Monday, May 31, 2010

On June 9th, the Cooley's Anemia Foundation is holding "Summer Lovin'" at Cavo Cafe Lounge, 42-18 31st Avenue in Astoria. This is a special night to benefit the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, which battles a fatal genetic blood disorder. Admission is $20 and includes hors d'oeuvres and a glass of wine or draft beer; a cash bar and menu items are also available. There's music, raffles and just a lot of fun, all for a really good cause. For more information, go to or or contact or 212-279-8090.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Check out the Etsy blog

Check out the ETSY blog and read an article on "Soap that Makes Scents" known as Kreated by Karina on Etsy and read about how Karina Gallo quit her day job to pursue her business full time.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Soap that Makes Scents to be feautured in ETSY!

Soap That Makes Scents is a handmade bath and beauty company that was established in 2001. Soap that Makes Scents is run by Canadian transplant Karina Gallo and her American-born husband, Richard. They use high quality ingredients and believe in minimal packaging, and small batches to ensure freshness.

Etsy has chosen to do a full article on Soap that Makes Scents. Be sure to check out the Etsy Blog (Storque) on March 8th to learn all about "Soap that Makes Scents" and how Karina quit her day job to enjoy crafting and soap-making fulltime. Check out their ETSY shop and become a FAN on Facebook "Soap that Makes Scents"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

3rd Annual Carnival of Love Fundraiser

On Friday, February 26, 2010, The Carnival of Love Foundation along with Kefi Productions and Manny Mykonos will host their 3rd Annual Carnival Fundraiser at Central Sushi Bar Lounge in Astoria, NY, to benefit 3 year old Sophia Tavolacci and Be the Match Foundation.

Sophia Tavolacci is a 3 year old that was recently diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a life threatening bone marrow disease where the bone marrow stops making enough red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets for the body. Sophia requires supportive care which means ongoing treatments of blood transfusions and infection prevention. Her mom, Catherine, is keeping track of her progress through this website:

The Be the Match Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an opportunity for all patients to receive the bone marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant they need, when they need it. They also provide financial assistance to help patients throughout their transplant journey and to advance medical research and discovery. Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with leukemia, aplastic anemia and other life-threatening diseases; many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or a cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on the Be The Match Registry® to find a match to save their life. Be The Match Registry® is the largest and most racially and ethnically diverse registry of its kind in the world, it has grown to more than 8 million donors and more than 100,000 cord blood units [this term refers to blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born].

Our previous two Carnival Fundraisers, also held at Central Sushi Bar Lounge in Astoria, were monumental successes. With the combined efforts of our generous Greek-American community, family, friends and other fundraising participants, The Carnival of Love Foundation was able to donate $21,500.00 over the last 2 years, to benefit the orphans of SOS Children’s Villages in Greece. The overwhelming response by our community has truly inspired us to continue our charitable efforts as we have witnessed firsthand the tremendous impact and strength that individuals can have, when joined together under a unified and heartfelt cause. We like to call these efforts ‘loveprints’. Loveprints come in many colors, shapes and sizes, and despite our differences, it's the one thing that truly unites us all. Even the smallest loveprint can make a lasting impression on someone’s life. We named our campaign: ‘What's the shape of your love?’ asking people to pause and reflect on how much of their lives is actually dedicated to sharing light, love and hope to others. This “Love Revolution” begs the question: What loveprint will you leave on this world?

On Friday, February 26th, Central Sushi Bar Lounge in Astoria will transform into a fantasy-like Carnival playground complete with breath-taking entertainment, elaborately costumed performers, and raffle giveaways. The Courtyard will come alive with various Carnival festivities, which in previous years included popcorn, cotton candy, candy apples, chocolate covered strawberries, a face painter, caricature artists, photo booth and handmade Carnival inspired jewelry. Doors open at 9pm. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres, courtesy of Estiatorio Ammos, will be served from 9-10:30pm.

Admission is $30.00 at the door which includes access to the Carnival Playground, Courtyard, a complimentary drink pass and party favor. 100% of the proceeds from our ticket sales will be distributed towards Sophia Tavolacci’s family and Be the Match Foundation.

Premier Sponsors include:
o Central Sushi Bar Lounge, 20-30 Steinway Street, Astoria, NY,
o The Privilege Group, Elias Karalekas, Insurance Specialist,

Entertainment provided by:
o EventCo Productions,

For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please email:, or visit

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winter Blast

Thanks to all the wonderful and talented vendors of "Winter Blast" and thanks to all the shoppers and supporters that came out in the rain yesterday! Pictures from the event will be uploaded within the next few days.

The raffle proceeds were donated to "Seeds of Love" who raised money at Winter Blast to grant winter wishes for kids in need through NY Cares and the Ronald Mc Donald House in NYC.

We would like to give a very big thanks to the vendors that donated prizes for such a great cause! The winner will be contacted and we will make arrangements to have the prizes delivered.

Raffle Winners

Sanfords Restaurant Giftcard- ticket #876030 Harriet Capuano

Sanfords Restaurant Giftcard- ticket #876026 Helen

Spa Basket donated by "The Little Soap Shop"- ticket #876014 Margarita

Skincare basket donated by "Anthesis Organic Skincare- ticket #876036 Maria Petsas

Handmade scarf donated by "Mara Bianca"- ticket #876020 Elizabeth

Fashion earrings donated by "Wink & Flip"- ticket # 876011 Claudia

Hair Accesory donated by "Molly Made" ticket #876060 Pat

Christmas Ornament donated by "Pink Graffiti" ticket # 876017 Afrodite

Soaps & Dish donated by "Naturally Good Soaps" ticket #876003 Chris Rykala

Fashion Nekclace and Earrings donated by "Gewelry Duty"ticket # Joanna

Copper art sculpture donated by "LRS Art & Design" #876067 Robert Gavilla

Friday, December 11, 2009

Skip the mall and shop handmade this Sunday, come to "Winter Blast"

Why go to the mall this Sunday, when you can shop for all the gifts you need at "Winter Blast" Handmade Holiday Market in Astoria. Avoid the long lines, traffic, crowds of people and inconveniences of the mall and department stores. We are at a convenient location right next to a municipal free parking lot and right under the N/W train. The most talented designers, crafters and artists will be showcasing their products at this one day only shopping event. They will be selling: jewelry & fashion accessories, handbags, crochet hats, sweaters, scarves, clothing, toys, bath & body products, candles, holiday decor/ornaments, greeting cards, fine art paintings and photography. We hill have a bakery/cafe and a DJ all day long. Our special guests "Seeds of Love" will be raising money and, proceeds from their sales will go to grant winter wishes for New York City kids in need through New York Cares and The Ronald McDonald House in NYC. Shop unique this holiday season... by buying handmade you will be supporting local handmade designers and independent business owners. We hope to see you all there!
Sunday December 13th
Cretan's Association
32-33 31st street
between Broadway and 34th avenue