The First Pick Party for the Hope Bracelet Project was held Friday, November 9th, 2007, at Strings Restaurant. In attendance were some of our fine beadmakers, Cindy Brown, Tamara Domenico, Roanne Kuenzler, and Kim Miles, who drove up from Taos. We were also privileged to have Marta Gabre-Tsadick, founder of the Project Mercy school in Ethiopia and her son Sam, who works for Project Mercy in Indiana. At least 230 bracelets and 3 Hopeful necklaces were sold, raising close to $25,000 for the Cunningham Foundation. When Marta shook my hand she looked at my bracelets and said, “Is that all you’ve got?” Fortunately, I was able to tell her, “No, I have more at home.”
After a wonderful dinner (thanks Noel and your staff at Strings), we had the opportunity to share our project experiences with all the other attendees. My personal part seems so insignificant compared to all the inspiring words shared by those who have actually traveled to Ethiopia. Yet every little step is a help. By purchasing one bracelet, you contribute the approximate annual income of an entire family there. So, if you don’t have your bracelet yet, check them out at Trice Jewelers starting Nov 14th.