beginning our donation journey
Back in 2014, West Reading held their annual Fall Festival. Salon Avanti decided that year that we wanted to serve drinks for donations. We set out three jars with names on them of three organizations that deserved our support. Everyone LOVED this idea and LOVED buying drinks for a cause!
Each year it is our mission to donate as much as possible to different Charities for causes that we truly believe in and we want to support. It is so hard for our guests to choose between charities when they are giving their contribution, that more often than not, we get more than we are asking!
Fall Festival 2017 was our best event, yet! We had an amazing day serving drinks to those that love our idea. But, this year was different! Two Salon Avanti stylists loved our idea so much they came up with an idea on their own. Ali Stoudt and Mandy Flamm wanted to braid hair to raise money for kids who couldn't have their hair braided. They chose the Children's Alopecia Project as the charity to support. They buckled down, braided, sparkled and painted hair for nearly 4 hours STRAIGHT and raised $102.
At the end of each event, it is extremely gratifying to clean up, sit down, and count how much we raised!
ART ON THE AVENUE 2018 was absolutely phenomenal! We had love coming from every end, except other businesses on the avenue that felt that what we were doing was wrong. It is unfortunate, but we push through. After donating $1,160 towards these organizations and feeling amazing, but being told, at this point, we are unable to serve our spiked beverages for donations, we came up with another amazing idea for FALL FEST 2018!
This year we have proudly made contributions to the following organization:
2018 ART ON THE AVENUE
West Reading Police Department:$330
Animal Rescue League: $500
IM ABLE Foundation: $330
2017 ART ON THE AVENUE
Berks County Police Heroes Fund: $97
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Northeastern Chapter): $84
2017 FALL FESTIVAL
IM ABLE Foundation: $242
Animal Rescue League of Berks County: $529
United Methodist Committee on Relief: $487
Children's Alopecia Project: $102
2017 FESTIVAL CONTRIBUTIONS: $1,656