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Pink Wings December Newsletter and Specials

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Just a few weeks until the holidays are here, then on to 2010. Where did this year go?

Pink Wings has had another successful year, thanks to you- my customers! With this recession, many pink ribbon websites and stores have had to close. I have been very careful this last year on keeping inventory down and only restocking when I absolutely have to. I have also been careful about bringing in new products and trying to keep costs down. I apologize if there were times when you wanted to order an item and we were out of stock, but I wanted to ride out this recession and remain in business. So far, my plan has worked and Pink Wings actually had a record breaking year. We had more people ordering each month than ever before.

I am also proud to say that I have been able to keep up with the donations given from the sale of pink ribbon items on the website as well as at events and conferences. With these sales and also the money brought in from various walks that team Pink Wings has participated in, we are closing in on the $200,000 mark!! I can’t wait til the day when I can say that Pink Wings has helped to donate 1 million dollars. I know that day will come in the near future. If you are participating in a walk for cancer in 2010, ( 3-Day, Avon, Relay for Life, Race for the Cure, etc.) please make sure to note that in the shipping comments at checkout when ordering from the Pink Wings website so that I can give a donation to your event. I am usually able to donate 20% of your retail order minus shipping. This does not include the custom pins or arm warmers and will not be given on wholesale or fundraising orders.

Upcoming Events:

December 8, 2009 Book Launch

I will be flying to Los Angeles for the book launch of Lives Inspired: Portraits of Breast Cancer Survivors. This beautiful book was done by a wonderful lady named Carolyn Jones in honor of her mother who passed away from breast cancer. It is a large coffee table book with amazing photographs (color and black and white) and stories of breast cancer survivors. This would make a great holiday gift for someone special in your life. My photo and comments are on pages 66 and 67.

Books are available to purchase at: http://www.privacywear.com/shop/view/?id=422
February 26-28, 2010 YSC Annual Conference in Atlanta

This is the 10th Annual Conference for Young Women Affected by Breast Cancer. I have attended this amazing conference for about 7 years now and have a Pink Wings booth every year. Scholarships are available to attend the conference if you apply early. Pink Wings is proud to donate $500 every year to the Guardian Angel Scholarship fund. Go to www.youngsurvivorsconference.org for more information.

August 6-8, 2010 Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk

Last year the Pink Wings team of 21 women from all over the country raised $47,447.08 for the Boston Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. We were the 3rd largest team and raised the 4th highest amount of money. We also had a team in Atlanta and they raised $13,246. This year Pink Wings will have a team in Chicago (we already have 11 team members, including our first guy, and are #5 in the top fundraisers). We are also going to have a team in Boston again, headed up by one of our former team members. If you would like to sign up for the Chicago 3-Day and be part of the Pink Wings team, just type in pinkwings for the password and select the Pink Wings team. Go to www.3day.org to register today! All are welcome!! We love to have walkers and crew from all over the country. We will help you with your fundraising and will walk beside you. Training walks will begin in Chicago in 2010 for the locals.

Courtney’s News:

So, my knee is healing well and I will not need surgery. For those of you who have not heard, I fell and broke my knee cap in October. One month after my fall, my 16-year-old daughter was in a car accident and totaled her car. That is the call every mother dreads. It went something like this: “Hi Mom. I was just in an accident. I totaled my car. I am ok.” Teenagers- straight and to the point!

On a good note- I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family at my house and can’t wait to celebrate Christmas. We will cut our tree tomorrow and start putting the lights on the house.

Days after Thanksgiving marked one year that I have been acting as a single parent with 4 kids (ages 3-16). My husband moved back to California a year ago and has never come back. This year has been difficult for the kids to adjust to a single parent household, but they have been a great help and the transition gets smoother every day. My heart and prayers go out to all the single moms (and dads) out there this holiday season. It is a difficult road with lots of challenges, but one that comes with many rewards! Watching my 3-year-old ride his bike without training wheels, listening to my 7-year-old daughters read each night, and walking beside my 16-year-old daughter for 60 miles in the Boston Breast Cancer 3-Day were just a few highlights of this year. Take time to cherish the special moments in your life with loved ones this holiday season.

Pink Wings New Items:

There are many new pins coming to Pink Wings in December. These will include: Sports Girl Snow Ski Pink Ribbon pin, Belly Dancer Pink Ribbon Pin, Boobies Make Me Smile 3-Day Walker and also a plain pin that just says Boobies Make Me Smile (for those of you doing other events). For the guys I have: I Survived the 3-Day Pin with a male on it. I am also unveiling the new 2010 Collector’s Walk pink ribbon pin.

A new bracelet is being added to Pink Wings. These simple Pink Ribbon elastic bracelets with different sayings are just $5. Photos will be on the website soon. They make great stocking stuffers.

A cute new shirt will be available for a limited time only. It is a burn out pink shirt with brown on it. It has a crystal pink ribbon on the front. The name of the shirt is FAITH. I hope to have it on the site in a week or 2. I had a test run with these shirts and they sold out quickly! They are in junior sizing S-XL and run extremely small. Order one size up.

We have ribbon awareness pins in other colors now including teal (Ovarian cancer awareness), Blue (prostate cancer awareness), Purple (all cancers, pancreatic cancer, domestic violence, Relay for Life), and yellow (support the troops). Any of our ribbon pins can be done in any color for any cancer awareness. Please let me know if you need an awareness pin for your organization. Minimum order of 50 pins is required.

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS:

The holiday pink ribbon pins: Santa Hat, A Ribbon Snowflake, Christmas Tree, Menorah and Snowflake pink ribbon pins make great gifts or stocking stuffers for the holidays. Inquire about quantity discounts.

For the winter months I will be carrying pink ribbon slippers (sizes 5-11), pink ribbon gloves, and fluffy pink ribbon socks. These all make great holiday gifts. I also have pink ribbon fleece jackets (sizes S-2XL in colors blue or black with the pink ribbon embroidered on the front left chest) and pink ribbon hoodies that will keep you warm this winter.

For the Survivor in your life, I have a beautiful sterling silver Survivor pendant with a separate sterling silver heart on a chain (SKU # 1544). I also have Survivor Knee Socks, pins, t-shirts and hats.

The What’s In Your Heart Necklace makes a great customized gift for anyone on your list (SKU # 1342) and the Flying Wish Paper makes a great stocking stuffer or gift exchange (SKU #1553). The Foot Soldiers: Stories of the Breast Cancer 3-Day (SKU #1217) makes a great gift for walkers, crew and donors of the long distance walks. My story is the Los Angeles chapter, pages 167-183.

DECEMBER SPECIAL:

For the month of December please enter code: HOLIDAY in the shipping comments when checking out to receive a free Snowflake Pink Ribbon Pin (SKU # 1234), Find the Cure Lanyard (SKU #1107) and Heart with Pink Ribbon Key Chain (#1504) with each and every hat, shirt, hoodie, or fleece jacket ordered. That is a $20 value! This is for RETAIL orders only (does not include wholesale or fundraising orders). The special for fundraising and wholesale orders is a bakers dozen (get 13 when you order 12) on any pin, key chain, lanyard, sock , or $5 earring or bracelet ordered. Please be sure to type in HOLIDAY in the shipping comments at check out to get your free items.

For those of you participating in an upcoming walk/ event- let us help you with your fundraising. Just go to www.pinkribbonfundraising.com and fill out the application.

Have an idea for a new pink ribbon pin- submit your idea and let us create it for you. You can pay to have the custom pin done for your team, organization or business. Or, you can let us help you with your idea and if it is one that will be popular with Pink Wings customers- we will add it to the Pink Wings website with your permission. Many of the pins on the Pink Wings site have come from customer suggestions.

December Giving:

If you are looking for places to donate for the holidays for last minute tax write offs, please check into these wonderful organizations: FORCE (facing our risk of cancer empowered), YSC (Young Survival Coalition), Pink Ribbon Club Foundation, Pink Link. You can find these organizations under LINKS on the Pink Wings website.
Happy Holidays!
Courtney Lercara Zinszer
Owner/ Founder Pinkwings.com

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