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Bigelow Tea Thinks Pink During October

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October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea is proud to “think pink” and commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by the disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we also pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to put a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This October—and every month—make the commitment to take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A few of the steps that are key for early detection include mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly breast self-exams. Habits that can help reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

bigelow-tea-breast-cancer-awareness-pinkIn Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, the rate of incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the nation. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. This year, we are a proud sponsor of the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. On October 1, we were at the Pink Pledge kickoff event, which included a Stroll for Strength — a walk by survivors, family members and supporters — and ceremony that culminated in the activation of pink street lights in downtown Fairfield, Conn.

Join us in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise a cup to those working so hard to put an end to this prolific disease.

Top and bottom images provided by Pink Pledge.

Mark Your Calendar: Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge Fundraising Family Event Is Almost Here!

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Run, don’t walk to Bigelow Tea’s 29th Annual Community Challenge! This yearly event takes place on Sunday, September 25th at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut and offers more family-friendly fun than ever! Lace up your sneakers and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive tee shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes. There’s also free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! The kiddos will especially enjoy this year’s brand new KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper, 1-mile run, and hoola hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. After all that activity, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites and enjoying free tea samples at the Bigelow Tea Mobile Tea Bar. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

The whole event is a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time engaging in some friendly competition with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised over $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling to shelter and food. The event raised $145,000 in 2015, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Register in advance before September 16th for a lower price.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Bigelow Tea Proudly Supports USA Troops On Memorial Day and Every Day!

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Memorial Day is not only the official kickoff of summer, but more importantly, it is a time to remember and appreciate all of our armed servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great country.

At Bigelow Tea we have a long standing history supporting our troops including our official sponsorship of the USO. This is a continuation of our Tea for the Troops program, which third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow says is “our way of saying thank you to the men and women fighting for our country.” Since the program started in 2009, almost 4 million bags of Bigelow tea have been sent to bases in Korea, Iraq, Germany and Afghanistan.bigelow tea memorial day

Cindi and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond (pictured), an Iraq war veteran, cycle alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial which Bigelow became a sponsor of in 2015. Cindi and Tim will do the same this year along with a total of ten Bigelow Tea employees.  Additionally, the welcome reception at Military Village is presented by Bigelow Tea.  Later in June Bigelow Tea will sponsor, with founder Jason Redman, The Combat Wounded Coalition which will be holding their 7th Jumping for a Purpose skydiving event for combat wounded warriors in conjunction with the USO’s Patriotic Festival at the Virginia Beach Ocean front June 3rd – 5th. Warrior jumpers will skydive onto the ocean front between 1st and 4th street all 3 days. This event empowers wounded warriors to overcome fear through skydiving, which helps them realize they can overcome the other challenges and obstacles they may face in life as a wounded warrior

“At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops,” said Cindi.

Happy Memorial Day to everyone!

Bigelow Tea Sponsors The Pink Pledge For Breast Cancer Awareness

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It’s time to think pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This year in Fairfield, CT, hometown of Bigelow Tea and Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center, the annual October campaign has special significance as the center celebrates its 15th anniversary. The Pfriem center has joined with the Town of Fairfield to mark this significant milestone with the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the center’s programs while promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection.

As a Pink Pledge sponsor, Bigelow Tea is thrilled to help “turn the town pink” for the month of October!

Bigelow Tea and the Eunice & David Bigelow Foundation are proud, longtime supporters of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to ALL women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Pink Pledge kickoff festivities will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1st, rain or shine, at Fairfield’s Sherman Green Gazebo in the heart of the downtown area. A Stroll for Strength (just under a mile) starts at 5:30 p.m. at the center’s offices at 111 Beach Rd. and will be led by a pink Fairfield Police cruiser as walkers make their way to the gazebo for a 6 p.m. ceremony. Cancer survivors are invited to add their Signatures of Strength to the car that evening and throughout the month. Fairfield businesses have pledged to support the Pfriem center during October and will offer special promotions and events.

“Bigelow Tea is pleased to support the Pink Pledge in honor of the awesome services the Norma Pfriem Breast Center provides to women and families in our community, ” said the Bigelow family.

Ever since Ruth Campbell Bigelow started the company that bears her name 70 years ago (yes, Bigelow Tea celebrates an anniversary this year, too!), community involvement and good corporate citizenship have been essential elements of the Bigelow Tea mission. Ruth, who had breast cancer herself, would indeed be honored to know that Bigelow is taking part in the Pink Pledge to benefit the Pfriem center.

For more information or to register for the Stroll for Strength, please contact Christina Casimiro at christina.casimiro@bpthosp.org or 203-255-5300.

 

Bigelow Tea Is Counting Down The Days Until The Community Challenge!

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On your mark, get ready for a morning of family fun and fitness at the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challengethis Sunday, September 27 at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, CT! From face painting and music to food samples and raffle prizes, as well as a special appearance by Biggie the Bigelow Tea mascot and the Mobile Tea Bar, this time-honored charity event has something for everyone.

The focus, of course, is on the 5K Race, 2-mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that last year generated $130,000 for 18 Connecticut charities. But this great cause has also evolved into a wonderful way to bring the community together each year to enjoy good friends, good times, good food and be eligible to win great raffle prizes, like 2 Tickets to the Giants/Cowboy Game, 2 Tickets to the Giants/Jets Game or Canondale Quick 6 Fitness Bike!

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And this year, you can be among the first to sample Bigelow’s new Home Blend Organic Iced Tea served from the Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar, a super-cool converted 1977 Airstream trailer that will be crisscrossing the country in honor of Bigelow Tea’s 70th anniversary.  Biggie is always happy to pose for a picture that you can share on social media with the #bigteabar hashtag for a chance to instantly win prizes.

Music by radio station Star 99.9FM is sure to add to the festive atmosphere. Register in advance or come on down to the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport on Sunday! Race day registration begins at 8am. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free T-shirt and a goody bag that includes a “Constant Comment”® 70th anniversary tea tin. Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Do Your Body—And Community—Good: Run With Bigelow Tea on September 27

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This fall, mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, taking place on Sunday, September 27, and join the fun! Brought to you by Bigelow Tea, the family-friendly event is a major support to the community, and more than 1,000 runners, walkers and children participate.

In 2014, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge raised $131,000, bringing the total raised since its inception to $1.1 million dollars. And the best part? 100% of the funds are donated to local charities that provide shelter, educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring, recreational programs and food to people and organizations in need. Funds benefit nearly 20 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut!

Need more reasons run? Registrants can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, prizes include Bigelow Tea, and there’s free childcare. Of course, a race like this would not be possible without its volunteers and the Bigelow family. Click here to get your registration started now!

 

Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Fundraiser 2014 Big Success

 

Thank you to everyone involved from the team at Bigelow Tea who did an unbelievable amount of planning all year, to the sponsors, community volunteers and of course all of the kids, runners and walkers who participated!! All of the charities who will be recipients of the $130,000 we raised are incredibly thankful as we all are.  Thanks once again to all!!

Cindi Bigelow Reflects on Corporate Responsibility and the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in Huffington Post

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For Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow, being a corporate leader goes far beyond her office door. In a new article on the Huffington Post, Cindi shares her views on what she calls “corporate responsibility” and how thinking about this responsibility to the community led Bigelow Tea to start the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.

More than 25 years ago, the teenage son of a long-time, dedicated Bigelow Tea employee passed away. “I knew as a company we had to do something that would honor his son’s memory,” Cindi says in the article. After considering many options, the company decided to start a road race, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge. Fifty people ran in the first race, and $3,000 was raised to create a scholarship in David’s name.

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Over the years, this event has evolved to attract thousands of runners and to aid many notable nonprofits in Connecticut. On Sunday, September 29th, Bigelow Tea will hold its 26th race in Southport, Connecticut. Funds from this year’s event will go to 17 charities that help the homeless, hungry and those at-risk in our community. There will be three athletic events taking place: a 5K Road Race, a 2-mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Race.

We encourage you to join Bigelow Tea and register for your spot in the race. We all have a community responsibility to help others … and this is a wonderful, meaningful way to do so.

 

Join The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge on September 29th

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Are you up for a fun and rewarding challenge? Bigelow Tea hopes so, and is encouraging runners and walkers of all levels to sign up for our 26th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which will take place soon: Sunday, September 29th in Southport, Connecticut. While you’re tying up your laces, here’s a bit more about our charitable event.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge encourages families and friends to enjoy a wonderful day of outdoor exercise and community spirit! Runners can sign up for the 5K Road Race with a route passing by Southport Harbor and through a beautiful historic region. Prefer to go at your own pace? Register for a 2-mile, non-competitive Fitness Walk. Children can also join in the day’s activities with our Kids’ Fun Run, featuring a 100-yard scamper, a 1/2-mile jog and a mile-long run.

Moreover, no matter what shape you’re in, there’s a tea-rrific reason for getting involved in our challenge: Proceeds from this event will go to nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County that directly serve those in need. They include The Center for Women and FamiliesConnecticut Food Bank, and Operation Hope of Fairfield. Together we will make strides in supporting their missions.

Both the 5K Road Race and 2-mile Fitness Walk will start at 10 a.m. from the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. The Kids’ Fun Run steps off at 9 a.m. at Wakeman’s Athletic Field. Complimentary food and beverages and T-shirts will be given out. Participants will also be eligible to win great prizes including free Bigelow Teas.

To register for the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, please visit this link. See you there!

 

26th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Is Just Around the Corner!

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It’s coming next month: The 26th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge! We are more excited than ever as we ramp up for the 2013 road race, fitness walk and kids fun runs. The first Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, over a quarter century ago, attracted 50 participants and raised a few thousand dollars … today in our 26th year, Bigelow Tea is proud that the Challenge’s goal is over $100,000!

The event’s proceeds will support charitable organizations in our local communities including the Fairfield Senior Center, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and the Connecticut Food BankIn total, the Challenge supports seventeen non-profit organizations in the greater Bridgeport, CT area that provide shelter, food, educational services, counseling and crisis management, after-school tutoring and recreational programs. Supporting our community is a major part of who we are and what we stand for at Bigelow Tea.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge’s 25th anniversary last year was phenomenal, attracting nearly 1,200 people. This year we’re expecting even greater participation and support. In addition to the race, walk and kids’ run, there will be food and T-shirts and plenty of spirited fun. So whether you’re a participant or a spectator, it’s truly a family affair, and a great way to help give back to the community!

We hope you make plans to join us in Southport, CT on Sunday, September 29th!  For the course map and to register online, click here. Then it’s time to start training: and remember, include plenty of Bigelow Tea in your hydration regimen!