Byers’ Choice is Bristol’s Choice
by Cate Murway

With so many Historic Bristol on the River community members working towards the same goal, who knows what miracles can be accomplished for the Bucks County Women’s Fund, Inc. This is perfect timing!
In 1928, the thirty-first President, Herbert Clark Hoover (1874 -1964) designated the third week of October as National Business Women's Week. This week celebrates the contributions of working women to the American society, economy and family. The objectives of the week, which have been heavily promoted by Business and Professional Women/USA [BPW/USA], are to promote full participation and equity for women in the workplace as well as publicize the achievements of professional women.

Céad Míle Fàilte! [Irish Gaelic A Hundred Thousand Welcomes]
Come visit Carol Ferguson, Ann Mundy and Rosemarie Szczucki at their Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts to see the new exclusive handcrafted 2008 Byers’ Choice Ltd. Carolers Collection from one of the largest producers of Christmas decorations in the U.S.
Bet you can’t choose just one!

Mignoni Jewelry [the family of fine jewelers since 1947], The Kelch House Restaurant [Casual Chic Dining at its best!] and FirstService Bank [Division of National Penn Bank] invite you to dine at the most picturesque Historic Bristol on the Delaware corner and view the latest Carolers collection. Take pleasure in the nourishing hot luncheon at 12:30pm or partake in the tantalizing gourmet dinner at 5:30pm Monday, October 27, 2008 at the Kelch House Restaurant on 101 Mill Street.
Cost: $35 per person for lunch and $50 per person for dinner. Seating is limited.
The proceeds will benefit the Bucks County Women’s Fund, Inc., investing in women’s lives and girls’ futures.
So please call 215.788.3850 now to support this fine cause and make your prepaid reservation at the Kelch House Restaurant. 
Lisa Porter, the sales and merchandising representative of Byers’ Choice for over 20 years, will share her stories, history and footnote recollections of the most famous Carolers.

Play a part in this opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of these resourceful women, working for social change through their philanthropic endeavors benefited by soliciting funds from nontraditional sources.
The pivotal role played by these women is designed to effect fundamental changes.
This is testimony to these women entrepreneurs who are consistently bringing renewed life to Historic Bristol on the Delaware! They are "hands-on" and issue-focused. They understand that networking and sharing resources ultimately serves to help the compelling and universal causes they wish to promote.
Not exactly news, but anyone with a pulse can tell you that generosity and gratitude are both big contributors to happiness!

The Bucks County Women’s Fund [BCWF] is a nonprofit public foundation, managed by women, and dedicated to raising money to fund and support programs and policies that impact, empower and improve the lives of women and girls.
The Fund also educates the community about the needs of the female population and is part of a global network of women's funds with this common mission. They invest in women's lives and girls' futures with the goal of achieving a society that values, respects and supports all women.

The Bucks County Women's Fund, Inc.
P.O. Box 1617
Doylestown, PA 18901
Executive Director at Bucks County Women's Fund Education, Kathleen  [Kathy] Welsh Beveridge, University of Notre Dame - Mendoza College of Business 2007 — 2009 (expected), is working toward a Masters Degree in Nonprofit Administration and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kathy and her husband, Michael are the parents of 2 young sons, Colin and Keenan. She feels strongly that “women know what women need.” Carol Mignoni Ferguson, BCCC Board of Trustees and Board of Directors Ex-Officio, invited the Women’s Fund to be the fundraising recipient involving the 90% female artisan workforce Byers’ Choice, founded by Robert [Bob] and Joyce Byers, Sr. Bob Byers is on the Board of Directors of the FirstService Bank he founded in Bristol in the mid-90’s. Joanna Schneyder coordinated the Byers’ Choice display of holiday decorations with warmth that showed respect for timeless traditions in this Radcliffe Street Bank for the 32nd Annual Historic Bristol Day.
The resourceful women artisans are the secret behind the dynamic environment “good news company”, Byers’ Choice. They have been honored several times as one of The Best Places to Work in Pennsylvania. For 30 years, they have gone beyond the expected to craft the finest gifts to bring special warmth and traditions into your home. The Carolers, dressed in plaids and cheerfully singing, originally only graced the Byers' dining room table. They received compliments from all of the relatives, so Joyce knew just what to make for presents the following year! In 1978, Bob and Joyce Byers started to achieve their dream. Their fledgling business flourished in their “garage transformed into a workshop” and the Byers couple hired their first employee. The unique appearance and handcrafted quality of the Carolers quickly gained a following. The magical expression of joy that is visible in any Caroler comes directly from the loving and caring that the skilled artisans pour into their work!

Together, the Byers family now oversees a team of 180 artisans in PA who handcraft those same creations that started out on the dining room table many years ago. Now the quality product Carolers, at an affordable price, are sold in Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts!

In the spirit of Christmas, Byers' Choice donates over 20% of its profits to charity each year.

“We have a responsibility to our community, to give back, to improve the lives of others, and make it a better place to live. The spirit of Christmas must be with us 365 days a year. " -- Bob Byers, Sr.

You are invited to enjoy the all-inclusive [your donation, too!] sit down hot luncheon and gourmet dinner at the Kelch House. Dawn Kelch confided, “We’re normally closed on Monday but Chef John Branstetter and I willingly opened for this event!”
Work up an appetite for the incredibly delicious hot luncheon at 12:30pm or the tempting dinner feast at 5:30pm Monday, October 27, 2008.
Call for your reservations for their Byers’ Carolers Show. Limited seating.

Kelch House Restaurant
The Essence of Romantic Dining
101 Mill Street
Historic Bristol, Pa. 19007

Step up to the new Fall season. Support the BCWF cause and start your holiday shopping! Place your MADE IN THE U.S.A. Byers’ Choice order.
Bet you can’t choose just one!
All major credit cards are accepted. 
Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts provides beautiful gift-wrapping and they will ship or deliver!
Come into their shoppe and build a lasting relationship!
Share a cup of freshly brewed Irish Tea!
They’ll keep the light on for you!

Mignoni Jewelry and Gifts
200 Mill Street
Historic Bristol, PA  19007

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