Chicken calendar nets $800 for Someplace Safe
Thanks to some colorful rooster fabric, and the ingenuity of local artisans, $800 was raised to benefit Someplace Safe, a local non-profit working to eliminate violence and oppression through advocacy, education and services.
"We felt that we needed to do something where we could involve our customers," explains Sarah Hayden, owner of Bay Window Quilt Shop in Perham.
So Hayden, along with her daughter Katie Hennagir, developed the idea of creating a "chicken calendar" displaying the work of some of their quilt shop customers. The idea was to sell the calendars for $10 a piece, with $8 dollars going to benefit Someplace Safe, and the remaining $2 covering the cost of printing the calendars.
To date, Hayden proudly reports that they've nearly sold out of their first run of 100 calendars. To commemorate the accomplishment, she presented Kris Warhol, Otter Tail Intervention Advocate with Someplace Safe, with a check for $800.
Warhol was visibly moved by the generous donation from the unique fundraiser. She mentioned how all of the money raised will stay in Perham, to help local women who may be victims of domestic violence.
Last year alone, Warhol reports that she helped 203 people, many in the Perham area. "I think in a small town like ours, it's so hard to believe how many women need assistance," said Hayden, thankful for the opportunity to help an organization so important to the Perham community.
Warhol expressed her gratitude in return, "I feel honored that people support what I do so much that they even help financially."
A total of 35 entries were received for the 2010 calendar, which includes some coupons in the back. Although the majority of those entering their projects for the calendar were from area communities, entries were received from as far away as Texas.
The chicken calendar project started last spring, when interested parties were given a 12 x 24 inch section of rooster fabric to use as they pleased. "There were no restrictions; we told them to make whatever they wanted," said Hayden.
From there, participants in the calendar project grew extremely creative with their sections of fabric. What resulted was everything from rooster-themed quilts to purses, wall hangings to potholders. Some even created table runners, aprons, and a toaster cover.
Projects were due by September 1, and Hayden says they were so surprised by the caliber of entries they received. Instead of only featuring 12 projects, one for each month of calendar, they decided to include pictures of every project received. Bay Window Quilt Shop also had the creations up on display for a while in the store.
Hayden says they will likely print more of the chicken calendars, as soon as their first batch is all sold. They started with 100 calendars, doing all of the photography and production themselves.
With the chicken calendar such a resounding success, Hayden plans to hold a similar contest this year. The project will begin in March, with a goal of encouraging creativity and once again helping to support the community. The plan is to pick a new charity each year to benefit from the calendar project.
About Someplace Safe
Someplace Safe was incorporated in 1979 as a 501c3, private non-profit corporation dedicated to serving victims of domestic violence by providing a 24-hour emergency shelter for battered women and their children.
Since the opening of the shelter in December of 1979, they have expanded their services to include victims of sexual assault and general crimes. Someplace Safe also operates five Parenting Time Centers to provide supervised visitations and exchanges for children and their families.
They have outreach offices in the following communities: Perham, Fergus Falls, Alexandria, Glenwood, Elbow Lake, Morris, Wheaton, Ortonville and Breckenridge.
They provide violence prevention programming in schools, create partnerships with criminal justice agencies to promote system change and educate the professional and general public about the effects of violence on our communities. Their mission statement is to create a safer world for everyone, and work to eliminate violence and oppression through advocacy, education and services.