Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Craft for a Cause Contest Celebration!


First, you all entered the first phase of the contest in September and October - I hounded you for months to get a card made, Ciara even made a video encouraging you! THANK you to everyone who entered a card in our name!!!

And secondly, the voting phase - you all tolerated daily facebook posts, reminders on the blogs, special annoying emails.....and you all went out there and voted. Again and again - thank you!!


The results were fantastic - Operation Write Home won SECOND PLACE! The prize is $25,000!!! We couldn't be more impressed with your efforts....thank you! And we are uber-grateful to Jo-Ann's for their generosity in giving away prizes like they did - WOW! What a company with HEART!

What now?
Our first expenditure will be ordering a case of packing tape. And treating our shippers to new tape guns! We're "big spenders" 'round here! LOL!

In 2011 our board will be meeting to start talking about the expenditure of those monies. Though this prize gives us some breathing room, my dream would be to continue paying for shipping with the gifts made by our cardmakers and supporters....the donations regularly of $5, $20, $50, and $100 have made it possible to keep those boxes going out to our heroes, and we want your monies to go to the actual program! With any large grants we receive, I'd like us to cover administrative and professional fees, so your regular gifts keep the program going :)

SO LET'S PARTY!!! Ciara's ready - are you?
You can leave a comment here on this blog post....go share some love on our Facebook page, and then let's all make a special thank-you card for Jo-Ann's and send it to them! Be sure to mention OWH of course - and stamp the back! Post a pic of yours in the InLinkz widget so we can all see :)

Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores
5555 Darrow Road
Hudson, Ohio 44236



23 comments:

Jean in PA said...

Way to go, everyone! Thanks to Jo-anns!

Leigh in Houston said...

WHOO HOO!!!Way to go, OWH. And thanks to JoAnn's.

Rufus said...

Yahooo! Congrats to OWH and thanks to Joann's. Thanks to everyone who voted!
R/

grandmalee said...

Woot, woot!!!! Way to go to everyone that took the time to vote & to tell your friends to vote, too!!! What a fabulous prize!!! I can't thank Joann's enough for offering this awesome prize that will make it much easier to get the cards to our heroes! Special thanks to Sandy for continually finding new ways to remind us to vote! And of course we have to thank Ciara, too! WHo could say no to that face? Everyone needs to take a bow!

Bonibleaux Designs said...

CONGRATULATIONS!! This is one time that I "KNOW" my votes counted LOL

Keep up the AWESOME work!!

PaulaM said...

Congratulations - this is fantastic. I must admit I didn't vote EVERYDAY - but then, my excuse was that we were in the midst of moving - so I tried my best and it DID count. Awesome!!

Yolanda said...

Woohoo! Proves one little action by one little person living in an obscure little town can make one big difference. What address should we send the Joann's cards to?

Yolanda said...

*sheepish* I see the address now.

Dee N said...

What a fantastic bunch of card makers we are! We not only won $25,000 but did it with our talents and our dedication [voting]. Thank you Sandy for reminding us to vote each day but more importantly, THANK YOU JoAnn's.

Heidi said...

Congratulations!!! Couldn't have happened to a better bunch of deserving folks! Tape guns for everyone! *lol*

Becky Jo said...

Congratulations OWH! And congrats to Project Linus and the American Cancer Society, too! All great organizations that help others. Hugs to all who made it happen!

Cindy O said...

Wow, that is wonderful news! Thank you Joann's! Yay for the other winners!

Sherry H said...

This is fantastic news! I'm so happy for OWH, grateful to Joann's for their generosity, and proud to be an OWHer!!

kssdesigns said...

So so happy! Congrats and well deserved!!

Holly / InkPaperStamps said...

How wonderful! And Ciara, that's one fine happy dance you sent the good folks at Joann's!

SuzAnn said...

Happy Dancing around my craft table! congrats all around :-)

Jennifer Rzasa said...

Yay! Such great news!

this is fun said...

Congratulations! How exciting!

Seongsook Duncan said...

Congratulations! What a great news! Thanks to Joann for their generosity.

Queen Kat said...

fantastic news!!! congrats OWH!!!

Teepee said...

Thanks to JoAnn's for the great opportunity. I'm so glad that we all won!! Glad to know that our votes counted for something we believe in.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful Christmas gift....Thank you for helping the cause JoAnn's. Kandice A.

Lyneen said...

Thanks JO Ann Fabrics... and CONGRATS to OWH... I was diligent in my voting and it paid off!