Local Artist Supporting Local Charity at 7th Annual beCAUSE Craft Show

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Thursday March 08, 2012

The beCAUSE Craft Show was created so that our local community could reach out and help many organizations that are in need through the efforts of one event, while supporting the business of local vendors. 

March 10th will mark the seventh 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. The show has raised almost $50,000 collectively in the past 6 years 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. 

Last year Alaina Knowles, age 13, of South Burlington, sold photo cards of her hand made paper mosaics to raise money for her family friend Toby to fund a service dog.  Toby has raised the necessary $9,500 to fund the dog and is currently in the process of being matched with a puppy.

Alaina uses recycled magazine pages, scissors and glue to create whimsical and unique art.  Her collection of animal mosaics was published in a book entitled ABC ANIMALS in September 2011 and has sold over 300 copies.  Her book and entire collection of cards will be available at the beCAUSE Craft Show on March 10th.  They are also available on her website http://www.alainasmosaics.com  and her book is on sale at Pheonix Books in Essex, Vt and on Amazon.com.

This year Alaina has decided to collaborate with a South Burlington charity and will be donating over 50% of her profits to The Carrie Premsagar Foundation.  The CPF is a non profit founded in 2009 and is dedicated to meeting the needs of families dealing with cancer and other life threatening diseases. By providing education, financial assistance, teaching advocacy, and funding research, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many.

Please join the hundreds of people who shop at the beCAUSE Craft Show on March 10th  in the Ross Sports Arena at St. Michael’s College in Colchester to support the CPF as well as 100 other local and global charities. Admission is $3 (children under 12 are free) and will be donated entirely this year to the Vermont Foodbank to support families in Vermont effected by Tropical Storm Irene.  The hours are 9:30-4:30.