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English Gardens three-year Pink Day Fundraisers total more than $25,000 for Breast Cancer Research at Karmanos

English Gardens is known for their growing opportunities and that holds true for the company’s philanthropy and ways the family-owned business gives back to the community. English Gardens’ employees recently presented a check to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute for $8,790 representing this year’s Pink Day raffle fundraiser, bringing the company’s three-year cumulative donation to more than $25,000 to support breast cancer research at Karmanos.

This was the third consecutive year English Gardens held its Pink Day raffle at their six stores in metro Detroit to benefit breast cancer research at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Starting on Mother’s Day through mid-July 2013, English Gardens’ customers had a chance to purchase a Pink Day raffle ticket for $1. The grand prize winner received a $1,000 English Gardens shopping spree and six lucky participants walked away with the first prize of a $250 shopping spree, also at English Gardens. In addition, four $100 gift cards to Eddie Merlot’s restaurant in Bloomfield Hills were also given away as part of the promotion. Everyone who purchased a ticket received a 30 percent coupon to use on July 18, the actual day of the Pink Day raffle.   

One hundred percent of the raffle funds were donated to Karmanos for breast cancer research.

On hand to receive the check were Karmanos representatives Maureen Bender, director, Corporate Relations and Events; and Katy Kaliszewski, coordinator, Third Party Events.

“This is the third year English Gardens has hosted a Pink Day event,” says Jennifer Youngquest, director of Marketing at English Gardens. “We launched the event in 2011 in support of the Proven Winners Invincibelle® Spirit, the pink ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea. Proven Winners donates $1 for each hydrangea sold to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and encouraged garden centers across the country to host their own Pink Days to raise money for breast cancer research in their communities.

“We’re thrilled to have raised more than $25,000 for the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute over the past three years. It’s truly a team effort, with everyone at the stores participating in selling tickets and promoting the event. We’re all proud of our contribution and the great work Karmanos does in our community.”

In addition, English Gardens will continue the momentum to raise awareness of breast health and encourage overall wellness by holding a health fair at its employee training session this month to kick the retailer’s holiday season. Karmanos’ Community Education staff will be among the healthcare providers present to share information with the more than 200 of English Gardens’ employees.

“Karmanos could not continue its critical research without the support of our community and great partners like English Gardens,” said Nick Karmanos, senior vice president, Institutional Relations.

“Progress continues to be made in the breast cancer fight, thanks to enhancing awareness and contributions through events like Pink Day. The ongoing support of corporations and small business, schools and other groups, as well as the community-at-large, help make a significant impact on cancer prevention, early detection and research support. Cancer is bigger than all of us and it will take everyone to help end this disease.”

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