RAGS wearable art sale & gallery

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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 handmade 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 19-year history, RAGS has raised over $1,000,000 for the YWCA!


Special thanks to our premier sponsor for 2014, Franciscan Foundation.
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Mark your calendars: The 2014 RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Gallery will run Thursday through Sunday, March 6-9, 2014.

20th Anniversary Event
This is RAGS’ 20th year - and you helped make it happen. Let’s celebrate!
Join us for an open house where it all began:
When: Sunday, March 2, 4 - 6pm
Where: American Art Company: 1126 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma
Tickets: $35 per person


Gala Preview
The weekend starts with a gala preview on Thursday night from 6 to 9 pm. It’s an evening of fashion and fun, where you can preview the wearable art, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and wine and shop the night away.

When: Thursday, March 6, 6 - 9 pm
Where: Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma NEW showroom: 1701 Alexander Ave. East, Fife
Tickets: $70 per person

Sale and Gallery
The RAGS Wearable Art Sale and Gallery are open to the public. Admission is free!
When: Friday-Saturday, March 7-8: 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday, March 9: 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma NEW showroom: 1701 Alexander Ave. East, Fife
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.