TTV’s Fourth Annual “One Reason Why” Fundraiser

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Each time you enter Ten Thousand Villages, you are transported to a colorful new world. So, local travel agency cum wine bar/coffee shop Departure Lounge was a fitting location for Ten Thousand Villages’ fifth annual One Reason Why art show and sale. Showcasing hundreds of the store’s fair trade products, this year’s sale was more intimate than those in previous years. Departure Lounge’s chic yet cozy atmosphere was the perfect backdrop for the event.

Hand carved, hand painted Batik masks

Hand carved, hand painted Batik masks

A definite highlight of the evening was the hilarious performance of Keith Walden, owner of Departure Lounge, as the live auction auctioneer. Ten Thousand Villages’ Manager Kitty Bird told each auction item’s story before Keith got the bidding going, even calling out guests in the crowd for not paying attention! Live auction items were as diverse as the four countries from which they hailed: wide, bright flip-flop bracelets from Kenya…

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…nut dinosaur ‘skeletons’ from Mexico, recycled feather-light Capri Sun juice box curtains from Vietnam, and eco-leather totes from India.

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As guests mingled and perused the night’s offerings, they noshed on Rollin Smoke BBQ appetizers such as bacon wrapped asparagus; petite brisket sandwiches; and arugula, fig, and cheese bruschetta. Departure Lounge donated 20% of the night’s beer and wine profits to Ten Thousand Villages.

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Along with the live auction, there was fierce competition over the silent auction offerings from local vendors, with all proceeds going toward the store’s “Moving Fun” project (We are relocating in February 2014.). Showcased around the lounge were a wide range of one-of-a-kind products and store favorites; in each area, a Ten Thousand Village volunteer shared stories about our products and artisan groups from around the world.

beaded dragon

Beaded wire critters from Zimbabwe

seismic critters

Seismic critters from Nahua, Mexico

Recycled metal Haitian masks

One of the most unique art forms showcased was the Haitian Metal Drum art, made entirely by hand from upcycled oil drums. This resourceful art form sprung from a lack of materials, yet is now a celebrated Haitian tradition. Artisans use their body weight to flatten barrels, then cut and carve the metal by hand to make amazing masks and wall hangings.

If you missed this year’s event, it’s not too late to score some of its offerings. Stop by Departure Lounge, where handpicked items from Ten Thousand Villages decorate the space – and all are for sale! Or come on in to the store and we’ll be happy to show you some of our favorites!

Colorful necklaces from all over the globe

Colorful necklaces from all over the globe – available in store!

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