BELCHERTOWN, Mass. – Team Jessica, Inc. is happy to be one of the hundreds of nonprofits in Western Mass. participating in Valley Gives Day, a 24-hour online giving event, on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Team Jessica is the fundraising arm for Jessica’s Boundless Playground, bringing the community together to raise more than $425,000 over the past four years with close to 50 different events. Although the 100% accessible playground opened for play Nov. 9, 2014, the fundraising is not complete.
“We’ve come a long way in four years and the final $85,000 is no different than the rest of the money we’ve raised,” said Team Jessica’s Marketing Officer Deanna Roux. “We take it one day at a time, one event at a time and have faith in our community. They continue to come together in amazing ways. Last year we raised more than $6,000 with Valley Gives.”
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Beginning at midnight EST on Dec. 10 and continuing until 11:59 p.m. EST, residents of Western Mass., and around the world, can go online to connect with causes like Team Jessica, Inc., and make tax-deductible donations to support the important work of our region’s charities. Visit Team Jessica’s Valley Gives page at www.valleygives.razoo.com/story/teamjessicainc.
“Valley Gives is a great way to participate with other nonprofits in the area,” said Vicky Martins Auffrey, Team Jessica’s President and the mother of the playground’s namesake. “A lot of these other organizations are near and dear to our hearts, having worked with them on a personal level before. It’s nice to be in such good company and to highlight the important role nonprofits play in our community.”
Since 2012, Valley Gives has raised more than $3 million for our community. Last year, 11,640 donors supported more than 350 local nonprofits culminating in more than $2 million in donations. This year the number of nonprofits has increased to 462 and the momentum for participation is at a steady upswing. By participating, donors will help charities become eligible for special prizes totaling as much as $225,000.
Team Jessica, Inc. supports and enhances awareness of people with disabilities in the surrounding communities of Western Mass. by supporting initiatives that will improve the lives of people with special needs. To learn more, please visit us online at www.teamjessicaonline.com, www.facebook.com/teamjessicainc and www.twitter.com/teamjessicainc.
Valley Gives is hosted by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Jewish Endowment Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Pioneer Valley United Way, the The Davis Foundation, the United Way of Franklin County, the United Way of Hampshire County, and The Beveridge Foundation. Learn more at www.valleygivesday.org.