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,
DETECTION by Vonda Ludke
(Use with pink Horizon of Hope/breast
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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HORIZON OF HOPE GAMES
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.
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
Happy as can be
Seen when you’ve had too much to
Molly Ringwald movie
Mary Kay reward (or Bruce
Contagious form of conjunctivitis
John Mellancamp song
In the pink
Pretty in Pink
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
HORIZON OF HOPE TOTALS
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
2004 228,582 baskets sold $979,168
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
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.
Display a collection of
past Horizon of Hope® Baskets.
Tag each basket with the
total campaign contribution for that year (tags
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!
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
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
SHORT HOPE SHOW INVITATION
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
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!
10th ANNUAL HORIZON OF
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
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
We invite speakers from the ACS
and survivors to speak. We try for two speakers about 10
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
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.
PURSE SCAVENGER HUNT
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.
(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
"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
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
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
HOTEL HERSHEY EVENT
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.
Becky in Chocolatetown USA
THE FIRST TIME'S ALWAYS
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
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
"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
QUIPS, QUOTES, ETC.
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."
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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IDEAS - POST OFFICE
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 (www.komen.org)
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.