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Each month, the company selects a nonprofit in the organization to receive a ‘Random Act of Kindness':  products, volunteer hours or a financial donation.

Recent beneficiaries of Kara Vita’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ have included the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation - Tampa Bay, Cure on Wheels, and Operation Care Package, among others.

April 2015 - Cookies4Chris

April 12 was a milestone event for Cookies4Chris - our 5th annual event and a big celebration in Pittsburgh of the accomplishments of the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation.  Cathy Tannenholz is Co-Chairman and also a Kara Vita vendor at this wonderful event. Cookies4Chris has raised over $100,000 over the past 4 years to spread awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening and to support research efforts towards a cure at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.  Look for the "Love your Butt" national campaign, the foundation’s straightforward approach to reminding everyone to have regular screenings, which saves lives! 

Cathy was thrilled with the sell-out crowd this year; tickets were gone after only two weeks.  In the past 4 years, we have baked nearly 1,500 dozen cookies and shared some of those family recipes in our Cookie Recipe Cookbook.  Our guests have won 150 beautiful baskets, purchased art works, sports memorabilia, jewelry and raffle tickets.  Some even put blue shimmers in their hair. This year we have introduced an apron to help reach our goal of $35,000. What a wonderful ride it has been!!

Many of life's important occasions are measured in years. 5-year wedding anniversaries call for a gift of wood or silver.  Companies often reward an employee for 5 years of service.  But in the world of cancer-surviving, 5 years is "priceless" - a time to celebrate the gift of life that we all sometimes take for granted. 

So many people make this event possible: family, friends, donors, vendors, survivors and medical professionals. Our goal this year was to raise $35,000 and we have surpassed it!!  A very special thank-you to Kara Vita for being a supporter of this event each year!  Thank you for helping us to make a difference!  And here's to the next 5 years - may we all continue to support each other 4life!!

Cathy Tannenholz
Co-Chairman, Cookies4Chris


April 2015 - Pet Pal

Kara Vita also contributed to a gala benefiting the Pet Pal Animal Shelter. Pet Pal Animal Shelter is classified as a no-kill shelter whose mission is to rescue dogs and cats from shelters that may otherwise be euthanized due to time limitations, illness, injuries or lack of socialization and training.

The event included dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle, live music and much more! For more information on Pet Pal Animal Shelter, please visit


April 2015 - Brookwood Florida

Kara Vita is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives, and the community; sharing the Kara Vita story and the amazing difference our products are making in the lives of thousands of women and their families. 
Last month Kara Vita donated $500 to Brookwood Florida. Brookwood Florida provides a safe living environment, as well as education, employability skills, independent living training and therapeutic counseling to abused, neglected and at-risk teen girls. Their ultimate goal is to help the girls transition into a healthy and independent adulthood.

Brookwood Florida's, Cheryl Small, Development Specialist, sent a letter to Kara Vita’s president, Deborah Duffey, expressing her deep gratitude for the support and belief in Brookwood’s mission.  This donation will help them to continue to provide crucial services to girls who desperately need their program in order to prepare for a much brighter future.

For more information on the Brookwood Florida Program here.

Click here to read the Thank you letter.


December 2014 - CHANGING PEOPLE'S LIVES - by Deborah Duffey, President and Chief Product Development Officer:

Kara Vita genuinely embraces our mission to change the quality of people’s lives. This foundation guides our actions; knowing that the law of giving brings blessing to all.  Through our team of caring ladies, effective products, transforming business opportunities, and community stewardship, making a difference has always been at the forefront.

It is a privilege to serve our communities with the gift of building awareness of the needs around us, caring for others with a helping-hand, and donations of  time and financial resources. This year, Kara Vita wanted to “give” a little extra during our Regional Business Builder Events. These events offer an opportunity for fellowship and girl-time, a time to share business and product testimony, learn new tips and skincare trends and also, a business platform to launch or re-energize a Kara Vita business.  It is also a perfect way to introduce others to Kara Vita. This year we also gave our hosts the opportunity to support the non-profit of their choice, an opportunity to make a difference in their communities, and this is how it worked.

Kara Vita donated a beautiful exclusive wicker basket adorned with our daisy and filled it with effective products. We then sold raffle tickets for a chance to win the basket at the event.  Kara Vita donated all the proceeds. PLUS, Kara Vita donated 10% of the sales from the event, AND the host donated 5% percent of their profit from the event.

The RESULTS…together we donated $3,866.00!

We also allowed the founders to speak at our events and “get the word out” to our audience about their missions and the difference they make in the communities.

I want to personally thank, along with the entire Kara Vita team, the following three ladies for making a difference. 

  • Debbie Rummel supporting University Park Church of God
  • Sharon Less supporting Faces of Courage
  • Alice Schmitt supporting Second Starts


November 2014 - This year we added a little something extra to the Kara Vita Regional Business Builder Events. Expanding on our mission to  change lives, we extended random acts of kindness at these events. Each consultant hosting a Business Builder Event has the opportunity to choose a charity they’d like to work with; incorporating both (the event and the charity), whereby sharing and growing your Kara Vita business leads to awareness, support and a donation towards that charity.

November 2014 - Benefiting the Second Starts - hosted by Alice Schmitt:

Neither sleet, nor snow, or freezing blowing winds could keep 70 women away from joining Deborah Duffey in Carmel, Indiana on Nov 17!   Once again, it was a very enjoyable evening for everyone.   Guests are always impressed with Deborah and love to learn about the Kara Vita products from the very person who formulated them!   Deborah is well loved for her kindness, generosity and her passion for helping others.  Carmel, Indiana raised over $2000.00 for Second Starts, a metropolitan Indianapolis ministry which provides new and gently-used household items to families who are transitioning from homelessness into a home of their own.  Thank you, Deborah, for motivating all of us and inspiring our guests. 

Alice Schmitt
2014 Executive Committee Member    

To learn more about Second Starts visit:

October 2014 - Benefiting the University Park Church of God - hosted by Debra Rummel:

For the second time this year, we were warmly welcomed in Johnstown, PA.  I had this event in the hall of the University Park Church of God, and I decided to make this first fundraising event benefit for this church.  Once again, several hands went up when I asked how many guests were invited to this event by someone other than I.  Those guests got a small gift from my gift basket, and the persons who invited them received a gift card worth $3 off a future order. 

Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I decorated my display tables with pink.  Our guest tables were decorated for fall.  I also decided to display our kit on a small table by itself.  Another table had some "Gift Giving Ideas" which were some special wrappings I did on some of our popular products. 

We had several testimonies throughout the evening since this was our second event in this area.  After sampling some products, I would ask if anyone had some good results with them; and they were eager to share.

This turned out to be a very successful evening in another way, also.  Sometimes you realize that God places us where we need to be when we need to be there.  My newest team member, Betty, and I were waiting on a call from the pastor's wife so we would be able to get into the church hall; so we decided to grab a sandwich at Wendy's.  While we were eating, I discovered that I knew the woman who was talking with some of the customers and wiping tables.  When she looked my way, I waved to her.  She recognized me right away.  You see, she was on my team in another direct selling business over 30 years ago.  We were discussing "the good ole days" when she said that she has been trying to find another direct selling business to join and hasn't found one that she thought would work for her.  Well, of course, I shared with her why I was in town; and I invited her to come listen to me at the event.  When she asked me how much it would cost to get started with Kara Vita, she was very surprised when I told her it was only $62.50!  She said she would be there; so she came, she listened, she saw, she signed.  She loves the products, and she is very excited to get started.  What a chance meeting!  She wouldn't have signed if I hadn't been there for the event.  It could happen to you!

Debbie Rummel
2014 Executive Committee Member

To learn more about this organization, join them on their Facebook page at:

In October 2014 - Sharon Less, 2014 Kara Vita Executive Committee member, shared her event with Faces of Courage:

On behalf of the families served by Faces of Courage Cancer Camps I would like to thank Sharon Less, Kara Vita and their guests for the outpouring of support at the fundraiser October 28th held at Empress Tea Room in Tampa.   Sharon had a capacity crowd attend to hear the fascinating presentation by Kara Vita President Deborah Duffey as she explained the history of Kara Vita and what’s new and exciting that we have to look forward to. Tiki Bates and Shelby Coriaty sold raffle tickets for the donated Kara Vita Gift Basket and brought in $343.00 in just a short period of time. Everyone enjoyed the tea and cookies (provided by Nana’s Cookie Jar) and left with a beautiful gift bag of Kara Vita Products. Faces of Courage provides day outing and overnight camps for adults and children diagnosed with all types of cancer and blood disorders. All the programs are made available at no cost to the participants due to fundraisers like these. Thank you so much, Sharon, for creating this amazing event and choosing Faces of Courage to benefit from all your hard work. Sharon and Kara Vita both donated a portion of product sales to help send kids touched by cancer to camp. Great Time, Great Products and Great Cause, a win for everyone.

Peggy Sherry                                                                                                                                                                
Faces of Courage

To learn more about this wonderful cause, visit Faces of Courage here:

October 2014 - Cure on Wheels

This month we are again proud to support Cure on Wheels. This organization hopes and aspires to provide families impacted by the diagnosis of cancer with necessary services. Fundraising efforts are made through the annual bike-a-thon, bringing together cyclists, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and individual donors.

Over the years, Cure on Wheels’ fundraising achievements and contributions have supported:

  • Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the BMT Program (Bone Marrow Transplant)
  • Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the Families First Program LIVESTRONG Survivors Program at the St Petersburg YMCA
  • The Vinny Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at All Children's Hospital (ACH)
  • ARCS Foundation to advance science
  • Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the APCC (Advanced Prostate Cancer Coalition)
  • Moffitt Cancer Center to benefit the AYA program (Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program)
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) to the local Tampa Bay Suncoast Chapter All Children's Hospital

To learn more about Cure on Wheels, visit


August 2014 - Operation Care Package

Kara Vita wishes to thank you for your spirit of giving in the month of July! Thanks to our wonderful customers, Kara Vita is making the largest donation in our history to Operation Care Package! Every year we donate bottles of our sunscreens and therapeutic lotions to our FREEDOM FIGHTERS abroad through the grass-roots, women-founded and managed organization Operation Care Package.

Because of you we have made a difference in the lives of our troops around the world, Kara Vita is shipping over $20,000 of sunscreens and lotions to Operation Care Package this week! This package of care and gratitude will find its way thousands of miles from you and me and will remind our troops that they are in our minds and hearts.

For more information on this wonderful cause visit Operation Care Package visit their website at

July 2014 - Brittany’s Benefit: Raising Awareness About NMO

By: Christy Bebeau

Brittany Mathers is a 21-year-old woman who is a?icted with an extremely rare disease, Neuromyelitis Optica, or NMO. Just a few short months ago, in October of last year, she began having eye pain.  By the end of the month, she was legally blind, had to withdraw from her studies at the University of South Florida, and was spending a great deal of time in hospitals. Today, she experiences periodic weakness in her limbs as well.

There is no cure for NMO, and the 5000 people in the US who suffer from it, including Brittany, receive treatments to manage both symptoms and pain.  These treatments are invasive and expensive, requiring lengthy hospital stays. 

I attended a benefit for Brittany held on June 22, 2014 in Sarasota, FL. The beneFit included live bands, food, dancing, vendors and a raffle. I presented our wonderful Kara Vita products and featured Up Tight, and EyeWish, answering questions about the company and our products. Brittany’s mother and grandmother are both Kara Vita representatives, and Kara Vita kindly donated a basket for the raffle.  Then, the company went above and beyond; they provided Brittany with her own Kara Vita gift bag. Brittany was so excited, “I love this stuff! Kara Vita has kept my skin looking great through all the steroids and chemotherapy.”  As she opened her bag and pulled out the products one by one, I told her what each was. She kept saying, “Oh, how wonderful! I’m almost out of this!”

Brittany is a remarkable young woman who continues to display grace and courage as she fights this battle. To learn more about NMO, please visit,

To learn more about Brittany's struggle with NMO, View Brittany’s video:

June 2014 - I Matter Too

Kara Vita sponsored a wonderful Christian organization called I Matter Too.  They held their 7th Annual Making Miracles Dinner Event in Tampa on May 31st.  This non-profit mentors and tutors orphaned, abused and neglected children through the love of Jesus Christ.

It was a heart-warming evening with music and speakers.  A 5th grader was there representing what I Matter Too had done for her. Although she doesn’t know it, her foster parents are in the process of adopting her.

By donating a beautiful basket with the 5-piece regimen and the Eye Tender for their silent auction, Kara Vita is getting the word out.  As people placed their bids I stood by our basket to explain a bit about Kara Vita and to answer any questions about our products and company. Beth Lowe and I attended the dinner and were proud to represent Kara Vita there. 

Thank you, Kara Vita, for helping us spread the word and for participating in such a worthwhile organization as I Matter Too! 

Love, Charlene McKee

May 2014 - Ring of Hope Campaign

Besides her involvement as a Kara Vita Consultant, Amelia Williams is also a domestic violence activist, public speaker, and social entrepreneur. She is President and Founder of Ring of Hope Campaign, which is a community outreach initiative of her company, Inspire Me, Amelia, LLC.

She gives educational and informative presentations about her life as a survivor overcoming the darkness of domestic violence and giving others hope for rebuilding lives after domestic violence. On Wednesday, November 20, 2013 Amelia was honored to be a guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Omni William Penn Hotel. She invited several others to participate including Kara Vita Executive Committee President Cathy Tannenholz, business colleagues and representatives from Crisis Center North and Standing Firm in Pennsylvania.

Amelia has also designed an exclusive Ring of Hope jewelry line for domestic violence awareness, available on the Ring of Hope Campaign website, where a portion of proceeds go to those charitable organizations who support domestic violence awareness. Ring of Hope Campaign is in partnership with Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Amelia's jewelry designs are also featured in the SHOP NOW section of website

Please visit these websites and show your support for domestic violence awareness by placing your Ring of Hope jewelry orders and liking the Campaign on Facebook!

Support Domestic Violence Awareness!

April 2014 - Chari-Tea to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny

Kara Vita proudly sponsored a Chari-Tea to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny, a nonprofit that assists people whose career life paths have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances in the Greater Tampa Bay area.  The event was a great success and completely sold out.  It was a fun-packed afternoon with silent auction tables, raffles, hat contests and high tea that included a little champagne.  It was a phenomenal opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends.  Thank you, Kara Vita for another opportunity to share our commitment to skincare out into the community for a great cause.               

- Sharon Less

March 2014 - Cookies4Chris

Cookies4Chris 4th Annual fundraiser for the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation was held on March 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh.  It was a cold and very snowy day, but it didn’t stop Pittsburghers from attending this very popular (sold out) event in Pittsburgh!  Cookies4Chris includes an amazing Cookie Table and each attendee fills their box with cookies from more than 450 dozen homemade cookies!

Cookies4Chris honors Pittsburgh native Christine Antoneeli Sapienza, who lost her battle with colon cancer in 2009.  Cookie Tables are very much a “Pittsburgh” tradition and Chris was very much a “Pittsburgher.”  She was an excellent baker and enjoyed making her “specialties” for her family’s and friends’ cookie tables.  She even took “our” tradition to Virginia, where she and her husband, Frank, raised their children.

The Dan Barrett Trio entertained everyone throughout the day.  Chris received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Duquesne University, with a major in piano and minor in violin. She would hum along, and tap her toes, to the live entertainment provided at Cookies4Chris.

Chris was a talented, and successful, interior designer and a regional manager for Decorating Den. She met the challenges of being a small business owner, and used her gifts to create beautiful rooms for her clients. Her business contacts, her vendors, became her friends, and so we included our carefully selected vendors, including Kara Vita, as a tip of the hat to “Chris, the business woman.”

The lovely baskets and artwork included in the Chinese Auction are things that Chris would enjoy using, incorporating into her own home or one of her customers’, or giving to a friend.   Chris was like that.

Along with cookies, attendees also received a “goodie bag” filled with donations from various businesses, which included samples from Kara Vita!  Thank you, Kara Vita, for supporting this very passionate cause!!

Although colon cancer ended Chris’ life, she continues to inspire us to be warriors in the battle to end this disease. Chris4Life is forging ahead with innovative programs to spread awareness of the lifesaving importance of screening, through the “Love Your Butt” campaign. The foundation has pledged over $3 million to fund much-needed research across the country to find a cure. Patients, and their families, receive financial help through the Chris4Life Fund and a place to interact with other survivors in Colon Town.  Chris4Life, in only 4 years, has become the 2nd largest colon cancer foundation in the world, last year raising more than $4,000,000. Cookies4Chris’ goal this year was to raise $35,000 to support these efforts. 

Cookies4Chris is about family, good people doing good deeds, friends celebrating life together, and so many other things that are uniquely Pittsburgh. I’m very proud and honored to be a part of such a wonderful event and very grateful to Kara Vita for their continued support!

Cathy Tannenholz
Co-Chairman – Cookies4Chris

February 2014 - Alzheimer's Family Organization

Thank you so much to Kara Vita for donating a raffle basket to The Alzheimer's Family Organization 15th Annual Gong Show Fundraiser held on February 1, 2014. There were about 200 in attendance to enjoy dinner, Gong Show, Chinese and Silent auctions, and a 50/50 raffle.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization is a local 501c3 based in Pasco County with service areas in 8 counties.  Their mission is to provide educational resources, including services such as respite care, financial aid and support groups to caregivers caring for family members diagnosed with Alzheimer's or other dementia. Fundraisers allow AFO to raise funds to sustain their programs as they are not government funded.

Anyone who has had to care for a patient with dementia or Alzheimer’s knows that this organization is much needed. For more information about their organization please visit

December 2013 - Georgette’s Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show

Kara Vita proudly supported Georgette’s Celebrity Holiday Fashion Show. In its 25th year and attracting over 600 philanthropic and stylish women, proceeds of Georgette’s fashion show will benefit St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.

St. Joseph’s mission is to inspire the community to support and engage in generous investments toward the special care that St. Joseph’s Hospitals provide to their patients and their families. 

Their hospitals include: St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital North and St. Joseph’s Hospital South, all located in the Tampa, Florida region.

For more information on St. Joseph’s please visit


November 2013 - Cookies for Chris

Kara Vita Consultants Karen Heller, Linda Rymniak, and Cathy Tannenholz all participated in Pittsburgh's 1st Annual Scope It Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness which was held Sunday, October 13 on Pittsburgh’s Scenic North Shore. This race is dedicated to the men and women who have courageously battled this disease and their loved ones who aren’t afraid to tell everyone how important it is to Scope It Out! The race was named 'Scope It Out' in an effort to call attention to the colonoscopy, the only test that can not only detect, but also prevent colorectal cancer

by removing polyps before they become cancerous. The proceeds raised will further colorectal cancer research and awareness, and more importantly, through its education and encouragement efforts, save lives.


October 2013 - CURE ON WHEELS

Kara Vita is again proud to show its support to Cure on Wheels. Through an annual bike-a-thon, this organization is able to fulll its mission to raise money for those diagnosed with and/or aected by cancer in the Tampa Bay Area.

The main recipients of the donations collected by the bike riders and participants will be Mott Cancer Center in Tampa and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. If you’d like to participate or for more information, please visit



In honor of Charlene McKee’s granddaughter Lauren Olivia, Kara Vita was proud to give its support to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night Walk. This event funds therapies and treatment advancements for blood cancer patients. Every one of all ages is welcome to this casual fundraising walk in which proceeds sustain LLS’s mission to cure blood cancers. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides information and support services. For more information on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and how you can help, visit


July 2013 - Hands Across the Bay

Kara Vita is proud once again to support Hands Across the Bay. Their mission resonates with us – to change the quality of people’s lives they touch. Kind and giving donations through various events allows them to provide gas cards, grocery gift cards, gently used clothing, payment for utility bills, monetary support, and so much more to many families and other charities in need.

To learn more or offer your support, please visit


June 2013 - Illini 4000 for Cancer

Kara Vita consultant, Janice Bohac, contacted Kara Vita about supporting the Illini 4000 for Cancer – a non-profit organization run by the students of the University of Illinois. Every summer the Illini 4000 sends a group of students on a cross-country bike ride to raise money for cancer, as well as collect stories of those affected by cancer. 

Below is the email received from Janice:

Here is a recap of the situation I encountered and how it could be an excellent opportunity for community support and to promote Kara Vita.

I was running some errands with the expectation of participating in the Business Builder Training call. However, that quickly changed when I happened upon four women cyclists in need of help.  They were part of a group of 22 who are training to ride 4,000 miles from New York to California to raise money for cancer.

The group was on an early morning training ride from the University of Illinois when the temperature suddenly dropped and it started to snow. The riders had stopped along the road as one of the riders began shivering and could not longer ride. I stopped to render assistance and although they initially declined my offer, I called 911 and requested an ambulance. The distressed rider was transported to the hospital with one of her friends and received medical treatment. I took the remaining two riders for coffee and hot chocolate before dropping them at the hospital. During our conversation, one of the girls commented on how dry her skin felt.  This of course led into conversation regarding Kara Vita. I explained about Kara Vita Suncare and the benefits of Everyday Skin.

Kara Vita was proud to show its support for this cause by sending our sunscreen and Everyday Skin Penetrating Lotion to keep them protected during their 4000 mile ride.


May 2013 - Cookies for Chris

Kara Vita consultant, Cathy Tannenholz, participated in the 3rd Annual Cookies4Chris Luncheon and Vendor Show on April 14. The goal: to decrease cancer deaths through research, preventative screening and cancer treatment. Cathy is Co-Chairman of the Cookies4Chris Committee and is very active in this foundation. Included in this year’s goodie bags for everyone were Kara Vita Samples! Thank you, Kara Vita!!


February 2013 - Operation Care Package

February is the month dedicated to show those close to our hearts how valuable and special our relationships are. For Kara Vita, Operation Care Package is an organization that is near and dear to our heart. To show our continued appreciation and support to our Troops, we have shipped some extra protection in the form of our Complete Suncare SPF 29 w/Parsol.

Let’s keep our Heroes in our thoughts and pray for their safe return home.


December 2012 - We were proud to support the causes of two wonderful organizations:

The first is Cure on Wheels. This nonprofit company raises money to help individuals and families cope with a diagnosis of cancer through its annual bike-a-thon. Cyclists, volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors joined together to attain the maximum fundraising efficiency that will provide the necessary services to help those affected by this disease.

The second is the Pinellas County Deputies & Officers Fraternal Order of Police. Every year the Fraternal Order of Police support All Children’s Hospital in their efforts to provide the children staying at the hospital with a comfortable holiday. For many children unable to spend the holidays in the comfort of their homes, All Children’s helps to make their Christmas as joyous as it can be; bringing smiles to the faces of many.


November 2012 - PACE Center for Girls

Kara Vita was again a proud sponsor at PACE Center for Girls annual “Love that Dress!” event benefit. Hundreds of gently worn dresses were available at the fashion show for purchase, as well as a silent auction and other festivities. Proceeds from the event support the PACE Girls through education, counseling, and advocacy.

PACE’s mission is “to provide girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counselling, training and advocacy.” We are grateful to PACE and organizations alike in their common goal to change the quality of people’s lives.


October 2012 - St. Petersburg Science Festival

This month we are pleased to support the 2nd Annual St. Petersburg Science Festival. Families – children and adults – will have the opportunity to celebrate science and technology as they experience its wonder and excitement through hands-on exploration of dozens of exhibits – one of ours included!Science and technology is the core of who we are, and we are delighted (and excited) at the chance to not only share who we are with the community; but also how important both of these are to the community and abroad.


September 2012 - St. Petersburg Pier Aquarium

Kara Vita was proud to donate to St. Petersburg Pier Aquarium’s 19th Annual Fish Head Ball, in support of ocean science and aquatic education.

The Pier Aquarium will debut its new Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium in 2013. The education program will combine real-time scientific research, hands-on experiments and living marine exhibits to show the work by the St. Petersburg Ocean Team.

The organization hope to reach more than 40,000 students from five countries in the first year in anticipation that Secrets of the Sea will affect and inspire generations for years to come.


June – August 2012 - Wounded Warriors

As many of you know, we are very proud of and love to show our support to those who serve, or have served, for our safety. These men and women have given so much for our protection, and we look forward to giving back to them.

For the month of June, when you purchased an All Day Suncare SPF 30 and a Sundressed Self Tanner, we will donate one Everyday Skin Penetrating Cream to Wounded Warriors.

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is “to honor and empower wounded warriors.” When serving warriors and their families, a holistic approach is taken to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment; providing a successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members.

For more information about the Wounded Warrior Project please visit

After receiving much positive feedback from June’s support to the Wounded Warrior’s Project, we’ve decided to extend our gratitude to our Troops into the month of July!

When you purchased an Everyday Skin Penetrating and ALL Day Suncare SPF 30 for $46/ $39.10 PCC, we donated one Everyday Skin Penetrating Cream to Wounded Warriors.

Supporting our Heroes

Thank you to all of you who participated in our summer campaign to show our appreciation to the troops. We will be sending our Everyday Skin Penetrating Cream to wounded warriors through Operation Care Package.


May 2012 - ARCS

Kara Vita was proud to support to the Achievement Rewards for College Sciences (ARCS) Foundation Grand Launch in Sarasota, Florida. ARCS advances science and technology by providing financial awards to academically outstanding students studying to complete degrees in science, engineering, and medical research.

As a founding member of the Tampa Bay Chapter, we were delighted and excited to assist in introducing the ARCS Foundation to the community members in Sarasota, Florida; as well as provide the many who attended the event, held at the Mote Marine Laboratory, with a gift bag.


April 2012 - ARORA

Linda McAlister and Harriett Sherman donated gift baskets (valued at over $100) to the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA). ARORA is a wonderful organization that ministers to organ recipients and organ donors. Each year they have a silent auction that supports Team Arkansas, their donor family members and transplant Olympians who participate in the Transplant Games of America in July in Grand Rapids, MI. Arkansas Kara Vita consultants are proud to sponsor and help with this very worthy cause. The auction took place March 15, 2012. Arkansas Kara Vita has a heart.

- HARRIETT SHERMAN, Kara Vita Independent Sales Consultant


March 2012 - Cookies4Chris

Kara Vita’s Executive Committee member, Cathy Tannenholz participated in a fundraiser whose goal is decreasing cancer deaths through research, preventative screening and cancer treatment. Cathy is Co-Chairman of the Cookies4Chris Committee and is very active in this foundation.  Kara Vita has generously donated product for the Chinese Auction and will also be one of the vendors at this very special event!  

The event is being held in memory of Christine Antonelli Sapienza, who was a friend and family member of both Cathy Tannenholz and Alice Schmitt. Chris lost her battle with colon cancer in 2009 at the age of 59.

The luncheon and vendor show is called Cookies4Chris as a way of remembering Chris' deep Pittsburgh roots. Chris started making cookies for friends and relative weddings when she was in her teens and continued it for 40 years. In keeping with this very unique Pittsburgh tradition, there will be a World-Famous Pittsburgh Cookie Table set up at the luncheon. Everyone will enjoy a delicious lunch, spend the afternoon browsing booths from unique vendors and take part in the Chinese Auction at this annual fundraiser in Pittsburgh, PA.  And all attendees got to fill their own box of cookies from the amazing cookie table to take home.


February 2012 - Easter Seals of Tampa hosts A Pair to Remember

Kara Vita is proud to show its support to an organization that has been helping individuals with disabilities and special needs, and their families for over 90 years. The Easter Seals provides child development centers, physical rehabilitation, job training, and an assortment of other services to assist in tackling the life challenges they face.

The Tampa Chapter is hosting its annual “A Pair to Remember” fundraiser at the Tampa Yacht & Country Club, which will feature a ladies luncheon and shoe auction to help raise money in an effort to further enrich the lives of individuals with disabilities.

For more information on Easter Seals and how you can show your support, please visit


January 2012 - Dobie and Little Paws Rescue

We are again proud to show our support to Dobie and Little Paws Rescue. This nonprofit charity is dedicated to animal rescue and finding homes for Dobermans and small mixed breed dogs.

Ardis Munck has devoted her time, effort, and love since 1987 to saving and placing over 7,000 unwanted dogs. A special and warm thank you to Ardis and those who have sup-ported her mission. Your love and compassion to our 4-pawed friends is greatly appreciated.

If you’d like to support the Dobie and Little Paws Rescue, please visit



Kara Vita proudly supported Operation Helping Hand, an organization dedicated to helping seriously wounded active duty military heroes and their families during their stay at James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa.

Many of these families travel from all over the country while their injured loved one receives treatment.

The average stay is 45 days and Operation Helping Hand understands that during this difficult period, basic necessities may prove challenging. That is why they provide assistance with various things such as rental or leased cars, bus or taxi fare coupons, cell phones or phone cards, gasoline cards, restaurant or food market gift certificates, and any comfort or recreation items that will make their stay a little more enjoyable.

For more information on this organization and how you can help, please visit

Great cause, great people and BEAUTIFUL Florida fall weather (and the BBQ was delicious too)!!


Kara Vita sponsored an event to raise awareness and money for cancer research in November 2011. It marked the fourth annual Cure on Wheels Bike Challenge event at Flatwoods Park north of Tampa, FL.

The main recipients of the donations collected by the bike riders and participants will be Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa and All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. Kara Vita provided each rider with a 2 oz All Day Suncare SPF 30.

Kara Vita consultants; LeAnn Carreno and Becky Hamm had the opportunity to set up a Kara Vita display during the event that featured a barbeque meal prepared for the riders after completion of their bike challenge (thus the picnic feel of their display).

The KV girls had several of the organizers and volunteers tell them how much they LOVE the suncare products and have used them since the sponsorship last year!!

Great cause, great people and BEAUTIFUL Florida fall weather (and the BBQ was delicious too)!!


October 2011 - Helping Hands Across the Bay

Hands Across the Bay supports programs, individuals, and organizations whose missions are dedicated to improving the quality of life in Tampa Bay. Kara Vita was proud to participate in an event in which proceeds received benefited the Kids Charity of Tampa Bay.

This organization focuses on direct service for children who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned; and raising funds and developing resources that help facilitate these needs. They have also collected school supplies to provide all foster children with the tools needed as they head back to school, as well as holiday and special occasion gifts.

For more information on this organization please visit


September 14, 2011 - Kara Vita was honored to be among those who sponsored Love that Dress, a benefit for the Pinellas PACE Center for Girls. This organization’s purpose is to assist girls and young women who are considered dependent, a runaway, truant, or in need of academic skills, with educational and personal development.

Through education, counseling, and training, the girls (from ages 12-18) receive support in reaching the educational and social goals set for them. Upon completion of the program, PACE monitors their growth with three years of follow-up management. Since its inception 27 years ago, PACE has help over 21,000 girls.




August 14, 2011 - Clothes to Kids -  It’s that time of year where the kids are preparing to go back to school. And while some have already started buying supplies, books, and clothes, not all have the means available to do so. Locally, in Pinellas County, nearly half of about 110,000 students attending school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. This same group is also in desperate need of clothing. That is where Clothes to Kids steps in. For almost a decade this organization has been providing wardrobes to low-income, school-age children… free of charge. In 2009, they provided 8,000 wardrobes; in 2010 they provided 12,000 wardrobes. This is their mission.  Clothes to Kids hopes one day that children will have the ability to focus on their academic accomplishments, without the burden of worrying if a lack of wardrobe will keep them from achieving their hopes, dreams, goals and successes. 


July 14, 2011 - Art for Autism - This non-profit organization offers programs and services to those touched by Autism. The mission of this dedicated company is to increase awareness and provide resources for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Sharon Less attended this function. 



July 14, 2011 - Look Good...Feel Better! is a nationwide program offering women with cancer the ability to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Since its inception in 1989, volunteers have set up individual or group self-help beauty sessions which leave the women with a sense of support, confidence, and courage. Over the years more than 700,000 women in the U.S. have participated in the program, with workshops in more than 3,000 locations. Many well-known companies donate to this organization, and we were equally honored to make a contribution in support of its mission and its participants. To learn more on how you can help make a difference, please visit


May 7, 2011 - Hands Across the Bay presented Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of The David Lynch Foundation. This event supported soldiers who were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving their country. Transcendental Meditation has been helpful for these soldiers’ recovery and Operation Warrior Wellness assists soldiers in learning and practicing the technique. The event was held at Sheltair at St Pete/Clearwater Airport, where you could view Ronald Reagan’s limo, military tanks, a Vietnam helicopter and a WWII B25 airplane. A few brave people were able to take a ride in the B25. Kara Vita donated a gift basket for the auction. It was great to volunteer and be able to meet some of the men who are serving our country and thank them.


May 14, 2011 - Victims 2 Survivors is an organization committed to serving as an advocate for child sexual abuse. They are also dedicated to promoting awareness and education. Kara Vita was proud to support this group at one of its recent fundraising events. Victims 2 Survivors not only joins forces with other organizations to host fundraising events that are helping to fulfilling their mission of empowering survivors of violence, but founder Connie Rose is also the host of a weekly radio show which serves as another forum for discussions, stories, education, and support for the cause.


April 14, 2011 - Fun and Fashion - The ARCS Foundation Tampa Bay Chapter held its 2nd Annual Fun & Fashion: Down to a Science event last month, and we were thrilled once again, not only to have helped sponsor the event, but to also see a great amount of support from the community. The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. These grants are the largest of any private membership in the United States. Kara Vita’s own Denise Walthers presided over the event, which held a silent auction and featured a fashion show in conjunction with sharing with guests the benefits ARCS provides to its recipients, as well as supporting the long-term growth and stability of the community.


February 14, 2011 - Kara Vita is going to honor Kara Vita “animal stewards” and donate to a shelter in California. This shelter is called, "Dobie and Little Paws Rescue,".  It is owned and operated by Ardis, a lady who has not put her head in the sand.  For many years she has made giant strides in placing unwanted dogs and everyday she is determined to make a difference.


Kara Vita proudly donated sunscreen to Cure on Wheels. An all-volunteer that raises money to help individuals and their families cope with a diagnosis of cancer through an annual bike-a-thon. All of the proceeds are distributed locally to the Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital. This fundraising event supports cancer research and patient services.


Missionary Ventures is the other organization we were delighted to support. This group partners with indigenous churches in poorer countries to aid in providing the necessary essentials to change their communities. This medical mission trip to Nicaragua will provide medical assistance, including exams, nutritional products and education, and vitamins to many families in need of treatment.


Over the past 30 years, the Children’s Dream Fund has helped to fulfill thousands of dreams for local children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Our ability to fulfill the dreams of these children is contingent on the continued financial support and contributions from our community. Dermazone Solutions is a proud sponsor of the fundraising event, Wine, Women & Shoes, held November 4-6, 2010.


The ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in 1955. This volunteer women's organization is committed to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying science, medicine and engineering. The ARCS Foundation launched its Tampa Bay Florida chapter in March of 2010. The goal of this foundaton is to raise funds to support scholarships that will be awarded to graduate students in the Colleges of Marine Science and Cancer Biology

Kara Vita is a proud sponsor of Second Annual Eckerd College Science Symposium. The Symposium is a dynamic way to connect Eckerd students, faculty and alumni with each other and with the greater resources of Tampa Bay, area and beyond.

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In 1978, volunteers in Tampa, Florida started a modest outreach program offering baby clothes, toys and food to pregnant Moms in crisis. offers a four-building campus with more than fifty bedrooms; a maternity home, and transitional housing for mothers with babies who don’t have a safe place to go after the birth of their child. The mission of Alpha House is to empower pregnant and parenting women in crisis to realize their ability to break the cycles of poverty and abuse, and create promising lives. They provide safe housing, education and counseling, parenting and life skills training, vocational assistance and spiritual support. Dermazone was made aware that the kitchen at Alpha House was in dire need of remodeling. While much of the project was covered by local merchant donations, a sizable sum was yet to be raised before the project could begin. Kara Vita has chosen to make a financial contribution to support this project, and our company will be included in a plaque that will hang permanently in the new kitchen.


While protecting ourselves from the sun on a daily basis is always critical, and something that the Dermazone divisions and Kara Vita educate customers on regularly, many people still limit themselves to only focusing on sun protection during summer months. To help communicate the message of sun protection at all times, Dermazone recently donated 1500 full-size pieces of Kara Vita SPF 30 to the American Cancer Society. Barb Ried, a Kara Vita Consultant, was instrumental in having each attendee of the society’s Discovery Ball receive our product. Attendees included corporate executives from all over the country, and those whose goals include eradicating this dreadful disease. $1.5 million was raised for the cure, and 1500 influential supporters now know about Dermazone's amazing sun care products. Together we are not only making a difference, but we’re changing people’s lives.


The gift of giving is one of the best contributions one can make. No charity is too small or too great to support. The Big Cat Rescue sanctuary serves to rescue and provide a permanent home to a diverse population of exotic cats who have suffered abuse, abandonment, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from slaughter for fur coats. Additionally, it provides education to the public about the various animals and the issues presented to them in captivity and the wild.


October is celebrated nationwide as being DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS month.

For the past 30 years, CASA has been opening its doors to battered women. CASA, formally known as the Center Against Spouse Abuse, is known today as Community Action Stops Abuse. This organization serves the needs of the community by providing shelter to victims of domestic violence. They also address the root causes of domestic violence through advocacy programs, education and training in the schools and the community. Because of their service to the community, many lives have been saved. On their website (, you will find the quote, “Our job is to help survivors believe in themselves – to dream a better life.” Well, we here at Kara Vita are all about building dreams, so we wanted to do our part and contribute to the effort. We have chosen to make a sizeable donation of product to help heal the scars and lift the spirits of the survivors. Along with the product donation, we collected clothes and household items to be donated.


Dress for Success’ Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Professional Women’s Group, held its annual fundraiser last month in Tampa. Sharon Coleman from Kara Vita was invited to participate in helping touch the lives of disadvantaged women in the Bay Area. In attendance were approximately 150 women from around the Bay Area to support the efforts of Dress for Success. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in New York City in 1997. Since its inception, Dress for Success has helped over 500,000 women worldwide. Its mission is to promote economic independence for women in need. This is done by providing job coaching and other essential career knowledge needed to obtain and sustain employment, helping to find employment, and by furnishing them with business attire. Continued career guidance and support is also given even after employment has been found. Kara Vita donated samples of EyeWish Bioserum, Everyday Penetrating Lotion, and AllDay Suncare SPF 30 to show our support of improving peoples’ lives. It was a worthy function and we were able to make some great contacts for future business with independent business owners and professional women across the Bay Area.


The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast In our most critical time of need…when faced with life’s most challenging decisions…when we find ourselves most vulnerable and alone – the Hospice is there. For the last three decades, the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast has been serving Pinellas County. The Hospice is a community based not-for-profit agency committed to creating a caring and dignified environment for individuals suffering from chronic illness, facing the end of life, or grieving the loss of loved ones. The Hospice offers comprehensive palliative treatment, emotional counseling, spiritual guidance and other services to the people of Pinellas County, without regard for race, creed, age, diagnosis or ability to pay. As one of their annual fundraising events, the organization holds a Hospice Ball. This grand affair offers dining, dancing, a silent auction, and fun for all who attend. The theme for the 2008 Hospice Ball was Bella Venezia, meaning “Beautiful Venice.” Kara Vita is proud to share that we donated two beautiful baskets to be auctioned at this event – baskets worth $780.00, and $1,200.00. We know that the funds raised from this donation will help the Hospice to continue with their mission to provide care and support to patients and their families in our community.


Imagine this. You are the mother of a beautiful child who has just been diagnosed as having a disability or a special need. You suddenly become overwhelmed with emotion and confusion. Where do you go? Whom do you turn to? So many questions, but who can help you find the answers? FAMILY FIRST.

Family First is a program of the Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara, CA. The program connects families who have children with special needs with other families. They provide information and offer guidance with systems navigation, advocacy, and mediation. Their mission is to help families and children with special needs reach their fullest potential; to enable parents to help their children to be all they can be; and to build community awareness of the rights and contributions of all individuals.


A burn facility was established at LSUHSC Shreveport in 1978 and designated as a regional burn center in 1980. The Burn Center meets all the criteria for a Regional Burn Center as required by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons and serves all of Louisiana as well as southern Arkansas and eastern Texas. A wide range of care for children and adults is offered from high-level trauma care for severely burned patients, to outpatient care for those with minor burns. All burn patients regardless of the extent of the injury are fast-tracked and seen by specialists in the burn center.


One of the perks of working with Kara Vita is having the privilege to help mothers shine – whether it is through a great skincare regimen, a tremendous business opportunity, or through their contributions to their communities. In the month of February, Kara Vita had the opportunity to assist mothers as they participated in community events. One mom in Texas wrote, “I am a leader in the Frisco MOPS group. MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS is a non-profit international organization that exists to meet the needs of every mom – urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms – moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! “We are a new MOPS group and in our second year of outreach to Mothers of Preschoolers in Frisco, TX. We reach 50 mothers bi-weekly. On Friday, February 13, our leaders are hosting a ‘My Favorite Things’ meeting. We are copying Oprah’s format (on a much smaller scale). My most favorite thing is Kara Vita.” Now, we certainly love to hear that! With great pleasure, we donated 50 sets of samples to the non-profit Prestonridge MOPS group in Frisco, Texas. We were also able to help a mom in Ohio with her son’s High School Band Booster fundraiser. North Royalton High School Band boosters held their third Annual Reverse Raffle on Feb. 21, 2009. Kara Vita donated several bottles of sunscreen, which were placed in “outdoors activity” themed gift baskets. Kara Vita is always there in ways big and small helping moms to shine, and changing people’s lives.


The NOSB held their annual Spoonbill Bowl event at the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida (USF). The objectives of the Bowl are to increase high school students’ awareness of oceans and ocean sciences, recognize excellence among students interested in ocean science, and strengthen the connections between oceanographic research laboratories and their regional K-12 educational communities. Competing teams were quizzed on all aspects of ocean sciences in a rapid-fire question-and-answer format. The winning team from each region will advance to the NOSB Finals to compete against 24 teams from across the nation in hopes of winning the title of the 2010 NOSB champions. We are always supportive of science education!


Let no Hero be forgotten!

Located in Joliet, IL, just 40 miles south of Chicago, right in the heart of America, you will find an organization whose passion and purpose is far reaching: Operation Care Package.

It all started five years ago with three women – Debbie Smothers, Debbie Durawa, and Pat Curran, who met in a support group for military families. Debbie Smothers learned from her brother, who was serving overseas, that three men serving with him were not getting any mail. Imagine that…being in a foreign country, fighting in a war zone, and not having any evidence from home showing that someone cared! From this need was born Operation Care Package. Their first shipment consisted of three packages, but today the non-profit organization has grown to shipping thousands of care packages monthly to Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever they see a need.

Kara Vita first became aware of this organization through one of our employees; she was putting together a care package for her own son, who was fighting in the war in Iraq, and she discovered the organization’s website while doing some research online. Immediately, a relationship was born. That Christmas we donated a whole pallet of sunscreen to the troops, and we are for the third year in a row able to send more sunscreen to provide the troops with protection from the harsh sun.


Ovarian Cancer Coalition of Greater California (OCC) states that one in every 55 women is affected by ovarian cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States. This year there has been an estimated 21,880 new cases of those diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 13,850 who have lost their lives in the United States. This “silent killer,” as it is often called, is a very frightening disease, as a lot of times there are no symptoms until advanced stages. Early symptoms are often mild, adding to the difficulty of detection. Gynecological examinations can most often detect symptomless ovarian cancer. Having an ultrasound performed in combination with a blood test has proven useful in determining tumor growth, but has not been proven as a useful method of screening for this cancer. These alarming facts have driven the OCC to its commitment of bringing awareness to this horrible disease. Every year the OCC holds a run/walk to raise money to educate and support research for ovarian cancer. For a second year Dermazone Solutions has supported OCC by donating products.


Kara Vita donated a very large amount of skincare products to The PACE Center for Girls. The donations were given to both the Hillsborough and Pinellas locations. This is our second time this year to donate product to PACE. We love what they do, and how they help the community. Please enjoy the article submitted by Sheri Taber, PACE liaison. According to Deborah Duffey, President and Chief Development Officer for Kara Vita, products and business opportunities are built on a passion to make a difference in the lives of women and their families. PACE helps girls and young women rediscover the beauty in life and in themselves. Not every young girl or woman is lucky enough to have a stable family, supportive parents and strong role models. More often than not, the girls who find their way to PACE are currently experiencing or have experienced sexual or physical abuse and depression and anxiety. Most of these girls are just trying to survive from one day to the next. Proper skincare is not even a consideration for most. PACE helps these girls turn their lives around by providing quality education, counseling, career planning and an opportunity to be successful. PACE helps girls stay in school, reduces their chances of being involved in, or being victims of, crime or violence, and provides hope for girls and their futures. The PACE program has been recognized nationally for its success in breaking the cycle of crime and poverty. PACE has more than a 95% success rate in the first year and more than 85% after five years. This means that 85% of girls who successfully complete the PACE program complete their education (minimum a high school diploma, most go on to vocational school and/or college) and go on to become productive citizens of society. Kara Vita’s thoughtful gift bag and complimentary facial consult will be much appreciated, and a valuable lesson on the importance of proper grooming and so much more. Kara Vita is also exposing the girls to strong positive female role models – you, the women of Kara Vita. PACE welcomes guests to tour the facility and learn more about the work they do and how you can get involved. If you would like to learn more about PACE, please visit or call Chantel Griffin-Stampfer at 813-739-0410. PACE Center for Girls Inc., a Florida-based 501(c) 3, is a statewide prevention and early intervention program for adolescent high-risk girls.


Kara Vita is proud to support the healing efforts for disabled children, adults, and disabled veterans through equestrian therapy. Quantum Leap Farm assists in creating a special relationship between its participants and horses. Through different activities, Quantum Leap Farm is able to successfully fulfill their mission of enhancing and enriching lives. These activities are designed to develop physical, emotional, and social well-being. This year Quantum Leap Farm and Great Art and Frame is hosting a fundraiser which will showcase art pieces provided by local artists. All proceeds will benefit Quantum Leap Farm’s healing programs.


Kara Vita and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office were on hand to show their support for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Town ’n’ Country, a suburb of Tampa, FL. Chris Hovan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stopped in to sign autographs and take photos. Sharon Less of Kara Vita was one of the Liberty for Life team members and was on hand during the 18-hour overnight event, providing facials for participants, giving them the full Kara Vita experience. The Cancer Survivors honored at the event each received samples of Kara Vita SPF 30 product as part of their gift bags. With the help of Kara Vita, Michelle from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, other team members and Sharon, the team was able to raise over $5,000 and ranked as the Top Fundraising Team of the Relay for Life T ’n’ C event!


Resurrection House is a program to change lives, not just a place to live. Families know they are safe and secure in our beautiful, furnished 2- and 3-bedroom apartments. Since 1987, more than 500 families have completed our intensive, long-term program. Most of these families work and attend school, graduating from Resurrection House into solid careers, into permanent housing, and into bright futures for their children and themselves.


This program began in 2001 with the concept of providing those with physical limitations the experience of sailing. They adapted boats to accommodate these individual needs. Adding to the six boats owned, in 2003 Sailability was awarded a grant by the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation which allowed the opportunity to purchase another boat where a ventilator dependent quadriplegic would be able to sail independently. 6 years Giving and… Growing! Pediatric Services of Florida was proud to be hosting the Suncoast Classic event on Saturday, February 23rd, 2008. And we here at Kara Vita were proud to say once again we have partnered with this organization, staying true to our commitment to helping others. Recently, we donated sunscreen and the last of our inventory of yellow koozies to be used at this event. The Suncoast Classic Run for Kids is a fundraiser race coursing through downtown St Petersburg. The event promotes efforts to improve the health and well-being of children and raises money to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay. 2008 marked the sixth year that Pediatric Services of Florida hosted the Suncoast Classic. The race consists of several separate events including a Wheelchair Race, a 10K/5K Race, the Pelican Mile, and the Kids "Fun Run." The proceeds will be used for the operational needs of the three local RMH houses, which provide meals, lodging and support for families with children receiving care at Bay area hospitals. Josée Lévesque of Pediatric Services of Florida gave out samples of Kara Vita moisturizing sunscreen lotion and water-bottle koozies provided by Dermazone Solutions.


Kara Vita has often had the opportunity to contribute to the efforts of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Our consultants all across the country have participated and given their time and energy towards this great effort. Many of them have volunteered and passed out sunscreen, while others have actually signed up and participated in the event. Well, our very own Nichole Huddleston actually did both. Nichole and her six team members from Wyoming traveled to Denver to participate in the 3-Day Walk. The Breast Cancer 3-Day is an incredible 60-mile journey that helps mothers, sisters, spouses, and friends get a step closer to a world without breast cancer. The Denver Walk took place August 28-30. Kara Vita donated some samples, so that Nichole and her team could pass them out while they walked. Talk about multitasking. Way to go, Nichole! We wish the team all the best and look forward to hearing the report.


The Arc is an association formed in 1950 by family members and friends of people with mental retardation. Today there are 120,000 members and nearly 1,000 state and local chapters. The primary objective of the Arc is to secure for all people with mental retardation the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play. The Arc is further committed to reducing the incidence and limiting the consequence of mental retardation through education, research, advocacy, and the support of families, friends, and the community. Kara Vita has donated products to two of the local chapters here in Florida for their fall fundraising events. Manasota ARC (MARC) was established in July 2000, and it provides quality, individualized services for persons with developmental disabilities throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. On September 11, 2009, they held their 6th Annual Golf Tournament at the Bradenton Country Club. PARC was founded in 1953 and serves over 700 people living with developmental disabilities in Pinellas County. On October 3, 2009, the organization held its Annual Black Tie Gala “Ruby Ball” at the Renaissance Vinoy. We are pleased to be able to support this organization as they help to make a difference in the lives of people who are dealing with a lifetime of personal challenges. We completely support changing people’s lives.


On Sunday, April 6, the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Foundation hosted a fundraiser event to benefit the Reach to Recovery program. For over 30 years, this program has matched survivors with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. These trained volunteers offer hope, comfort and advice to the new patients, diminishing the sense of isolation by offering constant support. Now, such a worthy cause warrants an extraordinary event, and this event reached for the stars…literally. On hand to meet and greet the attendees were four actors from the daytime CBS drama The Guiding Light. And our own Cathy Tannenholz and Missy Turner had the privilege of rubbing elbows with the stars. Kim Zimmer (Reva) took a sample regimen and Eyewish as well as a 2oz ESPL. She promised to contact Missy after using the products to let her know the results. Cathy Tannenholz said, “…we talked to so many women…who had family members undergoing chemo and radiation and had very dry itchy skin issues. Just the overall exposure that we received and what a great fit Kara Vita is for this type of event was wonderful.” We all here at Kara Vita couldn’t agree more. Cathy and Missy also donated a basket of product to the silent auction. Schmoozing with the stars while supporting a great cause…now that’s the Kara Vita life!