Monday, December 22, 2008

And the Winner Is....

Well, first let me just drag this out by saying thank you to all of you amazing people who donated to this incredible thing. What started out as a small gesture to raise a little money for the Food Bank for New York City with a small raffle at our first trunk show, took on a much larger life, all on it's own. Reading about the shortages this year at food banks all over the country and the thought of people going hungry this winter here in New York sealed the deal: we'd do a raffle to help get as much food to as many people as possible. And now you have made it happen. Offers to help fill the basket with highly desirable goods from amazing designers, artists and small businesses gave it power. Local businesses, bloggers and write-ups about it all over the world built its momentum, and all of you who donated $5, $10 or $100 (and some who even offered to share the package if they won!) made it happen.
Thank you!

From the Food Bank for NYC's website:
"There are more than three million New Yorkers who have difficulty affording food-- an astounding number and one that continues to increase as the donated food supply drops to an all-time low and energy and fuel costs skyrocket. To address this issue, the Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 food assistance programs citywide. In addition, we provide food safety and capacity-building workshops; manage school nutrition education programs, after-school and emergency food programs; conduct food stamp prescreening and outreach; operate a senior food program, soup kitchen and food pantry; coordinate the largest Free Tax Assistance Program in the country; and develop policy and conduct research to inform community and government efforts to end food poverty throughout New York City."

We raised $1300 for the Food Bank for NYC and Breck of Sesame Letterpress generously added a donation of $100 from the sales of her beautiful coasters. Finally and incredibly, the Robin Hood Foundation will TRIPLE our donation which means together we've donated $4200 to the Food Bank of NYC. Wow. I'm getting a little choked up. This is the best post I've ever done.

So without further adieu...(ok and this is really an embarrassing video and I promise it will be the last time you see any more of me on screen unless absolutely necessary, but we wanted to give you the full effect.) The winner is.....

video

Congratulations and thank you again for all of your generosity~can't wait to see what we come up with next year.
To donate directly to the Food Bank of NYC go here.

21 comments:

raining sheep said...

Deb, just wanted to wish you a wonderful Christmas and happy holidays. I am on a little break and will catch up on the other side of 2009. Hugs.

cindy* said...

haha, love the video! yay for naomi in wichita!

this is the best thing ever lady...such an awesome cause.

cindy : quaint said...

wow, i was so nervous - i love your video and you for holding the raffle! as a new yorker, i think it's great that someone out of state purchased a ticket and won the grand prize!

have a wonderful holiday and rest up, deb! you deserve it!

P said...

Yay, Deb! Good for you! What a great collaboration for a wonderful cause. LOVE the video, the suspense, the whole nine.

High Desert Diva said...

Congrats to Naomi and to you for hosting a raffle that raised so much $$$ for the food bank.

Yay!

Naomi said...

Oh my gosh!!! I am so thrilled... and so amazed at the great fundraising you did for the Food Bank of NYC.

I just took the 5th graders at my daughter's school on a field trip to a food bank here last week so I know how much the donation will mean to them.

Thank you!

please sir said...

Sounds like a great success - you should be proud! Best of luck in the new year!

matt said...

cool that someone from KS donated $ to help a NY foodbank!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

Oh Deb...you are just so incredibly adorable! I love this, congrats to Naomi and YAY!!!! you tripled the amount you raised! That is just so awesome!
Have a wonderful, wonderful holiday hun and all the very best!
xoxo
Melis

Anonymous said...

Wow. I hope this raffle will inspire people who read your blog to contribute to food banks in their state! Deb you are an inspiration!

broke said...

amazing what a blog can do! so glad I could be part of this. If you do this again, my sis (eliwil at etsy) said she would donate.

brooke

Octavine Illustration said...

Deb, you are indeed an inspiration. and i love the video! so cool to see you in the flesh.
congratulations on money raised. that's absolutely amazing. wow.
and i love my earrings....i'm wearing them right now!~

Mrs.French said...

you look and sound just like I thought you would...adorable! Love this! $4200!!!!!!! I apologize for shouting, but wow! You are a rockstar angel my friend...I think you may need to continue your sharing of the love...I know you will have plenty of talented friends to donate, and of course me too...proud of you darlin' xo t

trupeach said...

alas, 'twas not me. but it was the donating that really mattered. plus, i still got to see your adorable video!

congrats, lady, on all the money you helped raise; you are a hero!

happy holidays to you & yours.

lotta said...

Deb, thank you so much for all the work you have done. What a wonderful initiative. I feel totally ashamed that I have missed all this (where was I... another planet?) I will make a donation directly to the NY food bank to make up for it. Congrats to Naomi.
Have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for a happy and peaceful 2009!

lazysundae said...

well... at least i got to see the goods in person! naomi, congratulations. you will love everything! and congrats to you deb for raising so much for the food bank. merry xmas :)

Elizabeth said...

Deb, your efforts with this raffle, and everyone else who has supported it, have really been amazing to witness. The things that can be accomplished when people work together to help others are so inspiring. Congratulations to Naomi from Kansas!

amy said...

Thank you for this great initiative Deb! and congratulations naomi (LOVE THE VIDEO!)

Mrs.French said...

merry, merry! dear deb...xo t

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Good going Naomi!! Congratulations.

Thanks for hosting this. Local charities everywhere are hurting so much in this economy and to think how much you were able to raise for the Food Bank...WOW! I was happy to contribute. :-)

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