Conner Prairie Alliance
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To advance the mission of Conner Prairie by promoting an interest in the programs and projects through creative fundraising.
The Alliance is a dynamic women’s organization that supports the programs and projects of Conner Prairie Interactive History Park through creative fundraising. The Conner Prairie Alliance has a rich history dating from 1982 when it began as a small offshoot of the Junior League of Indianapolis. Since then, the Alliance has worked to raise funds to support Conner Prairie.
Proceeds from various fundraising efforts have supported such projects as the children's playground, Featherston Barn, Animal Encounters, Discovery Station, Craft Corner and the 1859 Balloon Voyage. At their 2011 holiday luncheon, the Conner Prairie Alliance presented a check for $85,000 to Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal designated to the River Crossing Play Area in the 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana experience.
Their primary fundraiser is the Apple Store, a seasonal food and gifts shop managed by the women of the Alliance from September through October. Tasty treats include apples, cider slushies, caramel-dipped apples, popcorn, pies and many other food items and gifts.
This passionate group is recognized at Conner Prairie for their hard work and valued funds generated for the museum. Alliance members are engaged throughout the year with Apple Store planning, as well as with educational and social events.
Who are the women of the Alliance? Meet our featured member Jackie Clark - Alliance President.
Jackie and her husband Scott, have been married for 18 year and have two children. Wilson, age 16, is a swimmer at Hamilton Southeastern High School. Kendall, age 14, is a soccer player and attends school at Heritage Christian. Jackie’s husband has a PHD in Biostatistics and is a Director in research at Eli Lilly and Company. Jackie’s attended Delta State University in Cleveland, MS, where she received a Bachelor in Business Administration in Marketing. She and her husband both love tennis and running. Jackie is also an avid healthy food foodie.
Through her friendship with Sue Hotwagner, Jackie helped out the Alliance for several years during Headless Horseman. That was the beginning of her Alliance experience. In 2007, she officially joined the Alliance and has never looked back.
Her favorite thing about the Alliance is that she can use her imagination and exercise her skills within the organization. She has made many good friends and would love to encourage new members to become part of the Alliance. Some of Jackie’s favorite quotes are, “Giving of oneself, whether it is time or talent, is the ultimate in kindness. Everyone brings something different to the table, and there is a place for anyone within the Alliance. The Apple Store is a fun, busy, and exciting way to raise funds for one of the most noted interactive history parks in the United States.”
Open every fall since 1984, The Apple Store offers traditional tasty treats throughout the months of September and October including: Hand-dipped caramel apples
Apple and pumpkin donuts
Pasteurized apple cider
Mulitple variety of apples from local orchards
Jams and jellies
Gourmet dog treats
Special gift items
Handmade fire pit pokers by Conner Prairie blacksmiths
Special order gourmet caramel apples, upon request
Items from Local Folks Foods and Crown Point Graphics, all produced in Hamilton County
Meet the Alliance
Conner Prairie Welcome Center
We'd love to meet you! Join us for a reception, followed by a private, behind-the-scenes tour of
the Conner Prairie Collections department. You'll see textiles, furniture and many other artifacts.
To RSVP or to provide the name and email address of someone you think would like to meet us or learn more about this event, please call Maggie Gutowski at 289-5815 or email Leslie Morgan at email@example.com.
Join these creative, energetic, fun women in supporting Conner Prairie! Membership is open to all women who support the mission of the Alliance and Conner Prairie.
My children grew up learning at Conner Prairie and I always knew I would repay that someday by joining the Alliance. I had no idea I would still be getting more than I could ever give back: friendships, fun, and the joy of watching other families with young children follow in our footsteps!
Ellen Smith, member since 2007
"The wonderful, fun women in the Alliance keep you coming back -- I have found many kindred souls in the group. And I just love Conner Prairie and our Apple Store!"
Karen C., Alliance Member since 1992
Ready to Learn More?
Request more information about the Conner Prairie Alliance. Please submit your contact information here. A member will contact you and answer any questions you have.
Or, for more information about the Conner Prairie Alliance, please contact Jackie Clark. You can also visit us on Facebook.