Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Were You There? Highlights of Our "Springing Affair"
We sprouted, we blossomed and now we're springing ahead.  Here are the highlights of our Third Annual Fundraiser, "A Springing Affair."

  • Our first ever "honorees" former Councilmember Robert Jackson and his chief of staff Sarah Morgidge stepped on an actual soap box and spoke passionately in support of Skraptacular's mission and urged us all to protect our planet

  • Two generations of Skaptacular interns were everywhere at once-working the room as servers, leading people to the silent auction items, and selling raffle tickets

  • Robert Jackson was our spirited raffle leader and picked out the winning tickets from trays held by beaming interns. Raffle prizes ranged from an edible arrangements centerpiece to hand-made eco journals and wallets to a Fairway gift card.

  • Enthusiastic and super-talented LaGuardia High School guitar-bass-drums trio-- Angus Seager, Ethan Cohn and Andres Valbuena--kept the mood lively with jazz standards and improvised jams

  • Attendees bid on forty-two auction items, from whimsical table lamps to acupuncture treatments, an Aveda Gift basket and box seats at the Mets.

  • Everyone may not have gone home with an auction item, but everyone went home wearing a decorated bottle cap pin, all fashioned by the children at United Palace afterschool program

  • Wine and champagne flowed, hors d'ouevres circulated and people made new connections and forged new friendships

Most of all, Skraptacular got a boost of support, energy, and, most important, funding, both from those attending and those who couldn't be there but who took the time to donate. You can still support us by donating here.


 Photos by Susan Sermoneta

Plan Now for a Skraptacular Earth Month!

Those of you who came to "A Springing Affair" or who send us encouraging emails, like our Facebook posts and share our news are our "early adopters." We appreciate you so much. You are our base, and we count on you to spread the word to all your friends and contacts. While every day is Earth Day for Skraptacular, April has become Earth Month for the general public-a way to remind all of us who share this planet just how much we need to respect and protect it.  

 Fort Tryon Park Heather Gardens

Here's a list of what we're doing next month for Earth Month. This same list will be on our Facebook page. Please share it with your friends, we can have 12,000 friends who also feel that every day is Earth Day!

Saturday, April 5th:  Shearing of the Heather Gardens. Hosted by Friends of Fort Tryon Park Trust. A community event with Skraptacular craft table at which we'll be fashioning upcycled flowers out of colorful Kleenex boxes and paper scraps.
Pedal prep volunteers needed. See video.

Sunday, April 6th: Spring Melt Detox begins to benefit Skraptacular. April 6-11

Saturday, April 12th: Cooper Hewitt International Museum of Design. Skraptacular will be guest artist creating Skraptacular funky and original table arrangements.

Thursday, April 17th: Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle pre Earth Day event. Skraptacular will have a table to raise environmental awareness.

Tuesday, April 22nd:  EarthDayNY Skraptacular in Union Square partnering with Trashion Fashion Shows.

Saturday, April 26th:  Jamaica Bay Clean-up American Littoral Society and Skraptacular partnership. This event will be promoted on the Jack Johnson website and FB page and on The All at Once site. Drawing for free tickets to Jones Beach for people who attend clean-up. 

Sunday, April 27th: Fort Tryon Earth Day Extravaganza with Skraptacular, Swedish Marionette Theater and others. 

Skraptacular's "A Springing Affair" is One Fun Night Out...
And a Chance to Do Good!

 A Blossoming Affair 2013

Dear Friends,

You don't really have to wear "trashion fashion", pants woven out of plarn (plastic bag yarn) or sustainable shoes! Just bring your well-intentioned fun-loving self over to the airy Mark Ferri Studio from 5 - 8. Have a glass of wine (you know we'll save the corks to make something Skraptacular!), and enjoy the view. Sample some hors d'oeuvres served by our young Skrap interns, listen to smooth jazz by talented LaGuardia High School musicians, meet some like-minded new friends and bid, bid, bid, on our eclectic auction items!


You'll also have the chance to meet and honor former city councilmember Robert Jackson. For 12 years Jackson represented the 7th District in Manhattan, which includes Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.  Chairman of the Council's education committee from 2006 to 2013, he is heralded for co-founding the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, a lawsuit to obtain fair education funding from the state for New York City schoolchildren.

We, at Skraptacular, also hail Jackson for casting the decisive vote to ban single-use Polystyrene containers from city schools, restaurants and food carts. Almost impossible to recycle, the plastic-foam cups, trays and containers, have been clogging our local landfills for years. And we're excited to honor Jackson's former Chief of Staff, Sarah Morgridge, who fought passionately alongside him to serve constituents and support public school families realize their right to educational opportunity

"It takes a village," as the cliché says, and like many clichés, they circulate again and again because they are so true. We're pleased to have Robert Jackson and Sarah Morgridge in our village and hope you'll join us, too.

Every dollar we bring in at this, our major fundraiser, goes to support programs that further our mission of combining creativity and conservation: we teach children and community members across all five boroughs how to make arts, crafts and science from trash!

See you tonight @ 307 West 38th St. Studio 2003 (20th Floor)! Thank you so much for your continued support.

Michelle Del Guercio

P.S. - It's great if you can purchase tickets in advance, but you can also just show up, too. Ticket prices are $30 each, either way. If you can't come, consider donating. Every little bit helps us SPRING up and out across New York City.