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About Beading Divas Bracelets – the original one-of-a-kind beaded bracelet fundraiser

We are the Beading Divas Inc/Beading Divas to the Rescue, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. Every two months (with a break in the summer) we choose a different 501c3 animal organization to fund-raise for.

Beading Divas Bracelets
Beading Divas Bracelet

We choose groups who help animals through foster care, adoption, behavior training, spay and neuter, improving the health/welfare/advocacy, or provide a beloved sanctuary until end of life. Animal charities helped include dogs, cats, horses, farm animals, wildlife, etc.

We want to thank all of the dedicated beaders who have sustained us through the pandemic by making bracelets in the safety of their homes. Our hearts are full from your generosity!


Our efforts began from a simple act of helping raise funds for a friend — Lizzie Mead — when she incurred $14,300 in vet bills due to injuries to her two greyhounds caused by a hit-and-run accident in October 2008. Amazingly, with the help of our previous blog (greyhound-injury-fund), some media coverage, a generous community of animal lovers far and wide plus insurance money and bracelet sales – we were able to pay off the vet costs/credit card within six months.

Beading Divas to the Rescue
after the accident

In April 2009, we had a bunch of beads leftover. Lizzie Mead said, “Let’s keep going, I want to give back.” And here we are…so far, Beading Divas to the Rescue has raised over $284,000 by selling one $20 bracelet at a time. Amazing! For more info read our FAQ page.

Here’s an article in The Tucson Dog Magazine about our 10th anniversary and celebration.

We are NOT CURRENTLY accepting beads and beaded jewelry.

We DO accept ¼ inch satin ribbon in any color. If you have ribbon to donate, please contact us here:

Beading Divas
Beads make the world go round


You can purchase bracelets online or at these Tucson locations:

Silver Sea Jewelry & Gifts, 330 N. 4th Avenue, 624-9954, (open Tuesday – Sunday from noon to 6pm – masks & social distancing required.) Metered parking until 5 PM M-F

Fuchsia Spa, 2905 E. Skyline Drive, #129, in La Encantada shopping, 328-8769


Who are the industrious and creative women at the helm?

Cynthia – founding member, treasurer, photographer, procurement, former fulfillment savant, organizer, fine print reader, creator

Lizzie – founding member, vice chair, entrepreneur/jeweler/occupation, inspiration, facilitator, merchandiser, creator, pet rescuer, pet pantry @ Silver Sea Jewelry

Angy – returning founding member, chairperson, development director/occupation, creator

Gail – director, fulfillment savant, customer service, bee planner, creator, workout addict, body builder (you should see her arms!)

Susan – director, social media, PR, community volunteer, toastmaster

Carol – director, secretary, engineer, community volunteer

Diva Mary Jo resigned and we are grateful for all of her help with order fulfillment, bracelet making and delivery, interactions with local merchants and beaders, and more!

Diva Loren resigned and we thank her for photographing the bracelets with such dazzle and light.

Diva Karyn retired as chairperson after 10+ years and left the Board; she wrote the blog through November 2020; now she occasionally posts on Facebook and makes bracelets

Diva Michelle resigned and we thank her for all she has done to get us where we are today —  photographer, e-merchandiser/Etsy guru, procurement, host the monthly beading bees/offer hospitality, and more. She has big shoes to fill.

Divas Glenda and Angy since moved on but Angy returned and is now chairperson. We thank Glenda for her past contributions to Beading Divas to the Rescue.


From the bottom of our happy hearts, we would like to thank Alex Cosgrove, paralegal, and the  law firm of Hinderaker Rauh Weisman, the Mullin Foundation and Peto & Company CPAs, PLLC for making our 501c3 process flawless. And for Diva Cynthia who skillfully took the lead on how to dot the “i” and cross the “t” and comprehend complex mumble-jumbled terminology which catapulted us forward.

In the Arms of Angels, Tucson pet rescue
Saving animals one bracelet at a time

DONATION HISTORY – Since 2009 the Beading Divas have raised over $290,000 for animal charities near and far!


2023 – $15,289

2022 – $14,168

2021 – $14,692

2020 – $11,586

2019 – $24,349


2018 — $17,353



2017- $18,578

2016 – $27,103

2015 – $23,349

2014 – $24,856

Beading Divas to the Rescue
Fundraising bracelets are this cat’s meow!

2013 – $21,800

2012 – $21,450

  • January – New Hope Cattle Dogs of Arizona – $1,760
  • February – FAIR/Foundation for Animals at Risk – $755
  • March – Woofs without Roofs – $1,800
  • April – Rescue Helpers Inc – $1,140
  • May – Tucson Cold Wet Noses – $1,846
  • June – Ironwood Pig Sanctuary – $943
  • July – Kicking back and relaxing
  • August – Pit n’ Proud – $2,160
  • September – PAWSitively Cats – $2,685
  • October – Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption – $4,030
  • November –Equine Voices – $1,770
  • December – Project Going Home/Greyhound Protection League for dogs leaving Tucson Greyhound Park – $2,561
Beading Divas to the Rescue
My life is worth saving

2011 – $21,546

2010 – $19,345

Beading Divas bracelets
Saving animals one bracelet at a time

2009 – $8,519