3/25: March of Ales

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3/25: March of Ales 4The Blacksburg Junior Women’s Club (BJWC) invites you to attend our 2023 March of Ales Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday, March 25 at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg.  The event begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 12 a.m.

Tickets for this 21-and-older event can be purchased online at http://www.blacksburgjuniors.org/march-of-ales.  Tickets will be available for purchase at the door if the event is not sold out in advance.  Please see the website for complete ticket rules.  Tickets are $50 per person and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, 12 tastings and a souvenir pint glass.

The 2023 March of Ales will feature unique beers for tasting, along with wine and a signature cocktail.  Coffee, water, lemonade, hors d’oeuvres and desserts will also be available.  Guests will enjoy entertainment by a DJ, dancing, and a live and silent auction.  The auctions feature an extraordinary variety of items donated by local businesses and individuals.  At the end of the evening, discounted Uber service will be available to guests.

All money raised at March of Ales is used to fund service projects and donations throughout the year. The funds have benefitted groups and causes such as Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, Montgomery County Christmas Store and many others.

The Blacksburg Junior Woman’s Club is a non-profit organization of service-oriented women making a difference in our community through volunteering, fundraising and donations while building and enjoying lasting friendships. The organization seeks to identify the needs in our area and to strive to meet those needs, specifically those involving women and children.

Our mission is to raise funds and provide volunteer service that benefits the New River Valley and surrounding communities. BJWC assists local organizations and families through monetary grants, in-kind donations, volunteering time, and more.

The Club was formed in November, 1935 by a small group of local ladies who wanted to give back to their community as well as strengthen social ties. The group originally had 13 members. The club became a member of the Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs in February, 1936. The stated object of the organization was to “unite all loyal and progressive citizens in an intelligent effort toward a better Blacksburg, to promote good citizenship, public health, general culture and civic ideals.”

During its early days, the club raised money for the Blacksburg Library, published a “Discovering Blacksburg” booklet for those who were new to the area, sponsored a Girl Scout Brownie troop, started free “Mother and Baby Care” classes in partnership with the American Red Cross, and supported Camp Easter Seals. In 1949, BJWC founded the Blacksburg Newcomer’s Club, which is still in existence today.

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