The Jack and Jill of America, Inc., Montgomery County Maryland Chapter (JJMCMC) is pleased to host a Heritage Inaugural Ball to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama. Did you know? Tickets to the event to be held January 20, 2013 from 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. at the Silver Spring Civic Center in Maryland are almost sold out!
“The buzz around this event has been absolutely amazing,” says event organizer Stephanie Matlock-Maynor. “Part of the reason is that we have made a space for everyone — from children to teens to adults — to celebrate this joyous occasion. There will be three different balls occurring under one roof: an adult ball, a teen ball and a children's ball. Each will have its own separate entertainment, food, beverage, souvenirs and more. This will be an amazing event for everyone!”
The event is also significant as it kicks off a social season for the chapter mid-way through a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Jack and Jill of America, Inc., was founded in Philadelphia on January 1938, by a group of mothers seeking to provide their children with the opportunity to experience cultural, educational, social and recreational activities, and to instill in them a commitment to serving their communities. Today, there are more than 220 Jack and Jill chapters across the nation.
The Montgomery County Maryland Chapter was organized in October 1962 by the late Montgomery County Educator Henrietta B. Franklin. Over the years it has grown from 16 families to nearly 100. It has become an integral part of the community, organizing educational and leadership programs for children, advocating for legislation that supports healthy families, and raising funds for community organizations.
“We firmly believe in the underlying tenet of Jack and Jill of America: that every child, given the proper guidance and opportunities, can be a leader,” says JJMCMC President Kimberly McLurkin-Harris. “Collectively, we’ve got our sights set on programs that will prepare our children to lead and serve our community on the local, state and national level, professionally, politically, and socially.”
“It’s only fitting,” she continues, “that an organization such as ours prepare a space for the community and our children to celebrate a man, an accomplishment, an era that underscores our organization’s relevancy and purpose.”
FYI: Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased until January 13, 2013, online here.