Friday, November 7, 2008

Paying it Forward for Breast Cancer Research

"Wave of Strength" bead donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

On October 9 I sold a bead in my Etsy shop that I had listed in the Lampwork Etc Street Team (LEST) "Tuff Enough to Wear Pink" challenge to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure team. During October, I donated 100% of the proceeds from the sale of special pink items to Susan G. Komen.

It was not an ordinary sale, however. A talented artist named Heather Palleiko bought it, and intended to create a piece of jewelry to donate to the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation auction. She was paying it forward for Breast Cancer, and I was excited to be a part of her effort.

Heather is an amazing jewelry artist and I am completely flattered that she chose to incorporate one of my glass beads into her work, which I find fluid and organic and personally appealing. She quickly put together a stunning necklace, and blogged about the auction here. It's a good feeling to work with other artists like Heather and my LEST team mates to raise money and awareness for causes that need it. For a summary of the LEST team effort, see this post by Holly of Hollysfolly.

"Hope" Necklace by H. Palleiko Designs, on auction for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation on 20 November.

Here is some of the event information from Heather's blog - if you're in Connecticut around November 20, you should go! It sounds like a totally ritzy affair.

Manolis & Co. Productions Teams Up With Emme to Raise Money for the Avon Breast Cancer Foundation

WHAT: Fundraising Event for Avon Breast Cancer featuring: Guest speaker Emme, supermodel, TV personality, author, lecturer, clothing designer, women’s advocate and cancer survivor.

Master of ceremonies Gretchen Carlson, Fox News anchor and former Miss America

Performances by Lin & Rob Weintraub, Showtime & Opera.

Silent auction throughout the evening

WHERE: Miller Motorcars Ferrari

342 West Putnam Ave.

Greenwich, CT

WHEN: Thursday, November 20th

Cocktails 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

WHO: Hosted by Kristen Manolis of MCP (Manolis & Company Productions, LLC) and Lisa Stillerman

COST: $75.00 per person

CONTACT: For questions or to purchase tickets:

Liz Tetu or Sarah Bamford

MCP (Manolis & Co. Productions, LLC)

(203) 340-2130 /


palleikodesigns said...

Wow, thanks Patty. I was honored to use one of your pieces. I hope that together our work will raise some nice funds to contribute to Avon.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Kudos to both of you in your efforts :)

Beautiful bead and beautiful necklace :)

uniquecommodities said...

Great feature! Indeed Palleiko/Heather is exceptionally talented!

Rose Works Jewelry said...

I love Heather's work! And your beads are just beyond incredible :)

Patty said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone! Having lost several people close to me from cancer I have a personal interest in helping the cause.

Let's look forward to a great auction!

palleikodesigns said...

I believe the auction raised over $10,000 dollars for breast cancer research.


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