beads of courage

Beads of Courage Design Challenge Sponsored by Soft Flex Company at the 2014 Bead and Button Show

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I have had the extreme pleasure of working on a very special project this year, which will be displayed at the Bead and Button Show.

Visit Beads of Courage to see Creativity in Full Circle, sponsored by Soft Flex Company. 10 glass beads were created based on drawings by 10 children in the Beads of Courage program. 10 jewelry designers chosen by Soft Flex Company were challenged to incorporate the beads into finished necklace designs that will be on display and for sale with the proceeds benefiting Beads of Courage at the Bead and Button Show in the lobby.

The Beads of Courage Mission: We are growing every day, providing innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness, their families and the health care providers who care for them.

Here is an example of a bead dreamed up by a child and brought to life by a glass artist.  Won't it be fun to see this in a finished design?

The designers chosen by Soft Flex Company to make the final pieces include:

Jamie Hogsett 
Diane Trepanier

Also, visit Soft Flex Company at the Bead and Button Show in booths 525, 527, 626, 628 on the show floor in order to donate to Beads of Courage. Donations of cash, checks or beads will be accepted. Donation receipts will be available.

Bead And Button Show
    June 5 - 8, 2014
    Wisconsin Center
    400 West Wisconsin Avenue
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    Thursday 10:00am - 8:00pm (preview night)
    Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Saturday 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday 10:00am - 4:00pm

Blog contributor Sara Oehler (the original SoftFlexGirl) is the Sales and Marketing Manager for Soft Flex Company. Find her on facebook or her blog.  She'd love to hear from you! So, please feel free to leave comments or email her at

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