Heres How It Works

RAGS is a juried wearable art competition and sale that benefits the YWCA’s domestic violence prevention and intervention programs. Produced entirely by volunteers, sponsors, and underwriting donations, RAGS offers guests an opportunity to view and acquire fabulous clothing, jewelry and accessories created by artisans from across the country. A portion of all sales helps the YWCA keep abused women and children safe, healthy, and self-sufficient.

In its 17-year history, RAGS has raised $982,000 for the YWCA!

Mark your calendars: The 2012 RAGS Wearable Art Show Sale and Gallery will run Friday through Sunday, March 9-11, 2012. The RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Gallery is open to the public. Admission is free!

When: Friday-Saturday, March 9-10: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday, March 11: 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma
1701 Alexander Avenue East, Fife, WA
Additional Information: RAGS Hotline (253) 272-4181, ext. 352

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How it works

RAGS is underwritten entirely through donations from people and organizations who believe in the YWCA Pierce County’s mission and in RAGS’ creative approach to supporting that mission. These donations fund the production of RAGS: From equipment rental, advertising, and decorations to permits and printing costs.

The artists who display and sell their work at RAGS agree to give 33 percent of their sales in the marketplace and 40 percent of their sales in the gallery to RAGS. All of those proceeds go directly to the YWCA Pierce County. The RAGS donation – $97,000 in 2011 – is earmarked to fund YWCA programs that specifically address domestic violence in our community.

The best part about RAGS is everyone involved is working to support the YWCA mission. For the underwriters who offer their resources, the artists who sacrifice part of their proceeds, and the RAGS Guild members and volunteers who spend countless hours throughout the year, RAGS matters. It is a labor of community connectedness, concern for families who may have nowhere else to turn, and faith in the ability of the YWCA to turn resources into valuable services and ultimately into changed lives.

Your donation, your purchases, and your volunteer hours make a difference to RAGS, to the YWCA Pierce County, to families suffering and recovering from domestic violence, and to our community as a whole.

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