Words cannot express our gratitude to you for helping to make Green Halloween's second year an bigger success than we could have dreamed of(and trust us, we dream big).
We appreciate the part you played in our initiative this year - be it hand-making costumes, composting pumpkins, organizing schools, contributing money, buying healthy treats, writing to local newspapers, forwarding this newsletter, telling your friends or a myriad of other things. Whatever it was, your support made a big difference.
How big of a difference?
Although we're still compiling stories and statistics what we do know is this: In just one year, Green Halloween grew from a local movement to a national initiative involving thousands of families in the United States and Canada who took steps, big and small, to make this Halloween healthier and more sustainable.
It's amazing what can happen when we join together to create change.
We can only imagine what 2009 will bring!
Do you have stories, photos or videos to share with us? We'd love to include them on our site or in future newsletters. Send them to us today.
The party everyone's still talking about
...okay, maybe we're still talking about it.
If you weren't there, you missed a great (green) party, if we do say so ourselves.
On Novembver 11th, Treeswing hosted Seattle Greendrinks, a celebration like none other.
First of all, it was held in an auto-dealer's showroom. (Why? Because they offered and we thought it would be cool to nosh on cheese and wine while test-sitting a fuel efficient car.) Second of all, our party featured three-time Olympic gold medalist, Sheryl Swoops, (whose team, the Seattle Storm, plants a tree every time one of the their players makes a three-point shot). Third of all, this was Seattle Greendrinks' first-ever zero-waste party. That's right, not a single trash can was to be found. (Compost bins were the order of the night.)
And let us not forget the amazing (free!) food that kept guests lingering long after closing time. The organic and local wine, beer, bread, cheese, hummus and other divine edibles had everyone convinced the event was catered! (Ha-ha, we fooled them! Every drop and morsel was donated by our generous sponsors, named below.)
Thank you to all 400-or-so of you amazing people who attended. It was fun rubbing elbows with with you.
If you weren't there, we hope to see you next time. Stay updated with our local events here.
Thank you to our many volunteers as well as to our event sponsors: Carter's Subaru, Seattle Storm, Full Circle Farm, Snoqualamie Wines, Sierra Nevada, Essential Baking Company, Terra Bella Flowers, Stellar Event Rentals, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Cupcake Royale, Monterey Gourmet Foods, Clif Bar, Vios Cafe, Goods for the Planet, Guayaki.
... it just wouldn't have been the same (or as green) without you!
Stay healthy year 'round with Treeswing
You already know that Green Halloween is a program of Treeswing's, but did you know that Treeswing has many other great projects happening year 'round?
Take their Boardwalk 5K, Get Fit Get Smart partnership or their new campaign, Jump Up!, which will place a jump rope in the hands of each and every kindergartner in the Seattle public school system. How cool is that?
For those of you who live outside of the Puget Sound area, Treeswing's website is a phenomenal resource for finding ways to keep kids active and healthy and making fitness and good nutrition fun.
For more information on Treeswing's programs and how you can support them in helping raise generations of healthy children in a healthy world, go to:
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