CHA TO PARTNER ON CRAFT SUPERSHOW SECTIONS IN 2011


 

 

 

 

 

 

New CHA Craft SuperShow Sections

New CHA Craft SuperShow Sections

 

In the following news release issued today, the Craft & Hobby Association announced partnerships with two leading consumer show producers to host CHA Craft Super Show Sections as pavilions in TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show in Rosemont (July 21-24) as well as at the Southern Women’s Shows in Charlotte (September 15-18) and Orlando (October 13-16).

By partnering with these shows and coming in as a section within existing consumer shows, CHA anticipates it will be able to introduce crafts to 75,000 people this year through these three shows alone.  The CHA Craft SuperShow Sections will be sold and managed by CHA’s partners TransWorld Exhibits and Southern Shows Inc., and not CHA, allowing CHA staff and resources to be focused on enhancing its award-winning trade shows and core Association business.  For questions or more information about exhibiting in the new CHA Craft SuperShow Sections please contact CHA’s partners individually at: 

JF&A Show – Rosemont (July 21-24)

Don Olstinske, Show Manager, TransWorld Exhibits

800-323-5462, ext. 208 or via email at don@tweshows.com

 

Southern Women’s Shows – Charlotte (Sept. 15-18) and Orlando (October 13-16)

Laura Campbell, National Sponsorship Director of Southern Shows, Inc

704-644-9295 or via email at LCampbell@southernshows.com

 

 

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CHA TO PARTNER ON NEW CRAFT SUPERSHOW SECTIONS

CHA Craft SuperShow Sections to Debut in Southern Women’s Shows and TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show

 

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (January 19, 2011) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) today announced partnerships with leading consumer show producers, TransWorld Exhibits and Southern Shows Inc., to host CHA Craft SuperShow Sections at three venues in 2011. According to the agreements, CHA Craft SuperShow Sections will debut as pavilions at the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show (JF&A Show) in Rosemont, Illinois July 21- 24, and in the Southern Women’s Show in Charlotte, North Carolina September 15-18, and in Orlando, Florida from October 13-16, 2011.

 

“By partnering with leaders like TransWorld Exhibits and Southern Shows Inc., CHA will continue to expand the craft and hobby industry by reaching 75,000 new crafters in three key markets this year,” said Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA.

 

“TransWorld Exhibits is very excited to partner with CHA. We are looking forward to adding the fun and energy of the CHA Craft SuperShow Section to our 34-year tradition of excellence at TransWorld’s JF&A Show in Rosemont,” said Don Olstinske, Show Manager, TransWorld Exhibits.

 

“The partnership with CHA to bring the Craft SuperShow Section to the Southern Women’s Show dovetails perfectly with Southern Shows. We’re really looking forward to adding the CHA Craft SuperShow Sections to our shows,” said Laura Campbell, National Sponsorship Director of Southern Shows, Inc. “This exciting feature will inspire creativity and encourage women to try crafts they can enjoy on their own or with friends or family.” 

 

While most craft shows focus on one or two craft disciplines, the CHA Craft SuperShow Section educates and inspires crafters on a broad range of crafts. The original Craft SuperShow provided cross-promotional opportunities where knitters tried scrapbooking, scrapbookers tried quilting, and quilters experimented with beading. This year show attendees will be able to participate in craft make-n-takes and product demonstrations, learn the latest craft techniques, explore creativity, and buy some of the hottest craft products available.

 

The streamlined CHA Craft SuperShow Section will differ slightly from the original Craft SuperShow in that the Section area is composed of 50 – 100 exhibitors opposed to being its own event with craft education being offered as in-booth instruction only. Additionally, TransWorld Exhibits and Southern Shows Inc., will handle all sales, contracts and negotiations regarding exhibit space for their respective venues. For more about the CHA Craft SuperShow Sections go to www.CraftSuperShow.com.

 

About Southern Shows

The Southern Women’s Show is a consumer lifestyle event launched in 1983, held in 10 markets across the country.  The annual Southern Women’s Shows attract over 250,000 women each year with fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities. For more about Southern Shows go to www.SouthernShows.com.   

 

About TransWorld Exhibits

TransWorld Exhibits is one of the largest independent tradeshow producers in the United States and has been in business for over 50 years. The Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show is a premier Midwest shopping event designed to bring fashion and jewelry lovers the opportunity to buy direct from top product suppliers. The JF&A Show in Rosemont hosts 400 exhibitors and 26,000 attendees at its annual July Show alone! All six shows in Chicago bring in 1,200 exhibitors and over 120,000 buyers annually. For more about JF&A Shows go to www.jfashow.com.
 

About CHA

The Craft & Hobby Association is a not-for-profit trade Association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the $27 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA go to www.craftandhobby.org.  

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Guest Blogger: “CraftyChica” on getting ready for the summer show!


For professional crafters, the Craft & Hobby Show and the Craft Super Show are our versions of a movie premiere red carpet event. Except we wear comfy sneakers because the carpet never runs out…it keeps going and going and going all around the convention center. As we make our way through each aisle, hands pointed in one direction and our eyes darting in another, there are flashes coming from every direction. But not from cameras – I’m talking sparkly new craft supplies that are going to be on the market soon! There are also art displays. And handmade showpieces. And make-and-takes. And freebies.

Luckily, I have a dream job where I work for one of these companies, iLoveToCreate. Every month I spend a week at thier Fresno headquarters and get sneaky peeks of all the cool new inventions they are working on. In addition, they manufacture my Crafty Chica product line. My job is to make as many funkfabulous (I make up words when I get excited) projects I can, using all the products. My boss asks for these to be “showstoppers.” Talk about pressure to perform! So basically, I’ve been working non-stop for the past two weeks, like an over-caffeinated mad scientist, making “showstopper” display items for our booth.

Here is a microshot at a piece-of-a-piece-of-a-piece-of-one of them in progress:

project in progress

If you have a crafty business and live in the Chicago area, I highly suggest that you bring some friends and check out the Craft Super Show next month. It is open to the public and you’ll get an insider’s view of a craft trade show. Opportunities abound. If you do make it out, come and find me in the iLoveToCreate booth and let me know how you like the event. It will change your life and take you to the next level of ultimate crafty hoarding artfulness!

Peace, love, and glitter!
Kathy :-)

The Craft SuperShow Has “Fashion Fever”


The Craft & Hobby Association and the National Sewing Council are pleased to announce a sewing competition, the “Fashion Fever Challenge”, will take place at the SuperShow in Rosemont. Full release below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

“FASHION FEVER” HITS CRAFT SUPERSHOW

The National Sewing Council challenges contestants in their fashion and sewing skills at the CHA Craft SuperShow

 

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (June 3, 2010) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) and the National Sewing Council (NSC) are pleased to announce a sewing competition, the “Fashion Fever Challenge”, during the CHA Craft SuperShow consumer event in Rosemont, Illinois held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from July 30 – 31, 2010. The Fashion Fever Challenge is a contest in which selected finalists are given the opportunity to create their own fashionable garments and compete for prizes. The competition will begin on Friday, July 30, 2010 at 8:00am.

Fashion Fever Challenge contestants must be at least 18 years of age and have basic sewing skills needed to create a functional garment. Knowledge on pattern alteration is a plus, yet pattern-drafting skills are not required. Contestants must fill out an entry form found at http://tinyurl.com/FashionFever and mail it along with clear, detailed pictures of previous garment samples to the National Sewing Council 1385 Clyde Road, Highland, MI 48357. Complete applications must be received no later than July 1, 2010, and the finalists will be notified by July 10, 2010.

To become a finalist, applicants will be judged 50% on their application and 50% on their creativity shown in the garment pictures submitted. Those chosen can bring a limited amount of their own sewing supplies, but will also receive “SuperShow Dollars”, which must be spent at Vogue Fabrics or on the show floor for more supplies. The finalists will arrive Thursday, July 29, for space assignment and orientation. They will shop from 9:00 am to 10:00am at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, Illinois to gather supplies and work on their garment from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Friday, July 30. The following day, the contestants will have from 8:00am to mid-afternoon to finish up their garment and fit their model.

The Fashion Fever Finale will begin at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 31, and consist of judging and announcement of the winners. Fiber artists and sewing professionals will serve as judges.  Winners will be selected on originality, adherence to selected theme, workmanship, creative use of materials and overall design execution. The winners will receive great prizes which are to be announced, along with having the opportunity of auctioning their garment for charity.

This contest will provide great entertainment for the Craft SuperShow attendees, as well as allowing a fabulous opportunity for the finalists to challenge themselves and receive recognition on their creations. The artistic environment of the Craft SuperShow containing various crafts and art supplies is the perfect setting for creative minds, and ideal venue for sharing “Fashion Fever.”

Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit organization consisting of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the near $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, to find a craft project, or to find a local craft retailer visit www.craftplace.org. For more about the CHA Craft SuperShow visit www.craftsupershow.com.

National Sewing Council

The National Sewing Council is a not-for-profit 501(C)(6) council/association. The National Sewing Council is dedicated to expanding the sewing industry by developing and employing an advertising and marketing plan designed specifically to inspire, educate and instill confidence that will attract more people to sew. For more information about the National Sewing Council, please visit www.nationalsewingcouncil.org.

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JO-ANN STORES TO SUPPORT CHA CRAFT SUPERSHOW IN ROSEMONT


Jo-Ann Stores announces participation at the upcoming CHA Craft SuperShow in Rosemont, IL.  This announcement means that most of the national craft retailers will be participating or supporting the Craft SuperShow. Full release below.

JO-ANN STORES TO SUPPORT CHA CRAFT SUPERSHOW IN ROSEMONT

Nation’s Leading Fabric and Craft Retailer to Exhibit at CHA Craft SuperShow

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (June 14, 2010) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that CHA member Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America,  will be exhibiting at the CHA Craft SuperShow consumer event in Rosemont, Illinois held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center  from July 30 – 31, 2010.

“As more people discover the joy and creativity of sewing and crafting, Jo-Ann is especially pleased to be part of the upcoming CHA Shows in Rosemont,” explained Riddi Kline, senior vice president, marketing, Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. “The CHA Craft SuperShow is in line with our own goals of providing consumers with a wide array of fabrics, sewing, and crafting supplies, while inspiring customers with knowledge, helpful service and value. The Show will help us better understand how to inspire our customers as they interact with various products.”

Jo-Ann will host a 40ft. x 50 ft. exhibit area that will provide CHA Craft SuperShow attendees with inspiring craft project ideas.  Additionally, the Jo-Ann team will host make-n-takes to gain valuable feedback directly from consumers.

“CHA is very happy that the nation’s leading fabric and craft retailer is supporting the CHA Craft SuperShow’s inaugural debut in Illinois,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “Jo-Ann stores generous support and participation in Rosemont underscores a commitment to crafters and the craft and hobby industry.  CHA is very appreciative for the support.”
While most consumer craft shows are focused on one or two segments of the craft industry, the new CHA Craft SuperShow educates and inspires attendees on a wide range of crafts. The goal is simple – to get consumers excited about crafting. An estimated 8,000 crafters will fill the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center looking to buy the hottest craft products and projects, attend professional-grade education and participate in product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and celebrity crafters in a family friendly environment.

Jo-Ann Stores Inc.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores (NYSE: JAS) the nation’s largest fabric and craft retailer with locations in 48 states, was founded in 1943 as a single retail store. Today, 750 Jo-Ann stores across the country provide consumers with creative inspiration. For additional information, visit www.joann.com.

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CHA & Michaels Stores Announce Participation at Craft SuperShow


CHA announces partnership with Michaels Stores to exhibit at the Craft SuperShow in Rosemont. Check out the link or entire article below: http://tinyurl.com/34xu3ze

CHA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MICHAELS FOR CRAFT SUPERSHOW

North America’s Largest Craft Specialty Retailer to Promote Inaugural Illinois Consumer Show in July

 

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (May 20, 2010) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that CHA member Michaels Stores, North America’s largest specialty arts & crafts retailer, will partner with the CHA to promote the Craft SuperShow consumer event to be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from July 30 – 31, 2010.

As a Craft SuperShow partner, Michaels Stores will conduct in-store show promotions and provide consumers with special discount codes for the Craft SuperShow.  It will also exhibit at the show with a 40ft. x 50ft. booth, featuring product demonstrations and make-it-take-it projects.  

“Michaels recognizes the opportunity at the CHA Craft SuperShow to interact with our customers in a new and different way,” said John B. Menzer, CEO, Michaels Stores, Inc. “We look forward to introducing consumers to our innovative products and projects that inspire their creativity.”

“CHA is very pleased that Michaels Stores, the largest craft specialty retailer in the North America, will be attending and supporting the inaugural launch of CHA Craft SuperShow in Illinois,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “By supporting this show, Michaels is demonstrating its dedication to educating consumers on the latest crafting techniques and projects available. We are grateful for their continued support.”

 
While most consumer craft shows are focused on one or two segments of the craft industry, the CHA Craft SuperShow educates and inspires attendees on a wide range of crafts. The goal is simple – to get consumers excited about crafting. CHA will fill the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center with thousands of passionate craft enthusiasts looking to buy craft products and projects, attend professional-grade education, and participate in product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and celebrity crafters in a family friendly environment.

Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit organization consisting of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the near $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, to find a craft project, or to find a local craft retailer visit www.craftplace.org. For more about the CHA Craft SuperShow visit www.craftsupershow.com.

 

Michaels Stores

Irving, Texas-based Michaels Stores, Inc. is North America’s largest specialty retailer of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall décor, and seasonal merchandise for the hobbyist and do-it-yourself home decorator. The company currently owns and operates more than 1,020 Michaels stores in 49 states and Canada and over 140 Aaron Brothers stores.  For more information, visit www.Michaels.com.

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CHA Announces Archiver’s Participation at SuperShow


CHA announces partnership with archiver’s at SuperShow in Rosemont, check out the link or entire release below http://tinyurl.com/38ns46x

 ARCHIVER’S STORES TO SUPPORT CHA CRAFT SUPERSHOW IN ROSEMONT

 Nation’s Largest Photo Memory Retailer to Exhibit at CHA Craft SuperShow

 

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (May 18, 2010) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that CHA member Archiver’s, the nation’s leading chain in photo memory products based out of Minnetonka, Minnesota, will be exhibiting at the CHA Craft SuperShow consumer event in Rosemont, Illinois held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center  from July 30 – 31, 2010.

“As we continue to evolve as a company and provide people with all of their scrapbooking needs, we are extremely excited to be part of the upcoming Craft SuperShow in Rosemont,” explained Brian Olmstead from Archiver’s. “We look forward to working more closely with crafters at the Craft SuperShow to better serve our customers while offering them the quality products that they are looking for.”

Archiver’s will host an exhibit area that will provide CHA Craft SuperShow attendees with motivating craft projects and ideas. The Archiver’s team will host free make and take projects featuring an inspiring assortment of craft products.

“CHA is very happy that the nation’s premier scrapbooking chain is supporting the Craft SuperShow,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “Archiver’s support and participation in Rosemont reinforces their commitment and leadership in the industry.”

 
While most consumer craft shows are focused on one or two segments of the craft industry, the new CHA Craft SuperShow educates and inspires attendees on a wide range of crafts. The goal is simple – to get consumers excited about crafting. An estimated 8,000 crafters will fill the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center looking to buy the hottest craft products and projects, attend professional-grade education and participate in product demonstrations from leading manufacturers and celebrity crafters in a family friendly environment.

Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit organization consisting of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the $27 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, to find a craft project, or to find a local craft retailer visit www.craftplace.org. For more about the CHA Craft SuperShow visit www.craftsupershow.com.

Archiver’s

Archiver’s, The Photo Memory Store, is dedicated to our customers’ passion for creating lasting memories of life’s events. With over 40 stores around the U.S. they offer a variety of products for all of your scrapbooking needs as well as creative workshops and free classes for scrapbooking and more. For additional information, visit www.archiversonline.com.

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CHA Winter Show Stats & Show Award Winners


The following two releases from CHA announce Winter and Craft SuperShow performance statistics as well as announce the CHA Winter Show Winners from the Innovations Product Showcase, Exhibiting with Excellence, the and the Golden Press Kit Awards.   

IMPROVING ECONOMY BODES WELL FOR CHA 2010 WINTER SHOW

Trade Show Attendance Up Nearly 5%

 

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (February 9, 2010) – The signs of a recovering economy were evident at the CHA 2010 Winter Convention & Trade Show and inaugural Craft SuperShow at the Anaheim Convention Center, with nearly 14,000 industry professionals and craft and hobby enthusiasts gathered for the events.

The CHA 2010 Winter Show featured more than 6,700 trade show attendees, up from 6,400 attendees at the 2009 Winter Show. With over 100 new exhibitors this year, there was a 40% increase in the new exhibitors at the Show. The number of retail buyers attending the 2010 Winter Show also increased slightly over last year.   Exhibiting space at the Anaheim Convention Center totaled 227,000 sq. ft. for both the Trade Show (185,250 sq. ft.) and the Craft SuperShow consumer event (41,288 sq. ft.).

 “The CHA Winter Show continues to perform well even in a challenging economy,” said Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “The fact that we had nearly a 5% increase in attendees and over 100 new exhibitors is a positive indicator of the strength of the industry and the CHA Winter Show.”

“It’s been an amazing trade show for us. We completely exceeded our sales goals. It’s been the primary vehicle for us to launch our new product to the craft and hobby industry,” said first-time Winter Show exhibitor Lisa Waddington, VP Sales & Marketing, Annabelle Noel Designs. “We’re absolutely thrilled, and we’re looking forward to the next show.”

“In four years of exhibiting, this has by far been our best Show,” said returning Scrapbook exhibitor and owner of Canvas Home Basics, Christine Meier. “Every single buyer we’ve worked with opened new doors for us, and it’s been a very, very good show for us in that respect.”

            Despite rains, a tornado watch, flooding and mud slides in Southern California, the Anaheim debut of the Craft SuperShow was also a huge success with 8,044 attendees coming out to craft.  More than 3,500 consumers purchased pre-sale tickets with people traveling from 36 different states and 22 different countries to experience the CHA SuperShow in Anaheim.         

            “The response to our inaugural SuperShow in Anaheim demonstrates that we can be successful at growing the industry by introducing consumers to different crafts,” explained Berger.  “We believe the SuperShow will continue to grow as more and more consumers experience a broader variety of crafts first-hand, and then share what they learn with their friends and family.”

 

CHA ANNOUNCES 2010 WINTER SHOW AWARDS

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (January 26, 2010) –The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Winter Show Awards, including the Innovations Showcase, Golden Press Kit, Designer Press Kit and Exhibiting with Excellence Awards.   Each award was presented at the 2010 Winter Convention & Trade Show in Anaheim, California, on January 26, 2010.
These coveted awards represent the industry’s most prestigious recognition for product innovation, trade show exhibition, and press kit design.  Judged by CHA staff, consultants, members of the press and retailers, CHA member companies were recognized for their outstanding contributions to craft and hobby industry. 

“These products, exhibits, and press materials help tell a compelling, innovative industry story. We’re proud to announce these winners,” said CHA President and CEO Steve Berger.

INNOVATIONS SHOWCASE WINNERS
The Innovations Showcase brought together the newest ideas and most innovative products from exhibiting companies.  Retailers, CHA members, CHA consultants and members of the press attending the show voted and selected the best products of the Show, as well as the “Overall Best Innovation.” The winners were:
 
CHA INNOVATION AWARD WINNER – Painter’s Pyramid, Craft-N-Spin
RUNNER UP – Viva Decor, My Paper World
HONORABLE MENTION – Prym, Ergonomic Tools 
              
EXHIBITING WITH EXCELLENCE
The CHA Exhibiting with Excellence Awards were presented to companies whose dynamic displays, merchandising techniques and inviting staff enhance the overall atmosphere of the Show floor.  Voted on by members of the press, consultants, and CHA staff, the judging criteria included use of floor space, visual appeal of exhibitor booths, and overall presence and friendliness of staff.  Three winners were chosen:

EXHIBITING WITH EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER - Vintaj, Booth #3845
RUNNER UP - Xyron, Booth #3991
HONORABLE MENTION - Punky Sprout #3522

                             
PRESS KIT AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS
Several exhibiting manufacturers vied for top place in the Golden Press Kit competition, which awards the design/content, creativity and thoroughness of each company’s press kit.  CHA Designer members also had a chance to display their press kit innovations as part of the Designer Press Kit competition.  Members of the press selected the following winners:

GOLDEN PRESS KIT – Staedtler Inc., FIMO Accessories    
FIRST RUNNER UP – Die Cuts With a View, 300 dpi eScrap App
HONORABLE MENTION  – Amaco, Cloud Clay
DESIGNER PRESS KIT AWARD WINNER – Denise Bosler LLC

The Innovations Showcase, Exhibiting with Excellence, and Golden Press Kit awards will also be presented at the 2010 Summer Convention and Trade Show, scheduled to return to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois from July 27-29, 2010.

Craft SuperShow Opens in Anaheim!


Today was the first day of the CHA Craft SuperShow.  Thousands of attendees from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Texas converged on the Anaheim Convention Center for this two-day crafting extravaganza.

Here are some photos from the Show…

CHA Board Chair Mike McCooey (L) and Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu cut the ribbon to open the Show. 

Here is an overview of the show floor.  Learning from Orlando CHA widened the aisles by 2 feet for greater crowd control…

Wider aisles made it easier for crowds to get from one craft booth to the next.

CHA Partners With Kids In Need Foundation


With all the excitement of both the SuperShow and Trade Show in Anaheim, CHA doubles efforts to support the Kids In Need Foundation. 

 

Elmwood Park, NJ (January 08, 2010) — The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation to raise funds, secure product donations, and generate greater awareness for the Kids In Need Foundation during the CHA Craft SuperShow and 69th Annual CHA Winter Convention & Trade Show held in Anaheim, California January 22 – 27, 2010.

As part of this new level of commitment to the Kids In Need Foundation, CHA will host a Kids Craft Fair on January 21, 2010 for 200 at-risk children at the local Boys & Girls Club of Fontana. CHA will also host two fundraising events including the World’s Largest Crop Attempt on January 23, 2010 at the Craft SuperShow and a silent auction held during the annual CHA Winter Trade Show January 24 – 27, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Proceeds and CHA member product donations will support children and teachers in under-funded and economically disadvantaged schools in Southern California through a Kids In Need Foundation partnership with Inland Empire United Way’s education and health initiative, KidSmart. The Kids In Need Foundation mission is to provide free school supplies to students most in need.

On Thursday, January 21, 2010 from 3-5 pm CHA will host a Kids Craft Fair benefiting 200 at-risk children at the Boys & Girls Club of Fontana Club at the Almeria Middle School in Fontana, California. CHA will work with Fontana’s Mayor Mark Nuami and council members – Frank Scialdone and Janice Rutherford, the Kids In Need Foundation, the Boy & Girls Club of Fontana, the Inland Empire United Way’s School Tools program, Auto Club Speedway, CHA’s Terri O, as well as educators and volunteers to put on this event.

In an effort to garner additional support for Kids In Need, during the Craft SuperShow on the 23rd CHA, the Kids In Need Foundation and CHA member Scrapbook Royalty will partner to host the World’s Largest Crop Attempt to raise awareness and money in an 11 hour scrapbooking crop. “The objective of the World’s Largest Crop Attempt is to help raise awareness for the Kids In Need Foundation,” explained Elena Etchaverry, founder, Scrapbook Royalty. Be sure to sign up for the crop at www.craftsupershow.com.

For the duration of the CHA Winter Show, from the 24th to the 27th, CHA will sponsor a silent auction of sports memorabilia and craft supplies. One of the items to be auctioned off includes the world’s largest beaded mosaic portrait of President Obama created by PhotoPearls and over 1,000 fourth graders from every state in the country. Ripley’s Believe It or Not has already expressed interest in making a bid. Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia will coordinate donations and manage the auction for CHA. Donated proceeds will help local teachers and educators in desperate need of school supplies.

ABOUT KIDS IN NEED FOUNDATION
The Kids In Need Foundation is a national non-profit organization providing school supplies to impoverished children and under-funded teachers. A 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, the Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids in Need Foundation has distributed more than $300 million in school supplies and has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers since its founding. For more information, visit www.kinf.org.

Hollywood & Industry Crafting Celebs to Attend Craft SuperShow


Yesterday CHA announced its A-list celebrity line-up for the 2010 Craft SuperShow in Anaheim.  Attending celebs include Deborah Norville, Wyland, Carol Duvall, Aleene Jackson,  Terri O,  Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza, Suzanne McNeill, Vickie Howell, Julie McGuffee, Crafty Chica (a.k.a. Kathy Cano-Murillo), Donna Downey, Jo Pearson, Dee Gruenig, Lisa Shephard Stewart and many more.  See the press release below for more and go to http://www.craftsupershow.com/eweb/dynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=celebrities for a complete list of attending star crafters. 

 

CELEBRITY APPEAL AT THE CRAFT SUPERSHOW IN ANAHEIM 

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. (January 4, 2010) – The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) announces a star-studded line-up of internationally recognized celebrities, including Deborah Norville, Wyland, Carol Duvall and Aleene Jackson, scheduled to attend the CHA Craft SuperShow, which is open to the public Jan. 22 and 23, 2010 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.   

Deborah Norville, avid knitter, author, Emmy award-winning TV journalist and host of Inside Edition, will knit with SuperShow attendees at the SuperShow Theater at 11 a.m. on Jan. 23 and will be making appearances at the Premier Yarns booth # 708 to discuss her yarn line—Serenity, from the Deborah Norville Collection. 

Wyland is one of the most celebrated and recognized artists of our time and has captured the attention of the world with his spectacular marine life paintings and landmark Whaling Wall murals.  With half a million collectors in over 30 countries, he has done more than any other artist to raise awareness of the beauty of life on this blue planet.  His equally successful Wyland Foundation, in partnership with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Ocean Institute of Dana Point, Calif., is actively engaged in teaching millions of students around the nation about conservation of oceans, rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.  Come by and meet Wyland during his appearance at the SuperShow Theater at 2 p.m. on Jan. 23.

 

Carol Duvall, craft industry icon and host of the Carol Duvall Show, will host a “Conversation with Carol” session on Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. in the SuperShow Theater and will be meeting crafters and signing books at the JudiKins booth # 720 throughout the SuperShow. 

Aleene Jackson, craft industry pioneer and creator of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, the original tacky glue, will be appearing in the Craft Star Station on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m., meeting fans and signing autographs.  

Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza, producers and co-hosts of “Creative Juice” and “Witch Crafts” on HGTV and DIY Network, are D.I.Y. gurus and spokespersons for Plaid Enterprises.  The pair will appear in the Craft Star Station on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. and at the CHA SuperShow Theater at noon on Jan. 23, where they will conduct retro decoupage projects.  They will also be on hand at the Plaid booth # 713. 

Terri O., Emmy award-winning TV personality, home arts expert, CHA spokesperson and host of www.terriocraftprojects.com, will appear at the SuperShow Theater on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. and on Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  She will also make appearances in the Craft Star Station on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 4 p.m.  She will be on hand throughout the SuperShow at the Terri O. booth # 401. 

Other celebrities and industry notables, including Suzanne McNeill, Vickie Howell, Julie McGuffee, Crafty Chica (a.k.a. Kathy Cano-Murillo), Donna Downey, Jo Pearson, Dee Gruenig, Lisa Shephard Stewart and many others, are also scheduled to attend the CHA Craft SuperShow.  For a complete list of celebrity appearances and more information about the CHA Craft SuperShow, including hours, ticket discounts, workshop classes and must-see events, please visit www.CraftSuperShow.com

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