Helping Others The John’s Island Way
One of Indian River County’s most upscale communities has raised millions
of dollars to aid the less fortunate.
Photography By Denise Ritchie
Barbara Hauptfuhrer, Marlen Higgs, Jeanne Manley and Pat Thompson, like all JICSL members, share a passion for helping others through fundraising efforts.
The invitation was too intriguing to pass up. Mailed 32 years ago to all women living in John’s Island, it was to introduce the newly formed John’s Island Community Service League and encourage everyone to join. Recipients were asked to R.S.V.P. to Johnny Van Name who had a heart for reaching out to help those in need.
The immediate response was what she had hoped for, as 60 women joined on the spot, paid their annual $25 dues and enthusiastically got off on a swift start. That first year Service League members established the Tambourine Shop, a successful upscale resale venture, held their first fundraising event, a live auction with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and contributed $25,000 to the United Way of Indian River County. They also selected Youth Manor, a home for abused and neglected children, as their first major project.
Energized by their initial success they knew there was more the Service League could do, and as new members joined they brought their fundraising experiences and fresh ideas to the table
Read the entire article in the April 2012 issue