Last week I hosted a Charmed by Charity event at the Alex and Ani store in Winter Park, FL benefiting Give Kids the World. What is a Charmed by Charity event you ask? It is a two hour party where Alex and Ani donates 15% of all the sales to the charity of your choice, which in this case was Give Kids the World. Alex and Ani even provides some lite bites for guests to enjoy while they are shopping. To make things even more fun we had Sea Salt Dark Chocolate donated by Peterbrooke Chocolatier and Santa’s White Christmas coffee donated by Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen. Nothing like some sugar and caffeine to get you in the holiday spending spirit!
We had a great turn out! So many people in the giving spirit! The party was the perfect opportunity to get some holiday shopping done and out of the way. I had a couple friends who bought something for themselves and holiday gifts as well. Its a win win situation.
My favorite collection at Alex and Ani is the Charity by Design collection. All of the pieces in that collection benefit different charities, so anytime you buy one that charity gets a portion of the proceeds. Charity by Design empowers non-profit organizations both on a national and local scale to reach their goals by sharing their mission through the power of positive energy and creative design. Alex and Ani creates customized symbolic charms that capture the essence of a charity making it more accessible to the public while raising awareness and funds.
Give Kids the World has their own bangle in the Charity by Design collection – the Sweet Treats bangle. “The ice cream cone exudes blissful energy in connection to shared moments with loved ones. It is a carefree symbol of the simple enjoyment found in savoring a decadent treat. The Sweet Treats Charm is an encouragement to fill your days with joyful moments and to celebrate life’s goodness before it melts away.” If you have ever been to Give Kids the World village you know that ice cream is a big deal over there. Guests can even have ice cream for breakfast! Through December 2015, 20% of proceeds received by Alex and Ani from selling the Sweet Treats Bangle, with a minimum donation of $25,000, will be donated to Give Kids the World.
Charmed by Charity events can be held to benefit any non-profit (501c3) organization. If you are interested in hosting one to benefit your favorite charity, you can find all the information here. CBC events are held Monday-Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. or 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Alex and Ani retail locations nationwide. Alex and Ani will donate 15% of total sales from your Charmed by Charity™ event directly to the non-profit organization hosting. There is no limit on how much can be raised!
Thank you so much to Alex and Ani of Winter Park, Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, and Peterbrooke Chocolatier for helping put this beautiful night together. It was a great way to kick off the holiday season and get everyone in a giving mood. Plus it gave me the opportunity to introduce a lot of people to Give Kids the World and their very special mission.