JWL 's Big Night Out raises $10,000 for Partnership for Children of Johnston County
JWL 's Big Night Out raises $10,000 for Partnership for Children of Johnston County
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Write Letters for Wounded Warriors at PLJCS Saturday, August 18

On Saturday, August 18 from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield will host the public and their children at the Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield to write thank you letters and draw pictures for the Wounded Warrior Project.

This is a free event with art supplies donated by Caring Hearts Civitan Club.
Junior Women's League of Smithfield's 3rd Annual Big Night Out Raises $15000 for Harbor of Johnston County

Smithfield, N.C. --  On Friday, June 1st, the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield hosted their 3rd annual Big Night Out gala fundraiser. In front of 250 attendees, the League’s Board of Directors proudly presented a check for $15,000 to Harbor of Johnston County. Harbor will utilize the funds raised by Big Night Out to help fund a child advocate position, which will allow them to provide additional services to children who have been traumatically impacted by both domestic violence and sexual assault. The funds granted will make those efforts not only come to fruition but also place Harbor on the right path to ensure that those children who they serve are given every opportunity to begin their personal healing process.


“The support from our communities was amazing. We had over 60 local businesses join forces with us to support this cause and over 250 community members donated through the purchase of tickets.  Johnston County’s commitment to ensuring that Harbor has the necessary resources to positively impact children of domestic violence and sexual assault is inspiring. JWL is grateful for the outpouring of support. Big Night Out was a celebration of the hard work of our members and the many successes of JWL during our third service year,” said Meredith Fordham, League president.


JWL is accepting applications from prospective new members until August 1.  Interested Johnston County women ages 22 and older are encouraged to attend one of the two New Member Interest Meetings at Cleveland Draft House in Clayton on June 25th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and at Milltown Java in Princeton on July 19th from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. For more information about the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield, please visit www.jwlsmithfield.com.


About the Junior Women’s League of Smithfield The Junior Women’s League of Smithfield is a non-profit organization with the mission to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JWL’s impact has been significant. To date, the JWL has presented $47,500 in community donations and completed over 5,000 hours of community service. Members continue to volunteer and raise money benefiting seven community partnership organizations.




Pictured (L to R) are JWL Board Members Austin Yansom, Pam Batchelor, Catherine Webster, Sarah Edwards, Meredith Fordham, Nanda Jones, Jessica Davis, Megan Lee, and Dana Peterson along with Harbor of Johnston County representatives Suefan Johnson, Katrusia Johnson, Janet Wilson and Mary Braswell. Photo: Suzanne Brewer Photography

JWL 's Touch-A-Truck Raises $7,500.00 for Me Fine Foundation

Smithfield, NC - On Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Downtown Smithfield, the Junior Women's League of Smithfield (JWL) presented its 2nd Annual Touch­-A-­Truck fundraiser to benefit the Me Fine Foundation. Touch-A-Truck was a huge hit with kids of all ages. Big rigs, emergency vehicles, construction equipment, and all the other big machines that make kids say "whoa!" were on display in Downtown Smithfield. “Touch-A-Truck provides a fun-filled day for the entire family, where kids have the opportunity to explore all types of vehicles.  This is one of the many ways the Junior Women’s League gives back to the community” said Dana Peterson, Touch-A-Truck Committee Chair. 

Children had an opportunity to climb in and explore vehicles from emergency response agencies, local businesses, and vehicles used for hobbies at the Interstate Outdoor Truck Stop.  They were also able to talk to the people who serve on these vehicles and learn more about these machines and their role in our community. Families enjoyed face painting, bounce houses, guest appearances and more in the True Joy Landscaping Playland.

Seven food trucks were on site in the Food Pavilion to provide guests many savory options for lunch. With attendance of approximately 2,500, JWL’s 2nd Annual Touch­-A­-Truck event raised $7,500 for the Me Fine Foundation. “The Junior Women's League of Smithfield’s second annual Touch-­A­-Truck was an enjoyable experience for all who attended. In addition to providing fun for families, it benefits an outstanding organization that was founded by one of Johnston County’s own and benefits children and families at the Duke, UNC, and Wake Med Children’s Hospitals. JWL is grateful for the support of so many individuals and local businesses that made this event possible.” stated JWL President, Meredith Fordham. 

Touch-A-Truck was possible through the support of these gracious sponsors: True Joy Landscapes, InterState Outdoor, Buckner Law, Company Wrench, Mac Jones Construction, Anchor Disposal, Whitley Contracting, Lithko Contracting, LLC, Carly Fogleman Photography, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation, Country Club of Johnston County, Country Superstars, Image Builders, Vaughn Industries, Becca Byrd - Independent Scentsy Consultant, Direct Cellars, The Armstrong Law Firm, Langdon & Company, LLP, Waccamaw Transport, Todd Sutton, Grey Heron Construction, Eagle Transport, Carolina Form and Scaffold Supply, Oxbay, LLC, Triangle Premier Women's Health, P.A., Grifols, Batch, Poore, & Williams, PC, Clayton Commercial Glazing, EverGreen Partners, Golden Corral, Smithfield Parks and Recreation, Sweet Pea Children's Boutique, Guy C Lee, Dr. Ben Atkeson, Vanir Installed Sales, Emery D. Ashley, Capital Auto of Smithfield, Janis Family Fund, Neighbors & Associates, Inc., Tripark Advertising, Inc., Breeden Law, and Deacon Jones.

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