09 February 2009

make a wish.

While at the Love Bazaar this past Saturday, I had some really great conversations with a few of the vendors (well, now good friends), Danni (oh, hello friend) and Rose (my friend roze), about the year's upcoming craft show season. Aside from the fact that I'm in the works of collaborating with both to try and get into some of the bigger shows, our conversations really inspired me to not only take any opportunity I find, but to look for them. And instead of playing pity party after a not-so-fun Sunday show at Ghettogloss that got rained out on (sorry Belinda! sad faceee), I actually couldn't sleep that night (even thought I should've after such a long weekend) and instead found myself on the Internet doing some research and feeling really good about it.

After browsing Facebook for a bit, I found this flier on my newsfeed:

Luckily, it found me since a lot of my friends, and old fellow members of CADC, will actually be performing at the event. While a little difficult to see from the flier, it is basically promoting UCI's first "Make-A-Wish" benefit. The Make-A-Wish foundation is popular for the amazing things they do for children with life-threatening medical conditions. So far, they have granted 174,069 wishes, averaging a wish every 40 minutes!

I've always admired everything that the foundation does, and after seeing that there was going to be a benefit for the cause at Irvine, I jumped at the chance to find every way possible to be apart of it. It sounds like a very fun event, actually, as there will be a fashion show showcasing "the latest trends" by local boutiques including clothing from The Closet. And as mentioned prior, there are going to be performances by UCI's very own CADC, MCIA, BBoys Anonymous, and more! And of course, invited speakers to share their experiences about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, including a special appearance by a Wish Kid!

I found the Facebook event on Sunday night. The event was on Wednesday. And while I knew I wanted to attend the event regardless, felt like I wanted to do more. Basically by Monday morning, with the work of just a few e-mails, I was invited to have a table set up at the event so that I could sell my items, and I, in turn, offered to donate a portion of my sales directly to the foundation. I was uber excited, and felt good that I not only took the steps to really put myself and my work out there, but that I could support a great cause while doing it. But that soon tapered once I realized that UCI had very strict rules about any vendors that sell on campus. Aside from filling out a bunch of paperwork, I would somehow have to get my hands on an insurance certificate in less than 24 hours that would cover $1 MILLION for liabilities. I was stumped, but got my hands dirty anyway and contacted an insurance company that was willing to do all the paperwork by the end of the day to make it happen (thank you, Sophia!). It seemed like it was all falling into place when... I found out that getting that certificate would also entail putting down a good $200-300 of my own money...

No bueno.

After hours of ironing out all the nitty gritty, all that came out of it was finding that the possibility of being apart of the event was seeming quite impossible. But this story doesn't end with a sad face. I spent the next hour or two contacting the coordinators of the event and arranged a plan that would make everyone happy: me, UCI services, and the Make-A-Wish foundation.

So, here's where the good stuff comes in:

  • My tote bags, messenger bags, and buttons will have fun being modeled down the catwalk.
  • I will still be given a table at the show to display my work and portfolio. While I can't make any on-the-spot sale transactions at the event, I will be able to pass out fliers and promo codes to people present at the benefit, who can then go home and browse my online shop. A portion of all the sales I collect in the following week through etsy will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation.

If you're interested in attending the event, here is more info:

{ UCI's Make-A-Wish Benefit }
Wednesday, February 11 (6 - 9pm)
UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C

$5 pre-sale, $7 at the door
Tickets sold on UCI's Ring Road

I've also decided that while I have this opportunity, it wouldn't hurt to offer this chance to all my bloggers as well. If you would like to help out the Make-A-Wish foundation and have also been meaning to purchase some Steppie goodies, now is your chance to do both. A portion of any purchases made by you and fellow bloggers at my etsy shop that reach me by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th will ALSO be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation! Simply put in the code "bloggers make a wish happen" into the "message to seller" box at check out.

I'm hoping to raise all that I can, as I realize every little bit can really help change these children's lives. By the end of next week, I'll be sure to keep you all posted on how much I am able to raise for the foundation... help me make it a big number!