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July 11, 2016

Help Fund a Gluten Free Support Center & Kitchen for Sample Saturdays

Since GlutenAway was started 4 years ago, it's been a passion of mine to help families all over the U.S. who are gluten-free. I started it all as a 15 year old with celiac and since then I have grown it to so much more. First my blog, then the online expo/sampling program, and now Sample Saturdays which I hope to start soon. Of course, each program cost some sort of money to keep running. You may be surprised to know that each and every penny has come out of my mom and I's pockets. We both love helping out the gluten-free community which is why we have dedicated our lives and work to it. That being said, we need your help to get this new idea of ours running. That new idea would be called Sample Saturdays and we're so close to getting it running soon. 


What is Sample Saturdays:
  • Themed gluten-free event held once a month in Tampa, Florida
  • 8 interactive stations for gluten-free food tasting and education (New every month)
  • Cooking station for recipe demos to show how to use the products
  • Attendees receive cookbooks, samples, and product info to find the products locally
  • People who can’t attend can watch live broadcasts of the event online

Our plan:  
Imagine a themed event where you can sample gluten-free products prepared in recipes, watch live cooking demos, receive a cookbook and products, and interact with a hundred people who are gluten-free just like you. Expos are a great way to do this. But with our Sample Saturdays, we give people the option to attend these events every single month in Tampa, Florida. If you don't live in the area, that's ok! We'll be broadcasting these events, live, for everyone in the U.S. to see from home.  

Our Front Lounging Spot at the event space, so far




How Sample Saturdays Are Different:  
Sample Saturdays have eight interactive stations focused on tasting and education. We have a fully interactive kitchen where we show you how to make recipes using new gluten-free products.  Attendees learn how to use products in their day-to-day lifestyle in an environment that is social, interactive, and less overwhelming than traditional expos.


Our Kick Starter Goal:
Our goal is to raise $7,500 to help fund this event space. All of the money we’ve used to get this started has come out of our pockets so any support that we get helps! Donate here!


How YOUR Donations Will Be Used:  
Right now we currently have the space, design, products, and even some attendees in place! All we need now if YOUR help to get it done. Your donations will go towards building out our kitchen space. Counter-tops, kitchenware, lounging for attendees, and utensils is all that we need! Your donations will allow us to complete the idea that we started and get this event ready for gluten-free families in the area.

The Kitchen That Will Be Funded By Donations

When is the deadline:  
Our first event is August 27th. We need your help to get this funding by August 14th. Every penny helps! 


What you receive for donating:
Depending on how much you donate, you can get the following bellow!
  • Donate $10+ = Get 3 Downloadable Gluten Free Cookbooks.
  • Donate $35+ = Get the first prize AND a Gluten Free Sample Kit filled with 20+ gluten-free samples.
  • Donate $100+ = Get the first 2 prizes AND give a month's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and 1 sample kit sent to a gluten-free child.
  • Donate $200+ = Get the first 2 prizes AND give a YEAR's worth of Sample Saturday tickets and $100 of samples to a gluten-free child.

Why is this important? 
Right now, this is a plan so close to being completed. It's one that's been an idea for so long, but now we finally have the space to get it done. We have no investors, we have no loans, we have no large stash of money sitting around. Every penny that has been put into helping the gluten-free community has come out of our pockets. Also, every penny that we have made has been put back into ideas like these to help the gluten-free community. We have not paid ourselves.

It's our goal to make Sample Saturdays not only a local event in Tampa, Florida, but an event that can eventually come to every big city in the U.S. An event where people can sample new gluten-free products every month, learn how to cook and bake with them, and most importantly, have a space that will make everyone feel safe and normal again. Sample Saturdays in Tampa, Florida is only the beginning. Donate and help us get it off the ground and we will eventually hope to get it to a city near you.


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