October 9 was originally announced as the date for the VP Foundation’s annual Drawing. However, in August of 2015, a third or bonus prize was donated. (See July and September, below.)
The VPF wants to be sure all members and friends have a chance to see and win the bonus prize. So on October 1 the Executive Director, Joanne Yount, announced a ten-day extension, to October 19. She suggests that members and friends mail their tickets by October 12. To print tickets, go to Tickets (PDF).
As of September 30, the VPF had received $37,054 in ticket purchases and contributions during the fundraiser. These include much-needed donations to the VPF’s Oxalate Testing Fund for Foods, Beverages & Natural Supplements of $875. Moreover, on September 30 the VPF received notification of an impending stock gift valued at approximately $10,000.
To reach this year’s goal of $50,000, additional ticket purchases and contributions are needed in the amount of $2,946 by October 19. Appealing to donors, Ms. Yount said, “I would ask everyone who benefits from the work of the Foundation to help the VPF reach its goal this year. After October 19, it will be too late to win a prize. However, it is never too late to give, and to make sure the VPF keeps rescuing people from pain, and advancing research.”
A third, or bonus prize for the VP Foundation’s annual Drawing on October 9 was recently donated by a VPF member in Big Sur, California. It is a lovely oil painting of Point Sur at sunset by California landscape painter, Elaine Mathews.
Tickets (PDF) are $4.00 each, or six for $20. The 2015 goal is to raise funds to keep the Foundation running while publishing The Low Oxalate Cookbook – Book Three. This book will feature a decade of cutting-edge research data generated through the VPF’s Oxalate Testing Program for Foods, Beverages & Natural Supplements.
As of August 31, 2015, $28,848 had been donated. According to Joanne Yount, Executive Director, the VP Foundation needs an additional $21,152 to reach this year’s goal of $50,000.
Appealing to sufferers, their families, friends, and health care professionals, Ms. Yount says, “Millions of people suffer from the connective tissue syndrome that includes fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, genital pain, and irritable bowel. The VPF has sponsored the only research that has led to genuine recovery for thousands of people.
“It is critical that this research and recovery effort continues. I hope you will give this year, whether you make a contribution by purchasing Drawing Tickets (PDF), or make a Contribution for a Firm Foundation (PDF).”
Ticket purchases and other contributions are tax-deductible in the United States. However, if you win a prize, the market value of the prize is not tax-deductible. Prizes are valued at $150 to $200 each.
Two beautifully handcrafted prizes were donated to the VP Foundation recently for the annual Drawing in October. To enter, print Tickets (PDF) and mail them to the Foundation.
First is a lovely piece of stained glass with a custom wrought-iron stand. It features four interlocking hearts in the Foundation’s signature colors, pink and white. This 8-inch circular panel is made by the copper foil method. The pattern by Deb Kosiba of Seward Street Studios is known as a “four-heart circle.”
It is crafted from pink and white opaque glass, with clear-textured glass around the edge, known as rough-rolled. This elegant work of art was donated by a stained glass artist and staunch friend of the VPF in North Carolina.
Second is a 20-inch necklace of one-of-a-kind glass lampwork beads. The beads were made over an open flame using Effetre glass from Italy, annealed in a digitally-controlled kiln for strength and durability. Glass pearls and Swarovski crystal beads are strung between the lampwork beads, with a sterling silver clasp. The necklace was donated by a long-time VPF volunteer Leader and lampwork artist in Arizona.
The VPF’s Drawing will be held on October 9, 2015, the 23rd anniversary of the Foundation’s incorporation as a nonprofit. The goal this year is to raise enough money to keep the Foundation operating while editing and paying for the initial printing costs of The Low Oxalate Cookbook - Book Three. Executive Director, Joanne Yount explained, “$50,000 would be a great start, and $150,00 will cinch it.”
Tickets (PDF) are $4.00 each, or six for $20.00. General contributions are also being accepted during the fundraising period, and they will count toward the goal of the VPF's annual Drawing.