Thursday, December 6, 2007

Robert's Snow Reprise

I’ve had the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on my mind a lot lately. Yesterday, my husband and I received an invitation to join in a celebration of the holiday season and the tremendous success of Team Daisy and the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge. The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. My husband was one of the riders for Team Daisy. The invitation included great news about the team. The riders raised $129, 630 this year! And I would like to add that the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raised a record-breaking $33,000,000 in 2007!!!

Click here to go to the Team Daisy page at the PMC website.

This is my friend Daisy Locke for whom the team was named.

Dana-Farber has also been in my thoughts because of Robert’s Snow 2007. I didn’t win any snowflakes in the first auction. I know that I won two in the second auction. (I might also have won a third snowflake—but I haven’t received notification about that one yet.) And I’ve been bidding on lots of snowflakes in Auction 3!

Here are the two snowflakes I won in Auction 2. One is going to be a Christmas present for someone who is very special to me.

Susan Miller's Snowflake

Carol Schwartz's Snowflake

Here are the snowflakes I won in the 2004 Robert’s Snow auctions:

Gabi Swiatkowska's Snowflake

Susan Kathleen Hartung's Snowflake

Phyllis Harris's Snowflake

Scott Bakal's Snowflake

Here are the snowflakes I won in the 2005 Robert’s Snow auctions:

Diane Greenseid's Snowflake

Phoebe Stone's Snowflake

Betsy Lewin's Snowflake

Gabi Swiatkowska's Snowflake

Sharon Vargo's Snowflake

I gave this one to my daughter as a Christmas present.

I emailed Sharon in early December of 2005 to tell her that I had won her snowflake and was planning to give it to my daughter as a Christmas present. Do you want to know what Sharon did? She autographed a copy of Bessie's Bed and sent it to me so I could give it to my daughter along with the snowflake. I was so touched by her thoughtful gesture!

I love all my snowflakes. They are little treasures. They are also reminders of how I established a close friendship with two very special people—Grace Lin and Robert Mercer.

I am hoping that Robert’s Snow 2007 will be a resounding success. Please help us to raise lots of money for sarcoma research by bidding on your favorite snowflake(s) in Auction 3.


Josephine Cameron said...

What a beautiful collection! I love the colors in the Gabi Swiatkowska piece!

Tricia said...

I am crazy about the Betsy Lewin snowflake. I just love her stuff.

My question is, how do you display them? Do you keep them up all year, or only bring them out in the winter?

Only one more day. I can't believe some of these flakes are going so cheaply. I almost hope I get outbid just to raise more money for the cause.

Elaine Magliaro said...


Gabi's 2004 snowflake is a true work of fine art. It looks like it belongs in a museum.


Grace has framed some of her snowflakes. I hope to frame most of mine, too, and hang them in my living room, dining room, etc. At the present time, my snowflakes are still in the little envelopes they came in. I'm undecided about what to do with the two-sided ones.

Some of the loveliest snowflakes have had just one or two bidders. I bet you'll see a flurry of bidding just before the auction ends tomorrow.

MotherReader said...

I love the Carol Schwartz snowflake. I was planning to bid on it, and somewhere along the way, got distracted by life and forgot to go back. Boo. Glad to see it found a nice home with you.

Elaine Magliaro said...

Mother Reader,

I got Carol Schwartz's snowflake for my daughter. It's going to be a Christmas present. I had my eye on that snowflake since I saw it at the first Robert's Snow exhibit at the Child at Heart Gallery.

kelmurphy said...

Oh my gosh! I wanted Gabi's flake so badly two years ago! Congrats on all your wins!

Elaine Magliaro said...

Thanks, Kelly! I think Gabi's artwork is amazing. I love what she does with picture books. You made a great snowflake for Robert's Snow 2007. I'm looking forward to getting your book GALLOP O GALLOP.

BTW: I got a bunch of snowflakes this year. I thought I would be outbid on certain ones that I won in the final auction--but I wasn't!

Annie Patterson said...

Such a wonderful collection you have!! Thanks for sharing them.

Elaine Magliaro said...


And now I have your beautiful snowflake to add to my collection! I got a whole flurry of snowflakes in auction 3. (I also got three in auction 2.) I decided this morning to let my daughter open all the "snowflake" packages on Christmas Eve--and tell her she can have her pick of the one(s) she likes best.

Thanks so much for helping with with Robert's Snow 2007!

Jules at 7-Imp said...

What a great post! I love Gabi's snowflake. Love her art work.

Jules, 7-Imp

Jone said...

What beautiful flakes. I think keeping them on display all year would be fun. The Gabi snowflake is my favorite.