Sunday, August 23, 2009

Catching up

Hello, hello
I know you haven't heard from me for a while, so how about a little contest to liven up the dog days of summer?

My cousin Karen is training for her 5th 60 mile+ 3 day walk to raise money for breast cancer research. Last year, the Philadelphia event raised more than $8.2 million!
Karen (right) and her daughter Carol are pictured at the end of 60 miles in the 2005 3Day walk. While I am not able to participate in the walk itself, for the first three years I volunteered on the closing day when the walkers limped and leaped their way across the finish line. The first year, I was in charge of the luggage retrieval area. Since the walkers camp out each night during this 3 day event, they have duffel bags that are transported to the camp sites each day. Year two found me preparing dozens and dozens of roses and handing them to the walkers as they passed under the arch of pink balloons. Year three was the most moving - I worked at the check-in tent where we scanned in the bar codes of the finishers and gave out the shirts. Pink shirts for the BC Survivors who completed the walk. I was hugging and laughing and crying the whole time. I am a little misty-eyed now, just thinking about it.

Due to a conflict in the dates of the event (Rhinebeck Weekend!) I am not volunteering at the walk, but I still want help - sooo...
...I have raided my stash and am
offering a chance at winning a skein of a Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rare Gem:
A Rare Gem is created through overdying an established or experimental color. They are almost always one of a kind and are greatly sought out by BMFA aficionados. This one is medium weight Socks That Rock sock yarn. Click HERE for specs. or a Twisted Fiber Arts "Ember, Soulmates":
The Twisted is Ariel sock yarn. Click HERE for details on this gorgeous yarn.

How do you get a chance?
Click on the 3Day logo to get to Karen's official donation page.
1- Look for the "My Progress" on the left and click on the "donate to Karen 2009" button above the thermometer.
2- Fill out the donation page - each $5.00 that you donate gets you one entry. ie if you donate $15.00, you get 3 entr
3- Enter a message for the honor role if you wish.
4- You MUST enter a message in the box that says "personal message for participant."
Type your email address and/or your Ravelry ID
Type STR for an entry for the Rare Gem or Ember for the Twisted.
You can break it up if you want. ie if you donate $15.00 you get 3 entries - you
can say STR = 2, Ember = 1.
If you don't fill this out, you will be randomly entered into either.
Karen will tally the entries and the winn
ers will be randomly generated. All entries must be received by Friday, September 25, 2009. Winners will be announced on September 27, 2009. Good Luck!
BONUS: Everyone who donates at least $25.00 will get a set of my handmade stitch markers!!

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