Friday, February 29, 2008

The Friends of Joey Benefit Challenge!

The Etsy NJ street team is proud to announce that we will be making and donating prizes to a great cause this April: The Friends of Joey Foundation’s annual benefit.

The Friends of Joey Foundation was created in 1999 in memory of Joey Reiser. On October 13, 1998, Joey lost a yearlong battle with cancer. He died just ten days before his twelfth birthday.

The Friends of Joey Foundation proudly supports families of children with cancer, cancer research, a college scholarship & the Joey Reiser Playground.

Our team decided that participating members would each make a little something special that we would then combine into an extraordinary handmade gifts basket which we'd donate to the foundation's yearly benefit: a beef and beer which includes a Chinese auction, held at the end of April in Southern New Jersey.

The goal is to create prizes for donation that are of a particular color scheme so that the basket looks UBER appealing, and how couldn’t it, with so many talented handmade goodies inside? The color scheme decided on by the team is called “Spring Now!

Team members will try to create items that resemble color(s) from this scheme in order to create an aesthetic harmony in the finished gift basket.

About 18 EtsyNJ members have said they'd like to contribute to this cause. A list of official contributing members will be up shortly.

Please check back to see how donations are coming along, and of course, to view the finished project!

-- NJ Street Team members who would like to volunteer should email Kate for information on where to send your donations, the donation deadline, and other important information: kate {at} Please include “FOJ Challenge” in the subject line of your email. --


Becca said...

I am totally in! I'm going to make a pretty flower brooch, perfect for spring! RibbonCraft Boutique said...

So exciting! I can't wait to make my piece. Thanks for posting about it. -Jenna

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pulling all of this together for the team! I can't wait to get started on a piece for the gift basket!

Cyndie said...

Don't know what I'm making but I know it will be fun to work with those colors! Thanks for putting this together!

Purplelicious said...

Definitely count me in! I am going to try and find a fabric that has all of those colors!
this is so fun! RibbonCraft Boutique said...

Glad to see that so many are interested. I'm still coming up w/ ideas for my contributory item - that color scheme is so freshly "spring"! I love it! :)

Linda said...

I can't wait to create something for this cause. Thanks Kate!


fisheye said...

This will be a great experience all around! We get to make something special and support a good cause! I love the color scheme.

Kat said...

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with for this basket, and I can't wait to get started on my contribution, which will be a spring-ey pair of earrings!

Kate said...

Already got the first donation from Susan (! It's awesome! Gonna take some pictures of it to share tomorrow when I have daylight to use..

Thanks SO much Susan!