As a past Junior League of Des Moines Gift Mart supporter, we want to first and foremost thank you for contributing to the success of this fundraiser. Gift Mart isn't possible without our vendor partner, volunteers, and shoppers. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for supporting Junior League of Des Moines and the causes we support.
It is with deep regret that we inform you that 2015 was the final year for Gift Mart. The decision to end this fundraiser was not made lightly - JLDM's Board, management team, and Gift Mart committee spent many hours analyzing the event's performance and determining future profitability. We reviewed multiple options - including shortening the length of the fundraiser and switching locations - before making the decision to conclude Gift Mart's 26-year run.
As many of you know, we've contended with icy Iowa weather for the last few years, as well as increased competition from new shopping events around town. The latter has impacted our net profits for several years, and the former is quite unpredictable!
Finally, our mission is to impact our community, and it's become increasingly difficult to maximize our impact through the Gift Mart fundraiser. After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to refocus our efforts on a more profitable and impactful fundraiser.
Again, we can't say thank you enough and we deeply appreciate all that you have contributed to the event over the last 26 years.