glassybaby + Camp Korey

10% from the sale of each ‘angel’ will be donated to Camp Korey in Carnation, Washington

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For thousands of kids, going to camp is an annual rite of summer and a coming of age milestone.  For some it’s their first time away from home, the first time out of the city, and the first time to experience all the adventures that camp has to offer.  For children with on-going medical issues, summer camp is usually not an option because few camps can provide the necessary medical support.  Camp Korey, part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, is changing that and transforming the lives of children with serious and life-altering medical conditions through free-of-charge camp experiences.

Since late June, up to sixty-four campers per week have been coming to experience the magic of summer camp at Camp Korey.  Located just a short drive from Seattle on a historic, 818-acre former dairy farm, campers can swim, boat, use the ropes course and zip line (one of only three in the United States that is wheelchair accessible), sing and make music in the garage band, create arts and crafts, put on costumes, play in teepees, harvest the vegetables that will become part of their meal, partake in a food fight, sit around a campfire and make lifelong friends.  It’s a chance to forget the illness that normally dictates so much of their lives.  It’s a chance to make choices about their day and what challenges they’ll take on.  It’s a chance to just be a kid.  (And it’s a respite for family members and caretakers.)

The camp sessions may only last a week, but having seen the look of determination and pure joy on the faces of these campers, I know the memories, empowerment and friendships will last a lifetime.  In addition to summer camp sessions, Camp Korey offers year-round Hospital Outreach through their Camp in a Box program, family weekends and young adult retreats.  It is glassybaby’s privilege to partner with Camp Korey and to help fan the flames of childhood.  To purchase ‘angel’, click here.


glassybaby + Sailors for the Sea

10% from the sale of ‘ahoy’ will be donated to Sailors for the Sea

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With August’s appearance, summer is officially in full-swing.  I’m taking every opportunity to enjoy these long, warm days and the relaxation of a schedule that is not dictated by the school bell and homework deadlines.  For many, summer is synonymous with playing on or near the water.  Will August bring you near the sea?  I saw a sign on a recent trip to the Oregon coast that read:  “If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, you’re lucky enough.” After a week on the coast, I couldn’t agree more.

Marine life and coastal environments worldwide are under increasing pressure from human use.  Sailors for the Sea, one of our glassybaby charitable partners, educates and engages the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans.  To purchase ‘ahoy’ or ‘welcome aboard’, click here.

glassybaby + Ben Towne Foundation Breakthrough

10% from the sale of each 'cabo' will be donated to the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Foundation

10% from the sale of each ‘cabo’ will be donated to the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

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Earlier this month, Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Foundation shared some exciting news with us and the rest of the world:  Results show that the first patient in the cellular immunotherapy Phase I trial to be treated with reprogrammed T-cells from the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research has had a positive response and, at this time, no cancer cells are detected!

While there is much work remaining, this is an important first step in the foundation’s goal to change the ways that childhood cancers are treated and cured.  We are proud to partner with the Ben Towne Pediatric Cancer Foundation and thank our glassybaby community for their continued support.

Ben Towne Foundation honors the memory of Ben Towne, who lost his fight with neuroblastoma when he was just three years old.  Ben would have celebrated his eighth birthday last week.  To purchase ‘cabo’, click here.

glassybaby + Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk

Through July 28th, enter the promo code “impact” during checkout and 10% from your online glassybaby purchase will benefit the Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk.  Shipping is always free in the lower 48 states!

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Last weekend, glassybaby hit the road and traveled to San Francisco for a glassybaby roadshow at the Presidio Landmark.   This event was planned by one of our favorite glassybaby faithful, Trina Chow. Over the weekend of October 18-20th,  Trina will be participating in the 2013 Immediate Impact Breast Cancer Walk, a 3-day, 55-mile walk that will benefit three San Francisco charities that serve under-insured and low-income women and men living with breast cancer and one national beneficiary focused on research and support.

The Immediate Impact Walk is a small, grass-roots effort run by volunteers who have been involved in multi-day breast cancer walks since 2000.  There are 36 dedicated walkers and volunteer crew members signed up for this year’s walk.  The group’s goal is to raise $150,000.  If you didn’t make it to the roadshow, you can still support this worthy cause with your online glassybaby purchase.  To shop, click here.

We extend a heartfelt thank you to Trina.  We admire your determination and generosity.

glassybaby + Rainier Valley Food Bank

10% from the sale of each ‘nourish’ set will be donated to the Rainier Valley Food Bank

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It probably won’t surprise you to learn that the level of demand at food banks throughout the US is at an all-time high.  It’s been estimated that there are now 50 million Americans struggling with food insecurity.  The inability to meet basic nutritional needs makes it difficult to function, let alone achieve wellness.  glassybaby has teamed up with the Rainier Valley Food Bank in support of their mission:  To provide healthy food to hungry neighbors.

The Rainier Valley Food Bank has been making a difference in Southeast Seattle for over 22 years.   In 2012, they served more than 124,000 individuals and distributed over 1.2 million pounds of food.  In addition to serving those that come to the food bank to shop for food, volunteers made over 5,250 home deliveries to home bound clients, many of whom are fighting cancer. With only three full-time employees, the food bank relies on countless volunteers to help them achieve their goals.  Please be part of the drive to end hunger in your community.  To purchase ‘nourish’, click here.


glassybaby + June seconds sale results

 A huge thank you to everyone that came out for our seconds sale in Madrona last Saturday.  We sold over 3,000 less-than-perfect glassybaby and drinkers and raised more than $10,000 for the Kathi Goertzen Foundation.

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Our community tells us that coming to the glassybaby seconds sale is a rite of summer.  This time around, even the weather cooperated.  (We often use umbrellas throughout the month of June in Seattle, but not this year.)  Amidst the sunshine and balmy temperatures, it was great fun to re-connect with our seconds sale regulars and to meet first-timers.  We are so grateful for your support.  Our next seconds sale will be in January 2014!

glassybaby + UCSF Medical Center

Excitement is at a near-fever pitch for this Saturday’s glassybaby seconds sale.  The sale will take place at our Madrona location, with doors opening at 8am.  glassybaby faithful and first-timers alike will take their place in line, some in the wee hours of the morning, to purchase less than perfect glassybaby for $28 and less than perfect drinkers for $35.  If you can’t make it to the sale, we have a special offer for our online community.

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During seconds sale hours*, receive 10% off your online purchase of three or more full-price glassybaby.  Enter giving code secondssale2013 at checkout.

*8am PDT – last second sold at Madrona studio (updates available on our facebook page.)

UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital will receive 10% of our online sales on Saturday, June 29th.  We look forward to opening a new glassybaby store in the San Francisco area later this year and to partner with one of the nation’s top ten hospitals.