November 30, 2015
Live to Thrive HUGE success!
“Live To Thrive” Semicolon Tattoo Campaign for Mental Health Awareness.
On Monday November 30th, Thrive Studios hosted the “Live to Thrive” fundraising campaign donating 100% of the money to Lutherwood Child and Family Foundation, and awarding semicolon tattoos to those who have reached their fundraising goals. This proved to be a huge success! Marilyn Jacobi, Manager of the Lutherwood Waterloo location, attended the event and was pleasantly surprised by the braveness and generosity of the people who decided to share their personal stories with others, and to get tattooed.
A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life. Originally created as a day where people were encouraged to draw a semicolon on their bodies and photograph it, it quickly grew into something greater and more permanent. Today, people all over the world are tattooing the mark as a reminder of their struggle, victory, and survival. Many tattoos represent a story in a person’s life and the “Live to Thrive” campaign has been created to help you share your story with many others potentially struggling from similar mental health issues.
Thrive Studios tattoo artists Angela McDonald, Lindsay McCarthy and Danny Pennie tattooed a total of 14 semicolon tattoos on those people who raised the minimum pledges of $250 or more. Most of the participants surpassed their minimal goals with a grand total of $5,770 being donated to the Lutherwood Foundation! Thrive Studios will continue to donate $25 from each future semicolon tattoo.