For 35 years, the members of the Junior League of Tyler, Inc. (JLT) have made their annual three-day holiday market fundraiser, Mistletoe & Magic, an East Texas Christmas season tradition for families in our community. This annual event has allowed the JLT to give back more than $6 million and hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours to many local not-for-profit organizations where their support is vital.
As chairman of the 2013 Mistletoe & Magic themed Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Carissa Fisher and her committee are recreating holiday memories and traditions and welcoming new ones to Harvey Hall in Tyler, November 7-9. The Preview Party will take place on November 6. The shopping extravaganza brings together a collection of more than 90 specialty boutiques and merchants from all over the country showcasing antiques, artwork, gourmet foods, jewelry, seasonal decorations, housewares, adult and children’s clothing, and much more. The event is also host to brunches, style shows, musical entertainment, and children’s events along with silent and live auctions and raffle drawings.
“Traditions are the heartbeat of Tyler, and one of the greatest traditions is kicking off the holiday season with Mistletoe & Magic,” Mrs. Fisher said. “Proceeds from this event have allowed the League to help many families and projects in our community by giving back to deserving East Texas not-for-profit agencies. This year, the Mistletoe & Magic committee had the privilege of helping to build the 99th Habitat for Humanity house in our community, a tradition that I hope continues.”
As an active member of the JLT since 2006, Mrs. Fisher has served the organization in various roles and been a member of the Mistletoe & Magic committee for eight years. Outside of her service to the League, Mrs. Fisher is the president of the Tyler Association of Education of Young Children. She is a member of the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler, and has volunteered for the Texas Rose Festival, the American Heart Association’s Heart Ball, and the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Barons’ Gala.
“Volunteering allows me to give not only my time, but it allows me to give my heart to a community that I love,” Mrs. Fisher said. “These opportunities to give make my heart full.”
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Mrs. Fisher has resided in our community for 33 years. She and her husband, Shane, have been married for 18 years and are the parents of Cailan, 14, and Carson, 11. Mrs. Fisher is employed as the director of the Tyler Metro Children’s Center. The Fishers are members of the Tyler Metro Church where Mrs. Fisher serves as the assistant worship leader.
“I enjoy serving this wonderful community that I am proud to call home, and where my husband and I are proud to raise our children,” Mrs. Fisher said. “Volunteering has allowed me to meet great people and forge beautiful friendships.”