EXCITING NEWS from The Pink Ribbon Shop!
I’ve mentioned our “partnership” with MD Anderson Cancer Center for several months now on my blog, but I’ve disclosed no details. We’ve added our new $1.00 Funding the Cure with THE PINK RIBBON ROUNDUP silicone bracelet to our website with no special fanfare. And we’ve created The Pink Ribbon Roundup donation page on our site as well. Now it’s time to officially announce how all these pieces fit together!
Established in 2011, The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center was founded by The Pink Ribbon Shop to demonstrate our commitment to funding breast cancer research efforts. While we regularly donated to various organizations throughout any given year, we felt that we could make an even bigger impact by focusing on a single recipient. We are proud to support the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation's leading cancer center, with a commitment to donate a minimum of $20,000 in any four year period to their breast cancer research department. We are excited to report that in our Fund’s first 6 months, we have exceeded our own expectations by donating $10,000!
Your purchase of our exclusive pink ribbon "Funding the Cure with THE PINK RIBBON ROUNDUP" silicone wristbands allows us to donate the FULL PURCHASE PRICE of $1.00 each to The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center! Monetary donations made on our Pink Ribbon Roundup page or our MD Anderson myGiving page are immediately directed to our Fund. All monies in the Fund have been specifically designated for MD Anderson’s breast cancer research department. Nowhere else! There are no administrative costs or other fees deducted from your donation. One hundred percent of the bracelet’s proceeds and 100% of monetary donations received goes toward breast cancer research activities at MD Anderson!
We’ve dubbed this whole bundle of good stuff The Pink Ribbon Roundup. We are rounding up funds, Texas style, so a cure can be found! With YOUR support of The Pink Ribbon Roundup program, The Pink Ribbon Shop is FUNDING THE CURE, one pink ribbon at a time, and helping MD Anderson Cancer Center make cancer history®!
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU, OUR CUSTOMERS?
The Pink Ribbon Shop has always been up front about how much and to whom we donate. We believe that we have a responsibility to our customers to be good stewards with what we take in as a business. After years of hodge-podge, irregular giving to whomever we felt called to (all worthy causes, of course,) we were motivated to identify our true philanthropic mission. That mission is FUNDING THE CURE by supporting breast cancer research efforts. The establishment of The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center is simply a new approach to our charitable giving. We also like to think of it as a way to multiply our company’s donations. By allowing our customers to actively participate in our Pink Ribbon Roundup program, we can contribute even more toward finding a cure for breast cancer! And you will have the peace of mind of knowing exactly how your donation or purchase will be utilized.
So please keep us in mind for your breast cancer fundraiser events!· At $1.00 each, our Funding the Cure silicone bracelet bands are quite a bargain AND your entire dollar is a donation!
· Donate to The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Whether purchasing a bracelet or donating through The Pink Ribbon Roundup page or our myGiving MD Anderson page, your donation ONLY goes to breast cancer research!
What does this mean to ME?! So much!! I am hoping that having our Fund in place opens up a new world of possibilities for fundraising at The Pink Ribbon Shop. I see local benefit events in our future. I see manufacturers and suppliers creating pink ribbon products that benefit the Fund. I see big corporations and organizations turning to The Pink Ribbon Shop Fund for Breast Cancer Research as a great place to donate. I see individuals and businesses who are fed up with the current "big girls" in the breast cancer fundraising arena wanting to redirect their contributions to a more efficiently run establishment ... where their money goes right to breast cancer research activities and not some other questionable, potentially non-cancer-related activities.
If you think about it, just what is the pink ribbon campaign all about? It's about awareness, sure. In this day and age, you'd have to live in a box to not be "aware" of breast cancer! It's also about education. Everyone knows that breast cancer exists, but do they know about the importance of regular breast self exams and mammograms? And lastly, and I think most importantly, it's about funding research so a cure can be found. Let's face it, people! A cure for breast cancer would mean the end of the pink ribbon campaign, and that couldn't make me happier!
So happy that my Pink Ribbon Shop is FUNDING THE CURE ...
One pink ribbon at a time! Woohoo!