Fundraising

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The GANG engages in fundraising events to raise money to help fund the work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation,  supporting African Grandmothers who are raising millions of children affected by HIV and AIDS.  We accomplish this by:

  1. Conducting two high-profile events.
    • Imagine a library filled with approximately 90 teens and 30 grandmothers playing Scrabble together.  Blink your eyes, the vision remains.  What can possibly be happening?  

      Welcome to the GANG’s annual  “Power of Words” Scrabble Event raising money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.  In 2020 this intergenerational event will be entering its 3rd year. GANG members as well as Social Studies students at W.P. Wagner High School, Edmonton, look forward to  learning from and about each other as they play cooperative Scrabble.  Grandmothers fund raise by soliciting pledges while students lend their energy, compassion and interest in a new- to-them game to make this day memorable.  

      Prior to game day GANG members visited the Social Studies classrooms to discuss with students global citizenship, HIV/AIDS in Sub-Sahara Africa, and work of the SLF. GANG thanks WP Wagner School administration, staff and students for their enthusiastic support.

      The GANG has been raising money for the SLF by playing Scrabble for 11 years.  In 2007 and 2008 we assisted the East Side GANG (now East Side Grannies) as both groups played Scrabble as a fundraiser – GANG and interested community members solicited pledges, followed by a rousing afternoon of Scrabble playing complete with refreshments and prizes. In 2009 the GANG introduced their own version of Scrabble renamed The Power of Words. When interest in the event declined, the GANG tried another approach with Jasper Place High School in Edmonton.  A blizzard upset all our good plans and the next year Scrabble was on hiatus.  An invitation to help out at a multi-school Scrabble Tournament at Nellie Carlson Elementary School and a chance meeting with Trudy Oatway, Social Studies Coordinator at WP Wagner High School, at a GANG scarf sale set the stage for this unique intergenerational partnership.

    For more information on the Power of Words Scrabble benefit, please contact Ricki, 780-477-1666.

    In late Spring, the Fabulous Fabric Frenzy is held. During the year we collect, sort and price donated fabric, yarn, patterns, notions and craft supplies.  This successful fundraiser relies on donations from the community – so SLASH YOUR STASH!!  We sell these items at bargain prices. If you would like to donate during the year, please contact one of these GANG members: 

  • SE Edmonton                    Phyllis 780-469-6327
    Central South Edmonton Elna 780-435-5488
    SW Edmonton                   Ev 780-434-0825
    NW Edmonton                  Donna 780-486-0652
    NE Edmonton                   Agnes 780 -934-7187
    Sherwood Park                Candice 780-416-8208
    St Albert                           Kate 780-902-1894.   
  1. Engaging in smaller fundraising events:  craft sales, Antique Appraisals, and Grandmother’s Cupboard at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.

The Shakers and Makers Market is a showcase for high quality, handmade items created by GANG members and friends.  The Market is held in October each year, and this year will be held October 26 at Southminster-Steinhauer United Church (SUCC), 10740-19 Avenue.  For further information about the Market, please contact Agnes, 780-469-7187.

Grandmother’s Cupboard is always open at the Old Strathcona Antique Mall.  Come and shop for collectibles and unique items and support the Grandmother’s Campaign.  To donate items for Grandmother’s Cupboard please contact Colleen, 780-435-1425.

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