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Store donates to Audubon Society

By Staff | Jan 29, 2010

Shepherdstown’s On the Wings of Dreams store presented a check for $220 to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) on Jan. 13.

This is the third year in a row the store has made such a donation. In 2007, owner Laura Rau, of Keedysville, Md., decided to contribute 3 cents to the Society for every crystal and mineral the store sells, and the latest check represents the proceeds from all the crystals and minerals sold in calendar year 2009.

The money will be used to further the Society’s educational programs for children.

On the Wings of Dreams first opened in 1999, and Ms. Rau has owned and operated it since January 2003.

“We decided it was time to give something back to the community and to the environment that have so graciously supported us,” Ms. Rau said. “It makes sense to support a local organization that does such great work to promote environmental awareness. The society’s children’s programs are a great way to get kids away from the television or computer and back into nature.”

“A very special thank you is also in order for the many customers of the shop whose crystal purchases in 2009 contributed to the PVAS donation.”

On behalf of PVAS, Ms. Alexander thanked Ms. Rau and the store’s employees, Herb Clark, of Shepherdstown; Holly Johnson, of Capon Bridge; and Kristen Whetzel and Levonne Pettway, of Shepherdstown, for their support.

The store is located at 139 West German Street. In addition to crystals, it offers a wide variety of sterling silver and natural stone jewelry; books and music; incense; sages, shells and prayer feathers; magical and ceremonial herbs; Buddhist, Hindu, Wiccan and Pagan altar pieces; essential oils; and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls. Its website can be found at www.WingsOfDreamsShop.com.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.