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10/2/2018 3:58:05 PM
Mistletoe & Moss


For more than 25 years, the Junior League of Lake Charles has been spreading holiday cheer with their annual Mistletoe & Moss holiday market fundraiser.

The 2018 market is scheduled for Thursday, November 15 – Saturday, November 17. For three days, the Junior League of Lake Charles, along with more than 80 vendors from all over the United States (including local favorites), will set-up shop at the Lake Charles Civic Center to help nearly 6,000 shoppers get a head-start on their holiday shopping.  

"Mistletoe & Moss is a one-stop shopping experience to get your holiday shopping done early, all while benefitting the local community,” said Alisa Burklow, Mistletoe & Moss Chair. "Every ticket sold allows the Junior League of Lake Charles to invest additional dollars into our community programs including:
  • Reader Feeders – wooden houses to serve as a home for books that area children and their parents can pick up, read, return, or even keep. It is a fun way to promote the love of reading, and in turn, help our community’s youth build vital literacy skills for their future.
  • Fit Kids – empowers children to reverse the growth of childhood obesity and its associated health issues. Students gain a basic understanding of nutrition which includes portion plate, label reading, recipes for healthy snacks and finding healthy items in a grocery store. They also learn about fitness concepts including warm-up, cool-down, cardio endurance, strength, wellness, and workout tips.
  • Branch Out & Grow Grants and Scholarships – supports excellence in teaching by awarding grants for innovative projects that otherwise would not be provided for in school budgets, and which fit within our vision of supporting a more confident, healthy and educated community.

In 2017, the Junior League of Lake Charles awarded more than $17,000 in grant funds to teachers in the five-parish area. To put a fun twist on this year’s market, the Junior League of Lake Charles has offered an additional $5,000 Branch Out and Grow Grant in celebration of their 85th anniversary. The finalists for the grant will prepare a tabletop presentation to be displayed at the market. All market attendees will be able to cast one ballot per admission ticket for their favorite presentation. The applicant whose presentation receives the most votes will be awarded the 85th Anniversary Branch Out and Grow Grant. 

"We wanted an interactive way for the attendees of market to be able to decide where their dollars were going in the community,” said Stephanie Henning, Mistletoe & Moss Assistant Chair. "This is a tangible way for attendees to see our mission of improving the community in action, and a visible reminder of the true reasons behind the market.”

For grant applications and full proposal details, please visit  www.JLLC.net. Applications are due Friday, November 2. All applicants for the 85th Anniversary Branch out and Grow grant, excluding the winner, will be automatically considered for a traditional Branch Out and Grow Grant. If you have any questions, please email grants_scholarships@jllc.net. 

About the Junior League of Lake Charles
The Junior League of Lake Charles is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

Mistletoe & Moss 2018 Holiday Market schedule: November 15-17, Lake Charles Civic Center
  • General Admission: Friday, November 16, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
  • Single-day entry is $10. Children 8 and younger admitted free, no stroller fee.

Special Events:

  • Preview Party: Thursday, November 15, 7:00-10:00 p.m., $40 - This event includes live entertainment, dinner, and dessert provided by local restaurants, complimentary cocktails, and the opportunity to shop before the market opens to general admission Friday morning.
  • Champagne Brunch (Sustainers only): Friday, November 16, :00 10a.m.-12:00, $19.33 - New to the market this year, the Junior League will host a Champagne Brunch for their past members
  • Sip & Shop: Friday, November 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m., $25 - This event includes entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, as well as complimentary cocktails.
  • Santa & Friends: Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., $20. Children 2 and younger admitted free if not in a stroller - Come join Santa, Mrs. Clause and their friends to sing, dance, and tell stories.

"From apparel for all ages, jewelry and accessories, specialty foods, and seasonal and year-round decorative items and home furnishings, there is something for everyone,” Burklow said. "We invite you to eat, sip, shop, and be merry!”

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JLLC.net or call the Junior League of Lake Charles at 337-436-4025.
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