Team Appaman’s Volunteer Day at Baby Buggy

November 4, 2014 in NYC

Many friends and fans of Appaman know that one of our favorite charities is Baby Buggy. Established by Jessica Seinfeld in 2001, Baby Buggy works with a network of over 100 established community-based organizations across the country to distribute new and gently used essentials, from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles. Donations come from both individuals and from companies like Appaman.

After donations come in, the goods need to be sorted, folded and packed so that Baby Buggy can distribute them according to the needs of their network of organizations. Volunteers are often needed to help with this part of the process, so the staff at Appaman HQ thought it would be fun to head over to Baby Buggy’s NYC headquarters, located in the Garment District of Manhattan, and lend a hand ourselves for a couple of hours.

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We had a great time and loved getting a chance to go behind the scenes at a great organization. Thanks to everyone at Baby Buggy for hosting our crew. Keep doing what you do!

 

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Love 146

December 24, 2013 in Appaman News

The next charity chosen for our annual Five Weeks of Giving program is a pick from Jenna, a foundation called Love 146, which is dedicated to ending child trafficking and exploitation.

According to the organization,”Love is the foundation of our name because it is our motivating drive to end the trafficking and exploitation of children. Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.’ We hold that to be true.”

Jenna says, “I was first introduced to this foundation through my church who is a big supporter of this cause. It’s something that most people do not give a second thought to as a real issue in the world. The more I work with children and spend time with my niece and nephew the more children are brought to the forefront of my mind. When I heard about this issue the thought was so appalling, and I couldn’t believe this was still a relevant problem. I am so lucky to live among family and friend who deeply love and care for their children. I wish that same love to be shown to children all around the world. This foundation is working hard to abolish the trafficking and enslavement of children through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement.”

Learn more at Love416.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – UNICEF

December 20, 2013 in Appaman News

Susan’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is an organization beloved by many: The United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.

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UNICEF is an influential organization that works in 190 countries on behalf of children’s wellbeing. They believe that nurturing children is the cornerstone of human progress and work on a grassroots level to  help communities overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.

According to UNICEF: “Ending preventable child deaths means, first, giving children a healthy start by providing pregnant mothers with quality antenatal care and nutrition during pregnancy. It means giving newborns a safe delivery, the ability to breathe in the first crucial moments of life, and proper nourishment to avoid stunting. It means newborns are sheltered, breastfed, kept warm and shielded from diseases like HIV. And it means protecting children from infectious diseases like malaria and pneumonia with vaccines, bednets, and antibiotics. “

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – United Cerebral Palsy Association

December 16, 2013 in Appaman News

Erica’s pick for Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is the United Cerebral Palsy Association.

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Erica says,

“The United Cerebral Palsy Association was founded in 1949 by Leonard Goldenson. When UCP was established there were very few resources available to those with disabilities. Since it’s inception UCP has served to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy while providing support for people with disabilities and their families. UCP is committed to improving the quality of life of those with Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities. This is a cause that is dear to me, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the United Cerebral Palsy Association during our 5 weeks of giving.”

For more information about the Association, visit their website at www.ucp.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Skin Cancer Foundation

December 11, 2013 in Appaman News

And now, it’s time for Alyssa’s pick for Appaman’s annual Five Weeks of Giving program, where each Appaman employee choose a charity close to their hearts to receive a holiday donation.

Alyssa’s choice is the Skin Cancer Foundation.

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ABOUT THE SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION:

Since the start of the Skin Cancer Foundation in 1979, the organization has set a standard for the education and the prevention of skin cancer. They stress the importance of early detection and prompt treatment.

According to the foundation, “Each year in the U.S. there are more new cases of skin cancer than the combined incidence of cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon. Almost 9,000 people die from melanoma in the U.S. every year. Nonmelanoma cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma have reached critical levels, with squamous cell carcinoma killing 2,500 people each year.”

Alyssa says, “Right now I have a close family friend fighting melanoma and I personally get skin cancer screenings every six months, following my doctors orders. Hopefully with the outreach that the Skin Cancer Foundation has and the work they do in educating people on the dangers of improper sun exposure they can help make the number of diagnosed skin cancer cases continuously decrease.”

For more information, visit www.skincancer.org.

Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Hour Children

December 4, 2013 in Appaman News

It’s time to highlight the next charity chosen by an Appaman staffer as part of our annual Five Weeks of Giving.

This week’s pick comes from our production manager, Nicole, who chose Hour Children in Long Island City, Queens.

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ABOUT HOUR CHILDREN

Founded more than 25 years ago, Hour Children was named to acknowledge the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of his mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of her release.

The organization’s vision is to end the cycle of intergenerational incarceration. Their mission is to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives. To accomplish this, Hour Children provides compassionate and comprehensive services and encourages all to live and interact with dignity and respect.

Nicole says, “The head quarters of the organization is on my block and I have come to be familiar with the children, mothers, and volunteers over the past seven years. The organization has grown in this time by upgrading their thrift shop and building new housing for the families involved in the program.It is an inspiring organization that is helping improve the lives of children and their families in our community.”

For more information, visit www.hourchildren.org.

Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving 2013 – Why Hunger

November 27, 2013 in Appaman News

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and that means Appaman’s Five Weeks of Giving is underway. Every year, each staff member has the opportunity to choose a charity that means something to them, and Appaman makes a donation in the employee’s name.

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Doing a little something extra for others is our favorite way to get into the holiday season. We hope you’ll get on board and be encouraged to donate to a cause that is important to you. Need inspiration? We’ll be providing some info about each organization chosen by the Appaman staff members, so check back each week to learn about which causes are important to us.

Our first charity, chosen by Lynn Husum, is Why Hunger.

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It is truly a shame that in 2013 there are people suffering from hunger in our own backyards. To help end this tragic reality Lynn will donate her Five Weeks of Giving weeks of giving to WhyHunger’s annual Hungerthon campaign.

WhyHunger is a leader in building the movement to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious, affordable food and by supporting grassroots solutions that inspire self-reliance and community empowerment.

For 28 years, WhyHunger has been challenging the idea that anyone should go hungry and changing the way we nourish our country through Hungerthon, an annual radio campaign to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger in America. Hungerthon 2013 will help more families secure healthy, affordable food and invest in more long-term sustainable solutions to end hunger than ever before.

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It’s here! The Gowanus Grand Prix 2013 Video

February 27, 2013 in Appaman News, NYC

You may have seen the event photos already (click the link if you haven’t), but we just got our hands on the official video from the 2nd Annual Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix.

Check it out!

2nd Annual Gowanus Grand Prix 2013

February 13, 2013 in Appaman News, NYC

Another year, another great time had by Appaman and friends at the Second Annual Gowanus Grand Prix. This year, 20 slot car racing teams competed in the tournament, headed by none other than Appaman co-founder (and all around awesome guy),  Trackmaster Harald Husum. All proceeds from the event went to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer, and thanks to our sponsors, Halyard’s Bar (for the cool and friendly venue), Izze (for tasty beverages), Skinny Pop (for awesome healthy snacks), Whole Foods (for delicious sandwiches), and Tattly (for THE best temporary tattoos we’ve ever seen), the event was a huge success! Another thanks to our friends and fans for coming out to Brooklyn on a chilly Sunday morning and bringing the fun. We couldn’t have done it without your great attitudes, generosity, and (lest we forget) your mad racing skills.

We’re already excited for next year! Scroll down to see photos from the event (click to enlarge).

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Congrats to the winning team, the Grossman Boys! It was a tight race, but they triumphed. 

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Get a limited edition Appaman Grand Prix tee and help fight childhood cancer

January 23, 2013 in Appaman News

This Sunday, January 27th is the Second Annual Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix charity event, a day of family fun and slot car racing, with 100% of proceeds going to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.  (Scroll down for more info)

Can’t make it to Brooklyn this weekend?

You can still participate by purchasing this Limited Edition Appaman Gowanus Grand Prix t-shirt ($24) on Appaman.com. They’re available in kids’ sizes 6, 8 and 10. 100% of your purchase goes to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, so not only do you get an awesome shirt, you’re directly supporting a great cause.

You can also show your support by donating to the event on the Eventbrite page, helping us reach our goal of contribute even more to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Local to NYC? Great!

Race tickets are sold out, but you can RSVP as a cheerleader and…

  • Enjoy great treats generously donated from our sponsors, Whole Foods, IZZE beverages, Skinny Pop Popcorn, and Giardini’s Gourmet Pizza
  • Make race banners and flags at our Creation Station
  • Get crazy with temporary tattoos at the Tattly station
  • Decorate your nails with a checkerboard race flag manicure
  • Win awesome prizes by entering our raffle
  • Hang out with Lynn, Harald, and the rest of Team Appaman (well, except for Party Hat)

The event takes place at the lovely Halyard‘s, located at 406 Third Avenue in Brooklyn. (Click here to view in Google Maps)

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We’d love for you to share the Eventbrite link with your Facebook friends to spread the word and get your community involved.

Let’s rev our engines and make lemonade out of any lemons in our life…See ya there!

- Team Appaman