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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Art In the Ballpark Benefit Craft Show

A friend emailed me a few nights ago about a Benefit for the Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust. I am helping to plan a wonderful benefit Event to raise funds for this little boy's ever mounting medical expenses.

Photo Courtesy of PhotOle Photography

Working to raise money for this boy & his family sends my heart afire! Please, won't you join me in helping?

Are you and Artist? Crafter? Caring Parent?
Someone that wants to get involved in the Community?

Well, what are YOU doing October 9th 2010?

We are holding a HUGE Benefit craft show for a Lancaster PA local, 5 year old boy, Antonio Forte who needs a full Intestinal transplant. My friend Heather Gallagher works with this awesome little dude's mother (Monica) and she wanted to do what she could to help raise money for his medical expenses.

Some words from Tony's mother Monica from The Family's Caring Bridge Page

"At six days old, Tony was diagnosed with Total Colonic Hirschsprung's Disease."

"Tony's daily life requires the use of an Ostomy Bag, a G-Tube and a Broviac Cath for IV nutrition. Tony has a very restricted diet and has limited activities. Wehn you see Tony run and play he looks like any other 5 year old carrying a backpack. The only difference is that backpack serves an important purpose of carrying special pumps needed to sustain Tony's Life."

"It was suggested by the team of Dr's in Pittsburgh that fundraisers' are going to be needed to off-set the uninsured medical expenses associated with the transplant"

Monica was given an awesome opportunity from Clipper Magazine Stadium. They are giving her the Ballpark for a fundraiser the entire day on October 9, 2010!!

We will be incorporating an Art & Craft show into the festivities of the day. There will be news coverage and we expect a fantastic turnout!

Art & Craft Show Info
Date: Saturday - October 9, 2010

  • Doors open to public at 8am, park open to vendors at 6am. spaces to be set-up and ready to sell by 8am. Show will conclude at 2pm. There will be other events going on throughout the day/evening, so you may remain set-up later if you wish.
  • Our goal is to get 100 arts & crafts vendors. Vendors will be juried, meaning that we will want to see a sample photo of the items you will be selling to be sure we offer a variety of quality items.
  • We will be set-up on the ball field and spaces will be $50 for a 10x10 space. If you are a smaller vendor and would like to share a space with another vendor, we can certainly accommodate that.
  • We ask for an item to be donated for a raffle. If you would like to donate a portion of your sales from the day to the Antonio Forte Transplant Fund Trust, it would be greatly appreciated, but not required. You can contact Heather at
    for a vendor application and event sheet.
  • If you are unable to set up for the event we would be happy to include one of your donated items in a raffle. Contact Heather if you are interested in donating an item to raffle.
We need volunteers to help run the event
  • Registration Coaches- to sign people in
  • Runners- to help direct people to their spaces
  • Relievers- will be assigned to a group of stands. They will watch & if a vendor needs to use the restroom or take a bread to eat the Relievers will man the stand for a short time.
  • People to man the raffle table.

Please pass this onto your friends -
the more vendors/Volunteers we have at the event the more
help we can offer this family!

If you have any questions, please contact
Heather Gallagher at

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