Today is my 1-year Blogoversary and I wanted to celebrate with a challenge and some BIG blog candy, but in a way that would benefit a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. If you've been following my blog for the past year, you probably know that my otherwise healthy 58-year-old father is in the late stages of Alzheimer's Disease. This disease is so common and I know most of you have experienced or know someone close to you who has experienced it's devestating effects. It is truly heartbreaking.
I will be hosting my Stampin' Out Alzheimer's Virtual Crop and Challenge again in May to honor my father and as a teaser to that event, I thought I'd introduce this exciting challenge and offer up some pretty awesome Blog Candy to one lucky winner!! What can you win? Well here's a list (and I may be adding to this list as the week progresses if I receive more offers of donations from additional companies, so check back frequently to see if the list has grown, but this is a pretty darn good start):
- $20 Gift Certificate to Verve Stamps
- Fun With Flowers pack from Verve Stamps ($67 value)
- Bunny Bundle Pack from Verve Stamps ($43 value)
- $15 Gift Certificate to Taylored Expressions
- $15 Gift Certificate + a mini set from There She Goes
- $10 Gift Certificate to Sweet Shoppe Designs
- $10 Gift Certificate to The Digichick
- 5 Stampin' Up hostess and Sale-a-bration stamp sets: Congrats, Yummy, Botanical Blooms, Polka Dot Punches, and Darling Dots
So what am I going to do with all of those cards? Well, you see, the Alzheimer's Association doesn't really have a great need for cards. What they need is MONEY for research, education and support for caregivers. Rather than simply ask all of you out-right for donations, I've decided to collect your cards and put together a few (actually I hope SEVERAL) decorated card tins / boxes full of your unique hand-crafted cards. In early May, to kick off my Stampin' Out Alzheimer's event, I will be holding a charity auction (either through e-bay, etsy or another site - I'm still working on the details but I'll keep you posted) in which I will auction off these card sets to the highest bidder. The proceeds from those auctions will go directly from the auction site to the Alzheimer's Association. Pretty cool, huh?
So there you have it folks. Deadline to be included in the drawing for the blog candy is 6:59 PM hawaii time (11:59 PM central time) FRIDAY, April 3. Winner will be announced Saturday morning, April 4 right here on my blog.
Please send your finished cards along with a blank envelope no later than April 20, 2009 (so even if you've missed the deadline for the blog candy, you can still participate and make a difference for the Alzheimer's Association) to:
211 Molehulehu St.
Kahului, HI 96732
Please take a minute to visit the sponsor links. This wouldn't be possible without their help. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated a prize and to those of you who will be participating!