Shriners Hospital for Children | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for January 2015 is Shriners Hospital for Children.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities’ board certified surgeons and care providers have been providing high-quality medical care for children in a family-centered environment since 1923.

Located in Minneapolis, their 40-bed hospital and clinic focuses on treating children with orthopaedic (muscle, bone and joint) conditions, cleft lip and palate, and specialized plastic surgery needs in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of their staff, from surgeons to therapists, to nurses to prosthetists work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient. As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, they have direct access to Mayo Clinic resources and expertise.

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For more information on Shriners Hospitals for Children visit their website!

Crescent Cove (Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota) | Innovative Office Solutions

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for December 2014 is Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota.

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Crescent Cove – formerly Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota – is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building an independent home to provide short respite breaks for children with life-limiting conditions and families, and an option beyond the hospital or home environment for compassionate hospice care at the end of life.

The first of its kind in the Midwest and the fourth to be built in this country, Crescent Cove offers a family-focused environment. Along with therapy rooms and recreational space, family suites are designed so families may stay together while enjoying a temporary vacation from the constant demands of caregiving. Skilled, on-site professionals provide daily care, meals, pain and symptom control, and therapies that include music, art and hydrotherapy.

Children and kids 0-21 years old may stay at Crescent Cove in one of 8-10 bedrooms for respite stays and as a sacred place at the end-of-life. The home also offers 3-4 suites so that the family may remain close, if they choose, while receiving physical and emotional respite – and have the opportunity to develop meaningful and supportive relationships with other families with similar experiences.

For more information on Crescent Cove – or to learn how to donate to their cause – visit their website!

 

Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for November 2014 is The Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund.
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The mission of the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund is to support funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the needs of the Minnesota cancer community.  Grants given are spent on technology and tools that enhance early detection of cancer, new programs promoting research to help prevent cancer relapses, projects that demonstrate research in the area of cancer, and programs that enhance the lives of Minnesota’s cancer community by providing aid and assistance.

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Discounted Minnesota Wild Tickets! | Innovative Office Solutions and the InSports Foundation

Who likes discounted Minnesota Wild tickets?  You do, that’s who!  Check out this exclusive offer from the InSports Foundation and come cheer on your favorite National Hockey League team!
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The InSports Foundation – a partner of Innovative Office Solutions –  encourages children to get involved in sports, while helping them become more confident, proactive members of their community.
 
 
The InSports Foundation has teamed up with the Minnesota Wild for an exclusive fundraising opportunity.  Help raise money with the Minnesota Wild and the InSports Foundation by purchasing discounted tickets to the upcoming Wild games!  The ticket prices will be marked down throughout the year, with a portion of each ticket going directly to InSports Foundation.
Hurry!  Lower level tickets are only at the bargain price of $65 while supplies last!
Purchase tickets here – and be sure to use the promo code INSPORTS at checkout!
For questions or to purchase groups of 8 or more, please contact Lindsay Weier: 651-312-3495 or lweier@wild.com

Love Your Melon | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.  The Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month for October 2014 is Love Your Melon.

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The Love Your Melon Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to putting a hat on every child’s head in America battling cancer. Through it’s Buy One – Give One program, Love Your Melon goes into hospitals and provides children comfortable hats to wear during this difficult time.  The hats do more than keep them warm, they restore confidence. Love Your Melon’s gifts create smiles on the faces of children battling cancer and make them feel comfortable after losing their hair due to chemotherapy treatment. Additionally, the Love Your Melon crew comes dressed from head to toe as superheroes to create an unforgettable experience for the children in the hospital. For every product purchased, another of equal value is given to a child battling cancer.

Therapeutic Adventures

According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, therapeutic treatment may boost the immune system, stimulate the heart and lungs, relax muscles, relieve pain and balance blood pressure.  With that in mind – in the spring of 2013 – Love Your Melon took its first cancer patient on a helicopter ride and an idea was born.

Creating more therapeutic adventures is an initiative that provides experiences for children that take their minds off of the difficult treatment process. This is an essential aspect to the healing process and puts a smile on their faces. Entertainment and distraction can go a long way in a child’s recovery process. It can decrease their stress levels and create positive thoughts that improve their chance of survival.

Nation Wide Tours

In an effort to expand the reach and influence of Love Your Melon, the concept of a national tour was born. The two nationwide tours brought together talented young individuals with skills in event planning, media relations, sales, photography and videography. The 1st Smile Tour in January 2014 put 5 determined young minds together on a bus traveling around the eastern and southern United States. The tour made it possible for nearly 4,000 more hats to be donated and events to be hosted in 18 different cities.

On the second West Coast Tour, with the help of 10 talented individuals, Love Your Melon was able to create 28 donation events in 18 different cities over the course of 47 days on the road. It is important to keep a local aspect with Love Your Melon. During tours, Love Your Melon has been able to set up sales events at universities, restaurants, and tourist locations. For each garment sold, supporters can take comfort in knowing that one is given to a child in their local community.

Nationwide Inspiration – Ambassador Program

From the beginning, one of the major goals for Love Your Melon was to inspire other college students to give back to their community. The Love Your Melon Foundation currently has 50 college ambassadors on campuses around the country. These individuals have been effective in sharing the Love Your Melon story while continually running our programs. They have donated over a thousand Love Your Melon hats during their therapeutic entertainment events at children’s hospitals and it is continuing to grow. With these Ambassadors, we will be able to have every hat personally donated by someone on the Love Your Melon team.

The Simple Concept of Giving

Love Your Melon’s unique value proposition creates a platform based on the simple act of giving.  It gives individuals the ability to buy something for themselves and then see the smile they’re able to create.  Children battling cancer need more than just medicine as treatment. It is proven that therapeutic treatments increase the success ratio in pediatric cancer patients.  Love Your Melon hats help restore confidence and create a sense of normalcy for these kids who are going through such a tough time. Every hat is given away personally to help build a personal connection and create a smile.

Innovative Office Solutions is no stranger to supporting charitable organizations focused on bettering the lives of children from all backgrounds.  In fact, one of our close partners – the InSports Foundation – encourages children to get involved in sports, while helping them become more confident, proactive members of their community.

To learn more about Love Your Melon, or to get more involved, visit their website at http://www.loveyourmelon.com!

Harding’s Hope | March 2014 Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.

Harding’s Hope is a Minnesota charity launched by Wild goaltender Josh Harding to raise awareness about MS and to raise funds to support people living with MS.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. MS symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity, and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Women are more than three times as likely to develop MS than men and MS is more frequently observed at northern latitudes.

People living with MS face unexpected, ongoing financial challenges. The average health care cost is $70,000 per year per family according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Josh Harding was diagnosed in October of 2012. He is thankful for the support he has received from family, friends, medical staff, the hockey community –  and  recognizes that not everyone has the same ‘team’, nor the financial ability to ensure that they do not have to make the choice between getting treatment and paying their day-to-day expenses.

Josh believes in the power of teamwork and that ‘every one percent counts’. To help promote MS awareness month, Harding’s Hope launched ‘Make the Save’, a fundraising program that encourages people to team up and join Josh by donating for every save the Minnesota Wild goaltenders make during the month of March. Individuals, families, classrooms, sports teams and businesses can commit to any amount and select either an individual game or multiple games during March and be eligible for prizes including signed equipment and photographs, a visit to your school or business, or a a suite night at a Wild home game with a post game visit with Josh.

For more information, or to find out how to get involved with Harding’s Hope, visit http://www.hardingshope.org.  Join us in helping promote MS awareness month and Harding’s Hope as the Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month.

Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota | Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month

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Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to a different Minnesota Charity each month throughout the NHL season.

Since 1954, the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota (EFMN) has helped those who suffer from seizures realize their full potential by providing programs and services that educate, connect and empower.  2014 marks their 60th anniversary of empowering people affected by seizures.

What is Epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures that can affect a variety of mental and physical functions.  A person is considered to have epilepsy when they have two or more unprovoked seizures.

A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain.  One in 10 people will have a seizure in their lifetime – and one in 26 will develop epilepsy.

  • An estimated 2.2 million Americans have epilepsy.  It affects more than 300,000 under the age of 15.  A large number of children and adults have undetected epilepsy.
  • About 200,000 cases of seizure disorders and epilepsy are diagnosed each year.
  • People with first-degree relatives (parents or siblings) who have epilepsy are at increased risk of developing seizures themselves.

People with seizures turn to EFMN for educational information, support and to connect with others who face similar challenges.  Seizures should not stop a child from fulfilling a dream to attend summer camp, or prevent an adult from achieving gainful employment.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota serves over 100,000 people annually through programs like Camp Oz, where youth with epilepsy enjoy a traditional camping experience with the safety of 24/7 medical staff.  Our Seizure Smarts Schools program brings epileptic children into a classroom to educate students, reduce bullying and foster understanding.  Foundation staff also offers free first aid training to workplaces and organizations across Minnesota and North Dakota.

The Foundation works to increase public awareness/education about seizures to reduce the stigma surrounding epilepsy.  The unpredictable nature of seizures and wide spectrum of severity can make living with epilepsy difficult – the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota is there to help!

Innovative Office Solutions is proud to partner with the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota as the Minnesota Wild Charity of the Month as they kick-off their 60th anniversary.

Innovative Sports Foundation Teaming Up with Minnesota Wild for Black Friday Ticket Sales

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Innovative Sports Foundation’s mission is to advance the lives of children around the world by creating opportunities and possibilities for kids of all ages to not only participate in the sports they love, but to make a tremendous impact on the world.

The Innovative Sports Foundation was created by a group of individuals who want to transform children’s lives all over the world.  This foundation currently acts as a program under Innovative Office Solutions to help children live healthier lifestyles.

The foundation officially started in 2013, by Max Smith, Chris Howe, Andrew Deters and Candy Wolff, but many other people have been involved with starting this foundation to help kids achieve their dreams.  The Innovative Sports Foundation will take on many projects in different areas throughout the world.

Just in time for the holidays, Innovative Sports Foundation is partnering with the Minnesota Wild to give you an exclusive offer for DISCOUNTED tickets to the January 14th game against the Ottawa Senators. Through this special offer, lower level tickets are ONLY $65 while supplies last!

Tickets will go on sale at MIDNIGHT on Black Friday (November 29th).  Visit www.insportsfoundation.weebly.com to purchase the tickets and use the offer code “Sports” during checkout.

For every ticket sold, the Minnesota Wild will donate a percentage of the sale to our foundation – helping give underprivileged kids the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of sports!

For questions or to purchase groups of 8 or more, please contact Lindsay Weier: 651-312-3495 or lweier@wild.com

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital | MN Wild Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to Minnesota Charities, once per month throughout the NHL season.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

stjudeSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas, is one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Children from all 50 states and from around the world have came through the doors of St. Jude for treatment, and thousands more around the world have benefited from their research. At St. Jude, they speed their research discoveries from their laboratories to patients and doctors everywhere, so one child saved at St. Jude means thousands more saved worldwide. And no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.

Working together under one roof, St. Jude’s physicians and scientists have pioneered treatments that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. The survival rate for the most common form of childhood cancer, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, has risen from just 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent today.

And St. Jude is also making a difference in the fight against other pediatric catastrophic diseases. In addition to childhood cancers, illnesses such as sickle cell disease, blood and bone disorders, genetic diseases, and pediatric HIV/AIDS are among those treated at St. Jude.

There is no place like St. Jude. A place where some of today’s most renowned researchers are published and cited more often in high impact publications than any other private pediatric oncology research institution in America. A place where doctors send many of their sickest patients and toughest cases. A place where cutting-edge research and revolutionary discoveries happen every day. St. Jude’s laboratories may not be in your communities, but their discoveries are.

Join our efforts to share the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital throughout all of Minnesota. For more information on local fundraising events and how to get more involved please visit facebook.com/stjudeminnesota

 

The Family Partnership | Charity of the Month

Innovative Office Solutions is the proud sponsor of the Charity of the Month program in partnership with the Minnesota Wild. The program brings exposure to Minnesota Charities, once per month throughout the NHL season.

This month’s charity is The Family Partnership

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One in four children live in poverty, we think even one is too many. The Family Partnership was founded in 1878, to stop the mistreatment of children, and respond to the fallout from poverty.  The Family Partnership envisions a Twin Cities where all children and families have the opportunity to succeed and realize their full potential.

The Family Partnership combats the effects of poverty and creates brighter futures through three service areas; Counseling, Advocacy and Education. The Family Partnership is one of the longest-serving nonprofits in the Twin Cities and helps the community’s most distressed children and families to overcome crises and serious challenges, heal from trauma, gain new skills and life directions, and achieve a better future.

The Family Partnership works across the metro area from 6 service centers in urban & suburban neighborhoods but also goes when and where they are needed; to homes, shelters, food shelves, schools, faith communities, jails and prisons.

COUNSELING: Professional mental health therapists provide individual & family counseling; therapy groups for girls, boys, women & men; children’s play therapy; and in-home counseling. This improves well-being for people in troubling times. Multicultural, multilingual therapists help people heal and move ahead from child abuse, domestic violence, sexual exploitation, and trauma. The Family Partnership helps people manage disorders, chemical recovery, and the stress of lifetime poverty. The Family Partnership helps maltreated infants regain positive attachment; children and teens change damaging behaviors, move on from delinquency, and turn around failing school performance.

EDUCATION: The Family Partnership serves high-risk kids age 16 months to 18 years old. For toddlers and preschoolers, The Family Partnership offers multicultural, bi-lingual therapeutic preschools in inner-city neighborhoods, where they reverse the impacts of poverty and trauma, and advance children’s delayed learning. The young children served by The Family Partnership have developmental delays, and they provide therapies such as speech/language, occupational, physical, and neurological music therapies to help brains and bodies grow strong.  Parent education and supportive services increase family stability and enhance child-rearing skills. The Family Partnership offers enrichment programs for older children and youth who are experiencing challenges in school and in life. The Family Partnership provides three, six, and nine-month coaching to help youth improve behavior, academic performance, school attendance, and build life skills for ongoing success. They also operate youth leadership programs that prevent teen pregnancy, spark youth leadership and community service, and inspire teens for a better future.

ADVOCACY: The Family Partnership works to get people out of poverty by helping struggling families gain access to jobs, training, and housing.  Individual advocacy efforts help victims of sexual exploitation, abuse, violence, and bullying to get the help they need, and succeed on action plans for a safe, self-reliant future.  Grassroots leadership training helps those in poverty discover undeveloped talents, and they create and lead projects that improve neighborhoods and solve community problems. The Family Partnership advocates at the legislature and with policymakers for policy changes and resources to support children and families. The Family Partnership offers support, resources and training for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning) kids, their families and schools and offer several programs focused on violence prevention programming.

The Family Partnership is here for anyone who needs our help. For more than a century, our commitment has never wavered from helping children and families in poverty and distress build brighter futures for themselves.

For more information or to contact The Family Partnership visit www.thefamilypartnership.org