On a mission to make the community a better place, one local fashionista is letting her sparkle shine. Learn about the organizations she’s raising funds for through trendy trunk shows in area boutiques.
Inspired by making the community brighter, Michele Carey created Sparkle for Good, a boutique that pops up around Cincinnati.
With a professional career that spanned more than 20 years, she used her spare time to work with nonprofits. Since launching Sparkle for Good, Carey is able to create a natural extension of her passion for finding ways to raise money for organizations that make the community both better and strong.
“When you shop at Sparkle for Good, you will find beautiful, quality jewelry and gift items at affordable prices,” says Carey. “The best part is that your purchase benefits nonprofits in our community.”
At just a little over 1-year-old, Sparkle for Good has raised approximately $5,000 to benefit its community.
Carey says that at Sparkle for Good, she primarily sells jewelry that will make you sparkle; however, she is also building a business model that includes other women – mostly makers – whose artful work will help her create a unique gift shop that gives back.
Products at Sparkle for Good range from $10 to $200, giving you an opportunity to purchase and give back at a price that works for you.
If you want to see Sparkle for Good’s inventory in person, you can check them out at their pop-up shops at The Brick in OTR throughout the month of May as well as during the 2017 holiday shopping season in addition to other events throughout the year – including Cincy Chic events.
Sparkle for Good will also be hosting upcoming events in February. The first, which will be held during Sparkle for Good’s “Be Your Valentine” weekend at The Brick from February 10-12. Proceeds from sales on Friday and Saturday will benefit Girls on the Run while proceeds from Sunday’s sales will benefit Walnut Hills Latin Class’s student trip to Rome.
The event on February 11 will feature Miss Ohio, Alice Magoto, for “Sip Cocoa with Miss Ohio” from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We encourage people to bring their daughters for this event where Miss Ohio will share her own story of self-acceptance and building her self-confidence as a teenage girl in today’s social media-driven world,” says Carey. “Guests will have the opportunity to try on jewelry, take photos with Miss Ohio, and enjoy a delicious hot chocolate bar.’
The mimosas will make an appearance at noon as will dietician and accountability coach Lindsey House, who will speak to guests about how to live a life of “progress not perfection.”
“She will offer easy and natural steps to help you achieve your health goals,” adds Carey. “Together, these fabulous women will lift our hearts and open our minds to the fact that we are the true jewels of Valentine’s Day!”
Then, on Sunday, February 12, shoppers will get the help they need finding the perfect gift for their sweetie. Sparkle for Good will open open at The Brick from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Holtman Donuts and coffee to enjoy while you shop.
If you want to keep an eye out on the good Sparkle for Good is doing for the community, Carey says you’ll want to look for the “Women Who Sparkle” media campaign. “We will feature women and the causes they care about in our community,” says Carey.
She adds that Sparkle for Good is still seeking nonprofits to support in 2017. “Whether it is a school group looking to raise money for their PTA, someone raising money to run for a cause, or a really great organization making a difference for people in our community, Sparkle for Good is a fun way to build awareness, gain new supporters, and raise money,” says Carey.
If you’d like to nominate a “Woman Who Sparkles” or you know a worthy organization looking for a social event to build awareness and raise money for their cause, contact Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.