06 Nov The Gathering for Good

Today we are so proud to share with you  the story about the first annual Gathering for Good; raising funds for children’s pediatric cancer research at Cleveland Clinic Children’s.

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A few months ago our friend Meg Nowlin invited Charity and another friend; Kim Crane for coffee. She showed up a few minutes late and in her gym clothes and was welcomed by a table full of executives from the Cleveland Clinic…she was in shock. Had Charity somehow missed that this meeting was a business affair on the text invite? Nope. Meg actually forgot to let them know they were meeting to brainstorm a new type of fundraising for “Children’s” all together. After the initial shock of yoga pants in professional mode (Kim showed up casual too!) they all jumped at the opportunity to get on board and help in whatever manner Meg and the development team needed us for.

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Our friend Meg and her family have been so impacted by the work at the Clinic, we all knew it was so important. The oldest of the Nowlin family, seven-year-old Maisie is an exceptionally inquisitive, bubbly and caring child. As the oldest of five children, she is the center of the Nowlin family. Shortly after Maisie’s sixth birthday, her world was turned upside down when Maisie received the diagnosis of a rare bone marrow failure disease called Very Severe Aplastic Anemia (VSAA).

VSAA is a life threatening illness affecting the bone marrow’s ability to produce blood cells and requires serious medical intervention and treatments. In September 2015, it was determined that none of Maisie’s four siblings were a bone marrow match, so in October of 2015 Maisie had to undergo immunosuppressive therapy treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment was ultimately deemed a failure, so the next hope for Maisie was to find a bone marrow donor. In early 2016, Maisie received what her family calls a “miracle”– a match had been found. Maisie underwent a bone marrow transplant, but experienced rare complications that left her requiring more platelet and blood transfusions, and in a hospital bed for weeks to months on end.

We are thrilled to report that today, because of research and experimental opportunities Maisie is attending school in Lakewood and loves hanging out with her friends and family just like any other healthy kid.

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Our studio worked with the development team to name the event; Gathering For Good and developed branding around the event itself. We designed playful invitations, all of the event signage and special touches (because who doesn’t love a branded cocktail napkin?) and a few apparel items including this cross body tote bag. For the actual evening event, the weather was perfect, not a cloud in the sky or even a touch of wind. They had the most beautiful clear tent, stunning vintage furnishings and delicious food and drinks. A steel drum music man welcomed everyone to the party and then another talented musician took over halfway for a variety of party tunes. There was a silent auction filled with unique CLE experiences of everything from a birthday party at Mitchell’s to a Flats East Bank rooftop cocktail party for 40 guests.

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There are so many people to thank for helping us make the event a huge success but we will give it a shot. Thanks to Meg for coming to Charity & Kim to help with her vision. Thank you for the entire creative team here at studio Chartreuse for developing such playful and fun creative to support the event. Thanks to Sarah at Jakprints for collaborating with us on the funky pop up, digitally printed invitation suite. Thanks to Ruth at Gatherings Kitchen and Ann at Borrow Rentals for their party planning expertise, we don’t know what we would have done without you. And for all the attendees who believed in us and the cause, we couldn’t have pulled off such a successful fundraiser without you. Thank you for showing up and bidding on the evenings auction items.

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If you weren’t able to attend this annual fundraiser but would still like to make a donation to our cause, please donate here. We are hopeful we will do this event next year so keep an eye out next summer!