Come together at Stitch Cleveland two weekends this September to raise funds for breast cancer research!
September 21-23 is Quilt Pink Weekend, a fundraising event created by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2006, more than 1,000 shops across the country held Quilt Pink events, uniting 100,000 stitchers of all ability levels in the fight against breast cancer.
During Quilt Pink Weekend, stitchers make quilt blocks at local shops. Stitch Cleveland and other retailers nationwide will piece them together and send the finished quilts to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for an online auction in May 2008. (Check out the current 2006 quilt auctions here!)
The weekend after, September 28-30, is Stitch Cleveland’s Knit for the Cure event. Shop co-owner Shannon Okey has been raising money for breast cancer research as part of Team Knitty for the past four years. Team Knitty, founded by Knitty.com magazine editor Amy R. Singer, participates in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto, where Knitty is based. Last year, Team Knitty raised over $13,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
To encourage participation in both events, Stitch Cleveland is raffling off two large specialty gift baskets designed to appeal to sewers and knitters, including several hundred dollars’ worth of class gift certificates, craft materials and other items. Raffle entries can be earned with financial donations to Team Knitty via the link above and by volunteer hours at both Stitch Cleveland events. Stay tuned for other opportunities to earn raffle entries, too.
We’d like to encourage local HR managers who want to combine a team-building exercise with a worthy cause to contact the shop to set up times for their employees to participate. (See here for more information on these kinds of activities at Stitch Cleveland).
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