Bras for a Cure 2014 Contest!

pink ribbon flowersOctober has arrived, and along with it the campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. Those who have been affected by this disease testify to its far-reaching affects – affects that have the potential to devastate them in body and mind, but also those who they love – who not only watch them suffer, but suffer along with them. This is why breast cancer awareness is so important, and why we work so hard to raise awareness. Bras for a Cure Eugene

No doubt, breast cancer is a serious issue. But there’s something healing and uplifting about finding a way to approach life, and the hardships it throws our way with humor! It enables us to look at this difficult issue and feel like maybe we can make a difference. Maybe we can affect change…because the truth is that we most definitely can! bra decorating contest

Bras for a Cure, presented by Dandelions Flowers & Gifts and sponsored by KDUK, is one way in which you can make a difference in a fun, whimsical way. All you have to do is release your inner artist, and decorate a bra! There is a $10 registration fee to enter your bra into the contest. Then when voting begins, you get your friends and family to vote, which will only cost them $1.00 a vote. There’ll be fun, friendly competition, awareness-raising conversation, and most importantly – funds raised to helping cancer patients eugene oregonhelp the individuals affected by breast cancer right here in Lane county, because all the money we raise from Bras for a Cure goes to the Oregon Cancer Foundation (formerly the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation) and is used locally.

The Oregon Cancer Foundation not only offers support and counseling for cancer sufferers after their treatments, but they also give financial help where ever it’s needed – to cover bills, to pay for gas, etc.

You can read up on the contest rules at brasforacure.com, but here’s a quick summary:

1. Your entry – along with your $10 entry fee – is due at Dandelions Flowers  (1710 Chambers St.) by October 18th by 5pm.

2. Voting begins on Monday, October 20th thru the 31st and is $1 per vote.

3. The Reveal Party – where you can see all the bras displayed, meet the entrants and vote, vote, vote is Tuesday, October 21st from 5-7pm.

You can see last year’s entries at the Bras for a Cure website, and we’ll be keeping you updated on the voting progress on the Bras for a Cure Facebook page, so be sure to Like us.

Participate this year, and as you do, spread the word!

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A Recap of 2013

2014 has arrived, and with it the freshness of new beginnings, hopes for a better year, and new years resolutions! While it is exciting to look forward to a new year imagining the adventures it will hold and planning a few of those yourself, this is also a great time to look back at the year we left and  learn from or laugh at it’s  experiences, and then go forward.

I’d like to do a recap of 2013 for Dandelions. So much happened last year that we’d like to remember it’ll be good to have it all in one place,  so here goes:

January:

The year starts off cold and foggy (as is usually the case in Oregon), but Bethany – Shirley’s granddaughter visiting from Minnesota – joins the design team and brightens the day:

Bethany

 

 

 

 

February:

This Valentine’s we start carrying Moonstruck Chocolate  – yum! But it’s also a sad time for us. Rosie a designer who’s worked here for 10 years will be moving to California. This is her last Valentine’s with us.

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March:

A much longed-for, sunny day, and the Dande-girls step outside to briefly bask in the warming rays.

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April:

It’s time for the Olympic Track and Field Trials, and we do the bouquets given to the winners. Here’s Shirley busy at work on some of those bouquets.

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May:

A Busy month – In the beginning of the month we do a  photo-shoot for the Register Guard Dash about brunch flower ideas for Mother’s Day. One is a contemporary table, and the other traditional.

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traditional

Debra Ann Wilson Eugene's Favorite Mom

We present the winner of our Mothers Day contest Eugene’s Favorite Mom Debra Ann Wilson with her well-won award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The day before Mothers Day is busy with our Make it for Mom event for kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June:

This is graduation month, and we’re busy making and delivering beautiful flowers for the various graduations all around the UO campus.

Graduation flowers for UO

For their company event, Levi Strauss does a floral design class with us. They’re naturals!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July:

We get a visit from Teleflora’s Chairman, Tom Butler, and his wife Becky.

Teleflora Chairman Tom Butler and wife Becky

 

 

 

 

 

September:

What an amazing month! Our boss and owner of Dandelions – Shirley Lyons – is installed as President of the Society of American Florists. The first woman in the association’s 129 years, and the first Oregonian! We are so proud!

Shirley

Betty Jo Phillips Eugene's Extraordinary Grandparent 2013

We award Betty Jo Phillips her prize for winning our Eugene’s Extraordinary Grandparent 2013 contest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month we also start carrying a fabulous new product – Beaded Flowers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October:

Another busy month! This Boss’s Day, we award Rich Spindler of DataLogic ADC (in the yellow shirt) with Eugene’s Best Boss 2013 award.

Best Boss 2013 Rich Spindler of Datalogic ADC (in yellow shirt)

We held our second annual Bras for a Cure event and raised $2950 going to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute Foundation for the fight against breast cancer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the month, the Dande-girls… and our customers get dressed up for Halloween!

Halloween

 

 

 

 

 

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November:

This month Shirley celebrates her 60th birthday!

Shirley turns 60

Boys and Girls Club Fundraiser

We do some beautiful tablescapes for the Boys and Girls Club fundraiser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December:

This month starts off with a record-setting snowfall that stays with us for a couple of weeks.

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We do a book-signing event for Bob Welch’s new children’s book Keyboard Kitten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colt turns 1!!!

At the end of the month, our very adorable Colt celebrates his first birthday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we’re ready for 2014, and it’s adventures!!

Reveal Party: The Bras are Out and About!

Last night we held the second annual Bras for a Cure Reveal Party. With 38 creative, decorated bras entered into the contest, and upwards of 100 people showing up to view, vote and show support for their, or their friends entries, the party exceeded our expectations!

Some of the ladies from Curves in Veneta showed up to support their bra entry, view the other entries, and vote.

Checking out the entries and placing votes.

Now that the bras are out and about the store and on display, they’re ready for your votes! voting is open until Thursday, October 31st. You can come into the store, see them and vote while you’re in, or you can check them out at facebook.com/BrasforaCure or brasforacure.com and call us at 541-485-1261 to vote! We’ll be posting updates on how the voting is going, so “Like” Bras for a Cure on Facebook and to stay updated.

There’s no limit to the amount of votes you can place. The bra with the most votes wins! Select your vote for Grand Prize winner, and then you can select a bra for the categories.

The categories are:

1. Most Creative

2. Best Name/Title

3. Best Cancer Support Bra

4. Most Humorous

All proceeds go to the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center for local help to those afflicted by cancer.The grand-prize winner, as well as the other category winners will be announce on November 4th at 11:30am at the Bra-Vo Final Showcase, being held at the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. Everyone is welcome!

Check out KMTR’s excellent story on Bras for a Cure here.

The Register-Guard also did a wonderful story on the Party, and interviewed Andrea Ros, who entered a bra, about her experience with breast cancer. Read it here.