I attended the Hope Chest for Breast Cancer Spring Brunch and Fashion Show at the Galleria. The event is hosted by Barbara Hensley, owner of the Hope Chest. She is a very talented woman who has given much time and energy to raising funds for breast cancer research. The Hope Chest is an upscale retail store where you can find high end, quality fashions, furniture and accessories. They have 2 locations, Navarre and St Paul. Those stores truly have wonderful items at reasonable prices and ultimately by purchasing there you are supporting breast cancer research. The brunch was catered by Good Earth and the fashion show was very enjoyable. A really nice event!
I made several television appearances to promote It’s Still Me. I was interviewed by Tom Butler on FOX 9 News at 8:50 AM Wed April 6th. I had the opportunity to create a display with mannequin heads and wigs. It was brief, but I was able to get my name ‘out there’ as well as provide a strong visual that people will hopefully remember. The next appearance was on KARE 11 Saturday with Belinda Jensen on May 9th. I had 5 women who are in various stages of cancer treatment modeling wigs. Bless their hearts for doing this with me and helping me promote this business.. I also had wig stylist, Ted Halone with me doing styling work. We all had a great time and found it fascinating to be on the KARE 11 set. I’ve had a lot of feedback from that segment and have been told that KARE 11 Saturday has a very large audience.
The highlight of the week was being a sponsor at RACE for the Cure Sunday May 10th at the Mall of America. As a sponsor, I had a booth in their health expo as well as have It’s Still Me printed on the backs of all those race t-shirts! I’ve been told they had 45,000 participants!! This event is packed with so much excitement and emotion…it’s amazing! My husband, John, Mom and my brother and sister-in-law Kris worked the booth with me. We feverishly handed out brochures to as many attendees as possible. I was fortunate to be asked to give a live interview from the Kare11 stage that morning, as a survivor and sponsor as well as a live televised interview with WCCO. I was pleased with both interviews. The entire event was terrific exposure for my business. Given the fact we all left our homes at 5:00AM to get the booth set up, we were exhausted by the time we sat down for Mother’s Day Brunch at a Hazelwood restaurant in Tonka Bay. I was reminded of how fortunate I am to have such a supportive family and an especially amazing Mom!
I’ve had a good week as a result of the large amount of publicity over the past month. I’ve had customers, who have seen my article in the Sun Sailor Newpapers last week, seen the television spots, friends and doctor’s offices have sent referrals. I am grateful to everyone who has helped in any way in spreading the word. It is amazing how many women are affected with various types of cancer and it re-enforces my desire to support them through this challenging time in their lives. It is an honor.