glassybaby + San Francisco SPCA

10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area

A walk downtown to enjoy the department store windows in December has become an annual tradition in my family.  On a recent trip to San Francisco, I saw the most unusual holiday window ever:  a display with live puppies and kittens!  It was all part of the Macy’s and San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Union Square.  This  event, now in its 9th year, is actually a pop-up pet adoption center that has raised $400,000 and found homes for 2,300 deserving dogs and cats. 

This is only one example of the great work done by the San Francisco SPCA to improve the lives of our four-legged friends.  We are pleased to announce that the San Francisco SPCA   (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is our newest giving partner. 10% from each ‘friendship’ will be donated to the San Francisco SPCA to save and protect animals in the Bay Area.  Founded in 1868, the San Francisco SPCA is an animal shelter, a spay/neuter clinic and a public animal hospital, dedicated to finding a home for every adoptable animal under their roof.  

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glassybaby gives thanks

No matter how you begin your holiday season—whether it be gathering friends and family around a Thanksgiving feast, celebrating the miracle of Hanukkah, cheering on your favorite football team or shopping at a time when most people are sleeping—this time of year is the perfect time to honor tradition and reflect on all that is good in our lives.

At glassybaby, we have much to be thankful for:  our glassblowers that share their amazing artistry with us 7 days a week, our charitable partners that deliver on the promise to change lives, Seattle City Light (who graciously changed their plans to replace worn out electrical service so that we wouldn’t have to shut down our shop during a critical production time), the FedEx folks that deliver the light of glassybaby across the country and around the world, an amazing group of sales and marketing people that I am proud to call my friends and colleagues, a woman who, on her own difficult journey, reached out to help others, and, of course, you—our one-of-a-kind glassybaby community.

Because of your generosity, we were able to fund scholarships for some very deserving nursing students who plan to study oncology.

Because of your generosity, a 23-year old relapsed leukemia patient who had been told to go home and get her affairs in order is now cancer free.

Because of you, seriously ill children got to be kids and enjoy a week of summer camp at no charge.

Because of you, patients receiving treatment at UW Medical Center had a place to call home—and have their family stay with them.

Because of you, animals that were displaced by the fires in Colorado were placed in loving homes until they could be reunited with their owners.

Because of you, a dying mother had the opportunity to fly her relatives to Seattle so that they could meet the granddaughter they would soon be raising.

Because of you, veterans that could no longer chew normal food, were given blenders and attended classes on nutrition.

Because of you, the way that childhood cancers are being diagnosed and treated is changing.

Because of you, a chemo patient who lost her hair and eyelashes isn’t embarrassed to go to the grocery store or pick her children up from school.

Because of you, our neighbors have food to put on their tables.

The ways in which your generosity has touched and changed lives are countless.  Please know that in this season of thanksgiving and gratitude, you have ours.

Until next time,

Mary

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