Dear J4J Community Partners,
What a joyful event we had at Jump for Joy on February 2, 2019! Your generous support was a large part of our success. Special thanks to St. Philip Presbyterian and Reverend Greg Garis for hosting the 6th annual event and providing: adult and youth volunteers including the SPPC Choir and director by Josh Brown, accounting and cashier training- Mitzi Cimino, Security -Chuck Lucas and Steve Noakes, and SPPC J4J Task Force members-led by J4J Director Wendy Parmelee. There were over 50 St. Philip volunteers and artists donating their time and talents! We are especially thankful for the outstanding support and contributions from the following organizations:
The HEB ISD Administration and Midway Park, Spring Garden, Wilshire Elementary schools eachsponsored “Wear Your Jeans to Work Day” and campus fundraisers– raising over $2,500 in donations
L.D. Bell HS & Trinity HS National Art Honor Societies and BHS Drama Dept. supplied over 30 student volunteers on Friday and Saturday
–over 300 HEB ISD Visual & Performing arts students, local artists and performers participated; 64 student art works were sold at the silent auction helping to raise over $2,000. Bedford Heights Art Department and River Trails Music Department each received the “Top Bid Award” for bringing in the highest bids at the J4J Benefit
-First United Methodist of Hurst provided golf carts and 10 volunteers to help with event day parking and security, a gracious benevolent offering, and three very active J4J Task Force members
–First Hurst Baptist– provided two outstanding musical acts (Shannon burr and a generous benevolent offering of $500.00
-The Mayors of Hurst, Euless & Bedford contributed several items for auction representing the best of their communities-raising $800.00 in donations
-musical acts provided by: LD Bell Jazz Band and String Ensemble, Trinity HS Harmony Show Choir & Macie Wright, LD Bell Bagpipe & Snare-Braeden & Collin Starnes, Hurst JH Pep Band, Harwood JH Ensemble, and River Trails Elementary Music Department, First Hurst Baptist- Ethan Anderson and Shannon Burris, “By Chance”, and the St. Philip Choir
-Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary educator sorority, provided cashiers and accounting services
–contributing restaurants included: Abuelo’s, Bacon’s, Carrabba’s Italian, Chop House Burgers, Rosako’s Soul Man’s BBQ, Pasta & Pizza, and What’s Poppin? with additional donations by Creative Memories and Sweet Shop USA
-2018-19 J4J Task Force members:SPPC- Rev. Greg Garis, Director Wendy Parmelee, Anne Mitchell, Bonnie Brockway; First Hurst-Bettye Edgington, First United Methodist Church of Hurst- Rev. Matt Ybanez, Peg Meyer, an Jerry Longwell, HEB ISD Visual Arts Dept.- Amanda Barnhart, HEB ISD Family Support Services- Ellen Lobue, and Delta Kappa Gamma –Toni McCutcheon
-HEB ISD Administration: Superintendent- Dr. Steve Chapman, PR Director -Deanne Hullender, V & P Arts Director- Mark Chandler, and Counseling Coordinator – Carla Docken
– Discount Banners & Signs-Keller and Party City-Watauga
At the writing of this letter, we have raised nearly $15,000 in donations. We are continuing to accept donations through the end of the 2019 school year. We are confident that we will reach our 2019 goal as we establish continuous support with specific “pillar” churches and local businesses in the HEB area. Imagine the possibilities that will be made available to the 650 plus students and their families as this event grows!
You will remember that these funds are used throughout the year to immediately assist HEB ISD homeless and unaccompanied students with student activity fees, housing, nutritional, medical, and transportation needs. This includes emergency assistance with clothing, infant and pre-school day care, student and activity fees, and scholarships for 2019 graduates. Thanks to your generous participation and contribution, three scholarship offerings will be presented this spring semester to a graduate enrolled in HEB ISD Family Support Services at Bell HS, Keys, and Trinity HS campuses.
Because the HEB ISD school district provides highly-rated programs, many community members do not realize that over 53% of HEB ISD students have been identified as economically disadvantaged. Ellen Lobue, Director of HEB ISD Family Support Services, projects that by the end of the 2019 school year, over 650 students will be identified as homeless or unaccompanied. 100% of the J4J proceeds are used to directly improve the lives of these students and their families. In paying tribute to St. Philip and the Jump for Joy Benefit, Ellen noted, “I know of no other school district in the state of Texas that has such a fund available to their homeless students and families; thank you!”
We appreciate your ongoing support and commitment to this cause. We hope for the community partners who volunteered this year to be back next year. Special thanks to the volunteers, teachers, and administrators of St. Philip, First United Methodist Church of Hurst, First Hurst Baptist, Delta Kappa Gamma, and HEB ISD for bringing hope, joy, and love to the homeless children, their families, and our community. Blessings to you all!
Wendy Parmelee / J4J 2019 Director www.jumpforjoy.org