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Teddy Bear Challenge Update!

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WFS needs our annual support. The Teddy Bear Challenge is a major fundraiser for WFS.
Donate to support WFS. Or donate to win a doll in the drawing. Donate to be part of … All
Love Given Returns.

Here is where the Teddy Bear Challenge is on May 2:

92 donors have collectively donated $9,975!
Plus we have a pledge of $50,013 in available matching funds!
Including matching funds … we are now at $19,949!!!

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20% toward our goal of $50,013 from the community
59% towards our participation goal <— can we blow this out of the water?
5 donors at the Silver level, $500 – $999
1 donor at the Gold level, $1000 – $4,999
0 donors at the Platinum level, $5000+
1 WFS Angel, matching up to $50,013!!! <— your dollars are doubled!

Are you able to make a donation to turn your gratitude for WFS Online, the WFS meetings or
the WFS support into an action that helps sustain the services in 2023? We appreciate your
consideration.
Donate to the TBC online at

womenforsobriety.org/donatetbc

or download this form to mail in your donation.

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Why donate to WFS?

The annual Teddy Bear Challenge is a major fundraiser to generate funds to sustain the operations, programs and support offered by WFS. With TruPat, we donate in gratitude for the support we receive and to pay it forward for the next woman who joins.  

In honor of the tradition established by TeddyBear many years ago:

I challenge the WFS community to donate as much money this year as the WFS Angel donated in 2021: Challenge amount: $50,013 by June 14, 2022  

Can you be one of the major donors? Last year we had: 

Silver, $500-$999 – 1 donor

Gold, $1000 – $4,999 – 7 donors 

Platinum, $5,000+ – 2 donors 

Our community has reached a total of $5,132 … 10% of our goal.  You can make a difference if you donate! Every dollar is important. 

Donate to the TBC online: womenforsobriety.org/donatetbc or download this form to mail in your donation.

Women for Sobriety, Inc (WFS) is a NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) company operated by a few employees and an army of volunteers.

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Why donate to WFS?

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While we work to raise the much needed funds to sustain WFS, every dollar is important.  If you can afford $13.00, we treasure that donation as much as $1,300.

Please, please consider donating to the Teddy Bear Challenge and support the organization that supports each of us.

Donate to the TBC online

womenforsobriety.org/donatetbc

or download this form to mail in your donation.

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Why donate to WFS?

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The WFS organization needs your donations to continue to operate and offer the programs of services to women in recovery, who are offered support without charge.  Reflect a moment … we each arrived to use a program structured for our needs, were wrapped in kind support, pointed in the right direction for self-work, and were not sent an invoice for services rendered.  Personally, in a word, priceless.  It is with gratitude that I volunteer and donate.

So here is the challenge to you, the community of rock star women…

I challenge the WFS community to donate as much money this year,

as the WFS Angel donated in 2021.  The challenge amount is $50,013  by June 14, 2022.  

Last year, we had this many major donors:

Silver, $500-$999 – 1 donor

Gold, $1000 – $4,999 – 7 donors

Platinum, $5,000+ – 2 donors

If you are financially able, are you willing to be a major donor?  

Have you been helped in building a New Life? 

Have you avoided costs like, therapy sessions at $75 each, in or outpatient treatment for thousands, DUI consequences for thousands? 

Saved or rebuilt a relationship with a loved one?  

While we work to raise much needed funds to sustain WFS, every dollar is important.  If you can afford $13.00, we treasure that donation as much as $1,300.  

Please, please consider donating to the Teddy Bear Challenge and support the organization that supports each of us.

Donate to the TBC online

womenforsobriety.org/donatetbc

or download this form to mail in your donation.

 

Women for Sobriety, Inc (WFS) is a NON-PROFIT 501(C)(3) company operated by a few employees and an army of volunteers.

And yes, along the way, you might win a doll!

Hugs and Aloha,

Bunny

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Announcing the 2022 Teddy Bear Challenge!

In 2011, a loved member and chat leader, TeddyBear started the Teddy Bear Challenge. In 2021, the Teddy Bear Challenge raised $77,274!

  • 155 financial donations, including 9 of $1,000 or more
  • $50,000 from our anonymous WFS angel
  • The sale on eBay of 13 Statement bracelets were also contributed

The main purpose of the Teddy Bear Challenge is the fundraising.  However, to make it even more fun and offer women an opportunity to put Statement #10 into action, “All love given returns” … teddy bears and bunnies are stuffed & accessorized and then offered as prizes in a drawing. It is our belief that the dolls will deliver hugs and love to whomever receives them.  To date, 100 dolls have been given away in this effort, with love given to the doll and returned to all.

Financial donors are entered into this drawing, unless they opt out.  eBay buyers can request to be entered by using the electronic form.  However, a financial donation or purchase is not required to enter.  See below for the rules the drawing.

Would you or your group like to join in the fun?

The Teddy Bear Challenge needs volunteers or groups to stuff the dolls, raise awareness in the WFS community and organize/perform supporting activity for the event.  Contact [email protected] if you are interested.

Donate to the TBC online womenforsobriety.org/donatetbc
or download this form to mail in your donation.

The funds are much needed to support the operations and programs offered by Women For Sobriety, Inc.   WFS is a 501(c) (3) non-profit Corporation.

About the Drawing

Entry to the drawing closes on June 14, 2022.  Winners will be announced on June 20, 2022.  The winners will be emailed notification and asked to complete an online form to provide a shipping address.  Note, the stuffed doll can be sent to another person or organization, within your own country, if you confirm that they will accept it … but gift wrapping is unavailable.

Teddy Bear Drawing Rules

No donation necessary to win.  To enter without making a donation, complete the form at womenforsobriety.org/entertbc  Minimum 18 years of age.  One entry per person.  Employees, directors and officers of WFS and their immediate family members (parent, child, sibling and spouse of each) and those living in the same households of each (whether related or not) are not eligible.  Odds of winning will depend on number of entries.  To be eligible for the drawing, entries must have been received by June 14th, 2022, online or postal mail to PO BOX 618, Quakertown, PA, 18951, USA.

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WFS Winter Update

February 2020

Special Event: Chat with Laura McKowen

On February 23, 2020 WFS Online hosted a chat with Laura McKowen, author of We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life

One of the latest recovery books to hit bookstore shelves is We Are The Luckiest: The Surprising Magic of a Sober Life, written by Laura McKowen, and the women of WFS are discussing it! The book immediately found its place among the top hardcover books sold and was hailed as one of the year’s most courageous and candid memoirs.

Laura’s story accurately captures the shame and confusion of addiction, before and during sobriety, but her words also carry hope. She honestly describes her own struggles, but goes beyond her desire to drink, into a powerful analysis of how we grow and relate to others, and ultimately to ourselves, once we choose recovery. So much of her story aligned with the WFS Acceptance Statements that it seemed worthy of a group read and online discussion.

The WFS response to Laura’s text has been overwhelming. Women from the program served as online facilitators for discussion on several chapters each week. By responding to, and reflecting on the questions posed, women explored different aspects of their own sobriety. This encouraged them to relate to the author’s journey, while also making connections to the WFS New Life Program. To demonstrate the magnitude of this book study, one recent prompt garnered 43 replies and 525 views, clearly showing that the discussion is timely and worthwhile. It was great having the opportunity to chat with Laura, with 55 women attending!

WFS Annual Conference

Registration Opens March 1st

Thanks to a diversity of housing options at Hamline University, we were able to lower our most economical registration rate by $25! Register before March 31st to save even more with our Early Bird Discount of $20.

                                              2 nights               3 nights
Resident Hall Lodging
Double room                            $275                     $325
Single room                              $350                     $420
Apartment Lodging
Double Room                           $350                     $420
Single Room                             $430                     $520
Day Pass (No Lodging)          $200                     $220

Work scholarships are available!
Application period begins March 1st.

Workshops Announced

We had so many great applications, we had to open up an additional breakout period on Saturday afternoon! In addition to 3 large group sessions, dive deeper into personal growth through your choice of 4 smaller group workshops.

Teddy Bear Challenge

A few years ago, a loved member and chat leader, TeddyBear Cuddle (TBC) started the Teddy Bear Challenge. Leading up to the WFS Annual Conference, through her generosity, she donated $1,000 and challenged the membership to dig deep and help WFS by donating as well. And those $5, $10, and $20 donations from the membership added up. In 2019, the Teddy Bear Challenge raised $15,739 from 140 donors, including 6 generous donations of $1,000!

Let’s hit $16,000 this year!

A Teddy Bear to hug and love… and in honor of our amazing volunteer BunnyH, who has taken over running the Challenge, we are adding bunnies to the Class of 2020!

Donors to the Teddy Bear Challenge are eligible for a drawing of the teddy bears and bunnies!* The first drawing will come from the donors who are recorded by Sunday, June 7, 2020. Donors who also attend the Conference on June 12 – 14, 2020, in St Paul, MN, will have a second chance in a drawing of the last 3 stuffed animals.

Donate to the Teddy Bear Challenge Now!

There are many ways to volunteer your time in the campaign… you can stuff an animal, help us with communications, spread the word by being part of our cheer squad, or help setup at conference. Contact BunnyH on the WFS Forum or [email protected] if you are enthusiastically ready to be a volunteer!  Detailed instructions will be provided!

*No donation necessary to win. For complete drawing rules, go to the TBC donation page.

Save the Date

SoberSoul Recovery Podcast
March 16th, 2020
Listen in as Adrienne Miller, WFS President/CEO, and Lynn Matti, SoberSoul Recovery Podcast host, chat about the New Life Program and the upcoming Annual Weekend Conference. Lynn is one of this year’s Featured Presenters at the conference and will be giving the keynote address on Saturday morning.

Cigna Substance Use Disorders Series
Self-Imaging in Recovery with Adrienne Miller, WFS President/CEO
March 18th, 2020 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST
Who am I now that I’m sober? Due to the impact of addiction on multiple areas of life, many people with a substance use disorder feel a strong loss of identity when they try to make changes to their substance use. We will explore why this is so, and share some simple methods to help the recovering person redefine their self-image to one of an empowered, capable, and sober individual.

Personal Stories

from the WFS Blog

Today Though
This is HUGE for me – putting myself out here!  One thing you need to know is that I’m a secret addict. My husband knows, my mom knows and my dealer knows.  That’s about the extent of it. I was in control until I wasn’t. It’s been all downhill from there…
Read More

This Could Have Been Me

…Liquor and lipstick – the middle class career woman’s essential purse items. Binge drinking by women is on the rise. However, if you were to query a woman’s family or friends about her habits, many would not even know she has a problem. That’s because women are more likely to drink alone and keep it hidden…
Read More
Interested in sharing your story? Email your submission to [email protected].

New Meetings

Jacksonville, FL: Tuesdays – 7 pm, [email protected]

Williamsport, PA: Wednesdays – 5:30 pm, [email protected]

London, ON: Saturdays – 10:00 am, [email protected]