L to R: Gregory Knowles (Alaina’s brother), Toby (who is raising money for his therapy dog), Alaina Knowles and Toby’s sister Hannah.

beCAUSE there is a NEAD

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Thursday March 03, 2011

Alaina Knowles, a 12-year-old resident of South Burlington, is gearing up to show and sell her  photo postcards and her handmade mosaic art at the upcoming beCAUSE Craft Show.  The show at St. Michael’s College is not like any other you have ever experienced.  March 12th will mark the sixth year the show has run and it just keeps growing. The unique quality about beCAUSE is that every purchase made at the show directly supports a charity or non-profit organization. Alaina’s charity of choice, NEADS (Dogs For Deaf and Disabled Americans), is an organization that funds therapy dogs for people with disabilities. She is hoping to raise money specifically for our family friend Toby.  He is a 10-year-old who lives in New York and has cerebral palsy.  The postcards are $1.50 each. For more information about NEADS, visit http://www.neads.org/about_us/index.shtml.
The beCAUSE Craft Show has raised over $30,000 collectively and this year promises to be even more successful, with more vendors attending. There will be close to 100 Vermont handcrafters selling their wares, and all of them have committed to donating 50-100 percent of their profits to a charity of their choice. The admission price of the show is $2 and will be donated directly, in its entirety, to the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf. Come support this grassroots effort to create global change by supporting local vendors. Children under 12 attend free. For a full list of participating vendors, please visit the beCAUSE website at www.becausecraftshow.com .
SOURCE: On behalf of Alaina Knowles