8 February, 2011
Janome America, Inc., in affiliation with Global Family Philanthropy, has contributed two sewing machines to help bring relief to orphans and abandoned children in Haiti.
“We are very happy to help to raise money and support for this great cause,” says Janome America president and CEO, Toshiya Takayasu. “It is wonderful that we can use our sewing machines to help empower others.”
Janome donated a MyStyle 100 sewing machine for the Imagine Gala event, which was held in Paradise Valley, AZ on January 15th, two days after the one year anniversary of Haiti’s devastating earthquake. The MyStyle was donated as part of a silent auction. Proceeds from the event and silent auction helped to raise funds so Global Family Philanthropy can rescue and welcome 37 additional orphaned and abandoned Haitian children into Global Family Home’s orphanage.
To further the outreach, Janome is sending a Classmate sewing machine directly to Haiti, which will be used to make clothes and uniforms for local students.
Other companies who donated products to make the Imagine Gala fund raising event a success are: ClearSnap, Copic, Creative Impressions, Fancy Pants Designs, Flourishes, Flower Soft, Gina K. Designs, Graphic 45, Heartfelt Creations, Janome, JustRite Stampers, Layers of Color, My Mind’s Eye, Niki Sivils, Scrapbooker, Pink Paisley, Quick Quotes, Red Rubber Cafe, StampingScrapping, Taylored Expressions, Technique Tuesday, Unity Stamps, Waltzingmouse Stamps, and Xyron.
An orphan in Haiti
Lori Godlberg, Global Family Philanthropy’s Founder, said of the fundraising efforts, “Together we will continue to embrace and empower our family and friends in Haiti. We've only just begun... look for our crafting/sewing center in 2011.” Global Family Philanthropy is actively involved with every organization and project they support in Haiti. The organization provides clothing, school supplies, medicine, personal care items and toys to hospitals, orphanages and schools.
An awards ceremony at the Imagine Gala event
Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces nearly two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. Janome is a category leader in innovation and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality. For more information, please visit: www.janome.com.