Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Our hard work has paid off

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CHA Craft SuperShow: Giving back
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Along with a whole lot of creativity, crafters also have a lot of heart. Just ask the charitable organizations that participated in the CHA Craft Super Show over the weekend in Chicago.

Several groups reached out to crafters at the event and asked them to share their talents to help others in need by creating a card, sewing a pillowcase or making a donation. And the crafty attendees were more than willing to help out.

Westcott opened its booth to Scrapbook Royalty, which is changing and expanding into For a donation, crafters could make a scissor holder and also receive a pair of Westcott scissors.

The money collected was given to Charity Wings, which helps non-profit organizations host unique creativity-based events online and at venues across the country.

Elena Lai Etcheverry founded Scrapbook Royalty in April 2006 with the idea of helping organizations host crops to raise money for their causes. She's now expanding the volunteer-run, non-profit group to include other types of creative events.

Along with Scrapbook Royalty, the Charity Wing umbrella now includes Creative Wings (mixed media and fine art), Lil' Wings (a place for kids), Club Royalty (a club that's all about charity, crafting and sharing) and Brave Girls Club (Brave Girls Camp scholarship fund).

So far, the group has hosted more than 80 events and fundraisers, and collected more than $310,000 for 46 different charities including American Heart Association, Autism Speaks, Boys & Girls Club and Cancer Coping Center.

Charity Wings provides a web site, online registration, donations, silent auction and goody bag donations for the events it helps host.

"We want to raise money and awareness for good causes," Etcheberry said. "We're here as a resource."