Tutu Fundraiser

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As many of you know Christi Varvel, teaches classical and modern ballet at Suzanne's School of Dance and serves as The Ballet Academy's Director.  We are raising funds to provide Christi's dancers with 32 tutus.  16 "pancake" tutus, and 16 romantic tutus to be exact!

To make a quality tutu, each one takes 60 hours of hand sewing, 12 layers of netting, 14 yards of tulle.  Buying a total of 16 pancake and romantic tutus at retail would cost thousands of dollars.  Thankfully, Casey Sink, an experienced costume seamstress and Suzanne's School of Dance Mom has agreed to hand sew each tutu.  Each "pancake" tutu costs $250 and each Romantic tutu costs $150.   Add that up and we need $6,400 in funding.

We expect these high quality tutus to last Suzanne's School of Dance for years, and give these dancers the professional ballerina experience when they go on stage.   Christi and Casey have taken extra care to ensure the design allows for different body types and adjustments.  Whether it's Sleeping Beauty or the Black Swan, each tutu allows for the addition and removal of appliqué to fit the part.  

Please join us in our goal of reaching $6,400 or reach out to us with questions.  Money will go directly to materials and Casey's time to make each tutu.

In a note on transparency: At this time we are seeking non-profit status, as we await approval, this Go Fund Me is set so Casey can start work.  Should you like more details on that process please contact me.   All excess proceeds will be donated for dancer scholarships at Suzanne's School of Dance.
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Fundraising team (2)

Joy Downey
Raised $45 from 2 donations
College Station, TX
Christi Varvel
Team member
Raised $500 from 4 donations

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