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1 People near and far joining together to bring a little joy to those who survived the tsunami in Japan

2 500 Frogs started as the brainchild of Deb and Randy Buckler, artists in California

3 A Table full of Frogs! Each frog is catalogued and matched with its own special handmade, hand- crafted bag.

4 Why frogs? Considered good luck in Japanese culture Considered good luck in Japanese culture Good fortune Good fortune Return of things given away Return of things given away

5 Examples of Painted Frogs Artists: Kathleen Prince, Cindy Diel, Lisa Haley, Lindsay Lowdes, Deb Buckler, Kollean Gouyton

6 More than just painted frogs: Jeweled frogs by Sharron Dunning, Tattoo frog and Decoupage Frog (patients of Napa State Hospital)

7 Currently, hundreds of frogs have been painted by artists and students and shipped to Japan

8 Participants in 500 Frogs Jane Schneider Jane Schneider Kollean Gouyton Kollean Gouyton Shawn McNeely Shawn McNeely Gina Hall Gina Hall Kimberly Bleecker Kimberly Bleecker Yvonne Stevens Yvonne Stevens Elizabeth Weinberg Elizabeth Weinberg Amber Boardman Amber Boardman Donna Lorello Donna Lorello Deb and Randy Buckler Deb and Randy Buckler Nanci Caron and patients of Napa State Hospital Nanci Caron and patients of Napa State Hospital Kathleen Prince Kathleen Prince Zaena Burdick Zaena Burdick Karen Dietrich Karen Dietrich Karenetta Smith Karenetta Smith Michelle Platte & students of Edison-Bethune Charter Academy, Fresno, CA Michelle Platte & students of Edison-Bethune Charter Academy, Fresno, CA And many more! And many more!

9 Frogs in Japan! With Anne Thomas’s efforts, frogs were shipped from California to Japan and distributed at various functions

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12 It’s Easy - You Can Help All you need are a few things: - A desire to bring joy to someone in need - Your creativity - $3 donation per frog to help offset production costs

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15 Things to avoid when designing your frog… confederate blue and blue greys in combination is best avoided. confederate blue and blue greys in combination is best avoided. No human faces – there is an evil spirit in Japanese culture that comes in the shape of a frog with a human face No human faces – there is an evil spirit in Japanese culture that comes in the shape of a frog with a human face

16 With thanks… To Anne Thomas for being Deb’s contact in Japan in helping to receive and distribute the frogs!

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