14,000 Walkers Descend on Belle Isle for ACS

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Saturday was a glorious day on Belle Isle. No rain. No snow. No bitter cold. No howling winds. No gloom and doom. The sun was out, the temperatures were moderate and people came from all over.

In all, over 14,000 walkers enjoyed the 5-mile walk around the island. The trees were showing off red, yellow and other fall colors while the Detroit River sparkled (if you can imagine that).

Jay Towers from FOX2 was live with microphone in hand and doing another splendid job covering the event. The American Cancer Society (ACS) had a multitude of staff and volunteers on hand to keep the event well organized. Survivors were on hand and well recognized. Families, guys, kids and strollers showed up in mass. Sorry, no pets.

Nearly $800,00 was raised for cancer research, an all-time record. It appears no matter how bad the economy is, people always find ways to reach out and give to charities they deem relevant. That’s one thing that makes living in the USA so great.

TNG was the presenting sponsor once again and had more than 250 walkers donning TNG shirts. Many were newcomers to the event and they had a great time. Lucky them, they didn’t have to deal with the bitter cold like years past.

We are still processing money from the Tiffany event last week plus the money raised for STRIDES. Once again, TNG will be over the $100,000 mark, something all its talent, customers and suppliers can be proud of.

For photos and more info about STRIDES, click here

Happy Tuesday!

ACS DREAMS & STRIDES Events Hit Home Hard

How many close friends/family members do you know that have or had cancer?

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No single disease has more attention of the general public than cancer, with breast cancer leading the way.

Why has this disease caught our attention so much? Why do millions walk 60 miles over 3 days; walk 5 miles routinely; beg, borrow and steal to raise money; attend events and rally around this disease?

A story

Being friends with “ABC” for more than 20 years, we have celebrated life many ways. Traveling for milestone birthdays, barbeques in the summer, toasts at New Years, enjoying time on the boat (well, that one is a stretch), and for the most part, having fun.

Five years ago ABC felt a lump on her breast and yes, it was cancer.

ABC walked through the cancer door.

I don’t want to get into the details but ABC did everything the doctors told her to do. ABC remained in good spirits, went on with her daily life and we had more good times. ABC worked hard and took care of the family in recovery. As the American Cancer Society would say, ABC was celebrating birthdays. After all, the 5 year survival rate went up to 90%.

One day ABC felt pain in her back. The cancer door led down a corridor.

The news wasn’t good and in doctor’s terms, it metastasized. More radiation and chemo, ABC continued on in good spirits. More fun times, more celebrating birthdays.

One day ABC felt more pain. ABC was diagnosed at stage 4. The cancer door led down a stairway.

ABC knew the odds were against her but with all the research and experimental drugs, she kept optimistic. If you saw her, you would never know. She lost her hair twice but it grew back each time. She kept on smiling, kept on working, kept on celebrating life.

One day ABC felt more pain. The stairway led to a room.

ABC had to quit work. There were times that she couldn’t do treatments because she was so weak. So tired. And even, ABC was still smiling and optimistic. ABC is one strong woman.

One day ABC experienced headaches and they lasted for days. She told the doctor and more bad news.

Today ABC is struggling but not out. She is a fighter and one thing that the folks at the American Cancer Society and everyone she comes in contact with that knows about her, it’s about hope. It’s about day by day and doing what it takes to celebrate another birthday. ABC is now doing gamma treatments and is excited about the prognosis.  And if she is excited, so am I and so is everyone else.

Today, ABC is coping and our fingers are crossed. We don’t want her to open the door to the next room. If anyone can pull through this, it is ABC.

Stories like this are the reason why cancer research is of #1 importance for most people. We have made great strides yet need to make even greater strides. Stories like this are also the reason why TNG does DREAMS and STRIDES and why so many of its talent participates.

No one should have to walk through the cancer door. We need to continue to do everything we can for those that do.

Happy Thursday!

ACS DREAMS & STRIDES Events Hit Home Hard

How many close friends/family members do you know that have or had cancer?

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No single disease has more attention of the general public than cancer, with breast cancer leading the way.

Why has this disease caught our attention so much? Why do millions walk 60 miles over 3 days; walk 5 miles routinely; beg, borrow and steal to raise money; attend events and rally around this disease?

A story

Being friends with “ABC” for more than 20 years, we have celebrated life many ways. Traveling for milestone birthdays, barbeques in the summer, toasts at New Years, enjoying time on the boat (well, that one is a stretch), and for the most part, having fun.

Five years ago ABC felt a lump on her breast and yes, it was cancer.

ABC walked through the cancer door.

I don’t want to get into the details but ABC did everything the doctors told her to do. ABC remained in good spirits, went on with her daily life and we had more good times. ABC worked hard and took care of the family in recovery. As the American Cancer Society would say, ABC was celebrating birthdays. After all, the 5 year survival rate went up to 90%.

One day ABC felt pain in her back. The cancer door led down a corridor.

The news wasn’t good and in doctor’s terms, it metastasized. More radiation and chemo, ABC continued on in good spirits. More fun times, more celebrating birthdays.

One day ABC felt more pain. ABC was diagnosed at stage 4. The cancer door led down a stairway.

ABC knew the odds were against her but with all the research and experimental drugs, she kept optimistic. If you saw her, you would never know. She lost her hair twice but it grew back each time. She kept on smiling, kept on working, kept on celebrating life.

One day ABC felt more pain. The stairway led to a room.

ABC had to quit work. There were times that she couldn’t do treatments because she was so weak. So tired. And even, ABC was still smiling and optimistic. ABC is one strong woman.

One day ABC experienced headaches and they lasted for days. She told the doctor and more bad news.

Today ABC is struggling but not out. She is a fighter and one thing that the folks at the American Cancer Society and everyone she comes in contact with that knows about her, it’s about hope. It’s about day by day and doing what it takes to celebrate another birthday. ABC is now doing gamma treatments and is excited about the prognosis.  And if she is excited, so am I and so is everyone else.

Today, ABC is coping and our fingers are crossed. We don’t want her to open the door to the next room. If anyone can pull through this, it is ABC.

Stories like this are the reason why cancer research is of #1 importance for most people. We have made great strides yet need to make even greater strides. Stories like this are also the reason why TNG does DREAMS and STRIDES and why so many of its talent participates.

No one should have to walk through the cancer door. We need to continue to do everything we can for those that do.

Happy Thursday!

Community Counts

Do you give blood at least once a year?

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This week launches the start of our major community projects and as always, it’s a very rewarding time.

Friday, August 6 at our World Headquarters and Friday, September 10 at our Global Logistics Center is our American Red Cross blood drive. Each year we donate over 100 pints of blood and I’m always first to go. Let me tell you, the first time I saw that “needle” they stick in your arm, I said to the nurse, “Are you kidding me?” She looked at me and said “Don’t worry, I usually hit the vein the first time, usually.” Lucky for me, it’s been the first time every time! It’s a great thing to do and there is always a blood shortage. Please stop on by if you are in the neighborhood. They serve up some delicious store bought cookies and juice in little plastic bottles afterwards.

Wednesday, August 11 is the kick-off breakfast for American Cancer Society’s (ACS) annual STRIDES event in Detroit. As a national sponsor, I get to go on stage and rally the 600 or so women and 3 men in the room to raise money for ACS. Last year more than $800,00 was raised and we are hoping to at least equal that amount this year. The actual event is Saturday, October 9. Please join TNG and over 10,000 walkers for this fun-packed event honoring so many survivors.

Sunday, October 3 is our annual DREAMS event featuring the Tiffany Awards. This charity event benefits ACS and raises more than $100,000 annually. This year we are blessed to have amazing talent showcase the event such as Michael O’Rourke, Antonio Corral from Moroccanoil, Carlo Bay (#1 hairdresser in Italy) and special guest from Label.m. Tickets are only $75 and $125 and include dinner. This year the event will be held at Andiamo in Warren. More info to come.

December is our annual food drive benefitting Forgotten Harvest. With the economy and unemployment continuing to be stubbornly high, food banks are more desperate than ever for donations.

There’s a lot going on and plenty of opportunities to participate. We hope to see you at one or more events. It’s well worth your time and donation as the memories are forever.

Happy Tuesday!

STRIDES Strides To Beat Cancer

 

If I was on the Norwegian Nobel committee, I would have voted for the American Cancer Society (ACS) to win the Nobel in 2009. With all the lousy news this year, who better to win the prize than the organization that gives more piece of mind to others than anyone else?

Good thing ACS doesn’t need to win the Nobel to win. October is the official month for their annual STRIDES event. All over the USA in towns large and small, ACS has team captains, corporate sponsors, cancer survivors, radio and TV stations, and anyone else they can gather to gather and take part in the five mile walk to raise money (there is a one mile route for those that need a short cut).

TNG is proud not only to be a national sponsor, but also the biggest fundraiser as well. Our event takes place tomorrow morning in downtown Detroit on the lovely but windy and cold island of Belle Isle. Some 10,000 supporters will be there to celebrate life and to help make a difference so cancer patients and survivors can celebrate life for years to come. ACS now provides an endless supply of birthday candles to its survivors and the good news: every year they hand out more and more candles.

You can check the STRIDES schedule at cancer.org if you are so inclined to wake up early and support ACS. TNG will be down around 8:00AM and if you have never been to a STRIDES event or on Belle Isle, this is a perfect opportunity to do both and support a great cause.

I hope to see you there!

Happy Friday!

 

Kemon Nights featuring Tiffany Less Than A Month Away

 

Bye-bye summer that never came. 48 degrees this morning. The past two weekends were chilly and dreary. People were driving to the cider mills this past weekend only to find them closed (they do open next weekend for the season).

Wherever summer went, just like that it’s September and that means the start of the busy time of year. One major holiday each month means time flies by even faster and shortly we will have to deal with school busses and more traffic.

But it also means our really big annual event is coming up. This year we combined Tiffany and Kemon Nights into one fabulous event September 26 at the Royal Oak Music Theater. This will truly be the signature event for the pro beauty industry.

Once again, we have three talented hairdressers going for the coveted Hairdresser of the Year award (visit thetiffanyawards.com for more info). Up and coming rock band Sinjon Smith will once again provide pre-show entertainment.

This year the DeBartolos brothers along with the Kemon Artistic and Technical team will deliver spectacular trends for the fall-winter season.

There will be also be a yummy Italian-theme strolling dinner and tickets are only $50 or $100 VIP. And remember, this is a charity event for the American Cancer Society. We hope to cross the $1.5 million mark with your help.

If you’re part of pro beauty industry, this is a must-attend event. And even if you aren’t, it’s an event you have to witness once to see what all the excitement is about. Get your tickets while they last.

Happy Monday!