Help Jackie Jones & Her Tap-dancing Cat Return to Alemany Farmers Market!

88-year-old Jackie Jones took a terrible fall and needs help paying medical bills. Help her get back to playing 1920's music at the oldest farmers market in SF!
Hannah Levinson
San Francisco, California
United States
2 Team Members

We raised over $10,000 in the first ten days of the campaign. Thank you for your generosity!

Jackie's Story

Meet Jackie Jones. She is an 88-year-old musician who plays 1920’s jazz tunes on a washboard guitar, accompanied by a wooden tap-dancing cat, at the oldest farmers market in San Francisco. Her one-woman band has been captivating audiences at Alemany Farmers Market for over 15 years.

Last year, Jackie took a terrible fall in her home, breaking her foot and fracturing bones in both of her legs. She has been homebound ever since and, despite her age and the obvious challenges she continues to face regaining her independence, she fully intends to return – somehow! – with her wooden cat to the farmers market as soon as possible.

How Can You Help?

Given that Jackie relied financially on the donations she received while playing music, she is having trouble paying for her medical expenses not covered by Medicare. Jackie has wonderful friends who bring her groceries and get her to doctor appointments, but she needs your help to get back up on her feet (literally). $5,000 will cover the cost of one more month of home care, buying her a little more time to regain her balance and relieving her of the stress that comes with living from social security check to social security check.

It can be challenging to accept financial support, but Jackie knows that we can help and is humbled that the people she has entertained for so many years want to give back to her.

The Alemany Farmers market is Jackie’s livelihood. We’re counting on you to help her get back to playing 1920’s jazz tunes. If you’re unable to contribute, please share this page! (Just click on the Facebook, Twitter, or email buttons below the video!) We sincerely appreciate your support.

P.S. Read more about Jackie's life story in the San Francisco Chronicle and

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raised by 288 people in 1 month
216% funded
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$5,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 8, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $10USD
    Jackie's Song

    We'll email you Jackie's version of "I'll See You in My Dreams," played on her washboard guitar and musical saw.

    48 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $25USD
    Thank-You Postcard

    We'll mail you a postcard of Jackie's tap-dancing cat to express our gratitude for your generosity. You'll get the song too!

    64 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $50USD
    Tap-dancing Cat Magnet

    We'll send you an awesome magnet of Jackie's tap-dancing cat, along with a postcard and Jackie's song!

    39 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $100USD
    Song Dedication

    In addition to the perks above, Jackie will dedicate a song to you (or anyone you choose!) when she starts playing music again at Alemany Farmers Market. If you can't make it to the market, we'll send you a video :)

    8 claimed
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