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The Dreamers are the Winners

Jane Tuttle
Lawrence KS USA
From: NEW BEGINNINGS, Vol. 23 No. 2, March-April 2006, pp. 84-86

Walt Disney is quoted as saying, "If you can dream it, you can do it." La Leche League International is fortunate to have many dreamers! Women who dream of making the world breastfeeding friendly; women who dream of promoting breastfeeding as a way of mothering; and women who dream of supporting and publicizing LLL and breastfeeding through the World Breastfeeding Week Celebration in the USA.

The 2005 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration in the USA came to an official close on September 30, 2005. With fundraising as their goal and breastfeeding their cause, Leaders, members, friends, and others celebrated with a variety of activities and promotions. Groups held basket drawings, silent auctions, bake sales, letter writing campaigns, and festivals. Today we celebrate the winners of the 2005 WBW Celebration!

One of the keys to being a winner according to Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, is to have fun at what you are doing. It is easy to see that the Leaders and Groups who are winners in the 2005 WBW Celebration Incentive Prices are fun-loving women. Their activities for the celebration reflect fun.

Jamie Failla, LLL of Annapolis, Maryland, is the Grand Prize winner and will receive a $1,500 educational scholarship to the 2007 LLLI Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The Annapolis Group held a Family Fun Day in June at a local elementary school. They had a raffle for amazing prizes solicited from local businesses. They offered a free t-shirt and/or tote bag to the first 200 participants, and asked for a minimum donation from every family who attended the day's festivities.

Jaime also put the 2005 WBWC Donor Incentive Flyers to good use. The previous forms were targeted to health care professionals. The 2005 forms were more generic. Jamie received donations of $300 to $1,000 from nine local companies as diverse as financial institutions, car dealerships, home maintenance companies, a vacuum cleaner franchise, and a garden shop. Breastfeeding families are sought-after customers.

Brenda Bandy, LLL of Manhattan, Kansas, and Lissa Welles, LLL of Jersey City, New Jersey, are the two First Prize winners and will each receive a $500 educational scholarship to the 2007 LLLI Conference. The Manhattan, Kansas Group held a Walk in a city park. Besides having the one-mile walk with sponsored walkers, the Group sponsored activities for children such as pony rides and a bounce house. The free t-shirts given to walkers had the logos of various business sponsors on the back. The sponsorship money was over half of the total income raised by Brenda.

Lissa Welles and Group members started in January 2005 planning for two family fun festivals in their community. The events were called "Breastfeeding: Making Families Stronger." In Hoboken, the festival was held at a local park that included professional soccer players demonstrating soccer skills, as well as face painting, crafts, and infant massage. There were also discussions about the importance of breastfeeding.

The next month they held another festival at a mall in Jersey City that featured author Lu Hanessian. Face painting and children's crafts were available as well as music for children. Lisa secured business sponsors that included various levels of sponsorship for the festivals. She was also very successful at soliciting advertisements from the local stores where she was known as a customer.

The winning Leaders used a variety of activities to secure funds from personal solicitation to an event with minimum donation. The funds they raised will go toward meeting the LLLI mission of helping mothers and babies.

The Annapolis Group is using their funds in a variety of ways. They are helping Group workers and mothers attend their Area Conference and helping supplement Leader education. Another use cited by both the Annapolis and Manhattan Groups was adding to their Group Library so that mothers could augment what they hear at meetings. The Jersey City Group is using part of their funds for focused outreach to African-American mothers in their community. All the Groups mentioned wanting to provide their local health care providers more information about La Leche League and breastfeeding.

Thank you to the hundreds of Groups, Leaders, and members who participated and spread knowledge about breastfeeding in their communities. The results and reports can be found on the WBWC homepage.

The uses for the funds raised as well as the ways to raise funds are limited only by your dreams. Become a dreamer and participate in the 2006 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration. Information is available at

2005 LLL in the USA WBWC Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for providing the prizes for WBW.

Platinum Sponsor ($3,000)
Hollister, Inc.

Diamond Sponsor ($1,500)
Medela, Inc.

Gold Prize Sponsors ($750)
Lansinoh Laboratories, Inc.
Motherlove Herbal Co.

Emerald Sponsor ($500)
Dr. Ray's Products

Silver Sponsors ($200+)
Arm's Reach
Eva Lillian Maternity & Nursing Boutique
Little Ants, Inc.
Milkface Nursingwear
Mothering Magazine
Mother of 7
A Nurturing Moment
Taylor Made

Bronze Sponsors (Merchandise)
A Loving Generation
Over the Shoulder Baby Holder
Pamela Products
Peapod Creations/Cuddly Wrap
Platypus Media
Snuggle Bug Store
The Umbilical Card

Friends of Breastfeeding
Sue Ann Kendall & Diana West, Web site design
Steve Lester, public service announcement
Paul Torgus, graphic design
Lori Barklage, secure donation site
Mairin Sutcliffe, Web site maintenance


2005 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration Winners

Overall Winners:
Congratulations to Jamie Failla, LLL of Annapolis, Maryland (USA). As the Grand Prize winner, Jamie will receive a $1,500 (US) educational scholarship to the 2007 LLLI Conference in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jamie is a serious fundraiser, having won last year as well.

Congratulations to Brenda Bandy, LLL of Manhattan, Kansas (USA) and Lissa Welles, LLL of Jersey City, New Jersey, (USA). They are the First Prize winners and will each receive a $500 (US) educational scholarship to the 2007 LLLI Conference.

USWD Educational Scholarship (awarded to Groups in the USWD):

  • LLL of Manhattan, KS
  • LLL of Whittier/Montebello, SCA/NV
  • LLL of Great Bend, KS
  • LLL of Neenah-Menasha, WI

EUS Free Registrations to a 2006 Leader Development Seminar (awarded to Areas in the EUS):

  • LLL of New Jersey for the most money raised
  • LLL of Maryland/Delaware/DC (MD/DE/DC) for the second highest amount raised
  • LLL of Virginia/West Virginia for increasing the number of their Groups participating by seven
  • LLL of New York East and LLL of Pennsylvania East for increasing the number of their Groups participating by five

Random Drawings:
Those that participated were eligible for prizes donated by WBWC sponsors. Gulfport/Long Beach, Mississippi won a La Leche League Library worth $100 (US). Their Library was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, so this was an especially fortuitous win. Twenty-five other Groups were chosen to have a random drawing of their participants for other donated prizes.

Random and Library Drawing Winners (Participation Incentive Prizes):

  • Gulfport/Long Beach, MS (Group Library)
  • Louisville East, KY
  • King George, VA
  • South Grand Rapids, MI
  • Lake St. Louis, MO
  • SW Oklahoma City, OK
  • Bellevue, NE
  • Osage County, KS
  • South Denver, CO
  • Charlotte East, NC
  • Madison Chapter, WI
  • Logan, UT
  • University City, MO
  • Central Oklahoma Chapter, OK
  • Danville Area, PAE
  • Bloomington/Normal, IL
  • Laurel, MD
  • West Chester, PAE
  • Mid-City, MO
  • Ada County, ID
  • Acadia, ME/NH
  • Clinton, IA
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Spring Hill/Gardner/Olathe, MO
  • Newman, GA
  • Enterprise, AL


Thank you to the following donors for contributing to WBWC 2005!

$300 Donors:
Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville, MD
Bank of America, Baltimore, MD
Deluxe Carpet Cleaning, Crofton, MD
Family Trust Services, Annapolis, MD
Pediatric & Adolescent Care Of Silver Springs, MD
Legg Mason Funds, Baltimore, MD
Annapolis Volvo, MD
Annapolis Subaru, MD
Inserra Shop Rite, Hoboken, NJ
Hudson Family Dental, Jersey City, NJ
Acadia, Jersey City, NJ
Royale Insurance Agency, Guttenberg, NJ
Aerotech Gutter Cleaning, Buffalo, NY
Dentistry for Children, Pottstown, PA
Valero Corpus Christi Refinery, Corpus Christi, TX
H-E-B, Corpus Christi, TX

$400 Donors:
Dunnington Family Chiropractic, Kettering, OH
Family Matters Farm, Xenia, OH
Dr. Van D. Merkle, Centerville, OH
Cornerstone Pediatrics, Springboro, OH

$500 Donors:
Judith & Dean Gilbert, Glassboro, NJ
Progressive Pediatrics, Union City, NJ
PNC Bank, Jersey City, NJ

$1,000 Donor:
Oreck Vacuum of Annapolis, MD

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