|My involvement in the world of jewelry started as a way to raise funds for causes I support. It evolved into a passion, then a business, from there. It is still important for me to support good works when I can. Here is a list of some of the causes I have supported through Aspiring Arts.
Something Good in the World: 2003, 2004, 2005
Participated in fundraisers to fund educational programs developed by this non-profit organization. Donated 25% of proceeds from each fair. Also continue to volunteer time as webmaster of their website.
Meritor Academy: 2003
Organized craft fair to raise money for technology equipment for the school. All vendors donated a portion of proceeds to this cause. Children also participated as crafters and vendors.
METCO, Belmont, MA: 2004
Participated in international fair as a vendor, donating a portion of proceeds to support this program. METCO enables children of color to attend quality public schools in suburbs of Boston.
Crisis Shelter of Lawrence Co., PA: 2004
Donated jewelry to an auction supporting a shelter for victims of domestic violence.
Jewish Community Day School, Watertown, MA: 2005
Donated jewelry to a silent auction arranged by the students to raise funds to aid Tsunami victims. In my capacity as a teacher, I was the faculty adviser for the silent auction, which raised over $1,000 for this relief effort. The school raised a total of almost $3,000. The President of the Board of AJWS, Ruth Messinger, visited our school on April 1, 2005 to receive the check.
2006: Participated in school craft fair, donating a percentage of proceeds to support the Parent Association.
Crafters United for Hurricane Katrina Relief: 2005
Donated bracelet to online fundraiser for Katrina hurricane relief.
Aspiring Arts Hurricane Clearance Sale: 2005
All proceeds from this sale were donated to Habitats for Humanity to help rebuild after the hurricanes. Nearly $100 were donated from this sale.