We hope that you've had a great summer. We can't believe that it's already August! The Fairy Festival is quickly approaching--it's on September 9th-- and we wanted to check in to update you on some of the happenings so far this year.
We received our tax exempt, 501(c)(3) status, which means that any donations (monetary, in-kind, etc.) to Willa's Workshop and for the Fairy Festival are tax-deductible. We are thrilled that our application was approved by the IRS so quickly and that we now have this capacity.
We have chosen Kenya Keys as this year's recipient of the Fairy Festival proceeds. You can learn more about this wonderful foundation at www.kenyakeys.org. Rinda Hayes, the Executive Director, will be attending the Fairy Festival to provide more information on this organization. We have requested that the funds be used to fund a library and help build dorms for the Sumburu School.
Our projectmaking is in full swing, and we hope that yours is too. Please share your great ideas for the market and let us know how we can help with your projects. We'd like to have all items ready to go by September 6th for pricing, so please let us know if we can pick items up from you or help in any way.
For those of you who would like to make a fairy to display in the Fairy Garden this year, feel free to bring your kids to the Ivorys' home (1812 Millbrook Road) on August 20th from 10 am to 12 pm.
This year, we'd like to start a new tradition of honoring a "Fairy Godmother," someone who is particularly meaningful to you and someone who embodies the spirit of generosity, creativity and community. We are accepting nominations at firstname.lastname@example.org until August 23rd and will then post the nominations online on our Facebook page and our blog (www.willasworkshop.blogspot.com) for voting. We'd be honored to receive your submissions!
We'll be sending along an electronic invitation in the next week or so for you to forward to family and friends. Feel free to pass along this e-mail as well to anyone you think might be interested in this event.
We are also looking for corporate sponsors, who might be able to help cover the costs of the event so we can donate more of the proceeds to Kenya Keys. We currently have Ivory Homes and Vincent & Rees, L.C. committed to sponsor. Please let us know if you know of anyone else that might be interested.
As always, we so appreciate all your ideas and hard work. Thank you for making this such a rewarding and special experience.