We cleared over $1,200. That money will go towards supporting the Women’s Center and its programs. (If we talk a lot about money at the Women’s Center, it’s because it turns out that doing things in our world frequently requires money, and obtaining the money it requires turns out to be a job of work in itself. The Women’s Center receives generous in kind support from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, including our space (WE LOVE IT!!) rent free, and the vital services of the communications department, the mail room, the business office, and so on. But the Seminary does not pay our way; we raise our annual operating budget ourselves. So the financial news from the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale was good news!)
Almost $300 of that money came from the Quilt Raffle. There’s still time to get in on the quilt raffle – the drawing will be Tuesday, December 11, at noon. You need not be present to win. We’ll notify the winner, and make sure she or he has the quilt in hand before Christmas.
But maybe even more important than the money was the event itself. It’s an opportunity to display the creative talents of students and faculty at the Seminary – and many thanks are due to the students and faculty who donated their creative and beautiful work to the sale! The sale is really a celebration, as people look over the items and ask about who created them, and as we share stories, exclaim over new information (who knew Carol Cook has chickens?! That Seminary students can make gorgeous batik prints??!!) and participate in one another’s humanity.
This year, serendipitously, the sale shared the Winn Center venue with the long-standing and beloved tradition of Apples for Advent. As a result, the sale reached beyond the borders of the Seminary community to the local Louisville community, since the annual Lessons and Carols service and Apples for Advent draws a large and diverse audience from around the area. We were delighted to be able to set the Women’s Center’s table before the larger group, literally as well as figuratively. From the feedback we received from friends and neighbors who browsed the tables and talked with us, the feeling was matched by those who were delighted to have the opportunity to see and hear (and buy) more from the Women’s Center!
As we prepared for the sale, we more than once wondered whether an event as labor intensive as the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale was really a good idea – or whether we were just perpetuating the gender stereotype of women doing too much work for too little return. Well . . . we do have some advisors who think we need to charge more for the inventory. But we think that an event that raises a significant amount of much-needed money, increases the visibility of the Women’s Center, involves students and faculty in the life of the Center, celebrates the gifts and achievements of women as our mission calls for, and is a huge amount of fun to put on is an event well worth having.
So look for the Fall Arts and Crafts Sale to come around again. And for all the disappointed afghan shoppers . . . we’ll see what we can do about that.