The holidays are long gone, but some of your seasonal shopping dollars are now going to help people in our community. This past November, thousands of East Texans turned out for the Junior League of Tyler's Mistletoe and Magic event. The three-day holiday shopping extravaganza is the league's major fundraiser.
Monday night, the junior league announced it raised $351,613. All of it will be given back to the East Texas community through about two dozen non-profit agencies. The League also offers these local groups more than financial help, it gives volunteers.
The chairman of the 2004 event, Ingrid Young, said, "We are doing Habitat House, Adapt, we support the Discovery Science Place, Tyler Teen Court, the college fairs, so we try to reach the elderly, the young, arts and education. We try to reach the whole gamut."
In the past 25 years, the Junior League of Tyler has donated in excess of $3.5 million to non-profit agencies in East Texas.