. . . providing a personalized touch for your life’s memories a/k/a The Bar for Women

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Life's Memories & More Business of the Year Award Winner by the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce

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  • 1. . . . providing a personalized touch for your lifes memories a/k/a The Bar for Women

2. Lifes Memories & More A paper craft store and so much more was established in 2006 by Tanya Bullock & Cheryl Hackenson Now a sole-proprietor, Tanya has often joked that the store is the bar for women although men and children are always welcome and she is actually terrible with names, but never forgets a face. The store has become a destination for local as well as far off crafters. 3. CAUSES Lifes Memories & More continually supports worthy causes Here are just a few. . . 4. Baystate Healths Rays of Hope Foundation Tanyas mother is a 29 year survivor of breast cancer, so the cause is one that has personal meaning. Since the store opened in 2006, Lifes Memories & More has raised funds annually to support Susan G. Komen Foundation (2006) and Baystate Healths Rays of Hope Foundation (2006 present). 5. Rays of Hope Fundraising Each year the store hosts a fundraising crop, make n takes and raffles with 100% of the proceeds donated to Rays of Hope. Two years ago, Tanya started the concept of a calendar raffle with the support of generous donations from local businesses as well as individuals and paper craft manufacturers. 6. RoH Make n Takes 7. Pink Scarf Project Every breast cancer survivor at the annual Rays of Hope Walk in October receives a handmade pink scarf. As crafty as Tanya is knitting or crocheting are not one of her talents, but she offered to buy yarn to make 12 scarves if her crafty customers were willing to participate the first year 72 scarves were made and donated via Lifes Memories & More with Tanya even chipping in using her childhood knitting loom. 8. Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors Day Tanyas motto is paper crafting is cheaper than therapy. Tanya and her helpers share the crafty therapy by offering a class at the Survivors Day 9. Rays of Hope Breast Cancer Survivors Day 10. Quilled Ornaments for a Cause The quilled ornament club at Lifes Memories & More under the direction of Carol Gancorz, decorated ornaments, which were sold and the proceeds benefitted the non- profit, Collaborative for Community Health, Inc. 11. Palmer craft store Life's Memories & More to hold Christmas tree raffle to benefit tornado recovery ~MassLive More than 100 handmade snowflakes were strung on two 4- foot-tall pre-lit Christmas trees, which were raffled off to benefit the Monson Tornado Relief Fund and the Brimfield- based Harding Fund. 12. Tornado Relief Fundraising Efforts 13. Supporting Others Fundraising Efforts Lifes Memories & More made donations of time, space, and products to aid others in their efforts to raise money for the tornado victims including hosting a bake sale, cash for gold event, advertising local charity events and giving raffle prizes for an all day crop. 14. Harmony House Fundraising Crop Lifes Memories & More provided Harmony House with a venue to have their 2nd annual fundraising crop. Harmony House will provide caregivers, in a comfortable homelike environment, for those who have limited or no resources and are in need of compassionate care in their final stages of life. 15. Heartbeat of Hope Team Dee Lifes Memories & More is helping fundraise for one of its customers (& friend) who is need of a heart transplant. The store helped with a fundraising bus trip to Mohegan Sun and is currently selling T-shirts & wristbands as well posting events that others are sponsoring for Dee. 16. COMMUNITY Lifes Memories & More working with other local businesses & organizations 17. Working with other businesses & organizations Lifes Memories & More believes that local communities are better when local businesses and organizations work together. Tanya doesnt just talk the talk, but walks the walk she regularly tries to participate with or engage other small businesses and local organizations to do collaborative events, fundraising or cross-promotions. LIBRARYLOFT UsedBook Store at Schoolhouse Commons 1085Park Street (Route 20),Palmer,MA 18. Vintage Valentines Workshop at the Palmer Historical & Cultural Center 19. Monson Savings Bank Steve Lowell, President & CEO of Monson Savings Bank stopped in for a Wheres Steve? segment and Lifes Memories & More showed him even presidents can get crafty! 20. Business Displays at Monson Savings Bank Ware Branch 21. Lifes Memories & More worked with Blossom Hill Herbs of Brimfield to come up with a special tea (herbal infusion) to celebrate the stores 7th anniversary. The Upper Crust Bakery, Tea & Coffee Shop in Monson hosted a tea party for Lifes Memories & More in celebration of the stores anniversary. 22. Wares 250th Parade 23. Child Safety & Heatlh Clinic 24. COUNTRY Lifes Memories & More doing its small part to support our troops 25. Cards for Troops to Send Home Initiative Lifes Memories & More partnered up with Oregon Coast Avid Stampers (ORCAS) in August of 2009 to send unused handmade and manufactured cards to our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. To-date 26,500 cards have been sent along with another 1171 lbs of manufactured cards from Lifes Memories & More 26. From the East Coast to the West 27. you for taking your time and effort to support the troops. I am an active duty soldier currently deployed in Afghanistan. I just received a care package from Operation Care Package and found your cards very thoughtful. Thanks for including these in the package as I am now able to write home for Christmas using these beautiful cards to send my best back home. Thank you for all you do. Merry Christmas to you and your families. You and everyone involved will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Osvaldo E. 28. Boxes of Love Support Packages for Our Troops Lifes Memories & More collected items for Boxes of Love in support of one moms mission to send some love in a box to our heroes! 29. QUABOAG HILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Oh My! 30. Thanks to Tanyas Mom (a/k/a Bashi) and her sneaky peeps from Lifes Memories & More the store was awarded Business of the Year complete with custom pieces from Juliet Rose Gallery, citations from the state and BEAUTIFUL flowers from Susan Matthews, the Chamber and Easter flowers from Tanyas Dad (a/k/a Pops). 31. Some of Tanyas Supporters & Peanut Gallery at the QHCC Annual Dinner 32. QHCC Awards handcrafted by: