Sugar Plum Market Helps The Arc of Fort Bend Send Athletes to the Special Olympics

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April 21, 2016

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The Sugar Plum Market is racing ahead to another stellar event! Since 2001, the holiday shopping extravaganza has raised over $1.9 million for numerous Fort Bend County non-profit organizations. Previous grants have contributed to educational programs, food pantries, assistance for women and children, literacy programs, and many other charitable needs. The 16th Annual Market, presented by the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Memorial Hermann, will focus this year’s “Making Spirits Bright” theme on the amazing organizations that have benefited from these grants through the years.

Athletes with The Arc of Fort Bend compete in the Special Olympics.

Athletes with The Arc of Fort Bend compete in the Special Olympics.

One of those non-profits is The Arc of Fort Bend. Founded in 1968, the mission of The Arc is to provide opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to improve their quality of life. The agency is a strong advocate for these individuals, while offering recreational and social programs, employment assistance, and housing support. The Arc also boasts the largest Special Olympics program in the area. Funds from prior Sugar Plum Market events have afforded many athletes the opportunity to compete in the Special Olympics and other area tournaments. “The Arc of Fort Bend appreciates the generous support that FBJSL gives to our Special Olympics program,” said Laura LaVigne, Executive Director of The Arc of Fort Bend. “You can see the determination and resulting joy in the eyes of all our athletes as they compete. And, FBJSL helps make it possible!”

The 2016 Sugar Plum Market will once again benefit several Fort Bend County charities. Doors will open at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center for a special Preview Night shopping event on Thursday, November 3 rd from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. General Market hours will be on Friday, November 4 th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 5 th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General Admission tickets for Friday or Saturday are $12 each. Preview Night tickets (limited quantity available) are $75 each and include advance shopping Thursday night, a Preview Night drink ticket, light hors d’oeuvres, and Market entry Friday and Saturday. General Admission and Preview Night tickets may be purchased online beginning September 1 st at

For more information, including sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, please visit or contact the Sugar Plum Market Co-Chairs by email at