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Bigelow Tea Honors National Day Of Service And Remembrance

You don’t need an excuse to help others and make a difference in your community, but the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is a wonderful reason to volunteer – especially as you pay tribute to and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and those who rose up in service in response to the attacks. As a family-owned company with long-standing roots in our community, Bigelow Tea takes pride in the work our employees do year-round to assist organizations, those in need and great causes. Here are a few of our favorite stories:

Passing on sustainable practices to future generations.

“Inspired by the results of the composting program here at Bigelow Tea, our family also included composting into our weekly schedule at home. We have been separating out most of the kitchen waste, tea bags (a lot of those) and paper towels, etc. since the summer of 2013. Now that my children are older, the do-it yourself-style sand box has been ‘up-cycled’ to ‘organically’ create good soil over time… This is one way our children are learning that maintaining the cycle and balance in nature is possible even in a suburban environment and a small contribution like ours can make a difference.” Gabe K, Fairfield, CT

A source of inspiration.

For more than 18 years, Caroline House has successfully taught immigrant women English (ESL).  Caroline House also provides a free preschool, after-school and summer tutoring to elementary and middle school children, citizenship classes, and life skills classes. Caroline House has recently instituted a Sources of Inspiration Board. These women will serve as a resource for Caroline House students (and all of us!) for inspirational stories to give hope for the future. We are honored to have Janned Serrano as our first Sources of Inspiration Board member. She is Executive Assistant to Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea, and Community Relations Coordinator.

Janned Serrano’s advice to Caroline House graduates:

  • Surround yourself with English-speaking people.
  • Speak English everywhere, even if it is not perfect.
  • Don’t be afraid to say “what does that mean?”
  • Read books written in English.
  • Take a risk. If someone asks you if you want to do something, say yes, even if you don’t know how.

Helping those in need.

“I was coming to work around 6:30 a.m. [one day] and… there was a soldier in full uniform with all his medals waiting by the side of the road. It was a rainy day and… he needed a ride to Boise. I stopped and offered to give him a ride to his destination. It turns out that he was going to a Wounded Warrior presentation… but his vehicle had a flat tire and he had to go on foot. He (Jim) told me his dilemma about being a forty-year veteran and how hard it is to get a job after being in the military that long; that the money just doesn’t last as long and not having a job does not help either. He told me a story about applying for a security job at a computer company in Boise and that he was told that he did not have enough experience in security to be considered for the position. I dropped him off at his destination, gave him my gratitude for his service and some money… If that is impacting our community in a positive manner, then I do that every day by serving as a leader in my community.” Javier Reyes, Boise, Idaho

Caring about the bees.

“I participated in a worthwhile community event, ‘Bee Night,’ which took place at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Urban Garden located in downtown Charleston. Bee Night was an event hosted by the Bee Cause Project, an organization whose mission is to educate young people about the importance of honeybees and their wellbeing. They do this by installing beehives in area schools. In 2013, the USDA released a report with concern that the U.S. does not have enough honeybees to pollinate crops, which would impact our nation’s food supply. Along with the many beehives that they have installed in area schools, they have installed an observation beehive at the MUSC Urban garden, a garden whose mission is to build a healthier community by growing crops and educating people with local, nutritious food. This Beehive was unveiled at ‘Bee Night’ and the community was invited to attend the special event. I took several gallons of unsweetened tea to the event. We sweetened the tea at the event with the honey produced by the bees and attendees enjoyed Charleston Tea Plantation tea sweetened with local honey.”  Jane Knight, Charleston, SC

Our community garden which grows fresh vegetables for the local Bridgeport Rescue Mission is another example of giving back as well as the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge which has raised over $1.4 million for local charities since its inception thirty years ago.

A big part of #TeaProudly is being able to share stories and memories which includes efforts make in service to others. Share your stories about something as involved as landscaping or building a house for a family in need, or as simple as brewing a cup of tea and sharing some time with a homebound person in your neighborhood. Regardless, take time to think about what you can do in honor of this day of service. Cheers!

Bigelow Tea’s 30th Annual Community Challenge Is Almost Here!

Get excited, because Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge is about to turn the BIG 3-0! Running? Check! Walking? Check! Family-friendly fun? Check! Goodie bags and raffle prizes? Check and check! Seriously, this is the place to be on September 24! Plus, 30 is a pretty special milestone – come help Bigelow Tea celebrate this fantastic community event. Here are the details!

The when and the where

This year’s event will take place on Sunday, September 24, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, Connecticut! Lace up your running shoes and join in the 5K Road Race or 2-Mile Fitness Walk; participants receive t-shirts and goodie bags, plus are eligible for the chance to win great raffle prizes.

Totally family-friendly – bring the kids!

The kiddos will love the KidZone, which is open to Pre-K through 6thgraders, includes a 100-yard scamper and 1-mile run, along with Hula Hoop, zig-zag and jumping challenges. Also, there’s free babysitting for all runners and walkers, so you have no excuses! Woohoo!

Don’t forget the after party…

As if a fun run isn’t enough of a party, sit back and listen to live music outdoors while nibbling on tasty bites from the post-race food buffet. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a picture with Biggie the Tea Bar Mascot!

Most importantly, give back!

What’s best about the event is that it’s a fun way to give back to the community while having a great time with family and friends. Since the event’s inception, Bigelow Tea has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for local charities that provide everything from educational services and counseling, to shelter and food. The event raised $150,000 last year, so let’s do our best to beat that number this year!

Okay, I’m in!

Run, don’t walk, to the registration page… it’s going to be tons of fun and you’re not going to want to miss it!

It’s moments like crossing the finish line at the Community Challenge or knowing that you’re contributing to local charities that you can be proud of. And they make great memories to share with friends or family over a cup of tea, whether it’s been a few days or a few decades. This event is definitely worth joining or supporting if you can, and worth raising a cup to no matter what. It’s just one of many reasons we can all #TeaProudly. Hope to see you there!

Congratulations Cindi Bigelow!

Cindi Bigelow, Award Winner

 

Cindi Bigelow, third generation president and CEO of Bigelow Tea, was honored with Moffly Media’s Good Corporate Neighbor award at the 9th Annual Light a Fire Awards. The prestigious award is in recognition of the ongoing support, among other things, provided through the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge (now in its 29th year) that to date has donated $1.4 million to 20 Connecticut based charitable organizations. These organizations’ programs and tireless efforts continue to provide important educational services, housing, food, crisis counseling, after-school tutoring, wellness and recreational programs to often-overlooked members of Bigelow Tea’s local community.

Congratulations Cindi!

The Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar Is Back On The Road For The 2016 East Coast Tour

 

bigelow-tea-mobil-tea-barLogging more than 14,000 miles and having served over 86,000 cups of tea to tea lovers across the U.S., the Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar will hit the road once again in the weeks and months ahead. Is it coming to your city?

Its first stops will be in Connecticut, home of Bigelow Tea’s headquarters which will include Bigelow Tea’s own 29th Annual Community Challenge on Sunday, September 25 in Southport, CT. Then, it’ll hit a series of street fairs, festivals and events throughout New England.

 

Scheduled 2016 East Coast Tour Dates

Sep. 22-24 – The Norwalk Boat Show, Norwalk, CT
Sep. 25 – The 29th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, Southport, CT
Oct. 2 – Chowdafest, Westport, CT
Oct 8-9 – Cranberry Harvest Festival, Wareham, MA
Oct 15-16 – 33rd Annual Oyster Festival, Long Island, NY
Oct 22-23 – Head of the Charles, Boston, MA
Oct 29-31 – Great Pubigelow-tea-teaproudlympkin Fall Festival, Clarence, NY

Try a variety of tea samples and learn about the history and culture of tea in the cozy lounge of the retrofitted 1977 Airstream trailer. Visitors will also have a photo opportunity to share a cup with “Biggie,” Bigelow Tea’s walking mug mascot. Post a photo and tag with #TeaProudly to share the fun on social media, too! Admission is free and up-to-the minute tour information can be found at http://bigelowtea.com/bigelowmobileteabar. You won’t want to miss this classic ride!

Bigelow Tea: Three Generations of Family Memories

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Over 70 years ago Bigelow Tea humbly began in Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s kitchen in New York. Bigelow Tea has been a family affair since day one and continues today under the leadership of Ruth’s granddaughter, president & CEO Cindi Bigelow. Three generations of Bigelows have worked to build their family legacy and passion for tea and here are a few stories to prove it:

  • Bigelow would not be America’s #1 Specialty Tea Company today if not for the hard work Ruth, her husband David Sr., and son David Jr. put into the early days of the company. Each night David Sr. and David Jr. would sit in their Manhattan home and hand paint the two ladies on the original packaging to give it a special touch!
  • The holidays are always time for celebration at Bigelow Tea. David and Eunice Bigelow, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs, fondly remember their two daughters Cindi and Lori helping to hand out Christmas gifts to the Bigelow Tea employees when they were young girls.  David and Eunice still have the girl’s matching black vests and red skirts!
  • While Cindi and Lori Bigelow were young, Eunice Bigelow stayed at home but still conducted all of the tea tastings from her kitchen. Cindi remembers coming home from school to dozens of cups in the kitchen filled with the day’s varieties to taste. It’s no wonder Cindi grew up dreaming about working at Bigelow Tea one day!
  • Nothing could keep Cindi from planning and hosting the first ever Bigelow Tea Community Challenge twenty five years ago. This was the only race that Cindi has ever run in and a day she will never forget. Bigelow Tea has donated almost a million dollars to charity since the inaugural race in 1988.

These memories are important building blocks in the Bigelow Tea company history. For over 70 years the family has been passionate about tea and continues to be personally involved in every aspect of running the company, quality and care we can taste in every cup of Bigelow tea!

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!

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!