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Monday, October 10

Support AMAZING Kids & Have a Chance to Win $5K!

Logan & Grandma Lou on his First Holy Communion at JB May 2011

Well, it's that time of year again and I am waaaaay behind the fundraising 8-Ball for The Julie Billiart School annual Oktoberfest event.

Julie Billiart is Logan's school and literally was the answer to our prayers when he started there three years ago in the 1st Grade.  Most of you know that Logan was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (a type of autism) when he was three years old.  Julie Billiart School is a private school that specializes in the education of kids with learning differences like Logan.  They offer a small student/teacher ratio, specialized therapeutic classes and stellar technology that helps our special kids learn in the way that is best for them.

Julie Billiart School, it's teachers and the amazing education they provide to my son is my passion.  Most students attend JB thanks to the generous donations of family and friends like YOU.

Our Beautiful Julie Billiart was once a mansion that was sold to the Sisters of Notre Dame

Please consider purchasing a ticket which benefits our amazing kiddos AND gives you a chance to win $5000!  The best part is that you have the "Luck 'O the Santilli's" on your side because last year we sold the winning ticket!!!

Tickets are $10 per ticket and a book of 6 tickets is $50 (such a deal!!).  I've made it super simple for everyone by including the Paypal "Buy it Now" button right here on the page.  Select the number of tickets you want from the drop down box and click the "Buy It Now" button.  I've included the small fee that Paypal charges because last year we were the top sellers and the fees really added up :)


Number of Tickets


The last day to purchase tickets is THIS Friday, October 14th.  After you place an order, I will fill out your stubs, scan them in and email a copy to you for your records.  Include your phone # so we can call you when you WIN! 
Thank you in advance for your love and support.  It means the world to our family!

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Amazing Contest from MCP Actions!

MCP Actions, the BEST blog featuring tons of photography tips, is having a contest for the Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens for Nikon, Canon or Sony dSLR Cameras!  Check it out and try to win it yourself....but if you win you have to promise to share with me :)

Monday, September 13

Win $5k & Help Kids with Learning Differences THRIVE in an AMAZING School!


There is an amazing little school tucked away in the suburbs of Lyndhurst, OH called Julie Billiart School.  Named after St. Julie Billiart, JB is a Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame, accepting students of ALL faiths in grades K-8 with special learning needs.  Their unique teaching methods allow for students with Leaning Disabilities, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders to thrive in a peaceful, safe environment.



My little sunshine, Logan, is in the 2nd grade at Julie Billiart School.  This is second year at this amazing school.  Many of you know that Logan is on the Autism Spectrum (maybe getting a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome in the alphabet soup of diagnosis names since his original diagnosis at 2-years-old.)  Logan thrives in the small teacher to student ratio of two master's level teachers with 11 other classmates.  He receives Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy (both traditional and sensory), Social Skills Therapy and modified ABA as part of his regular daily curriculum.  It's a dream come true.  The school also offers students full access to emerging technologies with Smart Boards in every room and the use of Mac Books, where each student after grade 3 has their own to use during the school day.

Such amenities do come at a pricey tuition cost.  Most students, including Logan, are able to afford this wonderful opportunity through scholarships.  One of Julie Billiart's largest fundraising events takes place on October 2nd and is the Oktoberfest.  Tickets for the event can be purchased through the Oktoberfest link.

The greatest way that YOU can help Logan's school is buy purchasing a raffle ticket!  The winner of the drawing receives $5000!  The seller (our family) receives $500 for selling the winning ticket!  What could YOU do with an extra $5000?  Being the winning seller and winning $500 would mean soooo much to our family after going through so much financial hardship over the last 5 years of privately funding Logan's therapy.

I will make it super duper easy for you to buy a ticket!  I will take Paypal as payment for tickets.  Tickets are priced at $10/each or $50 for a book of 6.  Simply use the Paypal link below to order raffle tickets and I will happily fill them out for you and mail the stubs to you free of charge!  Of course, there are fees involved by using Paypal so a dollar or two would be appreciated to help offset the costs.....not necessary but it would be delightful.  Please include your full name, address, phone number and email address with your order.



Julie Billiart School Tickets


Email me at tarasantilli@gmail.com for my address.

Please help me make this event a success for Logan's school and help him and the other special kids that Julie Billiart School serves.  Please share this link with friends, family, colleagues, in-laws, out-laws or anyone that you might think would like to make a difference in the life of a child that needs a little extra TLC in the classroom.



Thank you for considering to donate!!  Hugs and love from our family to yours!