W.Va. shop donates to local Audubon Society

March 28, 2012
  • On the Wings of Dreams store owner Laura Rau, left, presents a check to Potomac Valley Audubon Society Executive Director Kristin Alexander.
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.VA. — On the Wings of Dreams shop in Shepherdstown, W.Va., is once again donating proceeds from crystal sales to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society.

This is the fifth year shop owner Laura Rau has set aside 3 cents from each crystal and mineral sold throughout the year to donate to the Society.

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is a United Way of the Eastern Panhandle partner agency and a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.

“Supporting the PVAS gives us the opportunity to participate in both environmental and humanitarian efforts,” Rau said. “The Society’s work to protect and preserve wetlands and other sensitive natural environments is vital in this fast-growing area. The PVAS also sponsors numerous programs to educate children about the environment, encouraging them to get out in nature and away from the computer or TV. It’s an important investment in the future all around.”

This year’s donation of $220 targets PVAS youth programs, which include camps, scholarships and naturalist programs that promote conservation and exploration in nature.

Rau recently attended the Tucson Gem Show, the largest gem and mineral show in the world, and  returned with many specimens that will contribute to the 2012 donation.

The shop is at 139 West German Street. In addition to crystals, it offers a wide variety of sterling silver and natural stone jewelry; Native American jewelry, books and music; incense; sages, shells and prayer feathers; magical and ceremonial herbs; tools and statuary for practitioners of Buddhist, Hindu and Earth-Based spiritualities; essential oils; prayer flags and Tibetan and crystal singing bowls.

For more information about the shop, go to

For more information about the Potomac Valley Adubon Society, go to, call Peter Smith at 304-876-1139 or send email to

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