Sketchy Sunflowers ~ Make A Wish Fundraiser by Debbie Robbins

Sketchy Sunflowers ~ Make A Wish Fundraiser by 

One of my hundreds of shots from Buttonwood Farms Make-A-Wish campaign 2010…

While in Paint.NET ink sketching some flowers, I came across this in the folder… sooooooooooooo..

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In 2003 at the suggestion of a friend, we planted a one acre field of sunflowers. As they began to blossom, we learned that people were coming from many miles away to admire and photograph them.

We planted the sunflowers for people to admire their beauty and to compliment our rural environment. Although the flowers were beautiful, we had not thought about what we were going to do with them. When the blooms expired, we used them as feed for our cows.

We felt that we could find a better use for the flowers, and in turn, have established the “Sunflowers for Wishes” fundraiser.

The fundraiser is to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, a non-profit organization devoted to making wishes possible for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

In 2004 we planted 10 acres of sunflowers, providing approximately 300,000 blooms for your viewing pleasure. As the event has been so popular we will continue to plant 14 acres again this year.

We will be cutting bouquets of sunflowers and giving them to you in exchange for a $5.00 donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We give 100% of all proceeds directly to Make-A-Wish. We also have t-shirts available, and the sunflower design on the front of the shirt changes every year.

Due to overwhelming demand we are unfortunately unable to reserve or hold sunflower bouquets. All bouquets are sold on a first come first serve basis.

I HAVE YET TO HEAR how much was raised this year, but I do know in 2009 they raised $70.000… :))

I LOVE my Family.
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I LOVE my Camera.
I LOVE my RB Friends.
I LOVE the many kind lessons I have learned here… and look forward to Learning much more…

I think you get the picture. :))))
Pardon the Pun..

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  • ctheworld
    ctheworldover 4 years ago

    Love it! Hope these are heading to the challenge in THEME THURSDAY-FEATURE FRIDAY!! I’d love to see them in there!

  • I’m hopeless Arlane… I can’t keep up with this site… hahaha :))))) I will check it out… thanks :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Christine Annas
    Christine Annasover 4 years ago

    I love the treatment….from ordinary to extraordinary….AGAIN : )

  • Hi Chris.. many thanks girl!!! Appreciate that… I NEVER have been ORDINARY now that I think about it… LOL :)))) ♥

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckerover 4 years ago

    How pretty…like the effect :-)

  • Thanks girl.. :)))) Glad you like it… was just in a ink sketch mood… lol :)))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithover 4 years ago

    oH I’m wishing I could see this with my eyes..this is outstanding:)))

  • Many thanks Karen… I am sure you have seen the many other REAL photos of the Make A Wish Sunflowers here in my portfolio… :)))) It is an awesome display!!!! :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 4 years ago

    Great effect, Cookie. Love the sunflowers.

  • Thanks so much Dot.. :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    Nice treatment on these beauties Deb………such a great cause!! ;-))

  • Thanks Steph… absolutely a Wonderful Cause. :))))♥

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Jupiter Queen
    Jupiter Queenover 4 years ago

    Cookie, this is so wonderful that you guys came up with this idea! Helping others is my aim, so now is my turn to come up with something! Can you think of something for me? I would like to make some organization happy with donations tooooooo OK! :)))))))

  • Jupiter, there are sooo many deserving charities out there…. this one hits home as our family has used these services, so as it is close to where I live, we all make sure we purchase these Sunflowers for the Make A Wish foundation!!!! I am sure YOU can find a Make A Wish near you…. or any other worthy cause that hits HOME to you is what I would look for to either Work with…. or donate to!!! :)))) You are a sweetheart!!!! :)))) Google Make A Wish if you can’t think of anything else… ♥

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work Cookie.

  • So many thanks Rosalie!!!! :)))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsover 4 years ago

    Nice one! Years back when I was very young, I worked at a place called Buttonwood Farms here in NY…it was a race horse breeding farm!

  • How funny is that… :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallover 4 years ago

    instant fave :) xxx

  • THANKS very much Denise!! :))))

    – Debbie Robbins

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