It all started with a flyer from the South Huntington Library…they were having a festival of arts, crafts and entertainment for children. My mom knew of our desire to try a festival and signed City Chik up! My nephews were thrilled and the planning began. I can never say it enough but I am beyond grateful to my entire family for putting their huge hearts into City Chik.
It was a scorcher of a day- as we set up the canopy and tables…I must tell you that I have a whole new appreciation for vendors- I mean the set up alone is completely EXHAUSTING and the day hasn't even started! It was important to me that we created an atmosphere that represented City Chik. We had a spin wheel (credit to my nephews- it was their idea) to engage with the children, we had a place for children to make bracelets with our beads from Nepal- where we sat on our fabrics from Africa and India, we had three tables- one for jewelry, one for handbags, and one for clothes. We made a sign highlighting that 100% of sales would be going to fund our projects.
It was an incredible day- folks LOVED our goods and when we told them specific stories from around the globe- they connected with us and our vision. It was great for me to talk about the journey in setting up City Chik and how important it was for me to start my own organization so I could pay 100% of administration costs therefore 100% of donors money would be having a direct impact. People shared with me their stories and their passions. People made purchases and left knowing that not only did they look good they were helping us do good in the world. Some people didn't make a purchase but generously donated including some children - which just warms my heart. And more priceless to me was the unbelievable words of support complete strangers gave me….and inside something clicked …this is my path and with each step I am learning my story.
As we were approaching the mid day mark- my nephews asked me how much money I needed to raise in order for the festival be successful. I smiled and said to them the festival was already a success. They looked at me like I was crazy (which sometimes they are totally right:)) …but I wanted them to know success comes in many forms and how any journey is filled with small wins/lessons that build success.
From the bottom of my heart this was a true success because
we were actually doing our first festival!! This alone was a huge milestone!
we got City Chik out there and tightened our story
we connected with strangers over a desire to make the world a better place
when people heard our vision they were touched and beyond supportive
we all came together with our ideas and made the event unique and special.
Even people who didn't buy donated and no matter the amount it all helps us make a difference
At that moment - the pressure was off to just raise funds …and we just had an incredible time enjoying the moments. But I have to tell you- we raised over $500! Not too shabby for our first time at the rodeo! And certainly not our last..we will be posting about our upcoming festivals through social media! Every future festival will be built upon our first success!
For all of you that are on this successful journey with us- we thank you! It is because of you we are making a difference in the world..one grassroots project at a time.
With oodles of love
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