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One Hour At A Time

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Dogeared is building a better world… one hour at a time! As a certified B-Corp, giving back and brining people together is part of what we do. In 2014, the Dogeared team logged in 897 volunteer hours at some of our favorite organizations:

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Step Up: Inspiring women to inspire girls! Step up believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

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Dogeared donated a portion of proceeds from the Three Wishes Collection to the scholarship funds of three high school seniors, helping them achieve their dreams. 

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Dogeared proudly sponsored Step Up’s Teen Honoree and the graduating class of 2014 at this year’s Inspiration Awards. Founders Marcia Maizel-Clarke & Merlin Clarke pose with Teen Honoree, Tamia.

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Volunteers from our team spent a day at Scripps College with 40 Step Up girls at their annual College Connections Conference. Each of the girls was paired with a mentor to tour the school, ask questions & get the inside scoop on college life. Dogeared’s Creative Director, Mimi Kim-Ison, gave the keynote speech – encouraging the room to Dare To… and they all left with Dogeared necklaces! 

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Hope For Justicea global organization to end human trafficking and slavery. Hope for Justice identifies and rescues victims, advocates on their behalf, provides restorative care which rebuilds lives.

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Merlin Clarke, Owner and Head of Happenings at Dogeared, and his daughter, Grace, visited Cambodia in 2014 to spend time at Hope for Justice. 

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70% of Dogeared employees currently support Hope for Justice by providing personal monthly donations that are matched 100% by Dogeared. The efforts of the team have completely funded 2 of the newest girls to the program and provides them full access to therapy, education, medical care and more. In addition, Dogeared funds the school’s Kamir (language) teacher for the school year. 

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Beautify EarthSeeking to engage new artistic voices through education and outreach programs designed to inspire and provide a framework for previously undiscovered talent to flourish and help communities.

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Dogeared worked with thrdPlace & local volunteers to paint the #LincOnLinc mural – helping to beautify the local community in Venice Beach.

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Do Good BusStriving to create awareness for local causes, create community amongst volunteers and prove the power of working together to make a difference.

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The Dogeared Team loves working with the Do Good Bus because we never know where they’re taking us, but it is always such a fun day with the team bringing together communities and giving back. 

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L.A. Food Bank The hub for food distribution that has provided over 1 billion pounds of food since its founding 40 years ago.

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The team sorted and packed incoming donations of food from everyone from distributors, growers, food manufacturers and personal donations, providing shelters, soup kitchens, school programs, food pantries and senior centers with necessary food for families in need.

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Best Friends Animal SocietyCommitted to the mission to SAVE THEM ALL. Best Friends operates the nation’s largest sanctuary for homeless animals and provides adoption, spay/neuter and educational programs.

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We spent an incredible afternoon at the no kill shelter in Mission Hills volunteering all around the facility. 

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One Voice A non profit organization helping families living at poverty level within our community.

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Every year, Dogeared co-founders Marcia & Merlin head up one of the giveaway centers for the One Voice Holiday Program in Los Angeles. Many of the staff and family and friends of Dogeared join hundreds of volunteers to participate in this amazing event that provides Christmas food baskets, toys and books to 2,500 families.

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Inspiration Awards 2014

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Dogeared was so honored to once again be a sponsor at the 11th Annual Inspiration Awards hosted by Step Up Women’s Network. The day brought together a room of nearly 900 amazing women to celebrate inspiring young girls who have worked so hard to overcome, grow and step into a new chapter in their life. Their stories are heartfelt, their obstacles and challenges monumental and their success inspiring. These young women provide so much to all of us who have had the honor to see them grow and to share in their journey. Dogeared is so grateful to partner with Step Up and help foster their vision… inspiring women to inspire girls.

It was exciting to see so many noteworthy attendees dripping in Dogeared walking the red carpet on Friday!

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Ashley Jones:  1. always beautiful moroccan earrings  2. pearls of… necklace  2. 100 good wishes necklaces  3. karma sparkle rings, set of 3  4. happy gem turquoise ring.  Amy Davidson:  1. it’s the little things anchor earrings  2. you are mighty pyramid necklace  3. healing gem red aventurine necklace  4. i am grateful teak wood bracelet

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Bellamy Young:  1. always beautiful moroccan earrings  2. balance leather bracelet, wine  Constance Zimmer:  1. create beaded chain, 24″  2. 100 good wishes tiny bar necklace, 31″

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Sarah Morris & Katherine McNamera:  the circle necklace

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Zoe Saldana & Kaley Cuoco both attended the event with their sisters.

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Kimberly Brown:  healing gem briolette rock crystal necklace.  Katherine Castro:  1. pearls of… thorn bead cup pearl stud earring, rose gold  2. pearls of… thorn bead cup pearl necklace, rose gold

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Andrea Bowen:  always beautiful moroccan earrings.  Katherine McNamera:  1. karma sparkle rings, set of 3  2. charmed elephant ring

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Actress Julie Bowen presents Teen Honoree Tamia with a box of Dogeared goodies on stage to take to college with her in the fall.

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Constance Zimmer keeps the crowd laughing while shining in her Dogeared layers.

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SUWN CEO Jenni Luke looks on proudly as this year’s graduates share with the audience where they are attending college next year.

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One of this year’s Honorees, Actress Zoe Saldana shares her childhood struggles and the gratitude she carries with her everyday for the village that helped raise her and her sisters.

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Dogeared Founders Marcia & Merlin Clarke pose proudly with SUWN CEO Jenni Luke and this year’s Teen Honoree, Tamia.

Jenni Luke:  1. 100 good wishes tiny faceted necklace, 41″  2. 100 good wishes tiny bar necklace, 31″  3. balance spiky spear

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Marcia enjoys a few minutes poolside with our red carpet beauties, all in Dogeared.

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Ashley Jones:  1. always beautiful moroccan earrings  2. pearls of… necklace  2. 100 good wishes necklaces  3. karma sparkle rings, set of 3  4. happy gem turquoise ring. Molly Tarlov:  1. dogeared crown chakra  2. 100 good wishes necklaces

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Amy Davidson:  i am… happy ring

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Dogeared Founder, Marcia, gives the necklaces off of her own neck to share the love with Melissa Peterman and Lacey Chabert.

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SUWN: College Connections Conference

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Dogeared was proud to be the corporate sponsor of Step Up Women’s Network College Connections Conference here in LA on Saturday. The event was hosted at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Brentwood. Over 60 Step Up high school teens were paired with mentors from various professional industries to spend the day learning everything about the college admissions process, take a tour of campus and gain valuable career insights from professionals.

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Karen was the keynote speaker opening the day’s events and earned lots of love for Dogeared! She did such an amazing job!  The girls each took home a karma necklace in their gift bag – symbolizing Dogeared’s continued support for them on their journey towards personal growth.

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We look forward to continued opportunities with Step Up and Dogeared’s impact on servicing these wonderful teen girls!
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Step Up Women’s Network

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A Truly Inspiring Day

This year, Dogeared made Step Up Women’s Network our non-profit partner…donating time and funds to incredible young girls and women. Step Up Women’s Network is a truly inspiring organization, fulfilling underserved girls’ in local communities to reach their full potential through education, mentoring and confidence building. Each year, SUWN hosts their annual Inspiration Awards Event at The Beverly HIlton Hotel here in Los Angeles. The Dogeared team was ecstatic to be invited to celebrate the successes of the graduating class of 2013 and honorees.

Our team was able to donate jewelry for the silent auction and to the honorary girls from the class of 2013 – (and not to mention, 100% graduation rate and EVERY one of them accepted into college!). Celebrity honorees at the event included Julie Bowen, of ‘Modern Family’ and fashion designer, Trina Turk and Nina Jacobson, producer of “The Hunger Games.”

The day was filled with inspiring, moving and impressive stories of courage and fortitude from the girls of the organization and the hardships they endured to get to where they are now. We were so happy to be a part of these young women’s lives and watch their success flourish! Check out some of their encouraging stories here- http://youtu.be/VmZ2tijiV9c

Step Up Women’s Network, its mentors and sponsors enable progress and education for these young women through after school programs and mentorship opportunities to ensure a brighter future for all. With over 900 attendees at the event, Step Up was able to raise over $400,000 to help the next wave of these amazing young women. For more information on Step Up Women’s Network, visit: www.suwn.org

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