glassybaby + Tipping Point Community

10% from the sale of each ‘gratitude’ will be donated to Tipping Point Community to help break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area

We’ve all faced difficult choices, but few of us have had to choose between paying our electric bill or putting food on the table.  For close to 1.3 million of our new neighbors in the Bay Area, these choices are part of their daily lives.  glassybaby is pleased to announce our newest giving partnership with Tipping Point Community, whose mission is to break the cycle of poverty in the Bay Area.  glassybaby believes that breaking this cycle is a critical component of human healing.

Tipping Point’s approach focuses on four key areas:  housing, health, education and employment, the founding structures of any city.  Through their grant program, Tipping Point makes sure that the most effective non-profits get the support they deserve.  Currently, that includes 42 different human service organizations.  Because the Tipping Point Board of Directors covers all fundraising and operational expenses, 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to help those impacted by poverty.  And Tipping Points support doesn’t end with dollars.  They also support grantees with technology, fundraising and communications resources that they need to grow and improve.  Last year, Tipping Point grantees impacted the lives of nearly 90,000 people in the Bay Area.  To purchase ‘gratitude’, click here.

 

glassybaby + The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network

10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to advance research, support patients and create hope

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November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness month and a fitting time to introduce our newest single color partnership with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  From now until January 31st, 2014, we will give 10% from the sale of each ‘sweet pea’ to this nationwide network of people dedicated to creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. 

One of the most meaningful ways that the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network helps patients is through their Patient and Liaison Services (PALS) program.  This program provides free, personal call-in support to pancreatic patients, their famiies and medical teams.    A personal PALS associate can provide patients with  current information about the disease, treatment options, clinical trials, specialists, support groups, diet and nutrition, and symptom and pain management.  The PALS program also connects current patients with survivors.

Helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment options is the first step to creating hope.  To purchase ‘sweet pea’, click here.

   

glassybaby + UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

‘kindness’ is here. 10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

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As you might expect, when we made the decision to open a new store in San Francisco, we had a long list of to-do items.  At the top of that list, was finding amazing charitable partners to work with.  We knew we wanted to work with organizations that were well-respected in the Bay Area and really understood our mission of giving back to help cancer patients.  We think we found the perfect partner in UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

glassybaby is pleased to announce UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay as our newest giving partner.  Slated to open in 2015, this new hospital is the culmination of more than 10 years of planning and is the first new facility to open at UCSF Medical Center in more than 30 years.  The hospital complex will include a children’s hospital, a women’s hospital and a cancer hospital.  glassybaby’s donations will be earmarked for a patient assistance fund to help cancer patients with day-to-day costs such as groceries, bus fare and art therapy—items which aren’t covered by medical insurance.  10% from the sale of each ‘kindness’ glassybaby will be donated to help cancer patients at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  To purchase ‘kindness’, click here.

We can’t wait to move into our new storefront at 3665 Sacramento Street, in the Presidio Heights neighborhood!  Though our doors won’t officially open until November 1st, we’ve already begun giving back to UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.  Stop by and experience glassybaby one of a kindness for yourself.

   

community spotting

You know how once you become aware of a thing, you start seeing it everywhere? That’s what happened when I discovered glassybaby. After hearing Lee Rhodes’ remarkable personal journey and how it led to the creation of this amazing company, I was instantaneously transformed into a glassybaby groupie. Believe it or not, this occurrence took place a mere 5 months ago. I admit that I’m a bit late to the party, but it’s been great fun catching up.

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The reason I’m telling you this is because now I see glassybaby everywhere I look! It’s the source of the romantic mood lighting on my table at a local Seattle restaurant. There are three lined up in a row on a neighbor’s window sill down the street. They hold flowers at my favorite coffee shop. There are a dozen or more neatly arranged on a friend’s coffee table.  And, although I didn’t know they were glassybaby at the time, there were at least 50 or more in Halloween colors decorating the entire front yard of a house in Mount Baker that I happened to walk past last October 31st. In retrospect, knowing what I know now, I wish I had had a roomy trick-or-treat bag with me at the time!    

Just recently I attended Seattle Bride Magazine’s big “Urban Unveiled” wedding event at Benaroya Hall and was delighted to see that many of the vendors had glassybaby votives as part of their display. For example, the Woodmark Hotel had a couple of ‘angel’ glassybaby adorning their table, and T. Anthony Jewelers had a beautiful arrangement featuring ‘bedford brown’, ‘ripe olive’ and ‘kindness’ glassybaby.

  

The point is that despite all of the hundreds of beautiful things vying for attention, my eye just automatically zeroed in on each and every glassybaby in the building. I’m serious. Hide one in a “find the 10 things hidden in this picture” illustration and I’d spot it right away. But I suspect it may be the same way for a lot of people. Have you noticed that when something is special to you and makes you happy, it has a curious way of frequently showing up in your line of vision?  In regard to me, it’s actually kind of humorous… or irritating… depending on which of my friends or family members you talk to. I’m very much like the dog in the Disney animated movie “Up” whose attention is suddenly drawn away with the exclamation of “squirrel!” Except that I exclaim “glassybaby!”

Until next time,

Guy