Fellow ZAG Member Suffers Loss of Gift Shop Due to Fire
As some of you are aware a fellow ZAG member, and Board President, Donna Steakley of Fossil Rim suffered a complete loss of her gift shop, including all of her merchandise and displays. This loss is especially hard as Fossil Rim is coming up in March with their busiest time of year, Spring Break. If anyone is able to help Donna and Fossil Rim with displays or just mental support it is welcomed.
Donna’s email address is email@example.com . Any donations are appreciated.
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In Memory of Bhanu Shah
By Tommy Brown
Today we are celebrating the life of Bhanu Shah, a person who gave 100% of herself to help people across the world. Bhanu was born in Kenya and studied in London where she met her beloved husband Raj. Bhanu worked with her husband Raj in England to start a company called Stoneage Arts in 1987 and later moved the company to the United States. This company now helps crafters throughout the world support themselves and their families, a cause that was always dear to her heart. Bhanu you could say was in the people business, as her and her husband’s goal was to help as many crafters as they could across the world and truly impact people’s lives. The San Diego Zoo was one of the fist zoos Raj and Bhanu sold their African crafts to and through their friendship and commitment to help crafters around the world this relationship is still strong today an impacting people’s lives for the better. “It was 24 years ago when we met Raj & Bhanu. Bhanu greeted us with this huge smile and from that moment a long wonderful friendship began. From the very start she embraced us as if we were her very own family. Always making sure we were fed, happy and well hydrated! She was an amazingly talented, creative individual, for which we will miss dearly. And although Bhanu now resides with the angels she will be in our hearts forever” said Yvonne Miles on behalf of the entire San Diego Zoo Global Retail Team.
In the buying world, Bhanu will always be known as a person with a smile and a friendly greeting to each and every buyer that entered their showroom. Bhanu was always well respected in the industry and considered a staple at many trade shows throughout the US. “Some of the most wonderful moments I can remember of Bhanu, is having tea with her and Raj discussing their travels and how they impacted so many Lives. She was more than a vendor, she was a dear friend” said Tommy Brown, Buyer at The Saint Louis Zoo. “I never saw her without a smile and a friendly word, her kindness showed in everything she did; we will miss her terribly” Donna M. Steakley, Director of Tourism for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. "Seeing Bhanu was one of my first stops at every show. She was always smiling and happy and made working a joy. Bhanu was beautiful both inside and outside and had a big heart for all. I will dearly miss her and her friendship" Robin Miller, Retail Manager Lion Country Safari. She may be gone from us but her kind spirit of helping and caring will be in our hearts forever.
So let’s remember her life and how she impacted so many people across the world. Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Shah family as they go through this very difficult time. ZAG will be donating a gift to the Children’s Cancer Caring Center in her memory, as they have always been ZAG sponsors and supported us for years with our mission. If anyone would like to send cards to the Shahs, please send them to the address below to let them know we are thinking about them.
13395 Paloma Drive
Orlando, FL 32837
Slideshow of 2013 ZAG Week Events