The Power of Women: Raising Big Funds in a Small Community
When the rest of us were huddled with our coffee cups and waiting for the fabled February thaw to begin, five creative women were drawing up plans for a summer event that would raise much-needed funds for the local Lakeside Association and our community’s volunteer fire company. The result? The June 5 Lakeside Association’s Lakeside Home Walking and Taste of Edinboro.
Debbie, Diana Julie, Kate, and Nicole convinced homeowners to open their residences for the tour. They encouraged local businesses to set up tasting events in each of the homes and convinced local artists-including our own Claudia- to participate in a project to paint 10 Adirondack chairs for auction. They gathered items for a Chinese auction and celebrated when the local florist’s shop Le Jardin offered to decorate each home with beautiful floral displays. Entry was set at $10 for participants buying tickets before June 5, and $12.50 on that Sunday.
Why pick June 5 as the date? The traditional Edinboro Triathlon was set for June 4 this year, and the group connected with the race committee to share costs for tents and portapotties.
Over 600 people took part in the event, enjoying the beautiful homes, the great food, and the chance to see and talk to people they may not have seen in years. Over $10,000 was raised in one day.
What was the best part? The great weather? No, although it was a beautiful day. The money raised? No, although it was an amazing financial boon for both organizations. One of the dynamic planners, Julie, said, “Cooperation was the best part.”
It was an unanticipated gift for the five women to realize that so many people were willing to help out to make the Lakeside Home Walking and Taste of Edinboro a great success. Want to see the extensive list of people who helped? See the Edinboro News, June 16, Page 5 full-page "Thank you" from the Fab. Five. And our own blog contributors were-of course-on the list: Tom and Claudia, Marty and Gary, Kip and Cheryl, Linda and Mark
And to Julie for offering information on the event for the blog and for correcting those mistakes in the writer's text! Thank you for both.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
How about that bus ride as you watched your friends make nasty remarks about the girl seated in front of you, seeing her tearing up and you not speaking up for fear of being singled out yourself. What could you have done or said?
Those of us who have spent a lifetime in teaching might add that boys cover their hurt feelings as well, and they are hurt by childhood and adolescent cruelties, too.
Fox recommends that parents teach children early-as early as age 4-to tell people when they've been hurt.
While acknowledging how hard it is to speak up, parents need to encourage children-girls and boys alike to say "I didn't appreciate what you said. It hurt my feelings." Sounds simple, right? And learning to do so helps to build a child's confidence. It helps to bring into focus what each child expects from a good friend while she/he learns to recognize the behavior of those who are not.
Some of us who thought we did an OK job of raising our own children read Fox's simple advice and realize what we should have done. Our own sons and daughters might have had an easier time navigating the pain of childhood relationships had we taught them to just say, "I didn't appreciate what you said. It hurt my feelings."
Two baby boys have been added to our growing list of beautiful grandchildren. Scott and Karen welcomed Wesley in May. In the same week, Pearl and David greeted their second grandchild, Ethan.
Our congratulations to both sets of grandparents. Grandchildren-one of life's very best gifts!