Tuesday, January 22, 2013

T-Shirt Design Contest

Just a reminder that there are only ten days left to submit your t-shirt design for the 2013 reunion.  You can find all the details and guidelines here:


We are looking forward to seeing everyone's ideas.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Reunion Sponsorship 2013

Dear Families,

It's hard to believe, but our reunion keeps growing.  We have already heard from new families who plan to attend this year and, of course, there will be newly-home Bulgarian children, too.  With this growth also comes an increase in expenses.  Yvonne and I want to keep the fees to our families as low as possible and not pass the added expenditures on to you.  However, this will only be possible if we can continue to receive sponsorship from placing agencies and other corporate entities.  Last year, Hopscotch Adoptions, Tree of Life Adoption Center, McDonald's, Hands Across The Water Adoption Agency, Golden Rule Travel, Skip's Bagel Deli, and Adoptive Family Travel all contributed financially to the success of our reunion.

This year, we need help again.  Therefore, please contact your agencies and talk with them about the wonderful experience you had at the reunion last year and explain that you would like to keep this unique gathering going.  Ask them to consider giving any type of monetary donation to help us offset our costs.  In return, we will list all of our sponsors on the back of our t-shirts again, so that their names can be worn into all corners of this country.

If you work for a company that might be able to donate supplies, such as food or craft items, we would be grateful for those as well.

If you have any questions or need an official letter requesting a donation, please email Viviane at viviane 8 at yahoo dot com.

Looking forward to seeing you this summer,

Viviane and Yvonne

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Got Hair?

One of the things we would really like to see as part of our reunion is a charitable aspect and we are wide open to ideas from our families.  Most probably we would try to support each other (children's clothing swap?) or our adoptive families in process (small grant award?) or organizations helping children/orphans around the world.

One suggestion was brought to us a few weeks ago by one of our moms who would like to donate her hair after having it cut at the reunion.  Another mom has already committed to joining her.  Is anyone else, child or adult, interested in this idea?  If so, we will try to provide more information on donation requirements as well as attempt to find a  local hair stylist to help with the project.  Please let us know in a comment here or via email what you think.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 T-Shirt Design Contest


Are you creative?  Talented?  Have a great sense of style?

This contest is for you.

We are looking for the 2013 t-shirt design for our Bulgarian families reunion.

Who can enter?

Any child up to 22 years of age who has ever been to a Bulgarian reunion in the past 
or will attend for the first time in 2013 can enter the contest.  
One entry per child.

How to submit?

Please email your submission to viviane 8 @ yahoo dot com.

When is the deadline?

The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013.

What kind of design can be submitted?

You can submit any original design which must be in black and white only.  
Your design must include the words "2013 Bulgarian Adoptive Families Reunion" 
and in some way relate to Bulgaria, Bulgarian culture, history, symbolism, etc.  
The design must be digital or able to be reproduced digitally
so that it can be printed onto the front of the shirts by our supplier.  
Please also keep in mind that many children who attend the reunion 
like to decorate their t-shirts with fabric paint and markers.

How will the winner be determined?

All design submissions will be posted on this blog for a popular vote in February.  
Details of the voting process will be decided in early 2013.

Is there a prize?

Yes.  The winner of this year's contest will receive a $50 visa gift card.

So, sharpen your pencils, bring out your brushes, move your mouses, and let's see your ideas.