Grant Funding History
Bay Area Rehabilitation Center (BARC, formerly known as Baytown Cerebral Palsy Center) was the first grant recipient in Baytown Junior Forum's first year. BJF began in 1964 with only thirteen women who held a rummage sale to raise funds for much needed equipment at the Rehab Center.
Doll sales with costumes made by the members and a games party-style show were the fundraising projects in the second year to benefit the Rehab Center. The extremely popular and successful Red Stocking Revue (RSR), a musical follies show was added in the year 1967-1968 to provide grant funding. By the fourth year RSR provided grants for BARC, Opportunity School, Sterling Municipal Library, Bayshore Mental Health Association, YMCA, and Edison Courts, a federal housing project for the aged. The 1970-1971 service year added the Baytown Police Department, Our House, Chinquapin School, Stepping Stones and Wooster Emergency Services were added the next year.
Over the next few years the success of RSR allowed grants to help build a pool at BARC, the purchase of two vans, a Lo-Boy trailer and other building funds for Baytown Opportunity Center, grounds improvement for Bicentennial Square Park, another van for Baytown Nutritional Center and school clothes for children in the school district among many other things.
Our fundraising events have included the Red Stocking Revue for over forty years, Mardi Gras Balls, style shows, Red Stocking Casino, and various product sales. By our 50th anniversary, which we will celebrate in 2014, we have proudly donated well over $475,000 to our community.