Simon Pearce raises over $90,000 for Red Cross
While in the midst of rebuilding their flagship facility in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the most destructive flooding to Vermont in nearly a century, Simon Pearce introduced a limited-edition Commemorative Barre Tealight to raise money for Vermont flood relief. A total of 4,566 tealights were sold in a month and a half span, raising $91,320 for the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley.
The tealight, retailing for $40, was sold at SimonPearce.com and all eight Simon Pearce retail locations with Simon Pearce donating $20 of each sale to support both Red Cross flood relief and to help bring a model of community sheltering to the region that will serve the people of Vermont for years to come. Each tealight was engraved with “VT 8-28-11,” the date Tropical Storm Irene swept through Vermont.
“So many of our neighbors were forced to rebuild their homes and livelihoods in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, that we wanted to offer this opportunity to support Vermont recovery,” said Simon Pearce. “The tealight is a symbol of strength and rebirth - all characteristics that have shined through in Vermonters in the aftermath of this natural disaster. We appreciate the support of our loyal customers who helped us raise the funds for this donation.”
A portion of the funds raised by Simon Pearce is also pledged for preparedness so that the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley can provide the equipment and training to every community to shelter its citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. “This gift shows incredible compassion for those impacted by Irene and the foresight to know that there are additional steps that can be taken to prepare for future disasters,” said Larry Crist, Regional Executive of the American Red Cross of Vermont & the New Hampshire Valley.
The Simon Pearce flagship location, The Mill at Quechee, is undergoing renovation following damage resulting from Irene, however, The Mill’s retail store and restaurant operations are open. The glassblowing and pottery studios remain closed until further notice while undergoing extensive repair. Updates to the reopening schedule are shared at SimonPearce.com.
About Simon Pearce:
Simon Pearce designs, manufactures and markets original products in hand blown glass and handmade pottery and operates a fine dining establishment. Simon Pearce has maintained a dedication to creating products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use. Founded in 1971, Simon Pearce originated as a small glassblowing workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland. In 1981, the company moved to a historic woolen mill on the banks of the Ottauquechee River in Quechee, Vermont. Today, Quechee remains the flagship for Simon Pearce’s retail, restaurant and production activities. The full range of glass and pottery designs embodies traditional and contemporary styles—all with classic simplicity, elegance and everyday functionality. The line is available at eight Simon Pearce retail stores, through a nationwide network of over 500 signature stores, via mail-order catalogue and online at SimonPearce.com.
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