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Hello, Gigglebugs!

Since the last time I wrote you in February, a lot of great stuff has happened, but I’ll try to keep it short and let the photos tell most of the story.

St Paddy’s day we took 3rd place in the parade. Look at all the leprechauns. That's a bubble blowing snake being driven to the sea.
In April, we came up with a fun way to raise funds and succeeded in getting a whole lot of Springfield, Mo laughing and having fun during "Take Your Nose to Work Week"TM, our celebration of the mayoral proclamation (at the Texas League Champions Springfield Cardinals game at Hammons Field) of World Laughter Week, May 6-12. LaMar Advertising donated 3 billboards and Greg Burris, our city manager, Phil Broyles, head of Public Works, and Jessica Hart, a local nurse, posed for them in clown noses!

This year we will be taking nominations for the billboards. So start thinking about who you'd like to nominate at only $25 per nomination, the cost of one Gigglebox and one happy child.

We sold 20,000 (yes,TWENTY THOUSAND!) clown noses all over town with the help of Kum & Go Convenience Stores, Mama Jean’s Markets, Mercy Hospital Gift Shop, Wickman’s Garden Village, Silver Gypsy, the UPS Store on S. National, Bambu and Jumpmania. It was a huge effort in a short amount of time and we couldn’t have done it without all the help we received from Project XXI, Unity of Springfield, KOLR, KOZL, KTTS, BOB FM, The M.O.B., Hospice Compassus, and so many more....

We held a photo contest on line to go with it and Jumpmania, Silver Gypsy, McSalty’s Pizza on Sunshine, Village Inn, Starbucks, Love Bites Chocolates and Skinny Improv all donated the prizes. Check out the Winners Below!



We raised $7500.00. What a hoot and thanks so much to everyone for ALL your help. That event gave us enough money to buy 1000 boxes, get them printed, and start purchasing all the fun stuff to go inside.
This was so much fun for all and such a great success, we now have our signature annual fundraising event. Coming up again this May 5-11, 2013, so please keep it in mind while creating your annual budget, and buy clown noses from us, for your whole workplace. Let's get this whole country laughing together for a few days and see what happens!

Also in May, we finished up the 2 educational grants we received from Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and they were amazing. Giggleboxes is in much more confident and capable hands now and is almost ready to file for our own 501c3 status.

Thank you CFO, Missouri State University, and XFactor Consulting!

In June we participated in Autism Awareness Day in Fair Grove, MO, we were happy to be of service adding our clowns and fun to a great event. Thank you Missouri Autism Report for asking us to join you and your worthy cause.

July and August melted away in the heat.

September started with a bang when Wickman’s Garden Village chose us as their charity beneficiary for their Fall Fest.

It was a blast and we created a puppet theater and show to go with all the other fun stuff we offer at events. Check it out below!
5 puppet shows during the festival to lots of delighted kids!
Face painting at the Fall Festival was a hit!
Balloon animals and whatever a kid could imagine made from latex and air!
Making a fashion statement!
From there we participated in DO GOOD 2012 as one of their chosen charities too!
Thanks to Tag Magazine for their support at Do Good and AutumnFest...

2 weeks later with the Ozark Empire Fair Foundation!
Spooktrunkular for Halloween the very same day at Unity of Springfield
and Whew....
I’m tired again just thinking about this last year!
But it sure was fun.
November 19th  Mercy's Children's Hospital showed their continuing faith in our mission and us, by granting us another $2500, this year for toys. Thank you so much, you’re the best! We wouldn't be here without your faith in us!

Well, there was a lot more, but those were some of the amazing highlights and I promised to keep it short.

We at Giggleboxes hope you have a delightful Holiday season, laugh a lot, enjoy your blessings and loved ones, please try to remember us during your year-end giving, but most of all, have fun sharing your love and being the wonderful You's that you are!
It's the better choice!

Love and Hugs,
Suz
Susan J. Dempsey
Head Gigglebug

P.S. Special Thanks to Brad Weber and Libby Weber at Marlin House Publishing for their help in producing this newsletter!
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Dec. 28-31st, Year-end,
On-Line Fundraising Campaign.

$750.00 Needed,
IRS filing fee for
Tax-Deductible Status(Yeah!!)
 

Start thinking of your Billboard Nose Nominations for "Take Your Nose to Work Week". Starts in February!


St. Paddy's Day Parade, March 2013


Take Your Nose to Work Week
May 5-11, 2013



June Bug Jamboree
VW Car Show
June 6-7, 2013



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NEEDS LIST

(You can donate items or money to buy them!)

  • Home or Bldg for Box, Toy Storage and Assembly
  • New Desktop Computer
  • Infrared Space Heater for Office
  •  
  • Accountant
  • Attorney
  • Treasurer for the Board of Directors
  •  
  • 1000 Small Happy Pills
  • 1000 Boxes of markers/crayons
  • 1000 Whoopee cushions
  • 2000 Wind-up toys.
  •  
  • Make-over for the Inside of Giggle Bus

THANK YOU!!!

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS!

 

SIDE SPLITTERS ($2500+)
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Kum & Go Stores
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks
  • Lamar Advertising
  • Project XXI


BELLY LAUGHERS ($1000-2499)


CHUCKLERS ($250-999)
  • Mercy Auxiliary Gift Shop
  • Jumpmania
  • Wickman's Gardens
  • Mama Jeans Markets
  • KTTS
  • BOB-FM
  • KOZL
  • KOLR
  • McSalty's Pizza on Sunshine
  • Hiland Dairy
  • Jackson Brothers Catering
  • Aleshire Robb PC
  • Skinny Improv Theater
  • Tag Magazine


GIGGLERS ($100-249)

  • Ozark Empire Fairgrounds Foundation
  • Tom Kelley's 1st Choice Auto
  • Suzette Clayton
  • Carla Bass
  • Red Kite Marketing
  • Guen Page Photography
  • Silver Gypsy
  • David Zuhlke
  • Martin Stein
  • Cheryl Sallwasser
  • Carrie Jouflas
  • John Eichenlaub
  • Sunlight Window Well Systems, LLC
  • Mary & Dwane Koppler
  • Bush, Ramlow & Shore PC
  • Liberty Press
  • Carol Jones Realty
  • Anne Magoun
  • Carol & Michael Jehle
  • Michael Childress
  • Bob Heiffner
  • Teresa Kysor
  • Irish Festival Assoc.
  • Robert Gray
  • Anonymous
 
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