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Driving breast cancer awareness

I’ve been saving this story for the past couple weeks to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

But first, a little background:

About four years ago, we launched our Think Pink for Appliance Deliveries program. Through the program, Warners’ Stellian donates $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Minnesota Affiliate for every appliance delivery our two pink delivery trucks make.

The local Komen Affiliate passed along this e-mail it received from two-time breast cancer survivor and longtime local affiliate supporter Nancy:

Our washer and dryer from Warners Stellian came today and we had the GREATEST delivery guys in the world..Tom & Dave.  Not only were they super good at what they do, they had nothing but wonderful things to say about their “pink truck” and their support of the Komen Foundation.  We sent them on their way with sincere thanks for both their hard work…and for their wonderful comments about the Komen mission.

Nancy poses in front of the Warners' Stellian's Think Pink delivery truck with crew members Dave and Tom.
Nancy also took a couple pictures, and to my delight she was more than happy to share them — and more kind words — with our blog:
I am thrilled at the support you have given to our Komen for the Cure Affiliate and it’s programs,  and I send my personal thanks for all you do for the fight against breast cancer.  It was so much fun having that truck parked in front of my house!  The neighbors are still talking!
We love hearing stories like Nancy’s. Have you seen our trucks around town lately? More importantly, how do you support the fight against breast cancer?
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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

I’ve written about our pink trucks benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate, but have you seen our teal trucks? (I caught one parked in my neighborhood this weekend, and it pretty much made my life.)

All year long, Warners’ Stellian partners with Electrolux to make a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund for each delivery made by our two teal-colored delivery trucks. (“Every delivery closer to a cure.”)

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Warners’ Stellian-Rochester will host a “Ladies Night” event tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 9) from 5-7 p.m. to benefit the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

Obviously free food will be aplenty — as will fun women — but attendees also have the chance to win an Electrolux Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair (which loyal blog readers know is my appliance fantasy), a Dacor cookware set and a Holland Grill Companion Gas Grill (perfect for tailgating!). There will be also be silent auction.

Can’t make it Rochester? This whole month, Electrolux will donate $200 to OCRF for every new Turquoise Sky Perfect Steam washer/dryer pair purchased.

Not in the market for a new washer/dryer? Visit Electrolux’s Kelly Confidential online and press the Perfect Steam button “to take your garments from rumpled to runway-ready” (their words, I swear) and  Electrolux will donate $1 to OCRF. Plus you’ll be entered for a chance to win a shopping spree between $50 and $250 and a washer and dryer from Electrolux.

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See our pink trucks at the Breast Cancer Ride

You’ve probably heard of breast cancer walks to support research and treatment, but did you know that Minnesota has a breast cancer bike ride?

Now in its third year, the Hartford Breast Cancer Ride is this weekend Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8. About 250 bicyclists will ride 110 miles to 160 miles to benefit Open Arms of MN & Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate.

Again this year, our Warners’ Stellian pink trucks will haul all the pit stop equipment and supplies for the Breast Cancer ride. Outside sales rep Bob Seagren, who’s been involved in the ride for the past two years, recruited Fran Stage from our receiving department and Rick Belde from our warehouse to help drive the trucks and load and unload supplies.

Warners' Stellian outside sales rep Bob Seagren (right) poses with his friend during a rare break hauling pit stop supplies for the 2009 Breast Cancer Ride.

I love getting messages from people surprised or excited to see our pink trucks driving around town. They actually do make deliveries, and for each delivery, Warners’ Stellian donates $1 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® MN Affiliate.

So those who purchase appliances from Warners’ Stellian will be supporting critical breast cancer research, education, screening, preliminary treatment and awareness programs through a portion of their delivery cost. Pretty cool, huh?

Since December 2008, the two eye-catching pink trucks have made approximately 7,600 deliveries, spreading their message of hope over miles of Minnesota  roadways and gaining exposure by traveling to events like the Breast Cancer Ride.

Thanks to all those who participate in this great cause! We’re especially proud of the personal involvement of our employees.

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Replace your working appliances and deduct it from your taxes!

Have you ever had a refrigerator konk out on you in the middle of the summer, leaving you without one for days?

If you have, you know what a pain it is to be without something as essential as a refrigerator. And you know what a relief it is when you have a working refrigerator again.

But can you imagine trying to raise a healthy family without a refrigerator at all? Or without a stove?

Can you imagine barely scraping together the time and money to wash your childrens’ clothes at the laundromat so they don’t have to face the other school children in a soiled shirt?

If you replace your working appliances over the next five days, these are the kinds of people you will help.

Beginning tomorrow, when you buy a new refrigerator, stove, washer or dryer from Warners’ Stellian, we’ll help you donate the clean, working appliances you are replacing to Hope For The City.

If Hope For the City accepts your appliance donation (see criteria below), you’ll receive a tax-deductible donation form for up to $200 (see graphic to the left). If it’s not accepted, Warners’ Stellian will still recycle your appliance free of charge.

Hope For the City is a Minnesota-based nonprofit that collects surplus goods from businesses and distributes them to its partner nonprofits, who in turn give the goods to people in need. (Note: Hope For The City does NOT fulfill requests for individuals, so working through a Hope For The City partner is the best way to get help for someone.)

The 85 partner organizations pretty much touch every type. They serve children and adults in need of food, shelter and medical care. They provide hot meals for hungry children and adults, education for the underprivileged, job skills for the unemployed, support for senior citizens, medical care for the sick, and educational and social programs for youth.

Basically, these people really need your donation. It’s not a matter of replacing for these worthy recipients — It’s a matter of having.

In the past year alone, Warners’ Stellian and its customers have donated over 500 appliances to Hope For The City. Aside from this promotion, we send a set of appliances over to the nonprofit weekly.

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