Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Corsage Project

I'm off to Beadfx tonight to hang out with The Dixon Chick and make jewellery for the Corsage Project. I'm also taking with me a number of pairs of fancy shoes that I rarely wear and some evening bags that I use even less frequently to donate.  I figure those fancy shoes will be put to much better use being worn by some young woman who will enjoy them and hopefully dance up a storm in a beautiful gown, rather than gathering dust in my closet.  And yes, I accomplish a little bit of decluttering at the same time - it's a win, win situation!

As Stephanie herself said, "beadFX has eloquently blogged about it, so I will shamelessly copy their text!" In fact, I think some of the wording has come directly from the Corsage Project website.  Wherever it originated, I too am going to do exactly the same and/or equally shamelessly paraphrase their message and steal their photos. :)
"Since 2005, Beadfx has been a champion of the Corsage project. The Corsage Project is a charitable organization that works to ensure that young women who are about to graduate but cannot afford to attend their prom — can have the lovely dresses, shoes, and, most importantly, (in our humble opinion) the distinctive jewellery that will highlight the evening and provide a momento that they will have for the rest of their lives. ('Cause you might grow out of the dress - but the jewellery is forever!)"

Tonight (from 6 to 8 p.m.) is the last night of several Corsage Project Open Beading Nights the store has hosted to make jewellery to donate for the Corsage Project.  "Stephanie Dixon will be available to assist us in designing something special. Upcycle an old piece that's been sitting in your jewellery box. Now's the time to bling it out and send it on to a new life! From chandelier earrings to bracelets and necklaces, all jewellery items are welcome.

There is no charge to attend Open Beading Night - just pay for what you buy! And you get a 15% discount off your purchase! Another Win Win!

If you have jewellery you would like to donate, you can drop it off or mail it to the store as long as they receive it by closing time (8 p.m.) on March 31st 2011.  You can also donate online or volunteer to help out at the Boutique Ball on April 10th, where the girls pick out their outfits (I did this a few years ago and it was SO much fun and so rewarding to see how excited the girls get as they enjoy this opportunity to be glamourous.)

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