Gingerbread Extravaganza -- More than a beloved holiday tradition!
Donations to Gingerbread Extravaganza -- our major fundraiser -- help keep the lights on and the doors open at the Jacksonville Historical Society.
We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!
Keep Jacksonville's most beloved holiday tradition alive!
This family-friendly Jacksonville tradition -- now in its 18th year -- was founded by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville in 2003 as a fundraiser to benefit other nonprofits, including the historical society, and was hosted by the club through 2010. The Jacksonville Historical Society became the host of the event in 2011 and it is held in the appropriately historical Old St. Andrews Church, located at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd.
The event is our major fundraiser, which proceeds enable us to maintain an extensive archive and research library of photographs, newspaper clippings, books, artifacts and other collectible ephemera pertaining to Jacksonville history.
Sponsor levels include:
Under $500 – Stocking Stuffers: Sponsor a tree, creatively decorated by the Junior League of Jacksonville’s Sustainers
$500-999 – Santa’s Elves: Sponsor a display – we anticipate at least 40 this year
$1000-$2,499 – Santa’s Reindeers: Help keep the lights on and the temperatures cool for these wonderful displays!
$2500-$4,999 – Holiday Stars: Contribute to the marketing of the event to make it the best ever in a time of uncertainty.
$5000-$9,999 – Holiday Angels: Our first Holiday Angels, the Jess and Brewster J. Durkee Foundation and Haskell, are hoping for a chorus of angels! Join them!
$10,000+ – Presenting Sponsors: Our marquee level sponsors currently include VyStar Credit Union, Delores Barr Weaver Forever Event Fund, the Cultural Council and Kristanna Broward Barnes.
Why does that matter? Awareness of the past fosters a sense of place and identity in the present. Jacksonville’s stories allow us to understand who has been here before, what they did, and what happened as a result. Learning and sharing Jacksonville’s stories with others is how we take ownership of this place and become its citizens. That is the value of history, and that is why, after more than 90 years, the Jacksonville Historical Society is more relevant than ever.