We can’t tell you about all the fun goodies that are being handed out or raffled off this week without thanking all the supporters for our group. Being able to celebrate together at wonderful locations, with fun prizes (and fundraising options), learning with great library carriers, is all possible BECAUSE of the folks and companies listed below. We would be amiss if we didn’t send them a HUGE thank you. We have given them their own page on our website here. If you look up, there is a tab titled IBW 2013 supporters. We’ll be adding information about our supporters over the next week. The best part? It’s almost all local. And if you’ve ever heard us talk at meetings, we LOVE to support local businesses. You can visit their website or online link by clicking on their name, or giving us a few more days to add details to the supporter page HERE.
The Generous Donations and Supporters
Our Gracious Hosts
Be By Baby has been a fantastic host for our Chicago meetings. We appreciate the use of their space, and that they work with us to help the families in Chicago.
Cygnus Lactation is a long time supporter of our group. Jeanne has been hosting our meetings for years, (since before the Lake County Babywearers merged with the Chicago group in early 2011). Her office is the first location we ever met in, and we’re grateful for that. Jeanne provides us space whenever it is free, free of charge, and is a kind and generous host. She also donated a Annika print Pikkolo to add to the lending library, and a WAHM made nursing pillow for the raffles.
Trilogy School of Performing Arts hosted our group for the first time today. Thank you so much! It was an absolute blast to have Kim teach a babywearing ballet class. I had a great time, and hope the rest of the group did too!
New Mother New Baby has also been a very kind host. Gail and her staff let us use the large (mirrored) room on weekends, and the meetings get quite the crowd! They have hosted us for IBW week in the past, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with them on Saturday! They are also going to be donating some door prizes, which we are super excited about.
JBS Wellness has a new location and will be hosting us this Friday for a Gurnee Celebration. I’m excited to see the new location, and looking forward to celebrating with them!
Dolphin Swim Club in Crystal Lake will be hosting us for the second time tomorrow, and we are thankful for their space. McHenry County locations have been a struggle, and we’re looking forward to celebrating with that county tomorrow!
Our supporters have donated items for giveaways, door prizes, raffles, and fundraising. Thank you all!
Building Blocks Toy Store has graciously donated a HUGE amount of door prizes for our meetings this week. If you come to one of our events this week you might head home with a gift wrapped in pretty green or yellow tissue paper yourself. They are having a huge 17th anniversary sale this Friday thru Sunday, and some of the gifts included in the door prizes include a package with a toy, flyer, and postcard with sale info or a discount good for 2014!
Goldfish Swim School has made an incredible donation of TWO months of swim lessons and registration. One really lucky person is going to have a fun few months of swimming with their little one.
The Pink Willow Tree donated 5 awesome tie dyed children’s clothing items of various sizes.
Catbird Baby has always been supportive, and is sending us a Zephyr print Pikkolo to add to the lending library.
The Gymnastics Spot is a personal favorite of mine since we have a gymnast on team there in our household. The Gym Spot is donating two separate punch passes good for 5 drop in visits to “Tot Time”. Tot time is a parent supervised open gym time for children between 18 months old and kindergarten.
Lavender Llama is owned by a local member and friend who has donated 7 locally hand dyed 47 by 47 inch multi-purpose mama scarfs.
Color Dip Studios is also owned by a local member and friend. Alisa is a super fantastic, and she is hand dyeing 6 cotton bags that the group is super excited to see.
Comfy Joey has been generous to us this summer, by offering a 50% discount on 3 different carriers for the library, as well as a 25.00 voucher we can offer/giveaway to the group we can use for IBW (hint hint, you’ll see some activity on that soon enough).
Purple Monkey Playroom in Chicago has donated a certificate for 1 month membership and 25 $5 off coupons.
Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago has donated a 5 Class Punch Card for drop-in yoga classes.
Bubbles Academy in Chicago has donated 6 punch card for open play.
Kristie from Max and Jack’s Room donated a really cool Wunderworld Musical Tree wooden toy.
Women and Children First Bookstore in Chicago donated a 25.00 Gift Certificate.
Toys Et Cetera also offered a 25.00 Gift Certificate.
The SOD ROOM in Chicago has donated two passes- Each valid for one admission for a family for one visit to the Sod Room, an eco-friendly playroom on south Michigan avenue.
Mary Haas , one of our very own leaders, has donated a Gift Certificate for a Custom 8×10 Black and White Charcoal Portrait.
Happy Family has donated 200 baby and toddler pouches and coupons for families to enjoy at our celebration events this week. I can say that they have been a welcomed gift for a few moms with cranky toddlers already this week. Luckily, since they are easy to find locally at most supermarkets, they were also a familiar item for the kids.
Manziknit donated free hat from Manziknitz (any size). Winner and knitter will discuss patterns and color choices after the raffle is over.
Our Local Photographer and Independent Sales Friends
HY Photography, Lisa Gauslow Photography, and Lisa Shelly Photography are all local photographers and moms in our group who are taking group and individual photos for us this week. Eva from 31 Gifts, Sara From Norwex, Cassia From Norwex, Mandi from Tupperware, and Robin from Lia Sophia Jewlery are all supporting us through donations or fundraising parties.
Raffles, Raffles, Raffles!
Why are we fundraising and doing some raffles right now?
We are a volunteer run organization. We don’t pay ourselves for time, for gas, or other incidentals. We use this money primarily to get new carriers for the lending library, whether it is to buy something used, something new that a company gives us a deal on, or to pay shipping for a donated item. We LOVE that the lending library is so popular for the group, but it also means carriers are well loved, and see more wear and tear because of the members who borrow carriers. So we keep track to see when they need to be replaced or pulled out of the library because they become “too loved”. We also use this money for printing, business cards, or room reservation fees on rare occasions.
We keep 85% of the fundraising money this month (and the other 15% goes to the international organization). Tickets will be available before, during, and after each event between now and October 25th. You will choose which raffle (s) you would like to enter and put the ticket (s) in the correct envelope. Before the raffles end, the leaders will combine the tickets
Our raffle tickets will be 1 ticket for 3.00, 2 tickets for 5.00, or 5 tickets for 10.00, or 10 tickets for 20.00. So, the more you buy, the less each ticket costs! We can take cash or a check. Paypal doesn’t allow online raffle sales through our account, so we will not be taking payment through the group’s paypal account. If you would like to purchase tickets, but can’t make it to an event, we are HAPPY to get you set up. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact a leader for details. We are going to run this Raffle for 2 and a half weeks to accommodate anyone who wants to purchase tickets but can’t meet up with someone. The raffle will end on or after October 26, 2013, based on timing of gathering up the leaders with tickets.
If you would like to have the raffle winnings shipped instead of picking it up from a leader, we are happy to do so if you cover shipping costs. Good luck!
FINALLY, The RAFFLES!!
Raffle #1: A gift certificate for two months of swim lessons and registration at Goldfish Swim School in Roscoe Village, Chicago. Estimated Value of 199.00
Raffle #2: A one month membership for one child to the Purple Monkey Playroom in Chicago (estimated value 100.00).
Raffle #3: A 6 pass punch card for Bubbles Academy in Chicago (estimated value 60.00).
Raffle #4: A 5 pass gift certificate at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago, good for 5 drop-in yoga classes, including prenatal, mom &baby, and kids classes (estimated value 70.00).
Raffle #5: One knitted hat from Manziknitz (any size). Winner and knitter will discuss patterns and color choices after raffle ends. Jen has made some really cute items for others in the group. We’re looking forward to seeing what the winner has made! This raffle also includes an adorable unique Didymos baby bib, with the didymos logo on the front, and a 40 load bag of Norwex Ultra Plus Laundry Detergent.
Raffle #6: Custom Portrait by Mary Haas: Mary is one of our fearless leaders, and also an artist. She has volunteered to donate an 8×10 matted Custom Black and White Charcoal Portrait of a Single Subject. Details as follows:
Portrait will be drawn on archival quality charcoal paper. Portrait will be drawn from photographs supplied by client. Supplied pictures must be ones for which the client owns the copyright, and has the legal right to reproduce. Please plan to provide multiple photographs to give the artist a better sense of how the subject truly looks. Higher resolution photographs (such as those taken with a DSLR camera) are best. Additionally, the best photographs for portraits are taken in natural light without a flash. Please allow 4-6 weeks for completion of the finished portrait. Certificate does not include shipping charges, if applicable. For examples of finished pieces please visit http://maryhaas.com/custom-portraits/
Raffle #7: WAHM made custom nursing pillow donated from Cygnus Lactation. The pillow has 3 removable foam inserts to adjust to the height of the pillow. Also includes a pair of girly reversible teething/suck pads from little trendsetters and a pair of Monkey patterned Rock-A-Thigh baby socks in size 0-6 months. And last but not least, a fun wooden toy donated from Max and Jack’s Room.
Raffle #8: A Pair of new brown football babylegs (NWOT from a combo pack a leader had), a pair of boyish reversible suck pads from Little Trendsetters, a 2T-3T tie dyed t-shirt from The Pink Willow Tree, and one beautiful grad dyed mama scarf from Lavender Llama.
Raffle #9: One beautiful grad dyed mama scarf from Lavender Llama and one Corolle mon premier 12 inch Tidoo Candy doll (bath baby) donated by Building Blocks Toy Store. Soft and poseable, Tidoo is so light that it floats in the water. Featuring smooth, delicately scented vinyl skin and filled with polystyrene beads that dry quickly, Tidoo is a favorite playmate out of the tub, too. Designed in France and part of Corolle’s Mon Premier Collection for the littlest mommies.- (estimated value 62.00).
Raffle#10: One pair of red babylegs, one pair of size 6-8 Rock-A-Thigh Baby socks (they run small), and one size 6 tie dye girls short sleeved dress donated from The Pink Willow Tree.
Good luck and happy International Babywearing Week!!