Fort Bend, Texas
The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL), together with title sponsor Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (MHSL), are pleased to announce that a record-setting $375,000 was raised from this year’s Sugar Plum Market that took place the first week in November. Proceeds from this year’s Market were presented to 26 local charities serving Fort Bend County on December 13th at an outdoor check presentation ceremony hosted by Sugar Land Town Square. Speakers in attendance included Malisha Patel, CEO and Senior Vice-President of MHSL, FBJSL President Heather Allen and Stafford Mayor Cecil Willis. The City of Stafford has generously partnered with FBJSL to host the Sugar Plum Market at the Stafford Centre since 2004.
The following beneficiaries were presented with grants just in time to celebrate the holidays: Access Health, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, Brazos Bend Guardianship, Catholic Charities, Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Clothed by Faith, College Community Career, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, Fort Bend History Association, Fort Bend Hope, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, Fort Bend Seniors, Fort Bend Women’s Center, Gigi’s Playhouse, Hope for Three, Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, Literacy Council, Lunches of Love, Parks Youth Ranch, Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship, Sole Loved, Texana Center, The Thankful Ones, YMCA Fort Bend County, and the FBJSL Community Assistance Fund (CAF). The CAF will allow Market proceeds to continue helping deserving individuals and worthy agencies through FBJSL’s scholarship program and emergency/emerging grant opportunities.
The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Market was a huge success with nearly 6,000 shoppers returning to shop in person after the event was held virtually in 2020. “We are proud to announce this year’s Market proceeds, and want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, and Market patrons who play such an important role in our success,” said Allen. “Without you, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love and support so many agencies in Fort Bend County!” Since its inception in 2001, the Sugar Plum Market has raised over $3.7 million for this community.
FBJSL is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, to developing the potential of women and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. To date, FBJSL has raised over $4.8 million in grants and scholarships for charitable 501(c)(3) organizations and individuals in our community. Over the lifetime of the League, our members have worked tirelessly to provide over 400,000 uncompensated volunteer hours to our county.
Representatives of the organizations receiving proceeds from the 2021 Sugar Plum Market joined members of FBJSL and representatives of Memorial Hermann and the City of Stafford on December 13th to celebrate the Market’s success.