Compilation of

Horizon of HopeIdeas & Info



Just ask the manager at Dress Barn if their store will do a fashion show for a charity event. Then explain about the HOH. We have to come up with the models but DB is giving them 30% off any outfit they model if they want to buy it. Nice incentive. The model writes up a little 3x5 card about herself (family, job, etc), DB does a little description about the outfit which is narrated as the model comes out. Usually the models do 2 outfits.  There is no charge, just the advertisement DB gets. Last year DB sent home with everyone a 10% off coupon. Nice HUH? Also ...there's no pressure. And they are wonderful helping the girls pick out outfits about a week ahead.


  I don't worry about the fashion show 'fitting' in with a theme. My HOH Events are a ladies afternoon out. Fun and informative. We have the ACS Regional VP speak about the importance of Mammograms and self breast exams BUT we concentrate on the positive and celebrate life. We keep everything moving along. This year we have a weaver, a taste testing table (new food products), "L" basket raffle and showcase the NEW fall products all before the lunch.


  After lunch we'll do the fashion show, raffle and drawings for the baskets the weaver made.


  About the extra Hope baskets. I should had said that I have exchanged 1-2 for hope accessory sets. I do my best to be as close as possible to the number I need when ordering. But if you did get stuck with a few extra, I'd call "L" and discuss it with them. I'm sure they would be helpful. I've been in that situation before with too many for a bus trip.


I hope I've been helpful,






(Use with pink Horizon of Hope/breast cancer wristband)


For your wrist, a ring of delicate pink -

May it's presence cause you to think

Early detection's important and key -

To a life that's cancer free.


Be sure to have your annual mammogram!


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Breasts of the Rich & Famous


by Celeste H.


I'm posting shortly after reading your request, so this post is somewhat "stream of consciousness" writing--in other words, not completely thought through. Of course your trip has a message and a serious one, but you want it to be fun. If you contact your local chapter of the American Cancer society and give them enough time, they should be able to furnish you with those hanging shower exam cards to give out with your bus trip baskets, and literature as well. How about a "breasts of the rich and famous" matching game, where you assemble photos without heads of famous women and a list of names to match to (Dolly Parton, Mae West, Liz Taylor, Brittany Spears, Jackie O w/pearls, Anna Nicole Smith....)? Or do a search on the history of the brassiere, and assemble a quiz of sorts (true/false?) based on what you find. There are party game websites that will assemble word searches and other games based on the words lists you input--just think about where you could go with that. This would all be in fun of course.
One of my favorite quotes that I recall ever hearing about men and women (don't remember where it came from), is that when women look at their husbands they see them as they really are--when men look at their wives, they see the woman they married, as she was on their wedding day. The changes brought about by time are blurred to them, they are more forgiving than we are in what they see. This is something I find comforting as I age, and something I think would be comforting to survivors. I think if you follow a strong woman, fun woman theme, your guests will have a great time, laugh at themselves and be enriched. good luck!


Since pink is the signature color for breast cancer awareness and our WW HOH baskets, here is a game I made up using the word pink in each answer.  HTH, Syd


 “Pink” Game  


  1. Happy as can be

  2. Perfect health

  3. Seen when you’ve had too much to drink

  4. Molly Ringwald movie

  5. Mary Kay reward (or Bruce Springsteen song)

  6. You’re fired!

  7. Little finger

  8. Fancy scissors

  9. Bygone detective

  10. Contagious form of conjunctivitis


Tie Breaker

John Mellancamp song





  1. Tickled pink

  2. In the pink

  3. Pink elephants

  4. Pretty in Pink

  5. Pink Cadillac

  6. Pink slip

  7. Pinkie

  8. Pinking shears

  9. Pinkerton man

  10. Pink eye


Tie Breaker

Little Pink Houses





I went to the Crayola web site and yes, you can order a box of 64 custom color crayons. I choose Carnation - at 8.99 a box + 5.95 shipping. I plan to put a sticker on it with the words "Color the World with Hope." Cute idea -- THANKS to the poster.

I also ordered HOH note pads and pens from Longaberger and plan to stamp the consultant's contact info on the back, put the note pad in a baggie with a set of reminder stickers, tie it with a pink ribbon and a little fluff and for $1 I have a very nice favor.







1995 181,506 baskets sold $463,222 donated
1996 226,292 baskets sold $654,891 donated
1997 278,689 baskets sold $717,924 donated
1998 372,941 baskets sold $1,094,870 donated
1999 368,718 baskets sold $1,355,422 donated
2000 361,027 baskets sold $1,354,288 donated
2001 332,258 baskets sold $1,506,942 donated
2002 239,229 baskets sold $1,328,171 donated

2003 318,679 baskets sold $1.4 million raised

2004 228,582 baskets sold $979,168 donated

2005 201,074 baskets sold / 42,935 mugs sold  $1,082,440 donated


Total Donations & Products  - Printable Handout
Grand total 3,108,996 baskets sold
$11.7 million donated
This total does not include the administrative fees that Longaberger pays. All contributions go directly to breast cancer research and education projects!




Just thought I would let you know what we did last year and it turned out pretty successful.

For our Horizon of Hope event we wanted to raise even more money then just with the basket sales so we did a silent auction.

Every Consultant who participated in the event was responsible for at least one item to donate to the auction. It could be something they personally donated or something they got from the community. It turned out that people were very generous and we had a lot of items for the auction.

I typed the item name on the top of a page along with the value of the item and made blank lines for the bids. I attached that paper onto pink construction paper just to make it nicer. We also had a minimum bid on each item but that was determined by the value of the item.

It was a lot of fun and we had a pretty good competition going for a few items that went well beyond the value of the item.

We plan to do this again this year and it should be even bigger since we should have even more consultants participating.

Not only was it a lot of fun but we raised that additional money for a great cause.

Have fun with yours - it's relatively easy to do.


  1. Display a collection of past Horizon of Hope® Baskets.

  2. Tag each basket with the total campaign contribution for that year (tags provided below).

  3. During the presentation, show each basket, oldest to newest. Pull the campaign contribution tag out of the basket and show guests the contribution amount for the year. Or, try having guests guess the dollar amount. The closest guess wins a small prize!

  4. Show the 2004 Horizon of Hope Basket. Share the message that the campaign succeeds because we sell "One Basket at a Time" and Longaberger customers will determine the campaign contribution for this year. Share the importance of early detection and show guests the Breast Exam Reminder Stickers.

Contribution tags should say:


Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 1995      $463,222

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 1996        $654,891

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 1997         $717,924

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 1998       $1,094,870 Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 1999       $1,355,422

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 2000       $1,354,288

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 2001       $1,506,942

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 2002       $1,328,171

Longaberger® Horizon of Hope®Campaign - 2003       $1.4 million


Here's an idea that is a combination of ideas I've read on the Vine and some of my own. Hope it helps you with your fundraising efforts! ~Judi in Va.

Send an email (or snail mail)to your customers:

Just a short note with a fun that I'd looooove to share with you!

A Summer Shorts Show!
~Your guests wear shorts!
~Games with prizes, 'short' as the theme!
~A quick show, too, because it's shorter!
~A dessert-only show with Shortcake and Shortbread served!

What a fun way to support our short Hope Fundraiser this year!

August is the last month of our Hope Fundraiser that supports breast cancer research and education ... anyone?? Please call me asap ... only a few dates open: (give dates)

The Fundraiser Clock is ticking... hope to hear from you right away... thanks!

The show idea ...

The Short and Sweet Show revolves around shorts and all forms of shorts. All attendees are asked to wear shorts. You do the show wearing shorts. The invitations are presented on cutout paper shorts. The Wish List and all materials at the Show are presented in a pair of children's shorts (go to your local Odd Lots or discount store -- you can get them for about $1) - simply sew the bottom of the legs together and it creates a handy little pouch for presentation. Your hostess should serve Shortcake for dessert.

Basically, anything having to do with "short/s" will work. Something as simple as this can trigger interest in holding a show. The promise of "short and sweet" will go far in encouraging attendance!



We will have our 10th annual Horizon of Hope or Hope is on the Horizon event this year and every year it seems to get better and bigger. I have many people who I only hear from for this one event every year and they don't want to miss it.

  • We have a weaver come in and weave while everyone is there. The weaver comes at 8:30am to begin so most of the baskets are already woven by the time we open the doors at 12 noon. Then when the guests come she'll be free to demonstrate and talk with everyone relaxed.

  • We have a buffet lunch that a caterer prepares for almost cost because it's for the HOH benefit

  • We rent a large hall- the caterer works with this and does the decorating

  • We have tables on the sides and in front with displays on. The new Christmas stuff, the current Aug. stuff, CC, Recruiting and Bus trip

  • The tables on the sides are filled with items for a Chinese Auction. These are donated and obtained by the consultants who participate (last year we had 11)

  • We invite speakers from the ACS and survivors to speak. We try for two speakers about 10 mins. each

  • We give away the baskets woven that day. These are drawings thruout the day, the names are everyone at the banquet that day.

  • We also ask guests to fill out a paper with their name and the name of a friend of theirs going thru breast cancer treatment and those go in a basket to draw for special decorated baskets that can then be given to encourage their friend.

  • This year I'd like to add pink roses to be given to everyone who is a cancer survivor. This is something I heard at the Bee last year that I thought was awesome!

  • We take orders for our baskets and tickets the first week of July so we can get the baskets in time to decorate for Aug.21st banquet. We decorate them with a little fuff in white and pink of course and have their names on them.

  • We usually have name tents and favors at the table

  • One of the ways I promote this event to my customers is to ask them to invite their friends and family and use that as a show for themselves and then they'll have an enjoyable dinner out with friends and family. This really helped increase attendance.

  • The consultants give up most of their commission on the baskets only to help keep the cost of the tickets down. If guests want the liner, prot. etc they are charged reg. price.

  • The ticket price includes a HOH basket and the dinner and is a better deal then just the dinner cost alone. We don't advertise the dinner without a basket, but if we know someone who can't afford the basket we offer them the dinner only for $20.00.


Do you have something in your purse that:

H that is health related
O is orange in color
R has the word 'red' in/on it
I starts with the letter I
Z has the letter Z in its word
O is round
N that is new and unused

O starts with the letter O
F something fancy

H that is hard
O has a hole in it
P is pink in color
E starts with the letter E

Give out something pink to the winner!

How many lifesavers does it take to fill up the current H.O.H. basket?

(Great idea, but it needs updating)
Sheena had a really great idea for a HOH home show - She called it the Hope Potato. Here's how it works:
She ordered the HOH Soap from the homestead online, but another gift would do - a Pink Ribbon, HOH accessory or note pad.... One person starts with the bar of soap (or prize). Sheena than talks about the Hope campaign and gives some history. Each time she says HOPE the person passes the "HOPE POTATO" to the person next to them. When finished the person who has the "HOPE POTATO" wins the game.

Heres what she used:
We are going to play a little game. I'm going to talk about the "HOPE" basket. The game is called "HOPE POTATO". Someone is going to start with the "HOPE POTATO." Each time I say "HOPE" the person passes the "HOPE POTATO" to the person next to them. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Since 1995, Longaberger and nearly 70,000 consultants nationwide have teamed with the American Cancer Society to raise research funds and boost educational efforts in the fight against breast cancer and its complications. The program is called the Horizon of "HOPE".

Each year Longaberger designs a special "HOPE" basket sold during the campaign. $2 from the sale of each "HOPE" basket goes directly to breast cancer research and education. Each customer purchasing a "HOPE" basket receives educational information, including guidelines on regular mammograms and breast exams. More than 2.6 million "HOPE" baskets have been sold during the campaign's 9-year history.

The "HOPE" campaign has raised over 9.8 million dollars to date. 100 % of the "HOPE" money raised goes towards the following:
*early breast cancer detection
*imaging in high-risk groups
*risk estimation and communication
*psychosocial support for survivors
*mammography access and quality
*gives "HOPE" for those fighting breast cancer

This year it is estimated that 267,000 women in this country will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While the risk of breast cancer is increasing, the good "HOPE" news is that breast cancer deaths are declining despite that increasing number of women diagnosed with this disease each year. That means that thousands of deaths have been prevented. There is "HOPE".

The "HOPE" campaign targets breast cancer, the second most common cancer diagnosed in women and the second leading cause of death from cancer.

"HOPE" basket history: In 1996, a total of 181,506 "HOPE" baskets were sold donating $463,222 dollars in "HOPE". In 2001, about 1.5 million "HOPE" dollars were donated to the "HOPE" campaign. 332,258 "HOPE" baskets were sold.

This year's "HOPE" basket: You can help weave a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Because Longaberger donates $2 for every "HOPE" basket sold, you'll be helping share the message with someone you care about and together we can help stimulate a better quality of life, with "HOPE".
The little basket with a lot of "HOPE".

The "HOPE" basket is $36.00. You may purchase 2 "HOPES" for $62.00. The "HOPE" accessory set is $40.00 which includes the "HOPE" liner (or spring floral/brotanical fields), the protector, the lid and the "HOPE" tie-on. The "HOPE" basket is only available until August 31st.

Share "HOPE" with your family and friends. Join my branch of consultants as we raise "HOPE" for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This years "HOPE" gathering is Sat. August 21st 11-2 at Franklin Square Hospital. I "HOPE" to see you there!!! All the "HOPE" money we raise will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation / Maryland Affiliate.

I "HOPE" that you had fun playing my "HOPE" game and I "HOPE" that you will help raise "HOPE" for breast cancer!!

I "HOPE" you have enjoyed my show this evening and have enjoyed playing the "HOPE" potato game. When you host your own home show to earn some of these wonderful baskets for free I "HOPE" you can call me. And if you "HOPE" to fill your house with our wonderful baskets and pottery, I "HOPE" you will consider doing what I do and owning your own business. It's lots of fun and now the person holding the "HOPE" potato wins!!

Facts and information from


Consultants from four different branches in my area get together and do an annual event. This year it will be at the Hotel Hershey (we are talking AAAAA level resort & spa) with a sit-down gourmet breakfast. The price this year is $60 and includes the 2005 HOH Basket. Speakers are a local female newscaster who supports a local "Buddy Check" program for breast cancer monthly self-checks with your "buddy" and a speaker from the Longaberger Company. We'll probably also have a survivor. We have several display tables with new 4th Qtr products, Christmas products, and special theme displays. We also have door prizes (one for every 5 guests) provided by the participating consultants. We also do a Charity Sale benefiting our local American Cancer Society Hope Lodge. Consultants get local businesses to donate Longaberger product that guests can purchase tickets for. They then put those tickets in each product (as many or little as they like per product), and at the end of the event, one ticket from each is pulled. We also have a basket maker coming and will give away the baskets he/she makes during the event as door prizes. Last year we were able to give Hope Lodge $4000.

Since that is a really big event (350 people), you might want to consider going smaller if it's your first event. One year I asked a local nurse friend if she would come by and discuss self-breast exams and anything else she knew current on breast cancer. I invited all my customers and served refreshments (in pink theme) and had about 8 people come to my house. We had a good time, they ordered some HOH product, got some shows booked, and learned a lot. I recommend you try anything that makes your customers feel special and gets the message across.

Good luck.
Becky in Chocolatetown USA




Today the Dayton Daily News published the winning entries in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. 1st place in Humor category was won by Leigh Anne Jasheway of Eugene, Oregon:

"The First Time's Always the Worst"

The first mammogram is the worst. Especially when the machine catches on fire. That's what happened to me. The technician, Gail, positioned me exactly as she wanted me (think a really complicated game of Twister right hand on the blue, left shoulder on the yellow, right breast as far away as humanly possible from the rest of your body.) Then she clamped the machine down so tight, I think my breast actually turned inside out. I'm pretty sure Victoria's Secret doesn't have a bra for that.

Suddenly, there was a loud popping noise. I looked down at my right breast to make sure it hadn't exploded. Nope, it was still flat as a pancake and still attached to my body.

"Oh no!" Gail said loudly. These are perhaps, the words you least want to hear from any health professional. Suddenly, she came flying past me, her lab coat whipping behind her, on her way out the door. She yelled over her shoulder, "The machine's on fire, I'm going to get help!"

OK, I was wrong, 'The machine's on fire,' are the worst words you can hear from a health professional. Especially if you're all alone and semi-permanently attached to A MACHINE and don't know if it's THE MACHINE in question.

I struggled for a few seconds trying to get free, but even Houdini couldn't have escaped. I decided to go to plan B: yelling at the top of my lung (the one that was still working). I hadn't seen anything on fire, so my panic hadn't quite reached epic proportions. But then I started to smell smoke coming from behind the partition. "This is ridiculous," I thought. I can't die like this. What would they put in my obituary?
Cause of death: breast entrapment?

I may have inhaled some fumes because I started to hallucinate. An imaginary fireman rushed in with a firehose and a hatchet. "Howdy, ma'am," he said. "What's happened here?" he asked, averting his eyes.

"My breasts were too hot for the machine," I quipped, as my imaginary fireman ran out of the room again. "This is gonna take the Jaws of Life!"

In reality, Gail returned with a fire extinguisher and put out the fire. She gave me a big smile and released me from the machine. "Sorry! That's the first time that's ever happened. Why don't you take a few minutes to relax before we finish up?"

I think that's what she said. I was running across the parking lot in my backless paper gown at the time. After I'd relaxed for a few years, I figured I might go back. But I was bringing my own fire extinguisher.

The end.




A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car. -Carrie Snow-


"What I do, you cannot; but what you do, I cannot do. The needs are great and none of us can ever do great things. We can only do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful."
Mother Teresa



This is a 'cartoon' of what a woman might do to a man if they were in charge of doing the "o-grams" ... some may be offended.  Most will find humor. 


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About 5 years ago, I arranged for a representative from the US Postal Service to speak at a HOH event. I can't say how it turned out because the BL canceled the event. But here's what I was told would happen:

1. They would set up a stand to sell breast cancer stamps.

2. The postal representative would give a brief talk about their fundraising efforts, and appoint a postmaster general for the event.

I "think" there was a minimum attendance required, but my memory could be wrong on that??

I don't know if they still do this, but it's worth a phone call to the main post office in your area!

~Judi in Va.




Our first idea is to have it at our local floral shop...the owner has a room set aside that he is using to launch his catering business. We think we may go for an Open House type around 5:00 when many women are getting off work. Of course, we are decorating in pink and white, setting up HOH displays, taking orders for the HOH campaign....


And a response:

How lucky to get to use a floral shop for your HOH displays. There is nothing like the smell of fresh flowers. To keep with your theme (pink and white) you could serve pink lemonade, sugar cookies with pink sugar on top or cupcakes with pink icing. I've never been great at frosting cupcakes but if you have a Sams or Costco nearby you can order cupcakes and most likely the cookies created the way you wanted. The cupcakes and cookies could be served in baskets, on the cake platter or the retangle serving trays which would show off some other products. Don't forget the 2 quart pitcher for you lemonade.
If you go to MLB there are Think Pink recipes that you can print out and give to guests as they stop by. You can get free breast cancer bookmarks from The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation ( along with other literature.
Will you be giving away any type of prizes? You could have a drawing for anyone booking a home show. In the past we have used a cake basket with no protector or liner, this gives them something to purchase at their show. The basket is not given out the day of the event but presented to the customer at her home show. This way if she changes her mind you still have the basket and can award it to an alternate winner. The tiny totes from the Homestead are always popular as give away items for maybe an attendance prize.