Valley Gave

It’s been a while since our last post. With the holidays over and plenty of time to reflect, it’s time for an update!

VG_FB_postVALLEY GIVES was such a wonderful experience for us. Our local restaurant Grapevine Grille hosted us for the evening, as we helped people make donations online. Co-owner Irene was so very generous, giving us gift certificates to give away as prizes, as well as two chances to have your bill paid that night! They were just so sweet and barkeep Denise was especially helpful (as usual).

MailChimpThe biggest part of this fundraiser was in the preparation. Early on we established a mailing list with MailChimp (thanks for the tip Jason!), created a NEWSLETTER that we sent out via email, and shared our success stories with all of you. (If you would like to be on our mailing list, check out the green button on the right —> over there that reads “Subscribe.”)

There was also copious amounts of social media posting going on. Facebook and Twitter were on fire, with all 350 non-profits posting and tweeting about their organizations…some truly inspiring stories!

The Valley Gives organization (run by the Community Foundation) planned out a ton of media all around the valley to prepare for the day. We were invited to the table in a BUSINESS WEST article by Mike Reardon. That really meant a lot to us.

For all that hard work, our supporters gave over $6,000 toward Jessica’s Boundless Playground…and we cannot thank you all enough! We hope you feel our GRATITUDE.

And for the grand total (the whole shi-bang) for Valley Gives was over $2 million! They made their lofty goal and it was exciting to see so many dreams come true!

Thank you Valley Gives. Thank you Grapevine Grille. Thank you donors!

Grapevine Grille to host TJI for Valley Gives event 12.12.13

Join Team Jessica on Thurs., Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Grapevine Grille in Belchertown for our first-ever Valley Gives event. There will be a prize for the first 25 online donors!


On Valley Gives day, 12.12.13, the Grapevine Grille will be our gracious host, helping us to get the word out about this 24 hours of online giving. When you stop by the Grapevine for dinner and drinks on 12.12, head over to Team Jessica’s corner table in the bar area and learn how you can help make a huge difference in our fundraising efforts.

Don’t forget, all donations made to Team Jessica will benefit Jessica’s Boundless Playground. We are more than half way to our goal. Help us get there with an online donation on 12.12!

This event will be held for one day only so it’s important to make your online donation via the Valley Gives website on 12.12, whether at the Grapevine event or in the comfort of your own home. Online donations will be accepted from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 12.

If you cannot make the event at the Grapevine, please consider going to our giving page now to make a donation. Your donation will be scheduled for Dec. 12.

We hope to see you at the Grapevine Grille!

Beer & Wine Tasting great success


It was a packed house at the VFW in Belchertown last Saturday night. 200 people showed up for Team Jessica’s first Beer & Wine Tasting event.

The event raised $8,000 for Jessica’s Boundless Playground.

We would like to acknowledge all the donors who made this incredible evening possible. Because of you, our expenses for the event were zero, helping us to put all of the money raised toward the playground. Thank you for all you do!

BeerWineNumbers3Food: McCarthy’s Pub and Antonio’s by the Slice

Venue: VFW

Vendors: Horizon Beverages, Harpoon, Down the Road Brewery, Westfield River Brewery, United Liquors, Stone Beer


  • Alex Erb’s Gourmet cupcakes
  • Amy and Jason Meserve
  • Amy’s Animals
  • Atkins
  • Cinemark Movie Theaters
  • Dance Northampton
  • Dave’s Soda and Pet Food City
  • Delaney House
  • Dr. Edward Smola
  • Ed and Deb Weigel
  • Four Seasons Wine & Liquor
  • Gail Whitney
  • Harpoon Beer
  • Jim McDonald
  • Marlene and Darryl Beech
  • Mary Ingram
  • Milltown Ink
  • Northeast Christmas Tree farm
  • Pam and Mark Leckie
  • Pam Desjardins
  • Patriots organization
  • Patti and Todd Thornton
  • Paul McGrath
  • Rafters
  • Red Sox organization
  • Roni Meyers
  • Salon Bocage
  • Stop & Shop
  • The Hair Shop
  • Trader Joe’s
  • UMASS athletics
  • Vicky and Glenn Auffrey
  • Vintage Barn
  • Wildwood Barbecue

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3 things you can do to maximize Team Jessica’s fundraising power on Valley Gives day, 12.12.13

ValleyGivesLogoThis morning we woke up and realized there are only 30 days until the biggest fundraising event in western Massachusetts, Valley Gives. That means for the next month, Team Jessica, Inc. will be doing everything in its power to raise awareness of this one-day global online giving extravaganza.



On 12.12.13, thousands of area residents are going to show their support for their favorite nonprofits. On that day, every donation and donor we get will go further to help us claim our share of more than $200,000 in cash awards!

Last year, we watched some of our favorite charities raise 10, 20, even 50 thousand dollars and more on Valley Gives day. We couldn’t participate because we weren’t a 501(c)3 yet. But now that we have our official nonprofit status, we are excited to be a part of this remarkable opportunity!

To maximize our potential, we’ll need a little help from our friends. Here are three things you can do right now!

  1. Mark 12.12.13 on your calendar and add this giving link.
  2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and help build the buzz.
  3. Spread the word! Forward this email to your family and friends along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give on 12.12.13.

Please be our champion, and help see us to the top! We can’t wait to celebrate the difference your generosity will make on 12.12.13.

What is Valley Gives?

Valley Gives, on 12.12.13, is a 24-hour celebration of generosity. During Valley Gives, western Massachusetts nonprofits collaborate with the goal of getting thousands of Valley residents to support their favorite nonprofit organizations.

When a donor comes to the Valley Gives website and makes a gift to their favorite nonprofits between 12 AM and 11:59 PM on Dec. 12, that gift will be added up, along with thousands of other gifts being made to nonprofits in western Massachusetts.

Throughout the day, donors will be randomly chosen and their gift will be amplified with a “Golden Ticket” adding $1,200 to support their favorite nonprofit. More than 80 different nonprofits will receive this bonus.

At the end of 24 hours, the nonprofits that have raised the most money, and those that have the most unique donors, will be rewarded with special grants from a prize pool of $200,000.

The minimum donation is $10 and there is no maximum donation limit. Donations are tax-deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded). Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only.

Last year a collective $1,000,000 were raised in the Valley. The goal for 2013 is $2,000,000! We hope you will join us by participating in this inspiring event!

Have questions? Contact us!