TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The Junior League of Tyler kicked off the 2023 season of Mistletoe and Magic on Tuesday with an announcement.

Mistletoe and Magic is the Junior League’s annual shopping market and gala that takes place at the end of November and the beginning of December. The event is the organization’s biggest fundraiser.

“Some of the big changes, we are changing venues this year… So, we’ve been at the Rose Garden Center for the past couple of years and we will be using the brand new W.T. Brookshire Conference Center this year. So with that, we’ll have a little more space, which means even more merchants for shopping,” said Alyssa Allare, 2023 Mistletoe and Magic Chair.

Other nonprofit organizations signed their grant contracts and will receive more than $240,000 and volunteers from the Junior League.

The 2023-2024 grant recipients include:  

  • Angel Layettes
  • ARC of Smith County
  • Breckenridge Village of Tyler (BVT)
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps Inc of Tyler
  • Gold Network of East TX
  • Habitat for Humanity of Smith County
  • JLT Care Closet
  • JLT Girl Power
  • JLT Summer Reading Camp
  • JLT Community Assistance Fund
  • Literacy Council of Tyler
  • Meals on Wheels Ministry, Inc.
  • Neurodivergent Advocates of East TX
  • The Fostering Collective
  • Tyler Area Business Education Council

To date, The Junior League of Tyler, Inc. has given back more than $8 million, and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, to better the community. This year alone, the League will contribute over 20,000 volunteer hours and about $250,000 to worthy community projects and endeavors.