Apple Annie began the same year the Junior League of Huntsville was founded in 1975. The Huntsville Grace Auxiliary ladies (now JLH) were 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.
Apple Annie is now in its 44th year of transforming lives for the healthier. In October, you won’t go far without seeing red shirts, tights, and apples. Every year, red fills the streets at various apple sales events across the county to Apple Annie Day, where members hit the road to deliver 32,000 apples to elementary school children in Huntsville City, Madison City, and Madison County Schools. In 2014, an additional 20,000 apples were delivered to residents and businesses!
A first for 2014, Mayor Tommy Battle signed a proclamation declaring Friday, October 24th Apple Annie Day for the City of Huntsville. “Apple Annie has made us healthy for years,” Battle said.
The League’s longest-running fundraiser is able to put apples in the hands of school children in more than 50 schools. The JLH would like to extend a big thank you to donors and sponsors. By sponsoring a school grade, or classroom, supporters instilled smart eating habits in our children to try and lower Alabama’s alarming childhood obesity rate.
Learn more about Apple Annie sponsorship levels here. To order a basket, crate, or half crate of Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or a mix of both, visit our order page here.