We have had an amazing ten years of fundraising for the National MS Society! I am in awe of our success in raising over $300,000. With hitting our decade mark, I find myself reflecting back to our first year, when we hoped to have 50 crafters and dreamed of raising a couple of thousand dollars. We ended up with over 110 people and raised over $11,000.00 at our first event. It is humbling to think about how far we have come. As I look back at our past accomplishments and forward to the future there is a famous quote that speaks to me, “Go out on a limb. That is where the fruit is.” – Jimmy Carter. Although it is not in my nature to take risks, I am very grateful that I took a risk and planned that first event. The past 10 years have indeed been fruitful in the fight against MS.
This past year I decided to go “out on a limb” once more. I have had many opportunities to grow the foundation through “satellite events”: smaller crops, weekend crops and events that are not even about crafting. We have hosted paint parties, restaurant nights and are currently in the planning stages of producing a cabaret concert event.
It has been inspiring to see other people feel so passionate about this cause that they want to plan and host events of their own for Crop for a Cause. When I planned my first event there were many people who supported me and joined this crazy train…in no way did I do it alone! Businesses, volunteers, organizations, friends, family and all of you took that leap of faith with me. As more people offer to host new, exciting events for the foundation, I feel compelled to “climb out on the limb” with them. I want them to have the same love and support that I had 10 years ago.
Having reached our 10 year milestone, I am finding it is time for me to take another risk as well. After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to take a year off from hosting the March Super Crop in 2017. I know that is a risk because everyone looks forward to the event and has been so supportive over the past 10 years. Yet, as I strive for a balance of my career, family, and health, I feel I need to be careful not to stretch myself too thin. And in 2017, I want to have the ability to put my full attention toward supporting these new satellite events for Crop for a Cause. (they feel like my new babies).
I realize that taking a year off from hosting the Super Crop will be disappointing to many of you. It is my sincere hope that you consider attending one of our other events. If those do not work into your schedule, please keep in touch to see what we may have in store for 2018.
If you have a passion for hosting an event, please feel free to reach out as that is my focus this year. I always welcome new volunteers to help support and organize events.
I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for all of the love, support, and dedication you have given over the past 10 years to help fight MS. Crop for a Cause is not done fighting the war to make MS a memory. We are simply changing our battle plan a bit.
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Please check back for details on the 2018 Super Crop.