Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Earring Raffle

I like my town- a lot.
We moved here after a house search that lasted almost three years, and it was worth the wait. My one twin attends Overbrook School for the Blind in Philadelphia with the full support of our school district. My other twin is a senior at our local high school. To say that I'm thrilled with our school district is an understatement. The teachers, administration, staff and students are a collection of fabulous people.
One of the wonderful activities that happens at our high school is the Annual Steve Stefani Dance Marathon which raises money for the Hershey Medical Center Four Diamonds Fund. The mission of the Four Diamonds Fund is to 'conquer childhood cancer by assisting children treated at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital and their families through superior care, comprehensive support, and innovative research.'

The students, faculty and staff at our high school do fundraising throughout the year to maximize their impact. My son is on the Technology Committee, and like everyone else involved with the marathon, is working on specific tasks as well as his individual fundraising.

This is where I (and maybe you) come in.

I am raffling off one dozen pairs of earrings, or as I like to call it:

'A Year of Earrings'
One chance to win the entire collection of earrings , valued at $372.00, will cost only $5.00. All of the money raised from the raffle will be given to the Steve Stefani Dance Marathon via my son's fundraising account.

If you like the idea of winning these earrings, and especially if you like the idea of helping pediatric cancer patients and their families, email me ( for my mailing address. I will announce the lucky winner on Sunday, February 20th. In order to be in the pool of potential winners, I will have to receive all contributions by that time. Want to increase your chance to win? Buy as many chances as you want. I will have an impartial person make the random selection of the winning chance and post the information on my blog and Facebook page.

(If I happen to receive any contributions after the drawing, I will contact the sender/s and offer to return the money. The money could of course still go to the marathon, but that decision would not be mine to make.)

The winner will get:

Domed and hand textured silver nickel discs with soldered, etched brass discs; sterling wire wrapped carnelian bead dangles; sterling earwires.
Copper strips with recycled, etched brass (cut from a platter); silver plated shell charms; tiny freshwater pearls wrapped with sterling wire; niobium earwires
Recycled silver plated charms (cut from the rim of a platter); faceted garnet beads wrapped with anodized steel wire; sterling earwires
Value: $26.00
Angled brass form; domed copper disc; golden freshwater pearls; sterling earwires
Hand forged and hammer textured copper rings; copper plated fish dangles; freshwater pearls wrapped with balled copper wire; gold plated fleur charm; niobium earwires
Etched and domed silver nickel discs; faceted aquamarine rondelles wrapped with balled sterling wire; silver plated fleur charms; sterling earwires
Recycled, patinated and domed brass discs (cut from decorative platter) riveted with domed copper disc; faceted garnet beads wrapped with balled sterling wire; niobium earwires
Silver plated toad charms; copper plated leaf charms; freshwater pearls wrapped with sterling wire; niobium earwires
Faceted honey jade briolettes wrapped with sterling wire; Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearl dangles wrapped with balled sterling wire; textured sterling ring; sterling earwire
Value: $42.00
Etched and domed silver nickel discs; milled copper triangles; recycled silver plated rings (disc cut from an embossed platter); faceted rubies wrapped with balled sterling wire; sterling jump rings and earwires
Hand textured and formed copper with sterling ear posts
Sterling rings shaped and hand textured; faceted carnelian and prehnite beads wrapped with sterling wire; sterling spacers; sterling earwires

At the end of the marathon, the kids do a dramatic reveal of the fundraising total. I watched last year's reveal from home and willingly admit that I was brought to tears when I saw that $110,336.85 was raised. They hope to raise even more this year.
The kids in my town are awesome!

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