Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Crop For Autism 2013 Update!!!

Hello Everyone....just wanted to share some exciting updates with you all!! We are close to selling out and urge you all to get your money in and encourage anyone you listed as a table mate who hasn't paid already to do so very soon!!! We hate to turn people away but it happens every year! Please remember not to arrive at the crop before 8:30. We still have set up in progress. Thank you for understanding. We have an exciting raffle prize for anyone who donates any food, soda, snacks or items for the garage sale table!! It is a fully loaded Clip it up!!! YES..LOADED with embellishments. I do not even know the $$$ value because it is filled with soooo many embellishments it too much to calculate! It is well over 250 dollars though! Everyone will receive 1 raffle ticket PER ITEM of donation. So for example someone who donates a bag of chips, bottle of soda, gallon of milk and a scrapbook item will receive 4 tickets and so on.... So the more you donate the more tickets you get!! Please know we need wrapped candy ( easter chocolates should be on sale right after Easter so be on the lookout!) diet soda and snacks. We can always use bags of lettuce too!! ...we never seem to have enough salad items! LOL We are pleased to share some very exciting Raffle prizes we will have at the crop this year!! Here are some pictures!!! Good luck to everyone!! We look forward to seeing everyone again and some new faces as well! Please let me know at if anyone has any contacts at Deli's or restaurants for our hero's for lunch. We are always begging!! I also just wanted to mention that Our Annual GRACE GALA is scheduled for April 19th at the Excelsior on Hylan Blvd. It is our BIGGEST Fundraiser of the year and what we count on to operate our wonderful programs. I know tickets are expensive at $150pp but if ANYONE HAS ANYTHING THEY CAN DONATE FOR RAFFLE BASKETS THAT IS NON SCRAPBOOK RELATED IT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. Fundraising has become so difficult in this post-Sandy economy. Unfortunaltely Autism knows no difference in the state of our economy, it is sadly 24/7... 365! That being said we will accept anything...unused items for baskets, gift cards, gift certificates etc. maybe you know someone who runs a business or can donate a service?? If you have anything you can donate you can just bring it to the crop! I will give extra raffle tickets to anyone who does so!! Just wanted to put that out there. Thanks for your support. I can't wait for you to see how big both Nick and Nemo have gotten!! Best, Barbara

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crop for Autism 2013!!!

Greetings Everyone!! Can you believe it has been 7 years!! Our 7th annual crop for autism is scheduled for Saturday April 6th from 9am to 9pm at St. Joseph by the Sea HS. We are later this year due to Hurricane Sandy pushing all events at the school back. Unfortunately we are at the mercy of their schedule! We are once again looking forward to an awesome crop! great baskets and prizes and great vendors! We love that you all contribute food and beverage items to make this crop the success that it is. We again are asking for snacks, soda ( diet especially) and water! If you have any contacts to restaurants or deli's that you wouldn't mind sharing with us...that would be greatly appreciated as it is begging time again!!! We provide a nice tax donation letter to any business that provides us with a donation of food etc... We are also asking this year that you take a moment to clean out your scrapbook stash and donate items to our ever popular garage sale table! New and gently used items are welcomed and greatly appreciated! Non-profits like GRACE are struggling more than ever to fundraise in this post Sandy economy. I am also going to outreach for something new this year. We have printed puzzle pieces that are similar to the sneakers you see for a walk that get posted around business. They usually sell for a dollar. In the past many generous people have donated even 5 and 10 dollars for one puzzle piece! I am looking this year for people who wouldn't mind selling them for us! We usually sell them in places like stores, deli's restaurants and offices. If you know of or work in an office or business with some "traffic" PLEASE CONTACT ME at and I will get the puzzle pieces to you! Thank you sooooo much for your continuing support!! Any raffle donations would be greatly appreciated as well. Business donations are lower than in the past and I feel great pressure to keep up our reputation!!! Check back soon for more information! I will post it as it comes in!! Yours In Scrapbooking, Barbara D'Amora Event Chairperson Grace Foundation of NY