This was such an incredible Celebration in SO many ways. There were incredible new products that were introduced and, of course, there was the Mercedes that is going to set you up for explosive growth in the coming year. The thing, however, that I am most proud of, is your support of the W.H.O. Foundation. This year at Celebration, because of you, we awarded a record setting $226,000 through our Volunteer Service Grants. Since its inception in 1993, the W.H.O. Foundation has awarded over $4.9 Million to other non-profit organizations supporting such issues as education, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.
The W.H.O. Foundation was started by BeautiControl founder, Jinger Heath, to not only be our charity of choice, but to encourage women everywhere to help others through community service, ssupporting organizations dedicated to the needs of women, chiildren and families in crisis. There are so many organizations that receive no government funding...organizations within your communities that rely on the kindness of others and the dedicated support of their volunteers to make a difference right in our own backyard. These are the organizations that W.H.O. helps. Together with your support, we can make a difference by changing the lives of women, children and families in our own community.
This year, 9 amazing women were honored with checks for them to take back to the organizations where they volunteer:
There is a 2nd Volunteer Service Grant opportunity available for Leadership Conference 2013. The deadline to apply is November 6th. The application is available on BNet>Forms on File>W.H.O. We really want to help you help the organizations in which you volunteer, so be sure to send in your applications before the deadline.
So, how does the W.H.O. Foundation receive funding? The W.H.O. Foundation is not BeautiControl's foundation. The W.H.O. Foundation belongs to you, the BeautiControl Consultants. Through your generous donations, commission deductions and pledges, we are able to increase our funds from which we turn around and award our grants. This year's "Pass the Basket" raised a whopping $11,500, an amount that we haven't seen since 2007.
One very exciting fund raiser was one called "A New You for W.H.O."- the brain-child of Executive Director, Tammy Clary. Over $15,400 in raffle tickets were sold for the opportunity to win a make-over reception prior to this year's Awards Ceremony at Celebration from our own make-over magicians and BeautiControl Directors Tammy Clary, Patrick Robbins, Kyle Grinnage and Janice Lancaster. The winners were Dee Babb, Tiffany Wilkerson, Mindy Ball and Dawn Nappi. These women, who were beautiful before we ever got started, were drop dead gorgeous after being pampered by our very talented group of Directors. Just take a look:
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you who contributed either time or money to help support the W.H.O. Foundation as well as organizations in your own communities. We all have so much to give and ironically when we reach out to change the lives of others, we usually find that ours are the lives that are changed!