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Another successful Ta Ta Breast Cancer fundraiser!

Last week we had our 4th annual family rooftop party at 24 Seconds. The weather was iffy making the rooftop party an indoor party.  Nevertheless, it was was a huge success–our biggest yet with $1,400 raised for our 3-Day team. A big huge shout out to many businesses that helped with great raffle prizes:


24 Seconds

Dr. Paul Darmon


The Pink Fund


Ace Hardware

The Tiger Foundation

Jazzercise Royal Oak

Priss Salon


Accupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan

Jeans Gone Green

Mark Cohen Photography

The Zap Zone

And another big shout out to the members of Ta Ta Breast Cancer (and the kids) who helped sell raffle tickets, collect great raffle items and helped promote this event.

We are quickly approaching $95,000. $15,000 to go to reach our big giant goal of $400,000 in 4 years. Please help us get there for all the women still fighting, the women we’ve lost, our daughters, our mothers and our friends. We need your help to say goodbye to breast cancer forever.


Brogan shines pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Yesterday marked day one of my 4th breast cancer awareness month as a breast cancer survivor. There’s a pink cast to the world, facebook profile pictures turn to pink ribbons and businesses everywhere are stepping up their support of breast cancer.

Brogan & Partners, my long time employer, has supported my journey every step of the way–participating in fundraisers, walking with me, creating my award winning Ta Ta Breast Cancer logo and just being there for me. I am honored and thrilled everyday to work for this company–the place I’ve called my home away from home for nearly 17 years. 

But Marcie Brogan, once again, you’ve outdone yourself. For the next month, our building in downtown Birmingham will shine pink to honor survivors and remember those who’ve lost their life to this disease. If you’re in the area at night, drive by the historic peabody mansion and see for yourself.  And thanks dad for capturing this great photo.  Yes, I’m one lucky survivor.

So close to $100,000!

The walk is 2 weeks away.  It’s hard to believe another year has gone by but it has, and we are almost there. We’ve raised nearly $100,000 for the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day.  And I am so incredibly proud of my hard-working 3-Day teammates for planning fundraisers, training, buying lots of gear and working so hard to win this battle. 

Ta Ta ladies bartending at Lily's Seafood.

This is a big huge thank you message to my team, my supporters, my blog readers and the ones who I spam with countless emails about my fundraising and other activities.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and helping me reach my goals.  I am touched beyond belief each day at the generosity of all of you.

Ta Ta Breast Cancer in action

The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is still 4 months away but we are in heavy planning and fundraising mode. Very soon we’ll be entering training mode.

So much exciting news to report. We now have 48 team members–nearly double the size of last years team and we are shooting for $125,000. We’re still growing too and until Midnight CT on 4/23, you can save $25 off the registration when you use GOTEAM in the promotion code. So come on…Join us…We promise you an experience to remember.

In other news, we have tons of great ways for you (if you don’t want to walk) to help our team.

Getitpersonalized is offering a great Mother’s Day promotion. Stop by Sunday April 25 from 12-4 or Tuesday April 27 from 12-5, get your photo taken or bring in an existing photo, pick out your gift and they’ll have your personalized photo gift ready for you before Mother’s Day. Gifts start at $15. Be sure to mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer and 20% will come back to our team.

Shop for a cause at AISH in Oak Park on May 6 from 6pm-9pm. Great shirts for kids and adults, jewelry and personalized notecards.

Join us for drinks, dessert and singing with Lisa Soble Siegmann on May 16 from 7pm-10pm at the JCC Teen Center–a little bit of camp in the heart of West Bloomfield. The cost is $36 per person and $50 per couple and every dollar gets donated back to the 3-Day.

Join us for our annual fundraiser at 24 Seconds in Berkley, Michigan Monday June 21 5:00-9:30 for all you can eat pizza, salad, turkey roll ups, veggie roll ups, chips and salsa plus mac and cheese, chicken tenders and french fries for the kids. $13 for adults, $7 for kids.

We hope to see you at our 2nd annual 3-Day 4th fest July 2 from 6:30-11:30 for great food, raffles, auction and fun.

As spring approaches, In home Window and Carpet Cleaning will donate a percentage to Ta Ta Breast Cancer (and they do a great job). Be sure to mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer when you book your appointment.

For some great pampering, visit TD Nails in Berkley on Mondays or Tuesdays and mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer and a portion of your service will come back to our team.

If you can’t make it to any of our great fundraisers and still want to support our team, visit our team page and choose any one of our 48 team members to make a donation. We all have to make $2,300 and we appreciate every penny you can donate.

Thank you for helping Ta Ta Breast Cancer say goodbye to breast cancer forever.

Let the Breast Cancer 3-Day fundraising begin

We seem to be kicking into high gear in the fundraising area pretty quickly which is great news since we’ve got a team of 30 members so far for the 2010 Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the cure—all with a $2,300 goal.

Our big 2009 fundraiser

Here’s what we’ve got planned:

We’ll be wrapping gifts at Borders at 13 mile and Southfield Rd. on December 4, 5 and 11th from 10a-2p. Stop by and say hello, grab some gifts and let the lovely ladies (and one man) of Ta Ta Breast Cancer wrap them for you. Hope to see you there.

Also, on December 5th, print out a flyer and drop into Catching Fireflies for some great holiday shopping. 12% of whatever you purchase will benefit our team.

As always, you can visit TD nails on Mondays or Tuesdays, mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer and our team will benefit with 10% of your purchase.

Needs your carpets, tile or grout professionally cleaned; call In-home Window Cleaning at 248-623-5858. Schedule a free estimate. If you hire them, make sure to mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer and 15% will come back to our team.

And you can always do your holiday shopping online by registering as a member of our shopping portal. The great news is you get cash back and Ta Ta Breast Cancer benefits too.

Stay tuned for announcements about some other great fundraisers in the spring including a mother/daughter event at Salon Pavlina in Farmington Hills and our big theater fundraiser-Spring Awakening winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2007. We’re hoping to raise $125,000 this year.

Got any other thoughts or ideas for us or want to join our team, leave a comment or get in touch.

Super easy breast cancer fundraising!

Today I was contacted by the Breast Cancer 3-Day to be an online ambassador.  Once again, I have the opportunity to combine social media with breast cancer awareness, advocacy and fundraising.  I’m totally passionate about both and more than willing to do my part.

This month they’ve asked ambassadors to share some fundraising ideas.  My favorite one is approaching quickly.  In 3 days, 125 people will see Annie at the Fisher Theater in Detroit, celebrate mother’s day and help raise money for breast cancer.  I can’t wait.  Annie is my all time favorite musical and I am totally excited to share this with my family.  I’m also super excited because this fundraiser was so easy to plan, no downside risk and netted nearly $3,000.

Here’s how it worked.  My high school friend works for Broadway in Detroit.  After reconnecting with her on Facebook, we met to discuss a possible fundraiser.  From there, I reserved tickets to Annie, sent out emails and created a Facebook event.  As people were interested, they emailed or called with the number of tickets they needed.  I purchased the tickets at the group discount rate and sold them for face.  I collected checks, distributed tickets and called it a day.  Done!  I will absolutely be planning another one next year.

Do you have any super easy fundraising ideas to share?  Share them with me by posting a comment.3DAY_Ambassador_Badge(2)

Fundraising in the new economy

In the 2008 Breast Cancer 3-Day, my team of 25 walkers raised nearly $87,000.  I’m extremely proud of this accomplishment and even happier to know that our efforts are helping everyday in the fight against breast cancer.  But I do understand things have changed since September 2008.  Many people watched their retirement dollars sink; others lost their jobs and still others took significant pay cuts.   So raising money is no easy task these days.  I have friends who confidently signed up last year knowing that raising the money would be no problem.  These people are hesitant this year to even try and I completely understand that.  My hope is that my fundraising effort will collectively subsidize the Ta Ta Breast Cancer walker’s minimum donations and more importantly continue to help in the fight.  I can’t help but think about how much funding will decrease this year in the area of breast cancer and I can’t help but continue to do my part.  So, yes, I’m still asking for monetary donations even if they are significantly smaller.  Every dollar helps.  But my goal is to find other fundraising opportunities that don’t require people to spend additional dollars outside of their normal budget.  With that, I’ve created a list of current efforts:

·         I just came across the cutest website–Note Card Farm–for personalized note cards, address labels and gift stickers.  They make great gifts and I ordered a bunch for my kids and my family.  Best yet, I’ve worked out a Ta Ta Breast Cancer promotion where 10% of your purchase goes to my team.  So order some cute note cards or address labels and help support our team. 

·         I’ve written often about  Please don’t forget to use this site.  It’s the best way to turn your everyday purchases into donations to breast cancer.  Once you are in the portal, check out 1-800-contacts,, Meijer or hundreds of other great retailers.  For a huge selection of every imaginable organic product, click on shop to earth. 

·         If you live in Southeast Michigan, the hottest new salon in town is helping us. Salon Pavlina is a full service hair salon catering to both men and women. They also do manicures/pedicures, facials, waxing and make-up. They are located on Northwestern Highway and opened up this past October. If you’ve never been there before, call and make an appointment–let them know you heard about them through Ta Ta Breast Cancer and they’ll donate 30% of your first visit back to our team. Pavlina, Christina and the rest of the team are all great. Check out their website for more information or call 248-539-3500.

·         There is still two more weeks to purchase Annie Tickets for May 10 at 6:30.  I have main floor seats for $64 and balcony for $44 and a large portion of the ticket price comes back to our team. 

·         If you need your carpets, windows or gutters cleaned, call In-home Window Cleaning at 248-623-5858. Schedule a free estimate. If you hire them, make sure to mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer and 10% will come back to our team.

·         Visit TD Nails in Berkley, MI for manicures, pedicures, waxing or facials on Mondays and Tuesdays and mention Ta Ta Breast Cancer, 10% will come back to our team.

·         If you would like your very own Ta Ta Breast Cancer long-sleeved thermal, tank or short-sleeved shirt, go to Sprout in Royal Oak on Washington or send me an email at


I am thankful for any support you can give in this fight.  Whether it’s supporting any one of our ongoing fundraisers or making a donation, your support is saving lives.  I know that first-hand and I’m tremendously thankful every day. 

Ta Ta Breast Cancer shirts for sale!

I just got my huge shipment of Ta Ta Breast Cancer shirts–long sleeve, short sleeve, tanks in white, pink and blue.  I’ll be selling these soon.  In the meantime, my kids helped me with a photo shoot so I could show the new shirts off. 


Fun vacation, new career, fundraising and more…

It’s been three weeks since my last blog so I figured; it’s about time I post. Life is busy lately—in a good way. Here’s what’s going on in my world:

We just got back from a great family vacation in Arizona combined with a wedding of one of Jon’s old college friends. Our last wedding with this group was in 1998 so it was nice to reunite with the old crew. It was also great to spend time with my parents and grandmother in sunny Arizona. We were there last year this time too—only I had a lot less hair.

February 2008


February 2009


In several previous posts, I’ve mentioned social media and my business partner, Jim Tobin. I’ve become increasingly interested in the social media world over the past year. As a result, I’m taking on an increased role in my work life and starting a Detroit office of Ignite Social Media. It means I’ll be working more but I’m excited for the new challenge. In a lot of ways, I credit breast cancer for my new interest and career opportunity.

We’ve sold over 100 tickets for the “Annie” Fundraiser on May 10th. I’m excited with all the enthusiasm and still have more tickets for anyone interested.

And Ta Ta Breast Cancer is up to 10 team members and still more joining. Check out our team page if you’d like to join and for ways to support our team. If you have any ideas for fundraisers, send them along. I’m always looking for new fun ways to raise money especially ideas that don’t cost people much money and things people would potentially purchase anyways. I like to call it “fundraising in the new economy”.

Speaking of new economy, I was completely wowed and inspired by our president last night. And how about the 1.26 billion dollar infusion directed at cancer research? That’s my kind of infusion.

Starting to see results

Awhile ago, I blogged about shop to earn as a fundraiser for Ta Ta Breast Cancer and yesterday I started to see my first month of results.  I’m very excited and realize that it doesn’t take a lot to start making great money for your organization.  I’ve participated in other fundraising programs similar to this and I see two major advantages with shop to earn.

1.       The percentages are usually much higher.

2.      You don’t need to sign up on the website to shop.  You simply go through a portal—just like any other website.  Your shopping is tracked just by clicking through. 

Log on to and take a look.  In the drop down menu, you can see all the stores.  And selecting the stores will take you directly to the store’s website (you have to click go and then click on the store’s logo but once you go through those steps, you’re done).  From there, you can use any coupons, free shipping or any other promotions.  A percentage will automatically come back to Ta Ta Breast Cancer.  All funds will go to the breast cancer 3-Day to support research and other breast cancer programs.  It’s super easy and doesn’t cost you anything extra to shop.  You can even order Contact Lenses, buy plane tickets and book hotel rooms.  As always, thanks for supporting my efforts to say goodbye to Breast Cancer forever.  And if you’re interested in joining our 3-Day team, we’d love to have you.    If you would like to set up your organization on Shop to Earn, just let me know and I’ll help you get started. 

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