Here it is Friday afternoon, and it is a gorgeous day outside – you gotta love Charlotte, NC today! I’d like to tell you a little bit more about the Smarty Pants Cares section of our site because it is such a special place here. When we redesigned our site, we researched what would be the best way to help Smarty Moms like you promote your local fundraising efforts. That’s how Smarty Pants Cares was born.
Because so many of you are motivated and are making a huge difference in your community, we felt like we needed to give you a permanent voice on our site. We do need a little help from you to make this successful. You need to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org two months out from your event (if possible, I know that’s easier said than done!) and don’t be afraid to email us several times. I hate to admit this, but sometimes we are swamped with emails but know that we do read every single one of them. We will post the events for one month prior to the event under the Smarty Pants Cares section and we will try to reinforce it on Smarty Scoop Wednesday the week of the event. You need to provide all of the information relevant to your cause, whether it be a personal story like the Bogert Family on Wednesday with TTTS, or a few paragraphs describing your event. We would also like photos (can you tell, we just LOVE photos!) and a logo if you have one. And lastly, we ask that you use this section of our site. We created Smarty Pants Cares to make a difference in our community. And we all need to sometimes take a step back from our busy schedules and read about others who are working hard for a good cause.
That said, I’d like to highlight a few more Smarty events going on this weekend. This came in from Smarty friend and avid-CSP reader, Emily F:
Indulge your sweet tooth this weekend at a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale. Just a short walk from the Festival in the Park at Freedom Park, this bake sale’s funds go to a great cause. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer. The founder of Cookies is Gretchen Holt, mom of Liam – a Neuroblastoma patient at Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. (Photo of Liam above.) Fund raisers like this will make sure Liam and other kids like him will have many more happy birthdays. Learn more at www.cookiesforkidscancer.org.
This just came in from Smarty friend and “I only read one blog and that’s CSP”, Kim G (love her!):
My dear friend and neighbor, Lori Schleicher, established this foundation with her husband and four other families who are affected by Autism. The foundation brings Autism resources and awareness to the community and raises money to help people who cannot otherwise afford to provide their children with the important care that they need to reach their potential. This Saturday, Earth Fare at South Park and Ballantyne will donate 5% of all sales to the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas. In addition to the fundraiser there are symposiums about Autism and other cool stuff like gluten-free cooking classes.
SouthPark – Earth Fare
721 Governor Morrison Street, 110
10:30a – 3p
Schedule includes treating autism with natural medicine, yoga, crafts, gluten-free shopping tour and more.
Ballantyne – Earth Fare
12235 North Community House Road
Schedule includes gluten-free cooking demonstration, gluten/casein free shopping tour, treating autism with natural medicine and more.
So go to Amy’s and pick up a dozen cookies for children’s cancer research and then scoot on over to EarthFare and let’s make a dent in autism research. We’re so proud of our Smarty community! Big hugs to all of these families from the CSP team!