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Local nonprofit wins national contest

Melissa Topey • Apr 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

When Pigs Fly, a resale shop benefiting the Piggyback Foundation, flew high Monday after learning it won the Staples “Make Your Idea Happen” competition.

Lisa Hiler, director of The Piggyback Foundation, and a few others with the foundation were notified in the morning that they’d won the $25,000 grand prize, a windfall for a group whose yearly budget is $100,000

“We were thrilled. We were jumping for joy,” Hiler said. “It’s just such an honor. We are so excited to be able to make more happen for The Piggyback Foundation, the community and the shop”

The Piggyback Foundation’s mission is to help families, particularly children, when their parents are going through a medical — and often financial — crisis caused by serious illness. The group is there to help children maintain a normal routine, such as by paying for them to participate on a sports team.

The resale shop When Pigs Fly was created two years ago to provide a consistent income for the foundation to meet its mission. In its two years at 31 E. Main St., the shop helped generate about $67,000 for the foundation through its sales.

The $25,000 winnings will be given to the foundation in a combination of Staples gift cards and cash.

“We can buy laptop computers or tablets that will allow kids to communicate with friends and with school,” Hiler said. “They also sell décor the family may need, like lamps and desks”

In addition, The Piggyback Foundation will receive mentoring sessions from business expert and columnist Gene Marks, along with CEO and jewelry designer Kendra Scott, about how to improve When Pigs Fly and the foundation.

“That is great. I don’t have a business background; I have an education background. This will help us project forward and move into the future” Hiler said.

The shop will be celebrating today with snacks in the store.

“We feel blessed for all the community support,” Hiler said.

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