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New York City’s Back-to-Joplin-Schools Happy Hour Fundraiser

Joplin Schools Foundation and Joplin Expats

The NYC Chapter of Joplin Expats Raises Funds for The Joplin Schools Foundation

Joplin Schools are returning on time, even after the tornado devastation less than three months ago. And you can help! Have fun and show your support during Happy Hour on August 23rd, Joplin’s first full week back to school.

At 6pm Copia on 53rd & 2nd will host Broadway performers, some of the most talented DJs in NYC, Joplin Missouri natives and friends for an amazing night showing support for a school system recently devastated by an EF5 tornado. You can view the invitation, and make advanced donations by clicking here.

The night will begin with a cheerful Happy Hour where party-goers will have the opportunity to bid on fantastic silent auction items including professional massages, Broadway Show tickets and memorabilia, gift cards, hand-made jewelry boxes and Yankees tickets.

The public is invited to join in the fun from 6-9pm and enjoy the entertainment and festivities–all for a worthy cause.

Copia NYC and Joplin Expats

Copia NYC on 53rd & 2nd is the site for the Back-To-Joplin-Schools Happy Hour Fundraiser on August 23rd

Denise (Thomas) Joly, NYC Chair of Joplin Expats, is excited for the opportunity to help children in her hometown by raising funds for the Joplin Schools Foundation. “As if educating an entire city’s children is not enough,” says Joly, “the struggles faced by the School District since the tornado are unparalleled. Their needs are virtually endless, and we vow to assist”. Joly is doing just that, along with fellow Joplin Expats members in the New York City area.

During the May 22 tornado, over thirty percent of Joplin was leveled, destroying and damaging 10 schools. Joplin Expats hopes the Back-to-School Happy Hour Event will raise funds and show much support to a community in need. All funds will go to the Joplin Schools Foundation.

All donations are tax deductible. If you are unable to attend but still want to help, you can make an online donation of any amount by purchasing one of our available ‘virtual’ ticket options here:

Event Details

When: August 23rd @ 6pm
Where: Copia in Midtown (visit Copia website)
Why: Raise money for Joplin Schools, and have fun doing it!
What: Great drink specials, professional DJs, Yankees tickets and dozens of other awesome silent auction items
Who: The (official, non-profit) Joplin Expats of New York

D.C. Joplin Expats raise over $4000 for Boys & Girls Club

Members of the DC Chapter of Joplin Expats

Despite the looming debt ceiling vote on Capitol Hill, several Congressmen, their staff and other “Hillers” joined other Washington D.C. patrons in raising money for a good cause in Joplin, Missouri. On July 28, 2011, the D.C. Chapter of the Joplin Expats hosted a happy hour fundraising event “Beltway to Route 66” to support the Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri. The event was hosted at the Dubliner Irish Pub, a well-known establishment near Capitol Hill.

Joplin’s Congressman Billy Long, one of the sponsors of the event, stopped by that evening to meet with the attendees and offer his support. Missouri’s Senator Claire McCaskill also sponsored the event, but was unable to attend. One of California’s Congresswoman, Lois Capps also attended the event.

Supporters at the event enjoyed the “JoMo” cocktail, silent auction items and fun raffle prizes. “The tornado affected a large number of children in Joplin and the Boys & Girls Club stepped up to provide a normal environment for many of these kids immediately after the storm,” said Andrea Hicklin, one of the founders of the Joplin Expats. “It was really inspiring to see so many people who have never been to Joplin come out and support our hometown.”

Pictured above (from Left to Right): Njari Gitonga, April Stanley Njari, Andrea Hicklin, Dannielle LeTendre, Kirsten Snyder, Divya Soni, Cesar Morales.

#EaglePride and #EaglePrideNationwide

Tweet #EaglePrideNationwide for Joplin Schools

Tweet #EaglePrideNationwide for Joplin Schools

Use #EaglePride and #EaglePrideNationwide as the official hashtags for motivating Joplin teachers and students during their return to school. (For you non-tweeters, you can use them on Facebook, too!) August 15th is Back to School week! Give it a shot, and spread the word with your version of the tweet below!

Aug 15 is #BackToSchool week for the Joplin Eagles. I’m spreading optimism, encouragement and #EaglePrideNationwide for tornado recovery!

  1. August 15: Teacher’s Back To School Pep Rally
  2. August 17: First Day of School
  3. August 19: Eagle Pride Day
  4. August 22: Joplin’s first full week back to school
  5. August 23: NYC and St. Louis Back-to-Joplin-Schools fundraisers

Chicago Expats Host Fundraising Mixer on July 22nd

Chicago Fundraising Event for Joplin Tornado Victims JULY 22, 2011

Chicago Fundraising Event for Joplin Tornado Victims JULY 22, 2011

Joplin Expats of Chicago will host their kickoff fundraising event to aid the recovery of Joplin, MO, where you will have the chance to win many exciting items, including backstage passes to West Side Story and a full autographed poster for the play on August 2nd.

If you’re in Chicago, join them at the Joplin Awareness Mixer, a networking event to spark awareness. Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Joplin native DJ Steve Jefferies.

Guests will enjoy beverages from a Missouri themed open bar and will be entered into a raffle for donated items.

LOCATION: Elastic Arts
2830 North Milwaukee Avenue, Second Floor

DATE: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

TIME: 7-10 pm

PRICE:  $20

BUY TICKETS IN ADVANCE (or make a donation if you are unable to attend):

D.C. Chapter of Joplin Expats Announces Fundraiser for Joplin Boys & Girls Club

Join the D.C. Chapter of the Joplin Expats in supporting the kids of Joplin, Missouri

“Beltway to Route 66 Happy Hour Event”

Hosted by the D.C. Chapter of the Joplin Expats

All Proceeds Benefit the

Boys & Girls Club of Joplin

Thursday, July 28, 2011  6pm—9pm
at  The Dubliner Irish Pub (back room)

4 F Street NW  (corner of N. Capitol and Mass Ave)
Washington, D.C.

                    Suggested Cash Donation of $10 per person at the door.         Featuring the “JoMo” Cocktail Drink and Raffle Prizes!

  To make a donation immediately online to the Boys & Girls Club of Joplin: