Fall FEED-Raiser

As you may or may not know… I have been named a FEED Ambassador as a part of FEED Projects.  As a FEED Ambassador, it is my duty to create fundraisers or events that aim to support our local food pantries, create hunger awareness or raise money for The FEED Foundation.

I decided to support The FEED Foundation for my first event!  I joined forces with Jersey’s Pub and Grub Downtown to offer 5 drinks and a $5 donation to The FEED Foundation.  How great, right!?  I’ll be there with my FEED 10 shirt on and FEED 1 bag in tow.  Not only are they super fashionable, but both of these products support school meals for hungry children around the world.  Why school meals?  Because studies show that when children can rely on a nutritious meal, they are more likely to be sent to school rather than working to earn money for their families.

Join me at Jerseys Downtown from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m on Saturday, November 3rd to support The FEED Foundation and party for a cause!


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably realized that one of my favorite ways  donate is to shop for a cause (as seen here, here and here).  October is especially great since almost everything comes in pink, which is probably one of my favorite colors.  I completely understand that you have to be wary of some of the companies who “pinkwash” during Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Meaning, they change the color of the packaging or use the pink ribbon to market products that are dangerous to women’s heath or do not make any substantial contribution to support the cause.  Therefore, I have done my research for you so you know which stores, or products, really do support the cure for breast cancer.

During the month of October, one of my favorite stores, ULTA,  is giving guests the opportunity to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their Donate With A Kiss campaign.  Guests who visit ULTA can donate $1, $3, $5 or $10 to get various gifts with donation, as well as an entry into win one of 532 Beauty Bags worth almost $600!!  Who wouldn’t want a chance to win that?!  Not to mention, BCRF was founded by one of the leading ladies in beauty, Evelyn H. Lauder, who was the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc.  She also helped co-create the pink ribbon with then editor of SELF magazine, Alexandra Penney, which is now considered the worldwide symbol of breast cancer and breast health (link).

Here are some more products supporting Breast Cancer Awareness.  Click your favorites for more info!

[$5 donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation]

[$5 donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation]

[$7 donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation]

[$7 donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation]

[$300,000 donated to NBCF since 2007]

[$300,000 donated to NBCF since 2007]

[15% of purchase up to max of $15,000 total]

[15% of purchase up to max of $15,000 total]


[5% of retail, minimum donation of $500,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure]

[5% of retail, minimum donation of $500,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure]

In Cedar Rapids, every year Mercy Hospital hosts the Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer and every year, it continues to grow tremendously.  The Especially for You Fund helps women in need receive free mammograms and other breast-care services (link).

Here is a glimpse of last year’s start (I’m in there somewhere) to show you how massive of a race it is for the Cedar Rapids area:

[image via Especially For You]

[image via Especially For You]

[Are you supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month?]

Weekend Recap

Despite a chilly start, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s was outstanding!  Z102.9’s Overnight Kim started off the walk with three very inspiring stories from two young Alzheimer’s supporters, a woman who’s husband passed away from Alzheimer’s and a beautiful story about a woman who is her husband’s caretaker.

After registering everyone was given a flower in one of four colors.  Blue if you have Alzheimer’s, purple if you know someone with Alzheimer’s, yellow if you are a caretaker of someone with Alzheimer’s and orange if you support the cause.  While participants were walking, those flowers were used for a very beautiful display at the Promise Garden when we returned.

Here is a look at Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cedar Rapids:



{Overnight Kim and the three inspiring stories of the morning}

{Beautiful route, Beautiful Fall day}

{Promise Garden}

I’m always looking for ways to support charitable organizations!  If you are having an event or want some help promoting your team, please contact me by sending me an email charitableconnections@gmail.com, on Facebook or Twitter.  I would be more than happy to get the word out about your event or participate, so please let me know what I can do to help.

{What are you doing in October to support charitable causes?}

I walk to #ENDALZ

Why do you participate in walks, runs, and other fundraisers for your favorite organizations?  Do you participate because you have personally been affected by a disease or illness?  To honor and remember those who have been lost?  To fight back?  Or is it because your participation now means that future generations may not be affected by the diseases and illnesses that we face today?  This is why I Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and on September 22, Team CharitableConnections will walk to end Alzheimer’s, so future generations can have more hope to fight this disease.   I am thankful that none of my immediate family has currently been affected by Alzheimer’s, however, I still hurt for those who have.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior” (link).

For me, memories are so important.  Possessions can often be replaced, but your memories will be with you forever.  I love listening to my grandma’s stories of when she was growing up, where she lived, and the places she has visited.  I may not have the pictures from her journeys, but her memories are what lasts and will stay with my sister and I forever.  I think that’s why she has kept a journal for as long as I can remember, and continues to journal daily.

{Emma Furhmann}

{Emma Fuhrmann}

Here are some Alzheimer’s and Dementia Basics:

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.
  • It is not a normal part of aging.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time.
  • There is currently no cure, treatments for symptoms are available and research is being done to find ways to treat, delay and prevent symptoms.

Research is being done, but this is also where you and I come in.  By joining my team or making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, you can help others keep their memories longer.  On September 21, you can also be a part of the Alzheimer’s Association’s day of action by wearing PURPLE and help turn Facebook and Twitter purple by using the hash tag #ENDALZ and changing your profile picture to the END ALZ logo below.


Education is also very important to ensure that more is understood in preventing and recognizing symptoms of Alzheimer’s to aid in early detection.  Please follow the link to learn the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s and Go Purple on September 21, to help create awareness about memory loss.

If you are not able to make the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Cedar Rapids on September 22 with CharitableConnections, but want to help, definitely check out our new shirts!  100% of the proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s Association and charity:water.