The Nacogdoches Junior Forum is hosting the 32th annual Holiday in the Pines event at the Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center Nov. 18 through Nov. 20.  

Thursday night tickets have sold out, but tickets for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday can still be bought online at the Nacogdoches Junior Forums website.  

Holiday in the Pines will feature more than 60 specialty stores for holiday shopping, including boutique clothing, kids' items, gourmet candy, glassware and jewelry. The net profits will go back to non-profit organizations in Nacogdoches County through grants 

One hundred percent of the profits from this event go back into Nacogdoches County,” NJF Holiday in the Pines Co-Chair Michelle Key said. “We’ve given grants to Hope Food Pantry, Nacogdoches Senior Center, Project S.O.S for school supply drives and scholarships to high school seniors in Nacogdoches County and many others.” 

Each November, NJF hosts Holiday in the Pines, its one and only community-wide fundraiser; approximately 4,000 people attend each year. Over the past 30 years, over half a million dollars have been distributed as a direct result of this event’s sponsorships; and for over 40 years, NJF has partnered with local organizations to provide volunteers as well as grant monies in the areas of education, healthcare, community arts, historic preservation and underserved women and children.   

“I’ve never seen this many vendors at this event before,” Executive Director of Nacogdoches County Exposition and Civic Center Anita Scott said. “Were so excited to have [the NJF] back here, it’s going to be a great weekend." 

According to the Sylvia Bulter, NJF Holiday in the Pines Chair, this June alone, $51,421 will be awarded to the community through grants and scholarships. In addition, the NJF membership has donated a number of volunteer service hours to the community. Last year as a group, they logged more than 5,000 service hours while volunteering at one of their many community projects.  

“It brings a lot to the community in the sense that were able to provide more opportunities for the community as whole,” Butler said. 

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