As you know, tomorrow is October 1st, which means you are about to be bombarded by pink everything and information about Breast Cancer. (I'll be part of the bombardment, watch for a different product each day that will help raise money for a Breast Cancer charity.)
However, you may not know about Ralph Lauren's commitment to raising money. For over 20 years Ralph Lauren has been committed to raising money for Breast Cancer. The Pink Pony was created as a global year round effort to raise funds, and this year is the 10 year anniversary! While originally created to raise funds for Breast Cancer, the Pink Pony has expanded to include all cancers. Pink Pony's mission is now to help address the needs of the medically underserved bringing quality cancer care, access to cancer care, and early detection for those who need it most.
To help celebrate The Pink Pony's 10th Anniversary and to raise additional money this October, Ralph Lauren is going all out! There will be a new luxury product, the first annual Pink Pony online public auction hosted by Charity Buzz, and a text-to-donate campaign.
Read on to find out more about my picture above (complete with baby bump!) and this year's special initiatives!
The Charity Auction
To kickoff this year's global fundraising and awareness campaign, Ralph Lauren and Charity Buzz have created the first annual global Pink Pony Online Auction. The auction begins Friday, October 1st and runs through October 21st. 100% of the net proceeds from this auction will benefit the Pink Pony Fund of The Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation!
You will want to check out this auction. Why? Absolutely amazing items, and it's a bit easier to justify buying one or two (or maybe more) items for yourself when so much will go to charity.
Luxury Ralph Lauren Items:
• Alligator Ricky 33 handbag
• Alligator Cooper Check Book Wallet
• Alligator cuff with Cooper Lock and the iconic Ralph Lauren Stirrup Timepiece
Amazing Ralph Lauren Experiences:
• A Front Row Seat at the Ralph Lauren Fall 2011 Fashion Show and Meet the Designer Backstage
• Have Your Child Star in a Ralph Lauren Ad
• A Personal Tour of Ralph Lauren’s World-Famous Car Collection
• Play Polo with Polo Model Nacho Figueras
Other Great Opportunities:
• Meet Jerry Seinfeld backstage at a show
• Two Tickets to Miami Heat Game and Meet Lebron James
• Taylor Swift Autographed Guitar
• Go Behind the Scenes of Bravo’s Top Chef
• Meet Lance Armstrong
• Two Tickets to the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games
Text to Donate
They've made it incredibly easy to donate directly to the Pink Pony Campaign!
Text PINKPONY to 501501 to automatically donate $10.
Instant Messaging & Data Rates May Apply
Finally, about that baby bump picture! Ralph Lauren selected 100 bloggers to model the Pink Pony polo. We'll be featured over on AOL Stylist.
The polo shirt is not the only Pink Pony item. They have a huge range available, and on October 3rd and 4th, 100% of all net proceeds received from Pink Pony product sold at Ralph Lauren stores and on RalphLauren.com will benefit the Pink Pony Fund. A few of my favorites are below.
1.) Wellies, $75: Good wellies seem to be surprisingly hard to find. I was on the hunt last year, and the cheapest quality wellies are usually well over $100. These are amazing, have the cute Pink Pony on the back of the heel, and such a steal!
2.) Pink Pony Sunglasses, $190
3.) Pink Pony Organic Tote, $10: You may need to buy a large number of these.
4.) Pink Pony Candle, $45: Notes include Pink Lily of the Valley, Pink Magnolia and Pink Peony
If you want to check out the rest of my picture (and see a rare pic of me on the internet, let me know what you think about my newly non-blonde hair), you'll need to head over to AOL Stylist where you'll find me amongst the 100 bloggers. Now that I've seen my pic on their site, I'm a bit dissappointed in myself. I was stuck in the "head shot" mode (I've been asked for a head shot quite often recently for both the blog and work), hence my shot is boring. And somehow their copy of my pic makes me look like a ghost, but the one I sent them didn't look like that. Oh well.
I'm one of the bloggers chosen to participate in the Pink Pony bloggers group. I did get that polo for free (it's a super nice shirt by the way. Too bad the baby bump is now too big for it, hopefully I can wear it again next summer!) I received no other compensation for this project but I do feel that the campaign is a very worthy charity and hope you'll consider donating or purchasing an item that will donate!