Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Give a Gift, Help Save a Life


Not Sure What to Give for the Holidays?

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Why waste your money getting someone a gift they will never use or never wear?


Give the gift of your time to create long-lasting memories and show loved ones you care, then use the money you saved to make a (tax-deductible) donation in their honor to help cure cancer in our time.


'Tis the season for giving. Now open your heart, and give to a cause that can really save lives.


Also, as you get your new gifts of technology this holiday season, send your old, outdated technology to Gazelle and turn it into a donation to SFA Texas at no extra cost to you!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Happy Birthday Sarah

Want to honor Sarah on her birthday?
Donate to SFA Texas by clicking here.

Sarah's birthday is on October 19. She would be turning 29 years old this year. Donating to SFA Texas to help achieve her named grant would be such a wonderful way to honor her on this special day.

Your donation will not only help Sarah's name live on, but also support Sarcoma research to help put an end to this cruel disease. Happy birthday, Sarah. Every time I eat a persimmon I think of you since you introduced me to them on your last birthday. :)
You are deeply missed.



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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ways to Donate

Want to donate to SFA Texas and the Sarah Chidgey Hughes fund but aren't sure how? There are several ways:

1. Donate online. Click here for our online donation page. The "event" box is already checked and filled in with "Sarah Chidgey Hughes Fund", so all you need to do is select how much you'd like to donate, and fill in your information!


2. Write a check. Make checks payable to "Sarcoma Foundation of America- TX" and in the memo line write "Sarah Chidgey Hughes" so we know the money is meant for her named research grant. Mail checks or cash to:

Bryan Brooks

2727 Allen Parkway
Ste. 1850

Houston, TX 77019


3. Donate used electronics. Click here
(or on the Gazelle link on the right sidebar) for our used electronics donation page. If you have any old electronics lying around taking up space, turn them into a monetary donation and feel good that you used it for charity rather than throwing it out or letting it junk up a drawer. I just donated a used cell phone and it was so simple!


Any questions? We are more than happy to answer them. Just leave a comment or send us an email at bbrooks@gmail.com

Remember, no donation is too small or too large. If 5,000 people donated $10, we'd be at our goal! 5,000 people isn't that many when you consider how HUGE Texas is! Let's work together and make this happen! As always, your donations and support are so appreciated. Thank you!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Texas Chapter Vision

Hi!

For those of you all over Texas who are already members of SFA, and for those of you who are just now joining
, I'd like to get us all on the same page.

Until now, there was not an official Texas chapter, so SFA members who happened to reside in Texas held their own fundraisers to honor their loved ones. We've heard of some fundraising efforts around the state such as this one in memory of the beloved Sheri Eke, and I'm sure there are many others going on as well. We would like to support all who have been touched by Sarcoma here in the Lone Star State.

Our vision for the Texas chapter is to
have a unified effort in raising awareness and fundraising to help find a cure in our time. We have chosen to begin with raising money in memory of Sarah Chidgey Hughes. Once we reach this goal, our hope is to select another person to honor in a similar way. Texas is a very large state, so let's work together to make a difference!

We are in transition at the moment, but hopefully as we reach out to those across Texas we will combine forces and work together as a team. We have until February 2012 to reach our goal of a named research grant in memory of Sarah Chidgey Hughes.

If you would like to recommend someone to be the focus of our next fundraising effort or if you have any ideas on how we could improve our efforts in reaching out and unifying our goals, please contact us via email or by commenting on this post.

Together we can do great things!


Saturday, September 10, 2011

SFA Texas Promotional Flyer

Hi friends!

Below you will find a promotional flyer to help us spread the word about our wonderful cause. Simply download the flyer, print it out, cut it in half, and voila! You now have two flyers to post wherever your heart desires! Allow me to suggest some places you might consider posting them:
  • Office break rooms
  • Church message boards
  • College campuses
  • Coffee Shops & restaurants
Where will you post your flyers? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!

SFA Promotional Flyer PDF

Happy posting!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blue Planet Cafe

We are proud to announce that the Sarcoma Foundation of America- Texas Chapter is the September charity of the month at Blue Planet Cafe in Houston!

Blue Planet Cafe: 1330 Wirt Road, Houston
Mon-Thur 7:30am-8pm

Fri 7:30am-9pm
Sat 9am-9pm
Sun closed

In addition to allowing us to share information about our chapter, we will also have a donation box available there. Did I mention the staff is very friendly and the food is delicious?! Stop by, grab a bite, and consider a donation to the SFA! Even if you just toss your spare change into our box...every little bit helps! You've got to eat, so why not support a local business and help our charity while you do it?!

Bon Appetit!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Gadget Fundraiser

Want to support SFA Texas Chapter but strapped for cash? We've got just the thing for you...

Gadget Drive via Gazelle.com

A gadget drive is the new way to fundraise. Turn your used electronics (cellphones, laptops, MP3 players, digital cameras, & more) into cash to support our cause.

Contributing is simple:
  1. Visit our drive webpage: www.sfatexas.gazelle.com
  2. Find the value of the gadgets/electronics you would like to donate.
  3. Send them to Gazelle (shipping is free).
The value will go to support the Sarah Chidgey Hughes Sarcoma Research Grant. You will receive a confirmation of your donation by email, and we will be notified as soon as your donation has been made.

As always, your support is very much appreciated! Thank you!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

As promised... Paula Poundstone Fundraiser Info.

We have officially announced our first fundraiser benefitting the SFA- Texas Chapter!

Check out the link below for details. Come spend an evening full of laughter you'll never forget courtesy of Paula Poundstone! Guests who purchase these tickets will also be invited to a reception after the show to meet Paula and enjoy some delicious food. Check out the details by using the link below. If you have any questions please let me know.

Register for the
Fundraiser!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Fundraiser for August

Shop for a Cause!

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Macy’s will host its 6th annual Shop for a Cause benefiting charities nationwide. SFA - Texas Chapter will be selling coupons. SFA - Texas Chapter keeps 100% of the proceeds.

When you Shop for a Cause, you will receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise and you will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary. If you would like to participate in this fundraiser, email me at bbrooks@gmail.com, or find one of our board members to purchase a coupon. In addition to your donation, the SFA National office will contribute matching funds to our state chapter! We have access to lots of these coupons, so please tell as many of your friends as you can!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Upcoming Fundraiser with Paula Poundstone!

We are proud to announce that we are working with GPA Productions to help raise funds for the Texas chapter. They have generously allowed us to sell ten prime seats for their upcoming Paula Poundstone show on August 27, 2011 at the Alley Theater in Houston, TX. Purchasers of the tickets will also have the opportunity to join the meet and greet with Paula at the end of the show. We are working on the details of how we will sell these tickets (set price or auction). In the meantime, please pass this information along to all your friends and family who might be interested in a fun and exciting night of comedy and laughs, all while helping to raise funds for the SFA. Also, a portion of the ticket purchase will be tax deductible. We will post more info here soon.


Check out the event website to learn more about the show.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Member Input Requested: Sarcoma Support Groups

We are in the midst of planning our first Sarcoma support group to be held in Houston, TX. What would you like to see in a support group? Your feedback is valued and will help us make a support group that is more focused on what you need and want. Feel free to leave a suggestion in the comments. If you wish to keep your communication private you may also email us at bbrooks@gmail.com. Your privacy will always be respected.

Monday, March 7, 2011

SFA Chapter Leader Retreat

This past weekend, SFA held a chapter leader retreat in Orlando, Florida. Since we are just getting the Texas chapter started, meeting with the more established chapter leaders was very helpful. We spent a good deal of time sharing our journeys in dealing with sarcoma personally or through our loved ones. With the information we received, we now have some ideas on where to start with the Texas chapter.


In the coming weeks, please check back here for updates on events we are planning and ways you can get involved to help us build a chapter that serves sarcoma patients and their family and friends in Texas.


-Bryan Brooks

Director, SFA Texas Chapter