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2011 Silent Auction for Breast Cancer Research

Updated 11/10/11

It's almost time! Join us Saturday night, November 19, 6 ~ 8 PM for our 14th Annual Breast Cancer Benefit, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We chose this Foundation for our donation because of its very low percentage of administrative costs, with over 90% of all donation dollars going directly to research grants and awareness programs. BCRF is the only cancer organization to hold an A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy. This year's auction will be at A Gathering Place, 1837 West Guadalupe Rd, Mesa, formerly known as Abbey Gardens Teahouse.

Our goal this year, as it has been each year, is to surpass the previous year's total. And that means that we need your help in raising more than $23,000+ this year. So many of you have contributed so unselfishly by donating your incredible handwork to this cause. We have dozens and dozens and dozens of beautiful handmade items that I believe will knock your socks off!

This event has grown considerably these past 14 years. The first year we raised about $1500. This year our goal is many times that. When it began, it was staffed by the Attic's staff, and still is to a very small degree ~ but there are so many of you now who volunteer your time to help make this happen. It wouldn't happen without you! For weeks Angelica, Carol, Sheri and others have been spending their Fridays in our classroom recording/registering the entries, numbering them, displaying them on the garland and in glass-enclosed boxes, and then photographing them for all of you to see ~ and BID ON!

More volunteers will be needed on Friday evening, November 18, to move all of the items to the Gathering Place starting around 5 PM. We will serve pizza and refreshments and, of course, chocolate to the helpers. Please call if you can help. And on Saturday evening, November 19, from 6 - 8 PM final bids can be placed while you enjoy some delicious Seasonal treats and refreshments. It's a very festive and fun evening, and we hope you plan to be with us. Until then you may place your bids, either by e-mail or by phone (toll-free at 1.888.94-ATTIC/1.888.942-8842).

Kudos to Alice!

Updated 11/10/11

There are so many people who contribute to the success of this event, including hundreds of needleworkers from around the globe whose work you are about to see, but there is one generous and kind woman who is, I know, uncomfortable receiving any kind of recognition, but I know that you'd want to know that this breast-cancer survivor, as she has done each year for the past number of years, has made and donated the first 50 items in the auction. I know you will agree that she is an incredibly gifted needlewoman, a survivor whose gift with her needle is an inspiration to all of us. Alice alone is responsible for raising thousands! And this is an annual gift that she gives to this Benefit. I'm sure you're not surprised to learn that she's already working on next year's donations.

Thank you, Alice, for your unselfish donation of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of hours of needlework. All of us admire not only your strength, courage, and tenacity in beating this disease but your unparalleled talent and generosity in producing and donating your eclectic group of items for this event.

Recipes for a Cure Cookbook

Thank you everyone who donated to the "Recipes for a Cure" cookbook--it is now available for $14.95 with net proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Thanks to some very generous designers it also includes free charts--some out-of-print, some previously released and some brand new!

Call and reserve yours now!

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