November 2009

Sudha Sale Wrap-Up

The sale came to an end with a bang! Not only did we more than double our sales from the best year, which allowed us to double our donation to the 2 organizations, I got a note from Bill Edwards and Amei Wallach that Hilary Clinton was on the front page of the New York Times and was wearing my silk embroidered jacket while talking to the troops in Afghanistan. I was thrilled.

Many of my WPO friends came to the sale and made a huge difference in the sales numbers. Believing in sustainable causes, they saw, they spent and went home happy with a treasure and left their dollars as direct contribution to two good causes. I am indebted to them for their support. Many gave of their time freely to staff the store; present Board members, some past Bread & Roses Board, members of the two non-profits, members of their staff, and the many volunteers. I could have never pulled off this huge effort without their help. Each year it just gets better. Customers who came had a fun time shopping. Public Service Announcements were made of the event in a few radio stations because of Mary Doan, a fellow past board member of Bread & Roses.

From WPO: Libby, Terry, & Paula (above)
Nancy, Valerie, Beverly & John (below)

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Special Thanks

A special thanks goes to Stan Hoffman for believing in our cause and donating the prime corner real estate location for our store in the Corte Madera Town Center. Through their leadership and example, my dear friends, executive directors Cassandra Flipper of “Bread & Roses” and Barbara Solomon of “The Redwoods,” proved that any goal is possible when you believe in it and work hard enough. Thank you all for your love, support and generosity in making this annual Sudha Benefit sale a huge success.

Thanks to Peter Merts for the use of his pictures

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We had a spectacularly successful opening on Friday night with donors & volunteers contributing to the pre-opening event. The Benefit Store came alive with Gary’s magic touch. Jewelry was the center of attraction with large one-of-a-kind necklaces flying out of the door throughout the weekend. Wool and silk scarves were almost sold out, which is enabling me to bring in a fresh collection of jewelry & scarves for the coming weekend (Nov 14th and 15th).

Based on the overwhelming demand, we have added 4 bonus hours, 12 to 4 PM this Friday, November 13th!

Bring your friends and family and be part of this exciting event! Only 2 and a half days left!

Also, I want to take this time to thank all our volunteers for their hard work and dedication last week and through the weekend. The sale wouldn’t have been possible without you!

-photos by Peter Merts

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Barbara Solomon & Gary Morgret, Elizabeth Share, Stacy Nelson, Tucky & John Pogue

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Mark Nelson, Barbara Solomon, Myself, & Cassandra Flipper on Friday night.

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