September 5, 2014
Happy Factory Press Release
For more details contact
Donna Cooley 435 586-8352
Happy Factory Announces 2014 Gala Dinner
It’s Gala time again! The 12th annual fundraising gala for the Happy Factory, and the fourth since the passing of co-founder Charles Cooley, will be held Thursday, November 13th in the Ballroom of the Sharwan Smith Center at Southern Utah University at 6:00 PM. The Annual Gala is the annual fundraising event of the Happy Factory every year and the annual community support is greatly appreciated.
Southern Utah University and the Cedar City Rotary Club are, once again, a sponsor of the gala. The Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres will join the Happy Factory Gala family this year. For every ticket you purchase to the Gala you will receive a free movie ticket for a movie of your choice. We urge everyone to continue their support for the Happy Factory as it continues to make high quality toys for underprivileged children around the world.
The Happy Factory is a non-profit charitable organization, founded by Charles and Donna Cooley who to date, has shipped well over 1,200,000 toys in the form of small cars and trucks. There are no paid positions at the Happy Factory. Time, materials, boxes, shipping, and almost everything needed to build a toy is donated to the Happy Factory. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a huge need to raise funds. It takes a substantial amount of funds every year to keep the Happy Factory going. The Happy Factory also makes steam shovels for the developmentally disabled. The cars and steam shovels are not toys, but tools that can stimulate a child’s mind allowing them to think, become creative, and to cope with the world around them.
The more than one million toys have been delivered to more than 125 countries, to schools, hospitals, family shelters, churches, foundations, and many humanitarians’ organizations around the world. Anyone can deliver toys during their travels. Many local individuals have carried toys to children in need. Many of these children never owned a toy or had anything else of their own before the gift of a Happy Factory toy.
You can assist in continuing the mission of the Happy Factory by attending the Gala, sponsoring part of the evening, and/or contributing an auction item. You may also bring your skills to the Happy Factory and help make the little wooden cars that are filled with love. The annual Gala is always an excellent event, reminding us that we are truly blessed and giving us the ability reach out to help others, especially the children of the world. Many of the volunteers who donate time and talent will be in attendance. Take the time to discover how you can become a part of the Happy Factory family.
Tickets to the Gala are $50 each or $400 for a table of eight and include the free movie tickets. Tickets to the Gala can be purchased by calling 435 586-8352 or visiting the Happy Factory located at 896 N 2175 West Circle in Cedar City.
Auction Items will be sold in silent auction formats. Do you have an item or service you would like to contribute? Your generosity will be much appreciated. All local businesses and individuals that would like to contribute an auction item are encouraged to put something together and drop it off at the Happy Factory. These items are essential to the success of the Gala.
Sponsorship levels for the evening are as follows:
Dinner Sponsor, with a donation of $2,500, will receive eight tickets to the gala, special recognition at the Gala and will treasure the blessing that comes from sharing. This contribution will cover many of the expenses of the evening to allow more of the evening’s contributions to go directly to the manufacture of the toys. They will also receive a matched set of cars and a steam shovel.
Steam Shovel Sponsors, with a donation of $1,500, will receive eight tickets to the Gala, recognition at the Gala, one steam shovel, and will understand the joy of being a benefactor to the Happy Factory allowing the creation of over 3,000 new toys.
Matched Car Set Sponsors, with a donation of $1,000, will receive eight tickets for the Gala, recognition at the Gala, one matched set of toy cars, and will feel gratitude for allowing the making of over 2,000 new toys for children. Southern Utah University and the Rotary Club are sponsors at this level.
Auction Sponsors, with a donation of $750 will receive four tickets to the Gala, recognition at the Gala and experience the joy of creating over 1500 new toys for children.
Table Sponsors, with a donation of $400, will receive eight tickets to the Gala, and know the peace of participating in sending cars all over the world and the creation of 800 new toys for children.
Thank you for considering The Happy Factory as a beneficiary of your time, effort and hard-earned money. You may also wish to volunteer to work at the Happy Factory. You can make a child’s life brighter in many ways. For more information on the Happy Factory call 435 586-8352 or visit www.happyfactory.org be sure to like The Happy Factory on Facebook.
“There are many things that I cannot do. There are many things that I do not know.
But, there is one thing that I can do. I can serve another. And, I’m so grateful that I can serve some of His little ones.
I don’t need any praise, notoriety, or pay because the satisfaction, blessings and feelings that I receive are so great that I need nothing else”.
Charles T. Cooley, Founder Happy Factory
The Happy Factory
2012 Non-Profit Volunteer
Program of The Year for Utah
The Lieutenant Governor's 2012 Utah Volunteer Recognition & Awards Banquet was held on April 25, 2012 , Davis Conference Center.
This very special award was accepted by Donna Cooley, on behalf of the volunteers of The Happy Factory, from Lieutenant Governor, Greg Bell.
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At a cost of $.50 cents to make each toy, for just a small donation, you can make a difference in a child's life making it possible for them to receive a hand-crafted wooden toy, made with loving care by our volunteers.
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The Happy Factory Story
When Charles and Donna Cooley retired from Southern Utah University in 1995, they began producing and giving away small animal cut-outs. Children found them so appealing that they began regular deliveries 250 miles north to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City and soon, says Charles, "We got more hugs there than we did at a family reunion."
A free pickup truck load of hardwood strips inspired Charles to design and make small cars and trucks, painted by Donna, which were warmly welcomed in Salt Lake City as well at Shriner's Hospital and the Humanitarian Center, a charitable arm of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) where the Cooley's learned there were 500 million children in the world without toys.
"We couldn't make a drop in the bucket for a need like that, " said Charles. But he was told "One toy may be only a drop in the bucket of the world's needs, but it's a big drop for the child who gets it." That changed the Cooley's hobby into a full-time labor of love and inspired a motto: "We may not be able to make a toy for every child in the world who needs one, but we're going to try."
While cutting out more cars and trucks on a chilly morning in November 1996, Charles was inspired by the smiling faces of children who got their toys and their operation had a name, The Happy Factory.
Soon volunteer helpers signed on, production increased and Happy Factory toys began winning smiles from thousands more needy children all over the world and in the US, in hospitals, Family shelters,churches, schools, Native American Organizations, Foundations, Medical Clinics, Crisis Centers, Head Start branches,orphanages, and from the often forgotten young victims of natural disasters. Many individuals have even hand-carried toys to places all around the world.
When toy steam shovels on which a child can sit and manipulate the bucket were added to production, seriously disabled children were stimulated to do all sorts of things previously thought to be beyond their capability. So far, over 2,269 have been delivered to children all over the world, and in many cases and places "steam shovel therapy" is the only kind available.
The impact of steam shovels and simple little toys on children who never had one has frequently been startling, as if a light had suddenly turned on in darkened little heads. To their delight, the Cooley's discovered their toys were often tools that helped rejuvenate minds.
To date, over 1,140,000 Happy Factory toys have been given to more than 600 different organizations, groups and people in 180 countries. No Happy Factory worker makes a dime and the gifting is still gathering momentum.
With apologies to Sir Winston Churchill, Charles says "This isn't the end. This isn't even the beginning of the end. This is only the end of the beginning."
Thank you for considering The Happy Factory as a beneficiary of your time, effort and hard-earned money. You may also wish to volunteer to work at the Happy Factory, located in beautiful Cedar City, UT.
You can make a child’s life brighter in many ways.