The Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region completes it mission of helping women, children, and families with the financial support received through our annual major fundraiser: Festival of Trees. The money raised helps us fund our signature projects, our community programs, and our endowment fund.

The Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region fundraisers also allow our members to participate in other programs to benefit the women, children, and families in our community. The holiday party at the Bay Area Women’s Center provides a wonderful evening for victims of domestic abuse and violence. Our organization provides a wonderful dinner, complete with a visit from Santa to bring gifts for both the children and parents. It is a heartwarming evening that helps to ease, if only for an evening, the stress and anxiety of being without a home during the holidays. The fundraisers also help to support the fight against childhood obesity with our “Kids in the Kitchen” campaign. These are just two examples of many ways our members use the money raised by our fundraisers.

Finally, the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region also deposits 10% of the fundraisers’ profits into our endowment fund at the Saginaw Community Foundation. Recently, the endowment fund cleared the way for an endowed scholarship fund that will forever grant two $500 scholarships to young women in our community that are seeking a college education.

Ultimately, it is the success of our fundraisers that help to determine the impact the Junior League of the Great Lakes Bay Region can have in our community. The Festival of Trees provides the financial backing for all of our community programs and projects.