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Fundraising Tips that Work

We all have causes that are important to us.  For a long time mine has been mental health and suicide prevention. I've done quite a bit of fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention the past four or so years, and using my experiences personally raising over $8,000 for the cause, I've formulated my top 10 tips … [Read more...]

Do we smile at this kind of event? #SuicidePrevention

Sunday was our big community walk for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention here locally in Seattle. You may know I'm on a Board of Directors here in Washington State, so I was there as volunteer event staff, a new position for me. At last year's Seattle walk I was a volunteer handing out honor beads to attendees, and years … [Read more...]

Spontaneous Combustion

I always burn out after a big event. Sometimes I think of it as a hangover, but this year its definite burnout. So its taken me several days to write this. After months of fundraising and planning, last weekend was the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk, bringing suicide out of the darkness. This year was a 17-1/2 mile … [Read more...]

Donate a Photo to Help Give a Baby in the NICU a Blanket

Disclosure: This post was compensated as part of a social media campaign by Acorn Influence.  Throwback Thursday: The Comes Family Circa 2010 A few good friends of mine is a preemie moms, so when I heard about a simple way to help babies in the NICU, I was definitely on board.  Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo App is a quick and easy way … [Read more...]

Honoring Loved Ones Lost

Next month I'll be walking in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Seattle. And I'd like to honor your loved ones lost to suicide. Last year in DC I walked wearing this shirt. I'll be honoring these beautiful very-loved people again this year but have been given a few more names and plan to create a new shirt. So please, if you'd like me … [Read more...]

2014 Seattle Mom Prom, The Ultimate Ladies Night to Benefit Postpartum Support International

. Who's going to Seattle Mom Prom!? I've gone the past 3 years and it is a BLAST and for a great cause! The Seattle Mom Prom  is a benefit to celebrate and honor moms.  It is a super-fun evening of drinks, desserts and dancing--the ultimate ladies night out!  While this is a ladies only event, it is not a moms only event. All proceeds from the … [Read more...]

Top 10 Charity Fundraising Tips

The last few years I've done a lot of charity fundraising, particularly for suicide prevention. It's not something I have ever done before..ever. And I HATE sales, which is kind of what fundraising is when you really get down to it. You're selling a cause...your cause...something you are passionate about enough to do a walk or participate in an … [Read more...]

Origami Owl Online Fundraiser

A couple of months ago, Origami Owl Independant Designer Jamie Bertucci found me via Twitter. She contacted me about my fundraising for the Overnight Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention because she is passionate about the cause. Nine years ago Jamie lost her Dad to suicide. Jamie has kindly offered to donate 25% of sales (75% … [Read more...]

The Life Saver

I stayed up past 3am drawing something... I was so inspired and moved to be creating it that I just couldn't stop. I know some of you (but definitely not all of you) know I've been struggling in a manic phase. I saw my doctor just under 2 weeks ago and she completely revised my med doses because it was just getting out of hand. The not … [Read more...]

Social Media Butterflies: Suicide Prevention Fundraiser

. Right now I'm in the middle of a very important project. I'm raising funds for suicide prevention. For the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to be more specific. I'm sure you've heard me talking about it, but if you haven't, a couple months ago I created some original art that I titled the "Butterfly Blogger" and then created … [Read more...]

Charity of the Month

. BIG NEWS!   The Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has been named March Charity of the Month by the Champion Seattle Seahawks,  KIRO Radio 97.3, 710 ESPN Seattle, AM 770 KTTH  and MyNorthwest.com. All over the country this foundation is being recognized for their contributions to the world of … [Read more...]

Why Support My Suicide Prevention Fundraising

. I've got a fundraiser going for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that you may have heard about. But why should you pre-order a shirt and donate to this vital cause? What does the AFSP do with that money? How does it help bring us closer to the goal of suicide prevention? After recently becoming a member of our local Washington … [Read more...]

“Butterfly Blogger” T-Shirts for Suicide Prevention

. A couple of weeks ago I drew this original art I call "Blogger Butterfly" to apply for a scholarship/trip to the blogging conference #SoFabCon14. They asked for creativity and I gave it to them. If you take a look it says "BLOGGER" in the body of the butterfly and then within the wings I have listed words that describe the many facets of being … [Read more...]

This is My Brave Show: Auditions Open

.   This is My Brave, the show: "Opening up about Mental Illness" is the brainchild of passionate blogger and mental health advocate Jennifer Marshall (@bipolarmomlife). I wrote about her endeavor earlier last year when she Kickstarted her event (with success) and now that the event is set and auditions are scheduled, I wanted to share more … [Read more...]

Jewelry for Suicide Loss/Mental Health

. For my birthday last month, my parents gave me a meaningful bracelet that they chose in honor of my suicide prevention advocacy. It was then that it occurred to me that perhaps suicide loss or prevention jewelry existed that I didn't know about. And I was right! The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention actually has Remembrance … [Read more...]

Thrifted: Charity Formal {Thrifting Tips}

- Last week, John and I attended a charity event called Child's Play. Its a organization, celebrating its 10-year anniversary, created by the games industry to provide toys, book and video game consoles and games to kids at Children's Hospitals worldwide. They've raised millions of dollars over the years and have impacted thousands of sick kids … [Read more...]

AFSP 2014 Overnight {Seattle & Philadelphia}

This may sound silly to some of you but I literally "whooped" with joy on Thursday when I found out the 2014 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Overnight Walk was announced for my beautiful Seattle June 14/15. The foundation has decided for the first time to actually do two Overnight Walks in fact, the west coast being Seattle and east … [Read more...]

Out of the Darkness There’s Hope

On Saturday I attended the Seattle Out of the Darkness walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Once again it was a great success with a wonderful turnout even though it was rainy and cold. Oh Seattle and our unpredictable Fall weather. This year I volunteered for the first time to work the Honor Beads booth. Honors Beads is a … [Read more...]

[CLOSED] Online Charity Auction Ends Wed 10/2

Hi All, my Stop Suicide 2.0 Charity Auction to benefit my Out of the Darkness Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is ending soon! Auction Dates: Bidding will end at 8pm EST this Wed, Oct. 2nd. Auction Items: See all 19 items up for bid here: http://www.motherhoodunadorned.com.  How to Bid: If you would like to bid on an … [Read more...]

{CLOSED} Item 20: $15 to Printable Party Invites

Stop Suicide Charity Auction to Benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Quick Link to All Auctions: http://www.motherhoodunadorned.com/category/charity-events/stop-suicide-2-0-charity-auction/ Item 20:  $15 towards your purchase at LC Paper Designs- Handcrafted Printable Party Invitations & Paper Goods on … [Read more...]

{CLOSED} Item 19: Handstamped Silver Necklace

Stop Suicide Charity Auction to Benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Quick Link to All Auctions: http://www.motherhoodunadorned.com/category/charity-events/stop-suicide-2-0-charity-auction/ Item #19:  Two Little Birds Studio Swivel Rectangular Silver Pendant – Stamp on BOTH sides . Fully Customizable Necklace … [Read more...]