Junior Women’s League Big Night Out Raises $15,000 For Harbor

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.

(Left to right): Junior Women’s League 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 by Suzanne Brewer Photography

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.