The Junior League of Huntsville celebrates 45th Apple Annie week

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -The Junior League of Huntsville`s Apple Annie celebrates its 45th anniversary this fall. To commemorate the occasion, members are excited to announce their "45 in 45" initiative.

For 45 consecutive hours during Apple Annie week, beginning October 19 and ending on October 21, JLH volunteers will blitz the community with service, delivering apples and books to schools on Apple Annie Day, October 21 and selling apples at locations throughout Madison County.

In a nod to community heroes, the JLH will deliver apples and apple products to police, firefighters, and other first responders. In all, the JLH aims to deliver more than 30,000 apples to children in Huntsville, Madison, and Madison County and needs the community`s support to make it happen.

The public can purchase apples now via the JLH`s website. Crates, half crates, gift baskets, totes, and a special Apple Annie 45th Anniversary t-shirt are available. Honeycrisp and Granny Smith are the featured apples.

Individuals and businesses can also become a community or school sponsor. Community sponsors make it possible for the JLH ladies to deliver apples to first responders and school, grade, and classroom sponsors help the League educate local children on healthy eating habits.

Sponsorships are tax-deductible. Proceeds from this signature fall fundraiser directly support the mission of the JLH, which includes assistance to numerous local nonprofit agencies and community projects throughout the year. The League`s community impact focus area is Improving Literacy.

Apple Annie History

The Huntsville Grace Auxiliary (now Junior League of Huntsville) was looking for fundraising ideas and met with the Scottsboro and Florence Civic Clubs.

That's when League members first heard about Apple Annie, named after the 1933 movie Lady for a Day, whose main character, Apple Annie, was a street peddler in New York City.

In its infancy, the organization's members sold individual red apples to passersby at local banks, restaurants, shopping centers, and the Madison County Courthouse for 25¢ each. Apple Annie raised $1,500 that first year.