In 2019, The Pearl Girls Founder India Rows had a “what if I win the lottery” moment. She decided that if she won money she would want to give it back to causes she care about. So, she didn’t win the lottery! But, we decided to expand our 2019 fundraisers!
Starting Strong in 2019
January, 2019 was a blast! We created the event Pearls for Project Safe. Our online customers ordered a take home “Open An Oyster Kit” and our Georgia based customers came to an event at The Pearl Girls. Check out all the photos here!
We opened oysters, discovered pearls and created necklaces and rings from our pearls. It was amazing, tons of fun and we raised $1250 for Project Safe. Project Safe fights domestic abuse in our community and throughout northeast Georgia!
In February we were inspired by one of our favorite organizations, the Foster Care Support Network. The Foster Care Support Network provides support for foster families. They created an event which donated jewelry and dresses to girls in foster care.
We believe all girls deserve to feel beautiful, to know their deep beauty and to celebrate their inherent worth. The Foster Care Support Network had enough jewelry donations so we decided to create our own Foster Love Necklace to raise money to donate to the Foster Care Support Network. So far we have raised $300… and counting!
In March, India traveled to Hong Kong to purchase pearls. While there, she chose some very special pearls of various shades of pink. She brought those pearls home and a special member of our staff created a necklace with these pearls. This staff member is a breast cancer survivor and we donated the necklace to BreastFest Athens. We are thrilled to donate the $500 BreastFest Necklace knotted by a special woman on our staff who is a Breast Cancer Survivor!
**BreastFest Athens raises money for local breast cancer prevention and services, with 10% going to the Foundation and 90% going to the St. Mary’s Women’s Imaging Center in Athens.**
Special Education and Employment
April was an ah-mazing month, too! We have a dear friend (and former employee!) who fulfilled her dream of becoming a Special Ed high school teacher. She has expressed her concern that Special Education needs a stronger focus on life skills.This teacher wants her students to thrive, as best as they can, once they leave high school. So, she works hard to introduce her students to such skills as riding the bus, making change and job training.
Since The Pearl Girls pays our jewelry makers per piece of jewelry they make, we decided to hire her students to make some stretch bracelets for us! We taught them how to make the bracelets and we gave them the opportunity to make bracelets for us! Thanks to those of you ho ordered the Dream Pearl Bracelets that these students made!
We will pay the class the exact payment we would pay our own jewelry makers. This way their teacher will have more money to continue broadening their education. It is a win win for all of us! We love dreaming a little dream about the future endeavors of these students!
We sold out of our Dream pearl bracelets!
Miles for Moms
For our May Fundraiser, The East Georgia Cancer Coalition asked us to donate jewelry for their Miles for Moms 5K. We were excited to contribute an $89 pair of earrings… and we decided to participate, too!
So our sweet friends, staff, customers and husbands joined us for the Miles for Mom 5K on May 4th in Athens, GA. What a joy to see the sea of pink t-shirts!! Thanks to all of you who joined us in person or in spirit! We had an amazing day and it was such a joy to raise money for the East Georgia Cancer Coalition! Go Team Pearl Girls!!
For the Children
Project Renew aims to clean up dangerous munitions that still litter the Vietnamese countryside and to provide assistance to families with disabilities from bomb accidents.
Since we took a June pearl trip to Vietnam, I was thrilled to make this our monthly fundraiser. Thanks to the many of you who purchased our Pearls for Project Renew charms, we donated $400 to this special cause.
Do you know, that in 2001, when Project Renew was started, 72 people died from bombs in Vietnam? We dropped 8 million tons of bombs on Vietnam, which is roughly the size of New Mexico. Many of these bombs did not explode yet they are very volatile and are in risk of exploding, even now!
Last year, in 2018, no one died from these bombs and 7000 were removed! In fact, a total of 10,000 bombs have been removed without a single accident. How? Well, Project Renew educates school children to identify these bombs and to call them in. 700 calls were received last year alone.
Although Project Renew has a big job ahead, they know they may never be able to remove all the bombs. However they can continue to educate people so there are no more accidents. We presented our money to Chuck Searcy, the International Advisor for Project Renew. We were thrilled that The Pearl Girls could help. Thanks y’all!!!.
My dear son is a 2nd grader at Chase Street Elementary School. The entire second grade class did a community service project on issues affecting our area and beyond. During the presentation, I learned about homelessness in Athens, GA.
Despite the fact that I see a large number of men begging for money on street corners, it is actually women and children that dominate the homeless community in Athens. And most of these women are fleeing domestic violence situations. The Pearl Girls staff was so thrilled to make a good homecooked meal for these women who are residents at the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.
Because we want to do more to end hunger, we are thrilled to donate to the Will Rock 4 Food Fundraiser August 10th in Athens, GA. This fundraiser raises money for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.
For every $1 the Food Bank receives, they are able to distribute 4 meals! Learn more here!
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Once again we were thrilled to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Our donation provides 15 children with a new, age appropriate book every month for one year.
On Thursday, September 19th Women United hosted their 16th annual The Power of the Purse Luncheon and Silent Auction to raise funds for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. And The Pearl Girls Gave money and donated a vintage pearl clutch and earrings.
Along with our donation… we were excited to attend! This program mails one new, age-appropriate book each month to children from birth to age five who live in Clarke and Oconee Counties. We are so excited kids in our community are able to enjoy new books every month!
Girls and Athletics
October is our month for athletes! We recognize the strong sports teams that are the backbone of many high schools and colleges in our area. We also recognize that many of the sponsorship dollars are absorbed by the large, visible and many times male dominated sports. So, we like to balance things out a bit. This month we donated to girl’s volleyball!
In line with our vision of supporting women and children, we have crafted fundraisers in support of causes that champion women and children. We also love supporting women who are serous about their causes.
In 2014 we decided to donate $13,900 worth of pearls to 100 fundraising organizations.We knew this would be a stretch for our small company and yet we felt compelled to do our part.
In 2015 through 2017 we created individual jewelry with the sole purpose of donating all the profits to the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.
And in 2017 and 2018 we broadened our focus and started donating to girls sports teams after learning that girls sports are highly underfunded.
Thank You for Your Support
We love hearing about where women pour their love and energy and we are excited to help any way we can.
Simply by supporting The Pearl Girls you are supporting our fundraising efforts.
A Portion of Your Purchase
We are not asking YOU for more money, we are simply choosing to donate a portion of your purchase to many great causes.
Please reach out to us if we can help you too!
Makes a BIG Difference
We think that is something both men and women can get behind.
Because, sometimes men win our pearls in raffles and fundraisers…