Cathy Eastham Fine Jewelry
About Our Efforts:
I started my community work by giving to the various fund raising events, and because of my giving, I was asked to serve on several boards. A fellow jeweler and good friend told me years ago to make sure when I gave, to make it something important. That advice was really good, and certainly has come back to me business wise.
The price of an item to be donated depends on the event, and certainly if in the live auction. We just give to most everyone who asks, but it has to be a charity. We give smaller items to silent auctions, and if a raffle, I like to be the only one on the ticket.
I am very involved in my community. I serve on the High Sky Children’s Board, and presently am the Vice Chair. They have a large fundraiser and I have served on that committee for nine years, as I have the Board. I am also on the Permian Basin Area Foundation Board and until recently the Museum of the
Southwest Board for six years.
Community work takes a lot of time, work and money. It is important to balance that time with business.
Many years ago, the first large item I donated came back to me with a lot of success. The lady who chaired the party sent her husband in for $25,000 earrings the next day. I give around $40,000 each year in donations, between jewelry and actual dollars.
One of the best events we have had was to donate a portion of our December Sales to the Children’s Ranch. I also gave a portion of profits to the local SPCA in honor of a favorite client. She said it was the best thank you note she had ever received.