Doug and Molly Tyger first heard about Cooperative for Education at a Friends Through Guatemalan Adoption fundraiser. When Doug's mom, Carol, a Rotarian from Georgia, came on a CoEd Tour they learned even more. Now supporting CoEd's mission is a family affair. In fact, their daughter, Anna, used her 13th birthday as an opportunity to raise over $800 for CoEd's programs in Guatemala!
We caught up with Molly to ask her more about the event:
|Anna (right) and friend Katie (left) celebrate lucky #13!|
Q: How did supporting CoEd become part of your daughter's birthday celebration?
A: When my daughter Anna, my husband Doug and I were discussing plans for her 13th birthday, she mentioned that she wanted to have a big party with lots of kids. I loved the idea of a big party, but the problem was that she would receive so many gifts. We all agreed that she really didn't need a lot of new stuff. Because I was involved in the planning of Fall Fiesta Cincinnati, which was happening not long after her party, I suggested (somewhat jokingly) that she could invite everyone in her class but only if all of the kids brought donations for CoEd in lieu of gifts.
Q: How did Anna respond to your idea?
A: To my surprise, she said "OK! Can we have a bouncy house?" I was even more surprised as she started planning all the details of the party including the logistics of having so many kids here at once. Everything went so smoothly - I was amazed! I am so proud of her for having her birthday party benefit a charity and for using her organizational talents to make it so easy and fun.
Q: How did the party turn out?
A: The day of the party was a beautiful fall day and we had about 55 kids in attendance. We gave them a list of suggested gift cards or the option of a cash donation instead of giving Anna a gift. Our favor bags were clear plastic bags filled with colorful M&Ms and CoEd brochures, which turned out to be a great way to inform the guests and their families about the organization they were supporting.
Anna ended the experience on a high note, exclaiming, "I was happy that my friends were so generous in donating, and we had such a great turnout!"
Q: How much was raised?
A: In the end, Anna's friends donated more than $800 to benefit schoolchildren in Guatemala through Cooperative for Education's programs!
Q: How is the rest of the family involved with CoEd?
A: Actually, Anna was the only person in our family without a direct connection to CoEd. Our daughter, Ingrid, was born in Guatemala. Ellie, our oldest daughter, visited Guatemala just last year. Doug is on the Board of Trustees. I was on the Fall Fiesta planning committee last year and will be co-chairing the event in 2011. So Anna's party gave her that connection to CoEd and the family connection is finally complete!