24 September 2009

Paying it Forward

It was a great movie and a great concept; Pay It Forward.
When i watch things like that, they affect me in the way they were likely intended. They motivate me to want to DO something. Make a sacrifice. Do a good deed. Volunteer. Be selfless.
I was watching an episode of Extreme Home Makeover about 5 months ago or so and the couple/family getting the house were incredible, as most of them are. They were perpetual foster parents, taking in dozens of children as the need presented itself over years and years, eventually adopting some themselves.
They did all this, gave all this, even though it meant there was not a nickel left at the end of the day!? Now, let me tell you, i cry easily. But i was absolutely bawling. i felt like such a brat, not appreciating all that i have. And when i really think about it, i have so much.
Right then and there, i fired off an email to my friend, Jamie, who owns an awesome coffee shop/live music venue in Ardmore, PA. They feature local musicians and visual artists. i told him i wanted to do an art show one month where i donated a part of my proceeds to charity. he was onboard.
i had a very specific charity in mind. In fact, the TLLCCF was where i first met Jamie about 12 years ago. The Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation has been part of my life since 1997. They are locally based but now reach all 50 states in their mission "to improve the quality of programs that care for and educate children from birth through age 5, and enlist and enlighten others to do the same." They give teacher awards and center & program grants. They really care about kids. I love the members. And causes for kids are dear to my heart.
SO, here's where i need my friends and neighbors and their friends and neighbors. PLEASE COME!!! Spread the word. Share this blog. I thank you in advance for the effort.

Click on the graphic above to see (or print) the full-size flyer for the event.
Here are the basics:
What: month-long art showing of my work - both originals & more affordable prints for sale
Where: Milkboy Coffee, Ardmore, PA
When: all of November 2009 with a special First Friday opening starting at 6pm on November 6 - featuring a musical performance for kids w/local talent, Miss Scherling, who will lead "Pajama Jam" w/ milk n cookies. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Music starts at 7pm
Details: a portion of proceeds from all sales of my work during November will be donated to the TLLCCF. Sales from my online store (www.stephaniecorfee.etsy.com) are also included

i've been blessed in my life. If you're reading this, you probably have been too. Help me pay it forward?

1 comment:

  1. I saw you on the Handmade in PA blog and your art really caught my eye. Then, I saw you are in Malvern! I live right nearby in West Chester! :)