Hudson -- The raffle of homemade stockings at the Grey Colt will help build a library in Kenya, Africa.
For 12 years, the Grey Colt has hosted a creative stocking contest during the holiday season, raising funds for a variety of charities over the years.
The event this year will help One Bead, a non-profit organization aimed at elevating education in East Africa.
One Bead (www.onebead.org ) was created by Sara Wroblewski, 22, of Hudson, a Western Reserve Academy graduate who attends Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. One Bead sells handmade, recycled glass beads for $12 each to support Oloosirkon Government Primary School in Kenya for about 300 students ages 6 through 14.
One Bead has raised $8,000 so far for the $14,000 library project, Wroblewski said.
The idea for One Bead began two years ago when Wroblewski traveled to Kenya with her friend, Becca Liggins, to visit Liggins' family there. They worked at a recycled glass studio, Kitengela Hot Glass, in Nairobi, Kenya, owned by Anselm Croze.
"One of our jobs was to come up with a fundraiser for the school," Wroblewski said.
Wroblewski has enlisted the help of her younger sisters, Margot Warner, 17, and Paige Warner, 15, both students at WRA.
"We raised $1,000 in one day at WRA selling the beads," she said.
Grey Colt owner, Katie Coulton said she was impressed by Wroblewski's creativity and tenacity.
"She doesn't give up," Coulton said.
"There are amazing opportunities in Africa and every step forward is an amazing opportunity given to me," Wroblewski said Dec. 5 to guests at the Grey Colt.
Visitors to the Grey Colt, 150 N. Main St., can support the charity by buying raffle tickets for $1 for the chance to win homemade stockings, which were judged in a contest Dec. 5. Lynne Shlonsky, the design director for the new product concept series at American Greetings, judged the contest.
"I'm blown away by the quality and variety of stockings here," Shlonsky said. "You've captured the spirit of the holidays."
Shlonsky chose a blue stocking in the shape of a skate for the children's stocking award by
Sophie Borrmann, 10, won an award for best children's stocking with her blue stocking in the shape of a skate.
Cheryl Roth won best use of material award for a white leather stocking with an owl, and Heidi Augustin won best technique for her symbol-filled stocking.
Kathy Schiciano, who has entered a stocking every year with her friends, Beth Angelotta and Peg Mayor, won best of show with a stocking of Santa.