Monday, May 18, 2009

Double your donation on 5/20!

Want to see your donation double? Make your donation on MAY 20 through DONORBRIDGE ( and they will match dollar for dollar! Minimum donation is $25. Maximum is $2,500 (for match). They have $200,000 to match for 300+ agencies.

CLICK HERE - Be sure to designate Heroes for Children!

DonorBridge opens at 12:01 am on May 20 - so stay up late Tuesday night, or get up early to have your donation matched! HFC will receive all donations so feel free to donate all day long!

We are very excited for this opportunity! Each charity can receive up to $25,000 in matching funds! Easy way to double your efforts... If you have been waiting to donate, MAY 20 is the day to give!!

Thank you so much for your support of Heroes for Children.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May Volunteer of the Month

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our first company as the Volunteer of the Month! Duncan / Day Advertising has been working hard on Heroes for Children's behalf since they received the call to see if they could help with the Heroes and Handbags invitation. Not only did they create the concept and design of the invitation, they were recruited to do "Snag the Bag" cards and the program too! But they didn't stop there! They have designed most of the banners, icons, and graphics on the newly designed HFC website. Plus, they have created logos for the High Five Club and HFC Kick-a-Thon (two of HFC's newest ventures).

They go above and beyond (and they do it for FREE!!!). THEY VOLUNTEER THEIR TIME to help Heroes for Children. We appreciate all of their support and look forward to continuing to work with Duncan / Day in the future!

1. How long have you been in business? 23 yrs

2. What type of work do you do? We’re a full service women-owned (certified by NCTRCA, certification number WFWB40512N0310) advertising and marketing firm. Our services include advertising, brand development, copywriting, credit card marketing, corporate identity, design, direct marketing, event planning, interactive marketing, logo design and development, marketing media planning and placement, national retail in-store promotions, newsletters, print collateral development, promotions, public relations, trade show planning and marketing, strategy development and web development. We’re also members of the Advertising Specialty Institute, which means we have access to the latest in innovative promotional items and awards. This allows us to quickly research, develop, and fulfill impactful promotions and incentive programs for our clients.

3. Employees/titles who volunteer: Leslie Duncan – COO and managing partner, Stacey Day – Creative Director and managing partner, Sabryna Lugge – Art Director, Chris Turman – Director of New Business

4. As a business, why do you choose to volunteer with HFC? We have always felt strongly about donating our time and services to various organizations over the years. We love the fact that the money raised by HFC goes directly to the families to help out with day-to-day expenses. We also think Michelle Peacock is great!

5. We love your logo, what is the story on the old ladies? Shortly after we started the business in 1986, we were doing a lot of work for some big corporations that weren't completely comfortable giving their large budgets to two young "girls" working out of a house. That’s when we decided that we needed maturity. Fast. Thus, the Old Ladies were born. What started out as a tongue-in-cheek way to create the perception of years of experience, soon became a hit with both clients and vendors, and the alter egos stuck.
6. Tell us a funny story about Duncan Day… Back in the early days we were working out of a house before it was cool. We had been in business almost a year and decided to hire our first intern. We contacted the area colleges with advertising programs and started the interview process. Leslie had to be out of the office so Stacey agreed to interview the next intern on her own. The doorbell rang and Stacey picked up Leslie’s Llaso Apso Tasha, to keep her from running out. Then, just as she was opening the door, Stacey stepped backward and tripped over her Old English Sheepdog, Marge. She fell flat on her back in the entry way in her dress and high heels. Marge yelped and Tasha ran out the door. Stacey was laughing so hard that she couldn’t get up. The poor intern was left standing in the doorway with her giant portfolio case not knowing what she was suppose to do. Should she chase after the dog or help the crazy woman up off the floor. Stacey finally composed herself, interviewed and wound up hiring the young lady.

7. Favorite places to eat: Mi Cocina, Buca di Beppo, MexiGo, Steve Fields

8. Who are your heroes? Carole Burnett, Dolly Parton, Oprah, Katherine Hepburn

Friday, May 1, 2009

Heroes and Handbags makes big bucks for Heroes for Children!!

Heroes and Handbags in both Dallas and Houston raised an incredible amount of money for Heroes for Children this year. The combined net revenue of these events was $450,000!! This money will go a very long way in providing much needed financial assistance for children with cancer. We had handbags sell for as high as
$2000.00-$3000.00!! All of the bags were donated by retailers, committee members, and individuals that support HFC. Elaine Turner, a Texas handbags designer,donated 38 beautiful handbags!! Thank you to all the retailers and individuals who donated over 400 handbags to these events! We were so blessed to have Kate Rose Marquez as our chair in Dallas and Rebecca Rochon as our chair in Houston. These ladies and their hardworking commitees did an incredible job. We also had amazing honorary chairs that were very involved in making these two events successful. Dee and D'Andra Simmons in Dallas and Ursaline Hamilton in Houston. Heroes and Handbags would not be where it is today without the work of so many wonderful women pulling together!! The first annual Spirit of Allie and Taylor award was also given this year to three beautiful women. In Houston it was awarded to Elizabeth King, who chaired the 1st Heroes and Handbags in Houston in 2007. Her vision and drive helped put HFC on the map in Houston! In Dallas, Allison Doherty and Cameron Smith were awarded. Cameron and Allison hosted a luncheon in 2005 that introduced over 100 women to Heroes for Children. The majority of these women served on the committee of the first Heroes and Handbags in Dallas with Cameron chairing the event, and Allison and her mother, Linda Barlow as honorary chairs. Thanks to all of these women who helped put HFC where it is today!

What can $360 do for a child with cancer?

  • $360 can help pay one or two utility bills during the hot summer for a family that has a child with cancer.
  • $360 can cover gas and car maintenance to get a child to and from treatment.
  • $360 can pay for a birthday party for a child that either missed their party because they were in the hospital, or just because their parents can’t afford the celebration.
  • $750 can cover basic needs for a family battling cancer.
  • $800 can cover sperm banking for a teenage male to hopefully secure his future of having children.
  • $1000 can alleviate the stress of burying a child with cancer and allow you to bury them with the grace and dignity they deserve.

    Question: How can you help raise $360 for a child with cancer?
    Answer: Sign up to play in the Dallas or Houston Golf-a-Thon or forward this to your golfer friends and introduce them to Heroes for Children

    Date: Monday, May 11th 8:00 a.m. start, Twin Creeks Country Club in Allen, TX
    Click here to sign up for the Dallas Golf-a-Thon!
    ***Save now!!!! Register for the Golf-a-thon, fundraise a minimum of $360 and get $75 off your HFC Golf Classic registration fee!***

    Date: Wednesday, May 27th 8:00 a.m. start, Northgate Country Club course

    Click here to sign up for the Houston Golf-a-Thon!
    ***Save now!!!! Register for the Golf-a-thon, fundraise a minimum of $360 and get $75 off your Houston Hold’em for Heroes registration fee!***

    Golf-A-Thon Format
    - 50 holes will be played in one day
    - Golfers play 1 ball on each par 4 and 5 and play 3 balls on each par 3
    - Lunch will be provided

    There are 3 ways to get involved.
    1. Golfing participant- become an online fundraiser in support of HFC with the benefit of a free day of golf, food, and beverages along with an incredible incentive program provided by Golfsmith and Best Buy in support of your fundraising efforts. Minimum fundraising is $360 to participate!

    2. Fundraising participant- become an online fundraiser in support of HFC with the benefit of an incredible incentive program provided by Golfsmith and Best Buy in support of your fundraising efforts!

    3. Houston Dinner participant-in conjunction with the golf-a-thon, Terlingua Texas Border CafĂ© (3801 Bellaire Blvd.) is hosting a Heroes for Children night on May 27th, with a percentage of the proceeds going to Heroes for Children. Come on out after golfing or even if you don’t golf, come out for dinner and support us!