Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Handmade in KC Summit

On June 14, we had our first summit at Velo+ in Downtown Lenexa, Kansas!

During this event, the handmakers brought a handful of products and we talked about our elevator pitch.

We had such an amazing time, chatting, and getting to know each other!

We want to thank Velo+ for allowing us to use the space!

L-R:
Jennifer, Cheri, Kenna, Carolyn, Shelly, Vincent (of Velo+), Amy, Kristen, Carla, Nicole, Jennifer, and Kristi



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Handmade in KC - A Charitable Collective

Handmade in Kansas City is much more than a collective of artisans.  We are a group with heart.  When Kristi & Carolyn from Hang Ups in KC put the word out that Literacy Kansas City was looking for donations for their upcoming silent auction at the Corporate Spelling Bee, Made In Kansas City group members happily donated several of their own handmade items to make up two very fabulous Handmade in Kansas City gift baskets that would be raffled off for charity.   

Hang Ups in KC formed a partnership with Literacy Kansas City last year and are thrilled to not only donate a portion of the proceeds from their Literacy Kansas City Collection but to work on projects and events with the Literacy Kansas City Team.  This program changes lives right here in our community.   Did you know that approximately 225,000 adults in the Kansas City area function at the lowest literacy level?  Literacy Kansas City's goal is to help raise awareness of our community's significant literacy needs and provide free one-to-one and small group tutoring programs.  Their volunteers give the gift of self-esteem, new opportunities, and capabilities that literacy brings to virtually every aspect of a student's life.  How amazing is that? 
Handmade in Kansas City is proud to have supported Literacy Kansas City’s 20th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee!  

Here are some photos from the spectacular event:

Master of Ceremonies Mark Clegg, from 41 Action News with Carrie Coogan, Executive Director of Literacy Kansas City

Wordsmith and Pronouncer Cliff Schiappa




 
 Congratulations to the winners - American Century Investments!

And this is the Literacy KC team, along with an army of volunteers, that makes it all happen.  They are all hero’s and life-changers.
Stay tuned for exciting developments as the Handmade in Kansas City community of makers grows.  This much heart can only lead to good things!