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Football 101

Tonight’s Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night NFL prime time game will determine whether our hometown football team will continue to go undefeated. It’s an exciting time for our team and I feel an even more personal connection to them because of the long-term partnership we have had with the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and their awesome long-running Football 101 program.

Football 101 is a fun and interactive “debrief” for women on the ins and outs of the sport that raises money for the various important causes of the Marvin Lewis Community Fund. This year’s event took place on October 21st with 450 women making it the biggest “Girls’ Night Out of the Year!” Female Bengals fans received swag bags, bid on auction items, tried some of the city’s top signature cocktails and fare, learned first-hand from Bengals’ coaches on topics like passing, field goal kicking, game strategy, and even practiced drills


Pure Romance is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this event. Each year we set up a booth and invite a handful of Pure Romance employees to join us through a special in-office raffle. With more than 150 employees, it’s a fun and fair way to reward them. In the case of Football 101, we kept some Blow Pops up at our front reception and for any of the female staff that bought one with a surprise red sticker on the bottom were eligible to win a spot to attend the event. Meanwhile, two men who played won $100 gift certificates.

The girls who won absolutely loved it! Many had never been to Football 101 before, or even touched or thrown a football in their lives. At Pure Romance, we love any opportunity to give back and the events we choose to participate prove that giving back can be not only rewarding, buy very fun.

Each year during the event a cancer survivor is honored at Football 101 with the “Pink Football Award” presented by TriHealth, the MLCF and the Cincinnati Bengals. This year, the 11th annual award was bestowed upon Debra Nickell, recognizing her strength, courage and perseverance in battling this devastating disease. In 2014, my daughter’s friend Jill was also recognized for her resilience and strength after her breast cancer diagnosis. Needless to say, almost all of us have been touched by cancer in some way, shape or form in our lives at one time or another.

The Cincinnati Bengals and Marvin Lewis continue to show through this event, and others such as the Cincinnati Scurry, the Marvin Lewis Golf Classic, and much of the charity work they do throughout the city that they are committed to giving back to our community. We look forward to cheering on our talented and caring team tonight to becoming 8-0!

Race for the Cure

Last week, I told you about the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, an event that raises money to provide services to breast cancer patients in Cincinnati. But that wasn’t the only way I got involved to help find a cure.

On the last Saturday of September, the Pure Romance team and I participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. I look forward to this event each year, and the 2012 Race for the Cure was spectacular.

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Giving Back at the Pink Ribbon Luncheon

Pink Ribbon Luncheon

Me and some of my staff at the 2012 Pink Ribbon Luncheon.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it is important that we all do what we can to support efforts to end a disease that affects so many people. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and the toll the disease takes on those women and their families is devastating. Here is how I am doing my part.

On Thursday, September 27, I attended the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, an event sponsored in part by Pure Romance. This was the eleventh year for the Pink Ribbon Luncheon, and this year they outdid themselves. From start to finish, the event was informative, touching, and fun.

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A Woman’s Right to Health

This month brings three dates that bring to mind some of the strides women have made throughout history. Women now have rights women of the past had only dreamed of. All too often, we take for granted the gifts we’ve been given, and adversely, we sometimes forget to demand for something more. In my October series, I hope you see some of the rights women have in a new light. 

Question: What’s more pink than Valentine’s Day and the Pure Romance Corporate offices combined?
Answer: October.

Why? As you probably know already, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. If you take a look around Target, Walmart, or Macy’s, chances are that you’ll see makeup, boxes of crackers, golf clubs, and hairspray that are dusted in pink and have that iconic ribbon on them.

Breast cancer, which will affect about one in eight women in the United States, has become all too familiar anymore. The fact that it is so prevalent is unavoidable and disheartening. It has become a part of our daily conversation, not just October’s conversation. For me personally, I always feel moved to find a cure, and with the Patty Brisben Foundation for Women’s Sexual Health, we fund important research in the four pillars of the PBF: vulvovaginal pain disorder, pre-menopause and menopause, libido, and sexual dysfunction after cancer therapy.

What Breast Cancer Awareness Month proves is that women are being heard, loud and clear. As women, we have a right to be aware of our health. Additionally, we have a right to take care of our health. We tend to struggle with the idea that we deserve time to take care of ourselves, but ladies, we must. It’s easy to think that if you use an hour of your day to work out, you’re taking time away from your family. I have to tell you—the exact opposite is true. When you take an hour to benefit your health, not only are you adding onto your own life, you’re also setting a great example for your whole family. You’ll be there longer for them when you take care of yourself.

This month, I’d like women to focus on their own health. Here is exactly what I mean by that:

1. Go to the doctor when something is off. No one knows your body better than you do; when something isn’t quite right, you know it. Don’t waste time trying to figure it out on your own. Seek medical attention as soon as you can. Even though this may seem like an overreaction at first, don’t see it that way. This is your health—it can’t be taken for granted.

2. Eat right. Eating right is very individual to the woman. We all have various intolerances and preferences. If you need help building a healthy eating regimen, set up an appointment with a nutritionist. It takes just one meeting to gain an understanding of what kind of eating will suit your needs.

3. Make time to exercise. Most personal trainers will tell you to work out five to six days a week. Don’t feel bad if you miss one workout—something is better than nothing sometimes! Not sure of what types of workouts you should be doing? Get a membership to a gym to try out different classes, meet with a personal trainer, or feel it out for yourself. You won’t know until you try!

4. Take a time out for mental health. Never feel guilty for taking a moment for yourself. Whether that’s a half hour watching your favorite TV show or reflecting on your day, give your brain a break. Breathe and release the stress.

5. Spend time with the people you love. This is the secret to excellent mental health. We get so caught up in things that we “need” to do that we forget to stop and enjoy the people we love the most. Have a romantic night with your partner, spend a Friday night out with your girlfriends, have a nice dinner with your parents. Trust me, it’s worth it.

Breast cancer is taking a toll on women at younger ages every year. This October, honor the cause, your body, and your family by taking care of yourself and being mindful of your health.

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