When Lori Newcomb was diagnosed with late stage ovarian cancer, Lori and her husband Chris, Co-founder and CEO of Newk’s Eatery, saw an opportunity to save women’s lives through their rapidly expanding restaurant brand. Based in Jackson, Miss., Newk’s Eatery is leading the next generation of fast-casual with its culinary-driven menu prepared in Newk’s open-view kitchens, featuring made-from-scratch soups, fresh tossed salads, artisan pizzas, hot toasted sandwiches and desserts. Founded in 2004, Newk’s currently operates and franchises more than 100 units in 13 states and is gaining national attention for its accelerated growth and commitment to community. The couple started Newk’s Cares —a year-round ovarian cancer awareness movement—just two years ago—which has since raised nearly $400,000 for ovarian cancer research.
In April 2016, Newk’s Eatery called its guests to action, uniting partners and patrons across the brand’s 100 restaurants to raise more than $110,000 to fund research at OCRFA. Through in-store and online donations, Newk’s guests rallied behind the cause, surpassing the $100,000 goal and funding critical research to put an end to ovarian cancer.
In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in September, Newk’s went teal switching out Newk’s signature black cups for teal ones, as well as permanently replacing the brand’s traditional red straws with teal straws. Newk’s is also making its stand against ovarian cancer an enduring one by unveiling “Newk’s Cares” water bottles— replacements for Newk’s 2-O water bottles. With 10₵ from every water bottle sold year-round being donated to OCRFA, diners have a chance to join the stand against ovarian cancer 365 days a year.
Newk’s is hosting three additional OCRFA fundraisers in 2016, while also providing educational materials in-house and online at NewksCares.com and on Facebook to raise greater awareness of what has been dubbed this generation’s “silent killer.”
Maintaining its mission of philanthropy, Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care, expanded their LifeRide motorcycle project and rode through Los Angeles in September 2016 in honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.
“Our LifeRide project has been a way of making noise for a cause that we passionately believe in and support,” says Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA, and motorcycle enthusiast since he was a teenager. “I feel strongly in supporting women’s causes, so extending LifeRide to OCRFA was a natural next step. Ovarian cancer is something that unfortunately touches so many.”
During Kiehl’s LifeRide for OCRFA, motorcycle riders, led by Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo, rode through the LA area, making stops at Kiehl’s stores and counters, educating customers on the work and importance of OCRFA. The two-day, multi-stop charity ride took place September 21-22, 2016.
ONEHOPE Foundation creates products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. People often buy ONEHOPE wine because of what ONEHOPE stands for, to make an impact in this world. Their commitment to quality wine is as important as their commitment to the causes they support, like OCRFA.
ONEHOPE Foundation offers a variety of wines to support OCRFA and each purchase is making a difference in women’s lives. Every purchase of ONEHOPE Wine Reserve Tier Lodi Rosé educates 50 women on their risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Purchase ONEHOPE Wine Reserve Tier Sonoma County Rosé and you will be educating 100 women on their risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer. And every bottle of ONEHOPE Wine Reserve Tier Sparkling Rosé you purchase educates 200 women on their risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
SEE, the trendy, high quality eyewear stores, has been supporting OCRFA since 2011 through its “Protect Your Privates” campaign during September. The campaign is designed to increase awareness, raise funds for OCRFA and engage people in the cause. SEE’s is donating $10 ($18 retail price) from the sale of SEE’s exclusive “Protect Your Privates” T-shirts sold in stores and on the SEE website. Additionally, every Monday in September, throughout SEE’s 38 stores, SEE made a donation for every new pair of prescription or non-prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses purchased. The face of the campaign is Shelley Golden, the CEO, Richard Golden’s wife. Shelley is a passionate ovarian cancer survivor who feels, “it is crucial to get ovarian cancer information in the hands of all women.” Her spirit guides this campaign.
Skicks has cornered the market on college-inspired kicks, and now SKICKS is making an impact on ovarian cancer, with their brand new Ovarian Cancer Awareness sneakers! Made with high quality canvas, breathable vent holes, and foam pad insoles, and featuring a signature teal ribbon, these tennis-style low top sneakers are a fashionable way to show your support for the cause. In addition to raising awareness, they also fund the fight, as SKICKS is donating 15% of the purchase price of every pair of teal low-top sneakers to OCRFA.
Designed with real women’s measurements in mind, the best bra is one you never have to think about. 100% fit guarantee, returns and exchanges are always free. ThirdLove partnered with OCRFA for one week in September 2016. ThirdLove donated 25% of the purchase price of four different styles of bras and panties to OCRFA.
Just One Miracle prints and sells note cards to raise funds to support ovarian cancer research. The company was founded by Alison Walsh in 2000 as part of her personal fight against ovarian cancer. More than 50 original seasonal flower and wildlife card designs, most designed by Alison herself, are available. 100% of JOM profits (about $5.00 per box) is donated to OCRFA to find a cure for ovarian cancer. Since 2000, Just One Miracle has donated over of $20,000 per year to OCRFA.