Local Moving Company Provides Helping Hands

Over the past few months, a local moving company, Two Men and a Truck, has provided the Komen Miami.Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate with their support and dedication. The Davie branch of the franchise has helped the affiliate with much needed packing and moving of various Race for the Cure items. 

Thanks to their support and charitable donation, the affiliate has been able to reorganize its storage facility and is ready for the upcoming 2014 Race. 

For more information on Two Men and a Truck visit http://www.twomenandatruckftlauderdale.com/home

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Palmer Trinity School Receives Top Awards for Race for the Cure

This past Thursday, February 6, 2014, Executive Director, Cathy McCarthy and Race for the Cure High School Teams Liaison Patti Morgan, presented the School with two prestigious awards for their support and dedication to our mission. Palmer Trinity School was presented with the following plaques – High School Team with Most Participants and Top High School Fundraising Team.

Congratulations to all Palmer Trinity School students, staff, faculty and parents for their dedication to service and support of a cause that has touched so many in their school community. Over this past October, the school helped raise $2886.00 for the local Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate. 

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Going above and beyond for Breast Cancer

On January 28, 2014, the Susan G. Komen Miami/Ft. Lauderdale affiliate awarded a roundtrip American Airlines ticket to the Top Overall Fundraiser and Top Team Captain for the 2013 Race for the Cure! The Top Overall Fundraiser was Howard Traeger, President of Traeger Brothers and the Top Team Captain was Ellen Brous Administrative Assistant for Traeger Brothers. The company participated in this year’s race as Team Traeger TITans and raised $13,698.30.

Their support is greatly appreciated by the affiliate and the service areas that we support! Thank you!

See above for an image of the winners with Board President, Grace Lopez and Executive Director, Cathy McCarthy.

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Supporting the Komen Mission

This year the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale affiliate has been fortunate enough to receive inspirational stories from local businesses in the community, that have been raising funds and doing good for the Komen cause. 

We would like to thank Exteria Building Products, a manufacturing company located in Miami Florida, that raised over $2,000 to help benefit this year’s Race for the Cure in Miami.

As one of the pioneers of early cedar replica siding; Exteria Building products is the leading U.S. innovator in polypropylene cladding that creates breathtaking home exteriors. One of the Customer Service Representatives at Exteria was this year’s front runner in the fundraising efforts for Komen, which the company has been participating in for over 8 years.

Each year the company sets a goal meter higher than the previous year and challenges each of the employees to surpass their previous team goal. Last year (2012) the company made an internal fundraiser in their cafeteria, where everyone donated goods. This year the company included all of their Outside Sales reps across the US, and through their generosity were able to raise over $2,000 in funds for the local Komen affiliate.

“Although we are a small company, we strive to take part in helping fund this amazing organization that impacts not only those in Miami-Dade but the outreach locations all over the world,” said Jessica Reyes | Customer Service Representative.Image

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Komen’s Fabulous Intern

This summer we had Alexis Lehrman come and intern with us for a few weeks at our office, and in May Alexis won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award!  Here is what was released about her by the Prudential Spirit of Community Award:

“Alexis, a freshman at Design & Architecture Senior High, has raised more

Imagethan $50,000 over the past five years for the fight against breast cancer by recruiting friends and professional artists to help her create paintings that are then turned into posters and sold at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. When Alexis was 8 years old,

she spotted a pink donut in a Dunkin Donuts shop and thought the store should use the colored donuts to raise money for breast cancer. That’s when she realized she, too, had the power to make a difference. “Ever since that day, I have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday or holiday gifts,” said Alexis. “Save a life or get a present I will barely remember? That was a no brainer!”Alexis 

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Alexis meeting Senator Nelson

contacted her local Komen chapter for information and then decided to have birthday parties “with a purpose.” An avid artist, Alexis invited her party guests to create paintings based on the pink-ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness. She also recruited renowned artists to paint alongside her. After the paintings are completed, they are mass-produced and sold at Komen events. Alexis also displays her posters at events throughout South Florida, works to secure support from corporate sponsors, mentors other young women at Girl Scout jamborees and speaks at a wide variety of charitable events. In the five years since Alexis began her project, women on both sides of her family have been diagnosed with breast cancer. “When I began, I thought I was fighting for other women’s lives,” she said. “Today, I realize I may be fighting for my own.”She was named Florida’s top high school youth volunteer in February, and was officially recognized in May at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History along with the top two youth volunteers in each other state and the District of Columbia. At that event, each of the 102 State Honorees for 2013 received $1,000 awards as well as personal congratulations from Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. The honorees each also received engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips with a parent to Washington, D.C., for this week’s recognition events.” Image