Karalina's is proud to now offer the chavez for charity jewelry collection designed by Julie Marie Chavez, founder and Creative Director of the fashion jewelry line mariechavez.
Through the sale of a colorful assortment of bracelets and now necklaces, Julie's mission is to raise money and awareness for some of today’s most important and necessary charitable initiatives like providing access to clean water and sanitation and helping to end violence against women and girls.
Each colored bracelet represents a specific cause and 25% of the gross proceeds from the sale of a specific colored bracelet are given to its corresponding cause: Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (Yellow), Best Friends Animal Society (Brown), Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (Pink), Fisher House (Gold), Little Kids Rock (Black), Matthew Shepard Foundation (Multi-colored), Partners in Health (Purple), V-Day (Red), Water.org (Blue), Whole Planet Foundation (Green).
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (Yellow bracelets)
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation(ALFS) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex" who at the age of 4 announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer.
Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement.
The mission of ALFS is to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures, as well as encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.
Best Friends Animal Society (Brown bracelets)
Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America's shelters. A leader and authority in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation's largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country.
Since its founding the organization has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters by over 75%, from 17 million per year to 4 million. No other animal welfare organization has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing of sheltered cats and dogs with a goal to "Save Them All".
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (Pink bracelets)
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation’s mission is simple: to understand the cause of breast cancer and find ways to prevent it. They believe that eradicating breast cancer in our lifetime will be fueled by consumer and patient participation, working at the intersection of life sciences, information technology and medicine.
They have two flagship programs, the Army of Women and the Health of Women Study, which are groundbreaking online initiatives that enable breast cancer researchers to fast-track their work.
Fisher House (Gold bracelets)
The Fisher House program, a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need, recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.
Members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care. To help address this issue, the Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers, which enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.
Little Kids Rock (Black bracelets)
When it comes to making sure every kid gets a first-rate education, music matters. Little Kids Rock believes that learning to play a musical instrument can be a transformative experience in students’ lives, with the power to inspire the creativity and confidence that are critical to success in school and beyond.
That’s why Little Kids Rock has dedicated itself to restoring and revitalizing music education in U.S. public schools. They bring free musical instruments and music instruction to underserved schools across the country.
Matthew Shepard Foundation (Multi-colored bracelets)
The Matthew Shepard Foundation was founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
To honor Matthew in a manner that was appropriate to his dreams, beliefs, and aspirations, the Foundation seeks to “Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion, & Acceptance”. The do this through their varied educational, outreach and, advocacy programs and by continuing to tell Matthew’s story.
Partners in Health (Purple bracelets)
For over 25 years, Partners in Health (PIH) has challenged assumptions of what's acceptable and pushed the boundaries of what's possible in global health. They do this by successfully tackling diseases and conditions others deemed too expensive and complicated to treat in the world's poorest communities. PIH gives a voice to marginalized people who demand their right to health care.
V-Day (Red bracelets)
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day works as a catalyst, promoting creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations.
V-Day's goal is to generate broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation, and sex slavery.
Water.org (Blue bracelets)
The water and sanitation problem in the developing world is far too big for charity alone. Water.org is driving the water sector for new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and real partnerships to create lasting change. Their vision is a day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.
Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.
For more information visit the Water.org website at www.water.org
Whole Planet Foundation (Green bracelets)
Whole Planet Foundation's mission is to alleviate poverty through providing micro-credit in communities worldwide that supply Whole Foods Market stores with products.
Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market to provide grants to micro-finance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia who in turn develop and offer micro-enterprise loan programs, training and other financial services to the self-employed poor.