Business Owner Hopes Beads Will Be Dogs' Best Friends

Island Beads is sponsoring a new fundraiser that aims to raise money for shelter animals.

Helping area animal shelters in a big way has been something that Debbie Foglia of Remsenburg has been wanting to do for a long time, but with four kids and a business to run, kick-starting a fundraising venture has had its challenges. But, Foglia says she has stalled long enough and starting next month, she is putting all her energy into raising money for animals that need homes.

Foglia plans to accomplish her goal through a new community service project called Happy Dog Jewelry, that she will run along with her business partner, Eileen Collins and their children, Anna Collins and Wyatt, Sunny, Quinn, and Hank Foglia.

The program is set to launch the first week of November and will incorporate her six-year-old Eastport business, Island Bead and Jewelry.

During the months of November and December, Foglia is asking anyone and everyone to come to her store and help make hundreds of seven-inch-long bead bracelets that will be given to area shelters. The shelters will then be able to sell the bracelets for $8 each or three for $20 and keep all of the profit.

Area stores are also being asked to sell the bracelets with the money raised going to a shelter of their choice.

Foglia said her store is donating all the supplies for the bracelets, which will all be adorned with a special charm, including peace signs, smiley faces and hearts.

Bead donations are also being accepted, she said.

Aside from asking the community to come into her shop to make bracelets, Foglia will also offer take-home kits. Girl Scouts and school clubs are also welcome to participate.

To help get the word out about the new fundraiser, Foglia said she is set to appear live on the Around the Beach with Lisa Fox show on Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. And signs will start to appear around town with Village Graphics donating printing services.

"This pet project is already off to an amazing start," said Foglia, who has rescued dogs and is currently fostering a dog. "It is a great way to get involved to make a difference in an animal's life. Let’s help them save as many dogs, cats and other animals from high kill shelters and neglectful situations as we can."

For more information, call 631-325-2323.

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