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Donate a basket for auction in honor / memory of your cherub

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Hi Everyone,

At our CHERUBS Angel Ball in July we are conducting a silent auction. The auction will include many art pieces by some wonderful artists but also will include baskets donated by businesses and CHERUBS members in honor and memory of loved ones.

We sent this e-mail below to local businesses asking for participation on this auction, but families can participate too! My family will be donating 2 baskets - 1 in memory of my son, Shane (CDH cherub) and 1 in memory of my sister, Debra (lost to cancer). Please consider donating a basket in honor or in memory of someone that you have loved and lost.

You can talk to other CDH families about donating baskets and ideas on what to include in basket on our web site at

Please forward this to family and friends who you think would want to participate! Thank you so much!!!! :)



Dear Sir / Madam,

I am contacting you on behalf of a local charity that I volunteer for, CHERUBS. CHERUBS is hosting a charity Angel Ball at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Saturday, July 26, 2008. This will be a beautiful white-tie formal event, with local rock band The Stone Age Romeos playing, 106.1 radio DJ Keith Todd as M.C., a silent auction and much more. Details can be found at

We are looking for sponsors for the silent auction. We are requesting gift certificates, tickets, or products that can be placed in elegant baskets that will be up for auction. For example, one company is donating a gift certificate to their rental property at Hatteras, a dinner for two at a local restaurant, a gas card, sunglasses, beach towels, sunscreen and a map of the Outter Banks. Ideally, we would love a basket already filled with items representing your company. These will be featured on a table along with your business cards or brochures. This will be a wonderful and beautiful way to advertise your company while supporting a good cause.

In exchange for participating, your company will receive public acknowledgement in the Durham Herald-Sun, Raleigh News & Observer, event materials and on our web site which receives over 30,000 hits per month. The clientele for this event will be upper-class Triangle residents and this would be wonderful exposure for you. Donations would be tax-deductible. Baskets would need to be received by July 1st.

CHERUBS is a non-profit 501(c)III organization that was created to help families of children born with Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). CDH is a severe birth defect that affects 1 in every 2500 babies – over 1500 babies a year in the United States alone. CDH occurs when the baby’s diaphragm fails to fully form, allowing abdominal organs to migrate into the chest cavity and prevent lung growth. Correction requires drastic surgery and long hospital stays for these babies. CDH is fatal in 50% of cases. The cause is not yet known. CHERUBS supports families and medical care professionals by offering information, research, support and raising awareness. CHERUBS, which is run solely by volunteers, receives no grant funding and subsists on donations and fundraisers alone.

If you are interesting in participating please fill out the sponsorship form at There is a catering sponsorship deadline of May 15th to be listed on the tickets and printed literature. We will be placing an ad in the Durham Herald-Sun and The Raleigh News & Observer at the end of this month so if you would like to be included in this ad please sign up by April 24th.

Thank you so much for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Dawn M. Torrence
CHERUBS President & Founder
CHERUBS, 270 Coley Rd, Henderson, NC 27537, USA
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