Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Portland Sewing Hope Fundraiser was a HUGE Success

On September 17th, the Portland chapter of the American Sewing Guild held a fundraiser, inspired by our NYC fashion show events, to raise money for Fount's vocational development work. We are so grateful to the team, led by Marsha McClintock, who made this happen! It was a HUGE success, bringing in over $10,000, all of which will go towards helping make our sewing and other vocational projects long-lasting and productive for the women in Uganda.

The weekend included a seminar by the sewing celebrity Sandra Betzina, a juried fashion show with prizes, over 80 raffle items, a luncheon, and a quilt show. Liza Morgan, one of our NYC event team members, went to Portland to show our video (see the video below), sell some beads, and speak about our work from a personal perspective. Fount provided fabric from Uganda, and supplied a few of Sewing Hope's previous event garments to add to their fashion show. We hope this will inspire more groups to do the same...plan a fun event with a good cause!

Quote in response to the Portland Sewing Hope event
"I don't think anything can be done to top this. Sandra's presentation, the auction items and their lovely presentations, the tables, the meal, the wonderful fabrics and the creative ways they were used, the beautiful models.... Everything was so special. A special thanks to Barbara, Marsha, Ruthann, and Sharon for the hundreds of hours you and others put in. I think Fount of Mercy will be very excited and proud of all that happened here today. And I hope the amount earned for them will beat their wildest dreams. I am so thankful to have been there."

We are SO PLEASED!....and the money is well beyond our expectations! It will go far to progressing our work here in Uganda. A huge thank you to the Portland chapter of the American Sewing Guild!

Written by Tara Hawks, Fount's Vocational Development Director

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