Each year the convention receives donations from various corporations, doll clubs and other venues and these are raffled off to earn funds to keep the UFDC running and give them capital to operate on. This year there were more than 400 fabulous donations, it took 3 big rooms for all the displays of donations to be set up in. They sold raffle tickets outside and you would go around the rooms and put tickets in bins to try and win things. The bin in the first picture is the donation bin to win the prize in the second picture...which was donated by one of the yahoo groups I belong too, The Bleuette Sewing group. Candy Anderson is a fabulous doll artist and made the bleuette doll in the photo and many members of the bleuette sewing group run by Martha Nichols made and donated clothing, furniture, shoes and toys to go with the dolls. Isn't she pretty? Alas I didn't win her or any of the prizes although I bought tons of tickets. A funny story though, we found a big bunch of tickets and they had initials but no names on them. The owner had the second part of the tickets but had dropped the tickets that they meant to put in the bins. I was in a quandary what on earth to do with the tickets, there were so many volunteers, I was afraid if I turned them into someone they might get set aside and the owner not check with them and not get his or her entries in. Finally I went around the various rooms and put tickets in bins so at least their tickets would be entered for something. After the draws were done, when I went to check if any of mine had won (not) I checked the lists to see if the mystery ticket owner with only initials on their tickets had won anything from the tickets I had put into bins...well imagine my surprise when I talked to one of the workers at a side table and he said my mystery person had won three items and he had them set aside while she went to retrieve the ticket stubs from her room! I bet she was one surprised conventioneer to find out that she had won three times with the tickets she thought she had lost!
The convention had a Christmas theme, hence the silver Christmas tree and revolving light wheel (we had one of these trees and light wheels when I was a child!)
This is me and Susan Sircus who writes doll books and patterns.
This is Gael and Admiral Claire meeting Agnes.
Vickie, Loretta, Laurie, Mary, Gael, Nicki, Marie, AnneLise and Ann
The girls of the Bleuette Sewing Club.
Ann accompanied us out to dinner one evening, Here were are on the Anaheim Transit bus on our way to the restaurant. We ate at Mimi's.
As we had to go back into the park to get a bus back to the hotel, we made a stop back in Downtown Disney where Loretta, Robert and I bought hoodies because we were freezing...