Name: Jena Fritz Tuntas

Favorite Charity: The ''Pink Ribbon Turtles'' Project

I founded this charity, The ''Pink Ribbon Turtles'' Project, in 2005 in memory of my dear mother who passed away with breast cancer and in honor of all those affected by breast cancer. My mother, Nina Isabelle Etheredge Fritz, was a long-time educator and community activist in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Each year, the project begins on October 1st when I create a unique bead embroidery design depicting one or more turtles. Each turtle has a pink shell to represent the color of the Breast Cancer Fundraising symbol, the pink ribbon. The turtles have been a little different in background and body color each year...but the shell is always pink. The artwork is beautifully framed in a shadow box and the ''Pink Ribbon Turtle'' is offered in a drawing.

As of 2009, there are also auctions of handcrafted items donated by artists from around the world. All proceeds from drawings and auctions are given to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research; to date over $2,000 has been donated.

My creative projects center mostly around bead embroidery. My favorite animal is the turtle, so naturally that's what I used when I began the project. At the website you can find this year's turtle, winners of drawings and auctions and a history of the turtles of past years.
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