30 11 2012

Giving – it is one of the most satisfying things to do and most times, it is a reward in itself – knowing that you are helping others. And this is the season of giving.  Lehocky Christmas HeartsAll of you who have participated in the CFCF silent auctions either by donating your work or product or by bidding on items at the celebration party have helped us to raise nearly $7,000 for our charities over the years.  You should be proud that through your efforts, we have been able to help the Wounded Warriors, the American Red Cross, the Children’s Defense Fund, and others.  We are seeking donations from all interested in helping us to continue this tradition.

Please use this form to submit your donation of handcrafted item(s) or supplies, craft book, etc.

For 2013, two charities have been selected. the NICU at Holy Cross where tiny babies struggle for life in their first days and are sometimes there for months, and Ron Lehocky’s Hearts Project charity.  To date, Ron, a pediatrician and polymer artist in Kentucky, has made over 20,000 hearts which he sells for $10 each and donates 100% of the proceeds to the Kids Center in Louisville, KY.

Lehocky Hat HeartsApparently, what began as a one-time project to help fundraising efforts for the Kids Center Fashion Show grew over the years and has generated nearly $200,000.  Ron has had much support from the polymer community, particularly in donations of clay scraps from artists like Lindly Hauanani, Maggie Maggio, and many others.

Ron will be sending some of his hearts for sale at the CFCF store, if you are interested in purchasing.  We will also be collecting clay scraps to send along to Ron, so he can continue on his journey with great support from you all.

On another note, going in to our 6th CFCF in Laurel, Maryland, I can honestly say that it has been a challenge, but so rewarding.  CFCF began small, an opportunity to bring  in more that one instructor at a time to deliver quality workshops to local guild members.  It has grown over the years to include attendees from all over the world including Alaska, Mexico, the UK, Israel and as far away as Australia!

In addition, CFCF was the first public event to recognize and honor some of those unsung polymer clay heroes in our community, presenting the Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award to some who who have inspired us and encouraged us recognize the possibilities of the medium.  Past recipients include Nan Roche, Judith Skinner, and Marie Segal.  Lindly Haunani is the 2013 recipient and we hope that you will join us in thanking her for her contributions. Congradulatory notes can be sent to, with LINDLY in the subject line.



2 responses

1 01 2013
Judith Santini

Do you have an update on which classes are filled? I live in Idaho and have some health issues and I don’t want to register if the classes I want are already filled. The plane ride alone will be taxing enough. If I don’t go, my husband has a golf tournament he can go to, so can you get back to me as soon as you can. Thanks Judy

3 01 2013

Hello, Judith. I just sent you the updated list of class offerings and availability via email. Please let me know if you have any other questions…hope to see you in February!

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