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CHARITY HITS HOME FOR FENTON ART GLASS.

Byline: Carla Webb

When the owners of Fenton Art Glass decided to take their charity efforts beyond local causes, the ALS Association was the natural choice for personal reasons.

"Fenton has always had a foundation to support charities and educational programs in the local areas," said Nancy Fenton, director of design and part of the three generations of the Fenton family that remain active in the business. "We wanted to take that to the national level, and as we discussed it, it became apparent that ALS would be the cause."

The family has suffered two losses to ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, and a current Fenton employee has been diagnosed with the disease.

"Also, we saw so many people supporting other charities, such as breast cancer awareness and AIDS, that we thought this would be good way to bring focus to this disease," Fenton said.

To that end, Fenton Art Glass began its association with the ALS Association (ALSA) early last year when it created a limited-edition basket, with proceeds of its sales going to ALSA.

"It was our number-one selling item in our line," Fenton said. "People wrote in with stories of their own."

For 2005, Fenton has again created a limited-edition item to benefit ALSA -- the opal glass heart-shaped treasure box.

The hand-painted box is available for sale through Fenton retail partners to all consumers and collectors. It will be produced throughout 2005, and each one will be inscribed with the signatures of 10 Fenton family members and bear the ALSA logo. Other Fenton products to benefit ALSA are in the works.

Caption(s): Proceeds from sales of Fenton's treasure box benefit the ALS Association.
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Title Annotation:ALS Association
Comment:CHARITY HITS HOME FOR FENTON ART GLASS.(ALS Association)
Author:Webb, Carla
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 3, 2005
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