The Junior Charity League

Donors in a league of their own.

Junior Charity League (JCL) was launched in Dallas in 1960 as a way of providing volunteers to area children’s hospitals. To this day, the organization provides some 1,000 volunteer hours per year to help serve the needs of patients in the Dallas area.

It so happened that a JCL member was also a Parkland physical therapist who saw firsthand the needs for rehabilitation equipment at the hospital. JCL immediately sprang into action, hosting their first charity luncheon in 1970 to raise funds for this needed equipment.

The tradition continues to this day as the JCL Spring Benefit Luncheon. The event has grown over the years to become a real to-do, featuring silent auctions, raffles, and more. And all proceeds go to the Parkland Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Fund.

Over the course of 50 years, nearly $3 million has been raised, and the impact has been substantial for thousands of Parkland patients. JCL’s gifts have been used to fund state-of-the-art equipment, in-patient facilities, and even an outdoor rehabilitation courtyard. And thanks to JCL, a prosthetics program was launched in 2022.

As Parkland’s Certified Prosthetist Orthotist Sahil Shah says, “To watch my patients roll in on a wheelchair and walk out on two legs? To see the impact it has on their lives? It’s tremendous. It keeps me going every day.”

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