Bead for Life

By  June 26, 2009

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A few weeks ago, my friend watched a segment on the Today Show about Bead for Life. This amazing organization’s mission is to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Impoverished women in Uganda turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful bead jewelry, and caring people from around the world buy and sell the beads. These beads become the Ugandan women’s income, food, medicine, school fees, and hope. This small miracle connects and enriches the lives of everyone involved.

Needless to say, my friend was inspired and shared this story with me and a few other friends. She wanted to throw a bead party and we were ready to pitch in and co-host the event.  She registered on BeadforLife‘s website and they sent us everything we’d need for the event for free. They provided us with over 250 bracelets, necklaces, and earrings; inspirational DVD and CD sets; pamphlets, and so much more. They also included an inventory list with prices, gift cards, and a pre-paid return label so we could easily send back the unsold items.

We threw the party earlier this week at one of our favorite NYC spots,  Choice Kitchen & Cocktails (Third Avenue between 27th and 28th), and it was a big hit! Despite the rain, we drew in a pretty significant crowd of friends and family members, and even restaurant patrons and employees made purchases! We raised over $950 – quite an accomplishment considering  the items range in cost between $5 – $30 each. That means that over $700 will go directly to the bead education program and Ugandan bead-makers! It was such an inspirational, fabulous, and fun evening. We drank sangria, shopped for jewelry, and helped raise money for a phenomenal cause. I’d call that a pretty successful night. Check out our photos …

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My friends and I, modeling the eco-friendly beads, get ready to be hostesses and salespeople at the charity event.

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All styles of beads on display!

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Bracelets and necklaces.

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More bracelets.

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The crowd forms and people start browsing for beads!

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More bead shopping!

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Attendees mingle, shop, and drink!

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Raising money!

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Lots of money!

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Lots and lots of money!

If you’re interested in learning more about BeadforLife or throwing your own bead party, visit http://www.beadforlife.org/index.html.

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