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 is going to be an amazing 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 have decided to hire her students to make some stretch bracelets for us! We will teach them how to make the bracelets and give them the opportunity to make bracelets for us! We will sell these to our customers, at a discounted rate. Plus, 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! Look out for these special bracelets coming in April. They will all have a very special DREAM charm on them!
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 far, eight of us will be running and walking in the Miles for Mom 5K on May 4th at 8AM in Athens, GA. And we were wondering, would you like to run or walk with us, too? We will even give you a t-shirt to join us!
To participate, email me! The cost to join and get our t-shirt is $35. You will also get a race t-shirt from Miles for Moms! We need to know by April 12th to put you on The Pearl Girls team!! Let’s do this!!
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.
And this is important because the cause near and dear to our hearts is the support of women.
We believe women can move mountains.
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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…