Spreading Sunshine to Prom-goers

At The Beach Cares knows prom is one of the biggest nights of kid’s high school career. At The Beach Cares remember all the preparations like: getting the tux, getting a lifted, chromed out truck (maybe that’s a Bjorn thing) and the corsage. Then, having to stand in the hot sun on the deck where you and your date are trying to not sweat thru your outfits as a seeming never ending line of parents, friends and grandparents take photo after photo.

Some lucky Prom-goers got a huge shock when after enduring all that preparation, standing and smiling they sat down to enjoy dinner they were informed that At The Beach Cares paid for the whole party’s dinner! At The Beach Cares knows how much prom-goers look forward to this event. We saw a bunch of prom goers in our stores in the time leading up to prom. At The Beach Cares wanted to give back to these prom-goers and show them that At The Beach Cares is always giving back to community.

Opening my email to be greeted by these amazing Thank you emails:

  • This last weekend my daughter and her boyfriend went to prom with a group of friends. They had dinner at the Olive Garden and when it was time to pay their bill, the waitress informed them that the bill had already been paid by an executive of At The Beach. I cannot even begin to tell you how wonderful and generous this was. Those kids were all so shocked and amazed, and you have made this mother a firm supporter of At The Beach.
  • Thank you to At The Beach. When I was prom this weekend and went to pay for dinner I was told that At The Beach bought my dinner. I don’t even tan there or anything and I guess the guy at the other table was from At The Beach and he paid for all of our dinner. That was great. I am graduating from High school in a few weeks and I will always remember this. Thanks At The Beach
  • Thank you so much At The Beach! A group of my friends were at the Olive Garden before prom last weekend and someone from At The Beach bought our dinner. We don’t even know who it was, he just paid and left without telling us. That was a really generous thing for a company to do. I think your commercials are great too! Freak!

At The Beach Cares is so excited that our small gesture made such a impact on these prom goers’ night. At The Beach Cares is always looking to give back to the community and spread a little bit of sunshine throughout the Greater Denver Community.

Project Angel Heart Fundraiser

Since 1991 Project Angel Heart has been delivering meals to men, women and children facing life threatening illnesses.  At The Beach Cares is taking action to help and support again this worthwhile organization.   How are we helping out this year?  It’s simple.  At The Beach Cares is sponsoring a donation drive in our At The beach Superstores to help support the good work and dedication of Project Angel Hear.  At The Beach Cares believes making a positive impact to those in our community and across the nation is an important part of making the future better and brighter!  Last year Project Angel Heart provided more than 445,581 meals to 1,950 clients free of charge.  Project Angel Heart is striving to cover more ground and reach more people.  At The Beach Cares support of Project Angel Heart makes a difference and you can help out too!

How can you make a difference? Visit any At The Beach location in Colorado, California, Oklahoma and Kansas to help out on your part with donations.  Last year our At The Beach Cares fundraiser raised $25,000 that we were able to donate to help make a difference.  This was strictly through the efforts of our wonderful customer donations. This small step is the beginning to a massive impact we make together in the end.  Doesn’t that feel good? At The Beach Cares believes it does!

Project Angel Heart is 21 years strong and expanding their delivery zone to encompass more territory. Life threatening illnesses can drain a person’s energy and finances, limit their independence and leave them feeling alone and vulnerable.  In 2012 there were more than 8,800 people who donated over 57,000 hours of their time preparing food in the kitchen and delivering nutritious meals to clients’ homes and events.  Your donation makes this possible, don’t wait, and contribute to help out now!  At The Beach Cares and with your donation of any amount, together we’ll touch more hearts, to those in need.

Profile in Caring – The youngest member of the ATB Cares team

How old do you have to be to care?  Would it surprise you to know that the youngest member of the At The Beach Cares team turned 11 today?  That is right, only 11 years old and already an active member of At The Beach Cares outreach team.

Matthew is the son of At The Beach’s Vice President of Corporate Development Judson Kinkade.  While you may think that Matthew is part of the At The Beach Cares team only because his father brings him to events that could not be farther from the truth.  Outside of helping out with At The Beach’s involvement with events like Denver’s Aids Walk, Matthew also volunteers to deliver food for Project Angel Heart with his mother on a regular basis, and has participated in volunteer activities with the regional food bank in Oklahoma City, and with Good Sheppard Ministries, also in OKC.  At The Beach Cares is certainly proud to have him represent At The Beach.

This year at Denver’s Aids Walk Matthew volunteered to participate in the “Diva Dash” and ran 200 meters in a pair of (borrowed) high heels to raise awareness and show his support of people suffering with Aids.  How many 11 year old boys do you know willing to do that?  The organizers of the event awarded him with the “Diva Disaster” title, in recognition of his participation, attitude and involvement.  Normally the “Diva Disaster” title is given to the biggest wipe out, or train wreck of a participant.  This year the judges made a change and awarded this title to Matthew and said “when I saw this young boy running as fast as he could in those heels we were just so impressed with his spirit.”  In addition to the race, Matthew was helping the At The Beach Cares team pass out free samples of sunscreen and burn relief to the participants.

So the next time you think that you are too old, or too young, or too busy to volunteer, just remember that if an 11 year old boy can do it, most likely you can too.  At The Beach Cares is proud to honor Matthew on his birthday as todays profile in caring.

Art For Life

Looking for something different to do tonight? Are you in the Denver area?  Want to support a great organization like Project Angel Heart?  At The Beach Cares does!  Tonight from 6-10 members of our At The Beach Cares team will be supporting Project Angel Heart at the annual Art for Life event.

“Project Angel Heart is excited to announce the eleventh annual Art for Life event on Friday, August 24, 2012, to be held at the Abend Gallery in Denver. Join 500+ community leaders and art lovers for an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, wine, desserts, good company, and fine art. Guests will have an opportunity to view and bid on the works of more than 80 local and internationally recognized artists who have donated work in support of Project Angel Heart. Once again, we are proud to partner with the Denver School of the Arts and Art Students League of Denver to highlight emerging artists.”

 

At The Beach Cares is proud to be a sponsor of tonight’s event.  It is not too late to get tickets! Bring a friend, check out some great art and support Project Angel Heart”

25th Annual AIDS Walk Colorado

Busy this weekend? Live in Denver?  Looking for something to do that helps out a great cause?  This Saturday is Denver’s 25th Annual Aids Walk, brought to you by the Colorado Aids Project.  At The Beach is one of the official sponsors and our At The Beach Cares team will be onsite representing At The Beach at this worthwhile event.

AIDS Walk Colorado is the Rocky Mountain Region’s largest and most successful HIV and AIDS fundraiser. More than 8,000 people from throughout the state come together as a community, fueled by donations from more than 13,000 individuals, to raise money for vital services for HIV/AIDS clients of Colorado AIDS Project and more than 20 other outstanding AIDS service organizations.

The event serves as a day to remember those we have lost to the disease with prominent speakers and panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, in addition to the Celebration of Life Festival, live music, food, beverages and the 3rd annual AIDS Walk Colorado Volleyball Tournament, held in conjunction with the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association.

You can get more information here.  Hope to see you there!

June 8th is not that far off and if you are in Oklahoma you need to know that the Rose State Relay For Life event is coming up.  The event is a big fundraiser for American Cancer Society, but it is more than that.  At The Beach Cares about cancer research and that is why we are involved.

 

According to the national website Relay for Life is an overnight relay-style event where teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event.  There will be food, games and activities providing entertainment and fundraising opportunities, and a family-friendly environment for the entire community.  The event also includes a survivors lap which is always very moving.  At The Beach Cares encourages our tanners to be involved.

 

One thing the At The Beach Cares teams has learned about cancer is that it is a disease that does not discriminate, many members of the At The Beach family have lost loved ones, and this is the reason we support this cause. This year At The Beach Cares has donated two one year memberships to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for this worthy event. If you are in the Midwest City, Norman or Oklahoma City Area and want more information about this event, feel free to check out the national website here.

 

Relay for Life

Did you know that on June 8th 2012 Rose State in Oklahoma is sponsoring a Relay for Life event? At The Beach Cares knows!  Not sure what Relay for Life is?  According to the national website Relay for Life is an overnight relay-style event where teams of people camp out around a track and members of each team take turns walking around the track for the duration of the event.  There will be food, games and activities providing entertainment and fundraising opportunities, and a family-friendly environment for the entire community.  Proceeds from the fundraising events benefit the American Cancer Society.

This year At The Beach Cares has donated two one year memberships to be auctioned off as a fundraiser for this worthy event.  At The Beach supports the work of the American Cancer Society and congratulates the hard working volunteers at Rose State for all the work they have put in to promote this worthy event.  One thing the At The Beach Cares teams has learned about cancer is that it is a disease that does not discriminate, many members of the At The Beach family have lost loved ones, and this is the reason we support this cause.

If you are in the Midwest City, Norman or Oklahoma City Area and want more information about this event, feel free to check out the national website here. At The Beach Cares encourages everyone to take part.

Project Angel Heart News

Last week’s Dine Out for Life Event was a big success for Project Angel Heart.  They haven’t shared final numbers yet, but their website is thanking all the restaurants that participated and everyone that ate out to help this cause.  At The Beach Cares is excited about the success of this event!

On Thursday April 26th 12 members of the At The Beach Cares team shared a meal at Denver’s Tamayo restaurant.  What impressed the At The Beach Cares team the most was that so many other diners were out for the same reasons.  One of our team members, who is also a district manager for At The Beach Tanning Superstores, had a conversation with guests at another table while we were waiting.  This other group of diners had made a day of it; they had breakfast out in a participating restaurant, took the entire office out to lunch at another restaurant and then were at dinner with a group of friends.  How great is that?  We also chatted with Project Angel Heart volunteers who were out for the event.  When we mentioned that we were part of the At The Beach Cares team, they remarked that they had seen the giant check at the Project Angel Heart offices.

At The Beach Cares members in our Orange County California market and our Wichita Kansas market also participated by dinning out on the 26th as well.  Our understanding is that the money raised in other markets is used locally.  Good Job supporting a great cause.

At The Beach Cares about Project Angel Heart!

This afternoon the At The Beach Cares team is excited to be presenting one big giant check for 25K to Project Angel Heart!  This is the result of our March fundraiser.  Our At The Beach Tanning members from Tulsa Oklahoma, Wichita Kansas, Orange County CA, Oklahoma City OK and Denver Colorado all participated and helped to raise this money.

Project Angel Heart’s mission is providing notorious, good tasting meals to people facing life threatening illnesses.  At The Beach Cares supports Project Angel Heart through our fundraising efforts but also through our employees and employee families who volunteer for Project Angel Heart.

Check back next week for pictures of the At The Beach Cares team and Project Angel Heart and our big giant check presentation.

Don’t forget April 26th is Project Angel Heart’s Dining Out for Life Event.  Pick a participating restaurant, go to dinner, and 25% of your bill goes to Project Angel Heart.  What a great idea!

At The Beach Cares about Causes

Did you know that in the last 12 months At The Beach has donated more than $80,000 in financial gifts, goods and/or services?  At The Beach Cares knows!

At The Beach Tanning Superstores have been strong supporters of many causes for years, but in the last year we launched At The Beach Cares to coordinate and facilitate our charitable giving.  One of the questions we get asked a lot is how we decide which fundraisers to participate in?  Sometimes we get involved because the cause is something that At The Beach Tanning superstores CEO and President Brian Belt is involved in; like Project Angel Heart, Colorado Aids Project, or The Center.  Other times the fundraiser is something that has touched members of our At The Beach cares team; the donation to Jennifer Owen’s English classes at PC North.  We have also gotten involved in causes that speak directly to the At The Beach Tanning Salon customers; like the breast cancer fundraiser or the donations for the battered women’s shelter in Kansas.  The other way we get involved is through our customers.

All year long customers reach out to our corporate offices asking us to get involved in their organizations, or fundraisers.  At The Beach Cares LOVES to help out on these things.  Right now we are looking at a Relay for Life Auction request, a fundraiser for Teenage Mothers of Preschoolers, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, and Fashion for a Cause.  It is exciting that we may be able to contribute to these wonderful organizations.

What do you care about?