One Reason Why 2013 – A Huge Success!

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10536346155_2280fbbb3f_bThank you to our volunteers, sponsors, contributors, and all those who attended this year’s One Reason Why. We had a great turnout at One Reason Why, and it truly was an Art Show Extravaganza. The pictures are beginning to roll in, so those of you who were unable to attend or are wanting to relive One Reason Why should keep reading and enjoy some of the night’s best photos!

10543613325_2985405c4f_bOne Reason Why actually started early on Friday, as over 30 volunteers joined us at Vuka to prep the space for the magical night that followed.  Once the art was hung, the food from El Locavore and the Fresh Chefs Society was prepped, and the drinks from Hops & Grain and ID Soda were chilled, we were ready for One Reason Why to begin!

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There was gorgeous, handmade art around every corner at One Reason Why!  We sold an impressive 136 unique pieces from the Art Gallery on Friday which raised TWICE the funds from last year! Thank you to everyone who brought an artisan piece home with them after One Reason Why – your contributions helped to make our night a huge success and support fair trade in Austin.

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The entertainment at this year’s One Reason Why created a wonderful ambiance and set the mood for the entire night.  Zoumountchi serenaded the guests throughout the evening, and the dancers from Austin Dance India dazzled us all with their spectacular performance. We are so lucky to have had these artists join us on Friday along with all our honored guests!

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One Reason Why was the perfect place to spend quality time with friends and loved ones. We’re not sure if it was the music, the drinks, or the shared love for fair trade, but there was something special in the air at this year’s One Reason Why.

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The highlight of the night was the inspirational stories shared with us by some of our most dedicated volunteers. Joanie Cooksey, our board president, started off by introducing the speakers and welcoming everyone to One Reason Why.  Legacy Volunteer, Lynn shared her celebrity encounters within the retail space of Ten Thousand Villages and the importance of our stories.

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Our Chief Storyteller, Becca, reminded us of the benefits of activism and advocacy, and the opportunity that Fair Trade brings to us as individuals and our world.  Store Manager, Kitty Bird, then took the stage to share with us her moving account of her travels to Kenya, India, and particularly Bangladesh, where she bonded with a family and collaborated with them to create the signature art piece at One Reason Why:  an intricate sculpture of a young boy riding an elephant.

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Kitty shared that through her encounter with this family in Bangladesh and others artisans, she learned that Fair Trade provides more than a fair wage; it provides dignity, self-respect, and opportunity for artisans around the world.

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These wonderful ladies reminded us all of the powerful message behind One Reason Why:  we all have different experiences that have brought us here, but we are joined together by a mission to create opportunities for others. Thank you, ladies, for sharing your One Reason Why you support Fair Trade and Ten Thousand Villages!

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This year’s World Marketplace and Silent Auction were a huge part of the success of One Reason Why.  We had so many great items up for grabs in our Silent Auction thanks to donations from Ace Tailors, Alamo Drafthouse, Antonellis Cheese Shop, Art of 5th, Austin Duck Adventures, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Zoo, Austin Zumba, Avant Salon, Blanton Museum, Barbara Christman, Bey Acupucture, Canoe Goods, Dave & Busters, Departure Lounge, Earthsong Breast Massage, East Side Compost Peddlers, Embellish Nails & Boutique, Fail Jewelry, Girls Guild, Go Dance Studio, Goorin Bro’s Hat Shop, Healthy Hound, Hideout Theatre, Homeslice, Hostelling International, Hotel San Jose, Institution Theatre, Jackson RuizJogi Bhagat, Kendra Scott, Luna Wood, Mama Fu’s, Marigold Gateway to India, Moonshine Patio & Grill, Myo Massage, Nobelity Project, Parts & Labor Boutique, Pilates of South Austin, Sail and Ski Center, Scubaland, Son of a Sailor, Sound & True, Suga Mama’s Bakery, Travaasa Austin, Uchi, and Westlake Dermatology.  Thanks for donating your amazing products and services to the Silent Auction.

A special thanks also goes to our Business Sponsor, The Groove Realty!

Your donations along with the One Reason Why World Marketplace raised DOUBLE the Fair Trade dollars than One Reason Why 2012!

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Because of the generous contributions made by those who purchased art, bid at the silent auction, and bought gifts and jewelry at the World Marketplace, we not only surpassed last year’s fundraising, but also passed our 2013 goal by over 30%!

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At the end of One Reason Why, we were able to donate $1,000 to The Power of Five; that means that our night of celebrating Fair Trade will allow TWENTY girls in Nepal to go to school for an entire year!  The benefits of sending these girls to school extend far beyond themselves: access to education will allow the girls to provide for their families, contribute to their local economies, and become important figures in their communities. It is amazing what a small act of good can do for others around the world.  Thank you for helping to change the lives of girls in Nepal!

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Sadly, even nights as wonderful as One Reason Why have to end.  Thankfully we had Swag Bags filled with goodies from Barney Butter, Mrs. Meyers, Nourish Organic, The Republic of Tea, Shea Yeleen, Third Street Chai, Alter Eco, Dr. Bronners, Organic India, Frontier Co-op, Divine Chocolate, KIND, Marigold Gateway to India, and Soothing Touch available for everyone to take home, which made goodbyes a little easier 🙂

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We at Ten Thousand Villages want to sincerely thank all those who were part of making One Reason Why the huge success that it was.  Until next year!

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