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Philanthropy

A note from Erica Sara:

"I am fortunate. I wake up every morning with a roof over my head, I am happy & healthy, & I love what I do. And although I know that I am I am not saving the world by making my jewelry, I like to think that what I do makes people happy and we could all use a little more happy in this world. I spend my days talking to customers and designing pieces that are special to them. Whether to celebrate their achievements or to voice their strength & courage through personal mantras, I am honored to be a small part of their lives.

Since I started my business, many of my customers' stories have touched me. A leukemia survivor who ignored the doctors who told her she shouldn't run... and completed her first marathon. Sisters who lost their mother after a long battle with breast cancer. A soldier's necklace for his daughter, with a beautiful engraving on the back, before leaving to Afghanistan.

The other day, someone asked me if I would be designing anything special for Breast Cancer Awareness month and it got me thinking. Yes, I wanted to design something for Breast Cancer awareness, but really for awareness in general. As the daughter of two cancer survivor, the grandaughter of holocaust survivors, and a friend to many impacted by AIDS, by Autism, and by so much more, why not find a way to support all of these causes and more.

I've added this Philanthropy section to my website with opportunities to support some pretty special charities & foundations. Hopefully this is just the beginning and this list will continue to grow & perhaps inspire. Thanks in advance for your support."

 

AWARENESS RIBBONS

Designed with a sense of social responsibility & deep intention in mind, customize your donation by selecting from a list of charities upon purchasing these charms. Purchased alone, 20% of net proceeds from the charm's sale is donated to the charity you choose. Upon adding to a necklace, an additional 10% of net proceeds from the necklace is donated. To support these organizations, shop the Awareness Collection here!

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LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY TEAM IN TRAINING

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) roots stretch back to 1949, when the de Villiers family experienced the devastation of leukemia with the death of their 16-year-old son, Robert Roesler de Villiers. Family members and friends declared war on the disease by creating The Robert Roesler de Villiers Foundation, funding research to find a cure. The foundation later became The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Their mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Team In Training (TNT) began in 1988, when Bruce Cleland of Rye, NY formed a team that raised funds and trained to run the New York City Marathon in honor of Cleland's daughter Georgia, a leukemia survivor. TNT has trained over a half a million runners, walkers, triathletes, cyclists and hikers and raised over $1.2 billion to fund lifesaving research.

To learn more information about Team in Training, visit their website

 

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CANCER DON'T CARE: LLS WOMAN OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE LORA VACCARO

"On February 18, 2014, my father, Roger, lost his battle to Multiple Myeolma. He was gone six months after his diagnosis, despite immediate and aggressive treatment.He was a staunchly private person. He never spoke about his cancer to anyone but immediate family and one or two lifelong friends. Being public about my father's cancer feels somewhat like a betrayal; but I cannot be silent about how devastating it was to helplessly watch a loved one die from a horrible disease such as this."- LORA

From March 27 - June 5, Lora is rising to the challenge to raise as much money as possible to fund critical research that will help find a cure for cancer. This is for her dad, for your fathers, mothers, siblings, loved ones, friends, mentors, neighbors...possibly even you.

For more information about Lora's campaign, visit her website.

 

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THE PINK AGENDA

The Pink Agenda® is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care, as well as awareness of the disease among young professionals.  Born of the belief that engaging today’s generation can go a long way toward finding tomorrow’s cure, The Pink Agenda finds, funds, and partners with people and programs that are improving the lives of those suffering from breast cancer and conducting the groundbreaking research necessary to improve their odds.  Through fierce fundraising, fabulous social activities, and personal financial commitments, The Pink Agenda is committed to making breast cancer history.

To learn more about The Pink Agenda, visit their website

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GOD'S LOVE WE DELIVER

God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading provider of life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling for people living with severe illnesses. Begun as an HIV/AIDS service organization, today God’s Love provides for people living with more than 200 individual diagnoses. God’s Love cooks and home delivers the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. Meals are individually tailored for each client by one of our Registered Dietitians, and all clients have access to unlimited nutrition counseling. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its history of more than 25 years, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc. God’s Love is a non-sectarian organization.


 
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AUTISM SPEAKS

Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Their longtime friend Bernie Marcus donated $25 million to help financially launch the organization. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

To read more about Autism Speaks' awareness, fundraising, science, and advocacy efforts, please visit their website.

SEAN JAMES STUDENT ATHLETES FOUNDATION COLLECTION

I am honored to partner with the Sean James Student Athletes Foundation to offer this collection. SJSA's mission is to provide youth who have achieved academic success and display a passion for sports and the arts the opportunity to attend sports and creative arts camps throughout the country. It is their hope that this interaction will promote their interaction with peers from different backgrounds and will further expose them to new experiences and surroundings which will ultimately foster their personal growth. Proceeds from the sales of these necklace benefit the SJSA Scholarship program. For more information about the SJSA, please visit their website at www.sjsafoundation.com

 

SORORITY PARTNERSHIPS

ESD is honored to partner with Sororities to raise money for their philanthropies through virtual trunk shows. To discuss partnership opportunities, please email us at info@ericasaradesigns.com


 

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