The Third Time’s a Charm for This Year’s JFest Celebration

Following two changes to the scheduled date due to power outages and high winds, the Boulder JCC’s JFest Celebration, which took place on Saturday, April 13, was an extraordinary success, exceeding all expectations for a memorable evening of community spirit. Departing from conventional fundraising approaches involving formal programs, paddle raises, and seated dinners, this year marked the JCC’s second consecutive year of embracing a new direction. The spotlight remained firmly on the community and its unwavering support of the Boulder JCC. 

A big reason to celebrate was the numerous community members whose contributions ensured the success of our JFest Fundraising Drive and Celebration Party! Thanks to their support, The Boulder JCC not only reached but surpassed their fundraising goal of $350,000, raising nearly $380,000!

The heart of the JFest celebration was the presence of our diverse community. Whether attendees were parents whose children attend the Early Childhood Center, participants in our innovative programs, longtime supporters dating back to the Kalmia location, recent Boulder transplants, or simply individuals valuing the Boulder JCC’s presence, JFest became the ultimate gathering place. One thread connecting all of the attendees was the conversation starters each chose for their name tag about what brought them to the JCC. These ranged from Educator and Mah Jongg Player to Goat Enthusiast and Pickleball Pro!

The dress code at JFest was a testament to its community-encompassing spirit: Express Yourself. Attendees were encouraged to wear whatever brought them joy, resulting in a delightful kaleidoscope of attire, from sweatpants to sequins, jeans to dresses, and hiking boots to stilettos.

The tasty treats at JFest offered a diverse array of bites from local favorites such as Ruthies Boardwalk Social, Gelato & Co., Lucky’s Bakehouse, Bibamba Artisan Chocolates, Plant Based Boulder, Cocktail Caravan, and Hazel’s Beverage World. Surprise and delight were also on the menu with interactive experiences from Magician.Mentalist.Bald Guy. Eric Reamer, Colorado Fairy Hair, and bespoke poetry courtesy of Lines by Lily.

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors, to whom we extend our heartfelt gratitude. Their contributions were instrumental in making JFest a reality, and we are thankful for their partnership.

JFest 2024 will be remembered as a night of joy, generosity, and community spirit. As we look back on this year’s event, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible support of our community. Here’s to making next year’s JFest even more memorable. We can’t wait to see everyone there!

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