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Fun Day at Lakemont Ridge, FL – A letter from a great supporter of DNWM

Fun Day at Lakemont Ridge Frostproof, Florida!

booksmark fund raising in FL

We received this wonderful letter and beautiful bookmarks from a supporter of DNWM.

Our 55 and older retirement community event, is held in February each year.  It wasn’t held last year because of Covid.

I had lots of pieces of Aida cloth left from bigger projects and decided to do counted cross stitch bookmarks with it.  I also have lots of crochet cotton left from bigger projects and found some bookmark crochet patterns and started crocheting bookmarks.  Then there was the material scraps from larger projects and those could be sewed into bookmarks as well.

The next thought I had was ‘what will I do with all these bookmarks’ which I began making during Covid.  I have never sold anything I have made, so that wasn’t an option.  I enjoy giving away whatever I make, HOWEVER, Disability Network came to mind and I remembered the Fun Day from other years.  So I enquired about how that works, signed up for a table and in February set it up with a big sign, including the logo, that said all proceeds go to Disability Network West Michigan.

The sale was from 8 am until 1 pm and a portion of the Club House was set aside with tables for crafters of all kinds.  Fun Day includes a lot of activities starting with coffee and donuts in the morning grilled lunch outdoors, games, and concludes with an auction.

I was all set up at 8 am and no one came through, so I figure it would be a long day.  That didn’t last long.  Soon there were lots and lots of people and they were buying bookmarks.  Someone would comment, “I really like that one” then walk on by, come back later to buy it and it was already gone.  The Disability sign generated lots of conversation about the organization and ways other people are helping people with disabilities.  Lots of satisfying interaction.

I really enjoyed doing it, meeting new people in our community, seeing all different kinds of arts and crafts and, most of all, knowing what I raised was going to a worthy organization.

Then I leveraged my “better” half to contribute some cash as well, so that sealed the deal.

Donna & Gil Fleser