth Community Center in Plymouth Meeting at 6:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit: the Edward T. Coombs Foundation (Edward was a teen from the Montco chapter who died in an automobile accident), the Lupus Foundation (in memory of Erin Wyche, a former Montco chapter teen who died of Lupus and whose sister and brother are now in the teen group) and More Than Me (a local chapter of a national organization started by one of the Montco teens to help liberate and educate girls in Liberia).
What is important to point out is that the entire March Madness event is conceptualized, organized, promoted and executed by the teens. They are out obtaining sponsorships, selling tickets and encouraging other teens to spend both their time and money on this worthwhile event.
The public is invited to attend and teens are encouraged to participate. Corporate sponsorships and donations are welcome. Additional details can be found at: http://jackandjillmontco.org/march-madness/
About Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is an African American organization formed during the Great Depression. It was formed in 1938 by African American mothers with the idea of bringing together children in a social and cultural environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The objectives of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated are to “create a medium of contact for children, which will stimulate growth and development and provide children constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social programs.” Since 1938, the organization continues on, dedicating its resources to improving the quality of life, particularly for all African-American children. http://jackandjillinc.org/
The Montgomery County PA Chapter was established in 1984 and currently counts 73 families as members. Shelly Pullian serves as chapter president and Natalie Hodges serves as chapter teen president. http://www.JackandJillMontco.org