Empowering Women through Strength and Beauty – the Mary Kay Foundation

The Mary Kay Foundation began in 1996 in partnership with the Mary Kay corporation.  In 20 years, they’ve donated over $20 million in cancer research grants.  Their support is actually two-fold: 1) find a cure for cancers in women and 2) end the epidemic of domestic violence against women and children.  They support hundreds of domestic violence shelters across the United States by giving more than a dozen $20,000 grants each year.  The also help support Habitat for Humanity and build homes in the greater Dallas, TX area.  They host MK5K events, silent auctions, and annual golf tournaments.

As an Ambassador for the Mary Kay Foundation, it is my role to increase awareness, education, fundraising efforts, and find volunteers to help promote the Foundation.  Locally, I’ve supported a January Jumpstart Silent Auction for the past 6 years where we’ve given over $7,000 to the Foundation.  Within my own organization, I’ve participated in Round Up to round up customer orders to give to the Mary Kay Foundation, registered as a virtual walker for the MK5K, and attended a Pink in the Rink night at a Minnesota Wild Hockey Game.

As Miss Hutchinson, candidate for Miss Minnesota International 2016, I’ve grown awareness for the Mary Kay Foundation by speaking about it, sharing it socially, and mailing out over 50 invitations to apply to be a Foundation Ambassador to women in greater Minnesota.  We’re currently fundraising for Team Up! For Women and soon launching a Beauty that Counts promotion in April.  For a six-week period, $1 from the sale of each Changing Hearts Pink lipstick color will go directly to the Foundation.

The opportunity to expand this platform to a national level as Miss Minnesota International will help the Foundation grow exponentially.  With this, we can save the lives of more women by educating on early detection for breast cancer, raise awareness of signs and symptoms, increase fundraising for scientists to find a cure, and encourage women who are battling this disease.  With my mom’s diagnosis in 2010, I’ve experienced first-hand watching someone you love through diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy, and recovery.  After 5-years of being in remission, I’ve seen this disease in it’s full cycle and am honored to represent this cause for my Mother.

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