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J.P. Turner & Company Exceeded Their Fundraising Goal for The Empty Stocking Fund

For the fourth year in a row, J.P. Turner raised more than $10,000 for the charity.

Atlanta, GA, January 15, 2012 --( For J.P. Turner owners Tim McAfee and Bill Mello, the holidays are a time for showing appreciation to their employees and registered representatives and encouraging them to help those less fortunate.

For the fourth consecutive year, McAfee and Mello spearheaded a campaign to raise $10,000 for The Empty Stocking Fund, a charitable organization that provides Christmas presents to underprivileged children in the Atlanta area, by matching employee contributions dollar for dollar.

Without hesitation, donations poured in from home office employees and representatives across the country – from Florida to New York, Iowa to California– in support of the campaign. The firm once again exceeded its goal of $10,000 and, as a result, helped provide gifts for nearly 520 children this Christmas. Over the past four years, J.P. Turner has raised more than $40,000 for the organization, and helped to ensure more than 2,000 Atlanta-area children had presents under the tree Christmas morning.

“Tim and Bill’s generosity is inspiring,” said Dean Vernoia, chief operating officer. “Most people use the current state of the economy as an excuse to do less for their employees and their community– Tim and Bill don’t. They understand the importance of investing in people inside their firm and in their community. The fact that we once again exceeded our goal was not surprising to me. All of us are just trying to pay forward the generosity they continue to show us during these tough economic times.”

“This year, The Empty Stocking Fund distributed gift packages consisting of two toys or gifts, a book and a pair of socks for 53,660 metro Atlanta children living in poverty - 3,300 more than last year (and with one less day). Demand was so high that, for the first time in recent history, The Empty Stocking Fund had to make a second, mid-season purchase to ensure we were able to serve every family that came to us for assistance,” explained Manda Hunt, program director. “Without the continued financial support of companies like J.P. Turner & Co., this last-minute increase wouldn’t have been possible and we might have had to turn hundreds of families away empty-handed.”

The Empty Stocking Fund has been bringing holiday cheer to metro Atlanta’s underprivileged children since 1927. Each year, the generous contributions received from thousands of Atlanta citizens along with local businesses and foundations enable the non-profit organization to provide gifts for tens of thousands of children from birth to13 years of age living in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties. To learn more about the Empty Stocking Fund visit The Empty Stocking Fund is still in need. Donations are accepted year round. Please consider making a donation today.

J.P. Turner & Company, LLC, is a full-service investment banking, securities brokerage and advisory services firm headquartered in Atlanta with some 200 branch offices nationwide. The firm was named One of the Best Places to Work in Georgia for 2010 and 2011 by Georgia Trend Magazine. J.P. Turner was founded in 1997 by Bill Mello and Tim McAfee, who have assembled a strong leadership team composed of seasoned financial brokers and advisors, like themselves, that truly understand the challenges faced by independent representatives in the field. The company is a member of SIPC, TICA and the National Investment Banking Association. J.P. Turner has been consistently voted one of the top 50 independent broker/dealers by Investment News. For additional information on J.P. Turner & Company visit

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