Archive for Thursday, November 6, 2008

Scrapbooking event to benefit food pantry

November 6, 2008

When deciding what to do with funds it raises, Eudora’s local community service sorority Beta Sigma Phi chose to keep it local.

“We really want to support Eudora,” member Dana Neis said. “There were a couple of times where we thought about doing some things in Lawrence, but we decided against that because we wanted to focus our efforts on this community.”

Beta Sigma Phi is an international non-academic sorority. The Alpha Gamma chapter, which is the name of the chapter in Eudora, also donates time and or money to the humane society and Eudora’s Easter egg hunt, angel tree and food pantry.

The group will raise money for the Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry with a scrapbooking crop — which refers to the cropping and cutting that takes place while scrapbooking — from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Eudora Middle School.

The crop night is for seasoned scrap-bookers or beginners. There is a $10 charge if participants bring items to donate to the Eudora Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. Otherwise the fee is $12, which includes snacks, drinks and prizes.

Neis, who has been scrapbooking for about six years, said the group is mindful of the type of fundraisers it chooses to do.

“Fundraising is tough because we don’t want to sell anything, and people get hit up all of the time,” she said. “We wanted a low overhead, so crops are basically free. There’s also chocolate, and that’s always a big draw”

At the crop, women bring their own scrapbooking materials and work on pages. However, Neis said people who don’t scrapbook are welcome. Some women, she said, just make cards or work on other crafts. One also doesn’t have to be a member of Beta Sigma Phi to attend the fundraiser.

While the crop obviously has a positive impact on the food pantry, Neis said, it also causes the women to make time to socialize.

“The biggest thing is it’s a specific time to get away from home, kids, husband and you don’t have to cook dinner,” she said. “It’s set time to say ‘I’m going to scrapbook tonight,’ because something always gets in the way. For me it’s been a good time to develop friendships.”

For more information about the Scrapbook Crop fundraiser or Beta Sigma Phi, call Dana Neis at 542-2084 or Anne Pearson at 423-0063.

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