JLW’s annual Tossed and Found event has achieved a number of significant milestones. As we look toward our 25th sale in March 2017, we reflect on the many achievements and look forward to many more to come!
- In 1993, the JLW Board of Directors organized the first Tossed & Found sale, netting over $17,000.
- Five years later, in 1998, Tossed & Found netted more than $50,000, and by 2005, that number grew to more than $100,000.
- Tossed & Found partnered with property manager Vornado/Charles E. Smith in 2007 to host the sale at the Crystal City shops in Arlington, Virginia. The sale continues to be held at this location, making Vornado a nine-time presenting sponsor.
- In 2008, the Community Cash Card project began. To date, the committee has been able to donate approximately $40,000 worth of merchandise to deserving community partners and individuals, directly supporting a local need through its Community Cash Card program.
- Tossed & Found grew its “green” initiative in 2009 and the committee continues to reduce the support materials brought in for the sale is thoughtful about marketing materials produced; reuses shopping bags, hangers and other materials; recycles (or “freecycles”) unsold merchandise to local charities and tracks all paper, glass and trash.
- In 2011, Tossed & Found logged over 4,300 onsite volunteer hours, almost half of which were hours logged by non-committee members–truly making the event a League-wide effort to produce.
- In 2014, AJLI recognized the success of Tossed & Found by awarding the JLW its top fundraising honor, the Junior League Award for Fund Development, which recognizes exceptional fundraising programs and campaigns that enable Leagues to operate effectively and to support their community impact and membership development initiatives.
- In 2015, Tossed & Found celebrated a record-breaking year by raising over $158,000. Tossed & Found also reached the milestone of raising a cumulative total of over $2 million.