Last Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a landmark day for displaced animals. With lots of help from volunteers from the HUMANE SOCIETY OF TULSA, we engraved, colored, and sold over 200 bottles of wine, netting a bit over $4K profit for the Society. Wildly successful, the entire event netted something over $20K so we were only a part of the overall success. I didn’t talk to a single individual at two different venues last Saturday who had ever seen hand-engraved wine bottles.
It was great fun interacting with the folks there and a huge thanks goes out to PRISCILLA HAUSER, my dear friend of 4 decades, and a Tulsa resident and active supporter of the Society, who invited me to be a part. She rubbed color into almost every one of the 200+ bottles….a task FAR below her skill level as a fine artist. But she did it joyfully and tirelessly. The critters see the invisible halo that floats above her head.
If you’re an engraver, or a wannabe, there are countless opportunities to share your skills and raise awareness for your work. I didn’t take away a dime for my long day’s work but I left with a great sense of accomplishment for benefitting the Society and having made a couple of hundred people happy to cross off some names from their Christmas list by getting personalized bottles that will be warmly received. Each got my card as a ‘necklace’ that was attached to a rubber band and hung on the neck of every bottle.
Thanks to my wife, Gail, her artwork of our two dogs, Gus and Max, was etched on a 3L bottle that was auctioned off during the evening event.
Cheers to the critters and the angels who take care of them in Tulsa!