Katy Moore got her first Glassybaby years ago.
Now her Richland home is filled with them. She's turned her friends onto them, too.
They're beautiful, Moore said -- pieces of art "you can have forever."
Plenty of others feel the same way.
The colorful handcrafted glass candleholders have boomed in popularity in recent years, and Lee Rhodes -- the Seattle woman who started the company -- has risen to national prominence as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
She gives away a share of sales, reaching $1 million in charitable giving earlier this year.
Rhodes will tell her story Thursday in Prosser. The free event is at 4 p.m. at Mercer Estates Winery, 3100 Lee Road.
Moore, who has heard Rhodes speak before, helped arrange her visit.
She describes Rhodes' story as inspiring.
In 1998, the Seattle woman was battling a rare lung cancer. "She had endured surgery, countless rounds of chemotherapy, and was searching for a few moments of serenity to escape the fear that encompassed her life," the Glassybaby website says.
She placed a tea light in a homemade glass cup and was inspired and comforted by its beauty.
The first retail store opened about nine years ago, the website says. About 500 glass candleholders now are created each day at the company's Madrona studio.
They come in hundreds of colors.
Rhodes, who was named Entrepreneur of 2011 by Entrepreneur magazine, will bring a selection to the Prosser event.
Ten percent of sales will go to the Carson Kolzig Foundation, a local nonprofit aimed at helping people dealing with autism spectrum disorders.
Rhodes said she hopes people who hear her story are inspired to pursue their own passions.
"Find something you value and be evangelical about it," she said. "Your life will be richer."