The quilt above left is my own work.
The above scene is the buffet at the opening reception, and the scarf hanging above the buffet table is by Barbara Williamson.
We were happy with the results. It wasn't about how much money we could raise, but rather that we were able to raise awareness about this good organization. We liked the idea of making opportunities for children as well as adults to participate and learn about community events. And at least one of the people who has been participating with us for quite some time was helped through a challenging health situation.
We have talked about creating another challenge this year, but if we do, it again will be a small one. I will contact the people who participate in our events and look into what people want to do. I like the idea of the people sending their pieces to be sold in a charity event. It helps us so that we don't have to worry about getting them sent back, and all of us also like the idea of helping another charity even though it is true that ours could likely do something with funds we had. We really don't need the funds since we are all volunteers, and everyone feels good about selecting another charity to assist each year. The way we have worked things out, we are very efficient And it provides the participants who are adults the opportunity to become mentors to any teenagers or children who might want to participate. That is always good.
I hope that this helps others understand how we work and why you will often see posts that don't seem to relate to what the organization is doing on a day to day basis. Sometimes we go months like when a challenge starts, and there is very little to report daily or weekly until perhaps when the pieces start coming in so it would be boring to read the day to day happenings. Our nonprofit is very personable to the folks we serve and hopefully to others who might be able to provide some assistance such as a venue for hanging the work.
Rest assured that when we decide on another challenge and what organization or cause it will benefit, we will let everyone know. There may only be one challenge this year and it might not start for some more months now. I too am dealing with some major health challenges, so I need to get a few things out of the way before we start another one. We will have to make a number of decisions about it - theme, type, sizes, and whether we will just have one venue and if so, where it will be and if one of the other participants wants to serve as the curator. I suspect we will open it up to children too. It is good for children to learn to work for charitable organizations.