Jackson House continues raffle in lieu of fundraising event

Pictured is an example of an oil painting by Carol Terry. The Jackson House will hold a raffle for a 16-by-20-inch painting of the winner’s choice by Terry. JHF Director Tammy Roberts said the painting is valued at $320.

The Jackson House Foundation continues its raffle fundraiser in an attempt to offset financial woes after canceling two annual fundraisers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Annual Spring Celebration hosted at the Jackson House was canceled in April.  

JHF Director Tammy Roberts said a second annual fundraiser usually held at the Mellow Mushroom in Decatur each summer was also recently canceled due to COVID-19 health restrictions, which only allows restaurants to operate at half capacity.

The foundation began selling raffle tickets for a $1 donation in late April. For each raffle ticket received, donors will have a shot at winning a 16-by-20-inch oil painting by Carol Terry, Roberts.

The winner will have their choice of painting valued at $320, JHF Director Tammy Roberts said.

“The winner can submit a photo to Carol and have her paint it,” Roberts explained. “You can submit a family photograph you’d always wanted painted or a picture of your pet.”

Donations may be made online at www.the jacksonhousefoundation.org, or through Venmo to @JacksonHouse-Foundation. When donating for a raffle ticket or tickets, patrons are asked to include their name and phone number in the description box, Roberts said.

Raffle tickets may also be purchased by mailing a check made out to the Jackson House at 862 County Road 225 in Moulton.

“When you donate for the ticket, I’ll immediately write your name and phone number on the ticket and put them in the box ready for the drawing. When we hold the drawing, your contact information will be available then and there,” Roberts said.

Roberts said she hopes to hold the drawing in person during a fundraising event, but without knowing when the spread of COVID-19 will subside, she said the foundation is reluctant to set a definite date.

“If we can’t do it in a fundraising setting, we’ll set a date (for the raffle) in maybe September or October to do a drawing on Facebook Live,” she said.

Though at least two fundraising opportunities have been lost to the Jackson House this year, Roberts said she is hopeful JHF will get to host an annual BBQ Butt sale sometime soon.

Similar to a BBQ sale the foundation held last year, the fundraiser will allow patrons to pre-purchase BBQ Butts by former Auburn football player and Pit Master Pat Johnson.

Roberts said JHF plans to presale 34 butts for pickup at the Jackson House on a Friday and 34 for a second pickup date the following Saturday, though no definite dates have been set. She said announcements will be made at least two weeks before sales begin.

The foundation is also looking into hosting a Fall Celebration later this year though no date or official announcement has yet been set.

Roberts said the annual Spring Celebration usually brought in close to $7,500.

“That’s why doing this raffle is so important,” she said. “We’ll have a little money coming in to help us out in a pinch until we can get a grant or until we’re able to hold a fundraiser.”

The foundation, which formed in 2011 to refurbish and preserve the historic Jackson House in Moulton, relies on fundraising and grants to pays bills and maintain the house.

Roberts said JHF received a $2,050 reimbursement grant from the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area following an electrical project recently completed at the historic home about four months ago. She said the reimbursement matched half the cost of the $4,100 renovation.

“We are struggling like many other nonprofits, I’m sure,” Roberts said. “We are working on a letter to mail out asking for donations and sponsorships in the next few weeks.”

The Jackson House was built in the late 1800s by Judge William Kumpe. It was later converted to a restaurant owned by the Clark Weatherwax family, who then donated it to the city of Moulton after the restaurant failed. The house was moved in the ‘80s to its present location, at 119 College Street, near Lawrence County High School.

The house has been maintained through fundraising, grant opportunities and private donations since the Jackson House Foundation was formed.

For more information about the Jackson House Foundation or its fundraising events, call Tammy Roberts at 256-566-6427, or visit the Jackson House Foundation’s Facebook page.

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