• Junior Women's League Raises $15,000 for Smithfield Rescue Mission

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    June 27, 2019

    On Saturday, June 22nd, the ladies of the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield hosted their annual Big Night Out Gala at The Farm at 95. The Gatsby Gala for Giving had over 275 participants enjoy a night of fine dining and live entertainment while supporting this year’s beneficiary, the Smithfield Rescue Mission.


    “The BNO committee put together our grandest affair yet - a night of glamour and glitz as we traveled back to the Roaring Twenties with our Gatsby Gala for Giving. We were overwhelmed by the support of over 60 local businesses and community members to make our fundraising goal a reality. It was a night full of memories and making a difference for our community,” stated Meredith Fordham and Jessica Davis, Big Night Out Committee Co-Chairs.


    In 2017-2018, 12.2% of the people living in Johnston County experienced Food Insecurity. 19.4% of children under 18 are included in that figure. Over 2,000 people over the age of 65 are living below the poverty level. For these families, children, and elderly neighbors of ours, ‘experiencing Food Insecurity’ means not always having daily meals, or not knowing where their next meal will come from. It is for this reason that the Smithfield Rescue Mission was selected to receive the proceeds of the 2019 Big Night Out.


    The Smithfield Rescue Mission was established in 1977 and is a proven organization dedicated to helping those in need find answers to breaking the cycle of poverty. The mission’s largest community outreach is Blessing Baskets. When a family or individual in need is referred to them, the mission gets right to work filling boxes, bags, and baskets of food to deliver to them.  Smithfield Rescue Mission will use the $15,000.00 from Big Night Out to purchase food and hire a part-time driver to deliver it throughout the community every month.


    JWL is accepting applications from prospective new members until August 1.  Interested women ages 22 and older are encouraged to attend one of the three upcoming New Member Interest Meetings:

    • Tuesday, June 25 - 6-7:30pm - Shenanigans Taproom - 27 Annette Drive, Suite 105, Benson

    • Thursday, July 11 - 6-7:30pm - Simple Twist Taproom & Bottle Shop - 228 E. Market Street, Smithfield

    • Monday, July 15 - 6-7:30pm - Boulevard West - 104 W. Main Street, Clayton


    For more information about joining the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield, please visit www.jwlsmithfield.com

    About the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield: The mission of the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield (JWL) is to promote voluntarism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective leadership of trained volunteers. Since its start in February of 2016, JWL has donated more than $71,000 to local partner organizations and contributed over 7,600 volunteer hours to the community and local organizations such as My Kid’s Club, Miracle League of Johnston County, Harbor Shelter, Partnership for Children of Johnston County, Me Fine Foundation, Inc, Habitat for Humanity of Johnston County, and Johnston Health.

    Catherine Webster

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