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Important Notice for HappyDoll Gala Guests

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3rd Annual Holiday Gala

THANK YOU FOR YOUR RSVP WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 6:30 - 9PM RSVP REQUIRED  1301 6th Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd street) The Cowen Group, 44th Floor Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, Entertainment, Auctions and More! Dress Code: Business Casual

*IMPORTANT NOTICE:

  • please present your ID at the security desk and mention the keyword "HappyDoll."
  • if you haven't made a donation yet to attend the Gala, remember to bring cash, credit card, or check.
  • friends' & guests' names must be submitted by today.
  • we have shared a list of the auction items on our previous blog post, so please have a look!

Thanks to YOUR support our dolls have traveled the world connecting thousands of children with a smile. We look forward to celebrating another successful year with you!

 

-Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org-

HappyDoll Annual Holiday Gala Gifts Revealed!

 Have you RSVP'd for our Annual Holiday Gala?

Get excited! Here's a list of some of our SILENT AUCTION ITEMS: photo 2

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 ●Handcrafted Goods from Ghana ( $100 value)

Includes: handwoven straw fan, cotton fabric clutch, handwoven wire bracelets, African black shea butter soap, trash can made of recycled water bottles, 2 giraffe pattern picture frames, and a bottle of California red wine

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Mandarina Duck Briefcase ( $300 value) 

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Silver Pendant Brooch with Black Seed Pearls by EXRoyal ( $120 value)

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●Lazy Susan Picture Frame Set (Suede) ( $60 value)

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●Lazy Susan Picture Frame Set (Silver) ( $60 value)

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Marimekko Pieni Unikko Huppu Bag ( $99 value)

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  ●Jasper Necklace by Kotomi Jewellery  ( $70 value)

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●Necklace by Kotomi Jewellery ( $70 value)

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● Michael Kors Green Jacket ( $495 value)

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● Stag's Leap Wine Cellars S.L.V. Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley ( $150 value)

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●Two 5 Classes Series at SoulCycle ($175 value x 2)

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SPANAlL $40 Gift Certificate for Ginza Modern Gel Polish Course

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MakeMeaning $75 Gift Certificate

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 ●VPL $50 Gift Certificate

Classes:

●80min Personal Training & Lifestyle Consulting by Amy Blitz ($130 value)

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●1 Hour Private Belly Dance Lesson by JAIDA  ($130 value)

 ●English/French 1 Hour private lesson by Thomas Levine ($50)

And here's a list of our LIVE AUCTION ITEMS!

That's not all, you'll also go home with an amazing goodie bag. Excited? So are we:)

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, December 10th! Remember, you MUST  register here to attend! 

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HappyDoll Annual Gala: Guests & Gifts Sneak Peek

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Why come to our Annual Holiday Gala? Here's a sneak peek of what to expect at the upcoming event!

A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR GUESTS:

Our Annual Holiday Gala will feature very special guests of honor, HappyDoll ambassador twins, Nithya and Kavya Borra.  The twins discovered our organization when they visited their mother at her office on Take Your Children to Work Day hosted by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi last August.  This was the beginning of our amazing friendship.

After participating in the HappyDoll stuffing session at the bank, the Borra Sisters reached out to us with a brilliant idea: As part of their trip to India to visit family in the summer, they nominated themselves as HappyDoll Ambassadors to deliver the dolls to children facing hardships in India.

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As a result, the twins visited 2 organizations on their travels to India this summer -Valmiki Foundation Ashajyothi Foundation- where they hosted a HappyDoll session and delivered 160 decorated /100 blank dolls from the US.  The dolls decorated at these institutions in India have since traveled to children in GHANA.

At the Gala, the Borra Sisters will talk about their journey to India and their experience as HappyDoll ambassadors. Please join us for a special evening and meet our amazing ladies!

A SNEAK PEEK AT OUR LIVE AUCTION GIFTS:

★ LUNCH FOR TWO at Junoon ($ 200 value)

★ DINNER FOR TWO at Bohemian.

★ ONE FOURSOME at Trump National Golf Club ($2,000 value)

Convinced? GOOD! Now go here and please click RSVP YES!

Stay tuned--We'll continue to post more about our gifts!

-Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org-

HappyDoll's 3rd Annual Holiday Gala!

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3rd Annual Holiday Gala

COME CELEBRATE OUR GLOBAL NATURE WITH A TASTE OF INDIA & GHANA

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH 6:30PM - 9PM RSVP REQUIRED (No Walk-ins) 1301 6th Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd street) The Cowen Group, 44th Floor Cocktails, Hors d'Oeuvres, Entertainment, Auctions and More! Dress Code: Business Casual

Thanks To YOUR Support, Our Dolls Have Traveled the World Connecting Thousands of Children with a Smile

RSVP BY CLICKING HERE

DONATION LEVELS $1,000: Platinum Sponsor -includes 10 tickets to the Gala -20 adopted dolls

$500: Gold Sponsor -includes 5 tickets to the Gala -10 adopted dolls

$100: Silver Sponsor -includes 2 tickets to the Gala -2 adopted dolls

$50: Individual -includes 1 ticket to the Gala -1 adopted doll

*What does it mean to "adopt" a doll? If you RSVP and attend our Gala, you get to decorate a doll at the event and receive tracking numbers to track your dolls!

If you donate but cannot make it to the event, you will receive an email with tracking numbers of the HappyDolls which you have sponsored, decorated by other children.

*The auction item list will be updated on this blog and our facebook page so keep checking back!

The non-tax deductible portion of each ticket is $10. HappyDoll is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. HappyDoll.org is not affiliated with any other company or organization of similar name.

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GHANA, HERE WE COME!

The countdown for the GHANA trip has begun!

Plane ticket? Check. Suitcase? Check. Dolls? Absolutely!

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Last month, we launched The Ghana Challenge, a project to deliver 500 decorated dolls to the children in the village of Bognayili. Thanks to the overwhelming support, we were able to raise a grand total of $2,343 for this project!  We are deeply moved by your enthusiasm and kindness.

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Here are some of our friends who joined us to support the project:

● Columbia Business School

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Our HappyDoll Ambassador, Kazushi, and his classmates from the Columbia Business School Executive MBA Program decorated these amazing dolls!  

Jeff Coffey, a student in the program, shared this comment with us: "This was an amazing break during a pretty stressful weekend and that was the best I felt all day…..I guess that experience made everyone's day a little brighter :)" 

Kazushi will actually be joining us in Ghana, where he will help us carry out the decorating session!

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Our Twin HappyDoll Ambassadors, Nithya and Kavya, visited 2 organizations on their travels to India this summer -Valmiki Foundation &  Ashajyothi Foundation- where they hosted a HappyDoll session and delivered decorated dolls from the US.  They brought back over 150 dolls decorated at these institutions in India, which will soon find homes with the children in GHANA.

● We also received many dolls from friends, Etsy supporters, and schools!

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Our friend, Shun, who was visiting from Japan happened to stop by at our office so we asked him and our volunteer, Kazue, to decorate a doll for THE GHANA CHALLENGE!

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Suitcases were donated by our friends Tomoko Torii, President of  Harmony for Peace Foundation, and Min Um-Mandhyan, Development and Communications Director of The NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault.   As you can see, many people have stepped up and joined us to make this project possible. We can't wait to see the look on the children's faces when they receive these dolls full of love and positive messages!

Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project and helped us spread the word.

GOODBYE NEW YORK! GHANA, HERE WE COME!  

Stay tuned for more from HappyDoll!

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NEW HAPPYDOLL PROJECT

Back to School!JOIN HAPPYDOLL'S GHANA CHALLENGE

THE GHANA CHALLENGE: Help us send 500 decorated HappyDolls to children in Ghana this fall.

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STORY:

Our HappyDoll Ambassador,Yukari Hara, living in Ghana has built a kindergarten in the village of Bognayili where hundreds of children now receive pre-school education. However, the children still live in challenging circumstances often without toys.

Throughout September, HappyDoll will embark on THE GHANA CHALLENGE, a project with a goal to give 500 HappyDolls to the children in Ghana. This will enable every single child in the village school to own a HappyDoll made by you.

We will hand-deliver your dolls in mid-October, so please be sure to send back your doll to our office by October 1st.

How to participate? Go to our Etsy page and donate to receive a HappyDoll to decorate. Please make sure to use the GHANA CHALLENGE PROMO CODE (HappyDollsForGhana) & get 5% off. **If you use this code, your decorated dolls will travel to GHANA once they return to our office**

Deadline: Your dolls must arrive at the HappyDoll office by OCTOBER 1st.

If you wish to JUST DONATE for the cause, click HERE.

JOIN OUR CHALLENGE NOW & MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR KIDS USING HAPPYDOLLS.

Read Yukari Hara's Bio HERE

Stay tuned for more from HappyDoll!

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Happy Labdoo!

Our dearest friends, Jordi (founder of labdoo.org) & his wife Laia There are moments when you meet someone and feel a spark, a rush of excitement, an instant connection.  When we first met our friends, Jordi and Laia, that is exactly what we felt.

Since then, our friendship turned into a collaboration with Labdoo.org, an organization that Jordi founded in Barcelona to deliver excess laptops to children in developing countries by using grassroots social networking tools.  Through this project, our HappyDolls traveled to children in Nigeria and Dominican Republic!

In January, Jordi and his wife, Laia, surprised us with the news that they will be living in  New York for a few months. We were ecstatic, and Laia joined us many times as a volunteer at our stuffing sessions.  Sadly, it's time for our friends to return to Spain, but we won't say good bye just yet since we know we will see each other again very soon.

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The couple has given us a lovely parting gift--a panel of pictures of the collaboration. Message on the panel: "Thank you for spreading joy around the world and for all the wonderful collaborative work."

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A big thank you to Jordi, Laia, and Labdoo.org. We can't wait to collaborate with you again.

Bon voyage and see you soon!

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting news coming your way…

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It's June! Come Volunteer with HappyDoll

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Happy Summer, everyone!

To kick off the summer, we're holding a doll stuffing volunteer session with AHRC on June 7th.  If you're interested in joining us, please get in touch by emailing info@happydoll.org by Thursday (June 6th).

This past weekend was full of excitement. Do you remember our last collaboration with MIKI HOUSE? This event was such a huge success that we were offered to work with them again at Bloomingdale's San Francisco Centre last Saturday!

The decorated dolls were donated to the children at Hamilton Family Center, a non-profit organization that supports healthy development of children and youth experiencing homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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A big thanks to the fashionista kids and their parents for visiting the Miki House HappyDoll booth.

By the way, June is volunteer month at Morgan Stanley New York office and we've got the following stuffing sessions lined up. Shoot us an email if you would like to join us for any of these dates:

June 13th: 4-6pm

June 14th: 2-5pm

June 19th: 2-5pm

June 21st: 2-5pm

June 26th: 12-2pm

June 28th: 12:30-2:30pm

We have more volunteer opportunities! JUST ASK.

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting news coming your way…

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HappyDoll Sister Ambassadors

HappyDoll and MUFG Honor Children of Newtown In January, HappyDoll worked on a collaborative project with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ by holding a special HappyDoll session in honor of the victims of the tragic Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  Children of employees decorated 17 beautiful HappyDolls in memory of the young children who had lost their lives.

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The dolls sponsored by the employees were generously matched by the bank, enabling HappyDoll to double the number of dolls that will be donated around the world.

Our collaboration with The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ doesn't end here.  Last summer, we met our volunteer, Kiran Borra, and her two daughters at at the Take Your Children to Work Day hosted by the bank.

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 The Borra sisters, Kavya and Nithya, had such a great time stuffing the HappyDolls that they have volunteered to become HappyDoll Ambassadors  by delivering the dolls themselves to children facing hardships.  The sisters will travel to India this summer to visit their parents' homeland and donate the dolls on behalf of the bank. We can't wait to hear what kind of adventure they will have in India!

We are also excited to announce that HappyDoll has been invited by The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, UFJ to participate at their Take Your Children to Work Day again this year.

Stay tuned because we'll follow these young ambassadors and update you on their journey!

-Help lift the spirits of children in need by donating to happydoll.org-

Be Inspired. Be an Inspiration.

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(from left: Our volunteer, Andy An; Director of Development of the Boys & Girls Club, Wycliffe Daniels; Founder & Executive Director, Nozomi Terao; and our new intern, Travis Hill)

Last week, we had a very special HappyDoll event with the children affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Our new volunteer Travis, who is currently studying social entrepreneurship at NYU, was able to join us!

We asked him to share his experience with you:

"On Tuesday, March 26th, I traveled to Hoboken, New Jersey to connect with the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County and a non-profit called HappyDoll. During the visit, nearly 70 boys and girls decorated HappyDolls and then generously donated them to other children around the world. Early on in the event, however, it became clear that this was much more than just an exchange of dolls.

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From the outset, the beauty of diversity was highlighted by the children’s interest in the different dolls from across the globe. The dolls from Uganda, Japan, and Honduras received particular attention with the children of the Boys and Girls Club wanting to learn more about the cultures of these newly discovered places.

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Additionally, the children that had already been exposed to these cultures were able to offer their insights into these exciting locations. One boy in particular informed his peers that he used to live in France and wanted to write a message in French on the back of the doll. Several other children encouraged him and they each became excited to talk about and share the stories of their families.

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It seemed that on a local level, the decoration process brought out a sense of both collaboration and diversity because the designs were a reflection of these unique and remarkable young people. When a child complimented a doll’s design, he or she was complimenting the child who made it. Considering that sharing and diversity played such an important role in thinking about the designs, everyone was proud to display these self-reflections.

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Wycliffe Daniels, the Director of Development at the Boys and Girls Club commented that he saw kids within the Club making new interactions with each other as well. Youth of different ages and different schools worked together, inspiring one another’s designs and fostering curiosity.

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As a college student, my peers and I are often guilty of closing our minds even in our pursuit of higher education. It is tempting to think that we know it all and that the world is a limited place. But being around these fresh and brilliant minds reminded me of what learning and experiencing is all about. I was astonished by how insightful and motivated these young people were. It was refreshing being around students that were so eager to learn and that were so confident in their questioning.

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The most profound moment, however, was the final “Bon Voyage” ceremony. These young artists had put so much of themselves into their designs that giving the dolls up was a highly emotional moment. Even the older children, who had been more reserved at the beginning of the session, wanted to keep and show off their dolls. But in the end, they courageously decided to pass on their dolls to other children whom they had never met. This act of generosity demonstrated the children’s ability to think in the context of a global community. By giving up their dolls without expecting anything in return, they acknowledged the value in helping others prosper.

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Selfless giving often creates moments of unexpected good. For the children at the Boys and Girls Club, this moment came thanks to the kindness of the first graders at the Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School.

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In January, the girls themselves participated with HappyDoll in decorating 74 dolls with the intention of giving them to those affected by Hurricane Sandy. These dolls came as a welcomed surprise to the Boys and Girls Club, who were then given the opportunity to experience a fuller perspective of giving in the most genuine sense of the word."

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We hope Travis' experience gave you an insight into what HappyDoll.org is about!

This event was covered by the local media, The Jersey Journal, took some wonderful photos.

Finally, we would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to the Boys & Girls Club of Hudson County, to the Double Tree Hotel and their volunteers for providing snacks to the children, to our volunteers (Andy and Travis), and last but not the least, to all the children for sharing their creativity and love.

Stay tuned because we’ve got more exciting events coming your way…

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