Emily's Hopeful Holiday

Raising money for families who have children with cancer ~ since 2007

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  • 9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Annual Event

    November 8th, 2015
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  • Who We Are, What We Do

    Emily’s Hopeful Holiday was created in honor of our daughter Emily, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at the age of 7 in 2007. She was treated at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio and is now a CANCER SURVIVOR at the very young age of 15. During our painful journey we discovered that there are many families who are struggling with the staggering cost of cancer treatments. We have raised $116,150.00 since the fund's establishment in 2007. 100% of the money raised goes directly to the families at Rainbow to assist them in paying their bills (utilities, rent, etc.). For more information on EHH, please review this blog for links to media and other information. Emily's Hopeful Holiday Fund is through Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH and we are always accepting donations. Please use the CONTACT ME button to email me if you would like to make a contribution or use the PAYPAL DONATION button on the right side bar to make a donation. This fund assists families throughout the entire year, however, we focus our fundraising efforts during the holiday season. We will always remember the fear and heartache of chemo treatments, lumbar punctures, sedations, medical procedures, surgeries, and anxiously waiting on every test result. Our nerve wracking, yet relatively simple routine trips to the Ireland Cancer Center for Emily’s check-ups remind us of where we have been and that there are families and children just beginning this journey, continuing to endure this journey, and/or ending this journey with either an immense gratefulness or an unspeakable sadness. We are so grateful for Emily’s amazing prognosis, for her health, for her laughter, for her smile, for her silliness, for her. We thank God everyday for His blessing upon our family and for all the wonderful people who surround our lives with love and support.
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Important Facts about EHH that you may not know

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on August 21, 2013


Some Important facts about Emily’s Hopeful Holiday:

  • We use the abbreviation “EHH” for Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.
  • We are based out of Amherst, OH (Lorain County)
  • We focus our fundraising efforts during the holiday season but our fund assists families throughout the entire year.
  • We accept monetary donations all year round via cash, personal check or donation through this website (Paypal button located upper right-hand corner).
  • We accept raffle donations of all kinds.  If you have a direct selling business and would like to advertise your business by donating an item with your business card, if you have a business and would like to donate a gift card/merchandise, individual/family donations of baskets, misc. items.  Popular theme baskets:  lottery, OSU, Italian; other: miscellaneous electronics (Kindle, Garmin, etc.).
  • Our fund is operated through Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, OH through a social worker who determines the need for assistance and issues funding directly to the billing entity on behalf of the family.  
  • Emily’s Hopeful Holiday is the ONLY FUND OF IT’S KIND AT RAINBOW BABIES & CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.
  • Types of bills we assist with:  basically, anything the family is in need of.  Utilities, rent, mortgages, car repairs to get their child to doctor appointments, etc.
  • We do not raise money for cancer research, toys for the kids, or the hospital.  The very first year, we raised money, asked for gift cards, and requested toys for the kids and supplies for the art room on Rainbow 2, but now we simply raise money for families who have kids with cancer.
  • Our very first EHH began in November/December, during the Holiday season, hence the name Emily’s Hopeful Holiday.
  • Although we are affiliated with Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, our fund’s mission is to raise money for families who have kids with cancer.  100% of the money raised goes to families who have kids with cancer being treated on Rainbow 2.  We receive no money from the hospital, nor do we raise money for the hospital.
  • EHH provides assistance to families on Rainbow 2 (the second floor of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital/the cancer floor).  No family is turned away due to race, religion, gender, etc.  There is no discrimination — as long as they have a child being treated for cancer on Rainbow 2, they qualify for assistance.
  • Our Annual event is in November, locally in our hometown of Amherst, Ohio.
  • Event is a dine to donate event at a local restaurant, we have raffles/silent auctions to generate most of our money at our event, along with entertainment.
  • EHH has been successful through generous donations from family, friends and local businesses by donating to our raffles, monetary donations, and sponsorship in our Sponsor Booklet.
  • Our event has approximately 200 – 250 in attendance.
  • As a two time cancer survivor myself, and our daughter, Emily, whom the fund is created in honor of and now a childhood cancer survivor at age 13, our mission is to assist families who embark on this dreadful journey by providing financial assistance to them. This foundation is run by our family consisting of me, my two daughters and my husband and our operation center is our home.  
  • Questions about how we can give 100% of money raised to families at Rainbow:  Our family pays for the administrative costs it takes to run the event/solicit raffles/sponsors, etc.  Unless otherwise stated or specifically requesting money toward an item for the event (i.e., requests for donations for big ticket items for the raffle/Apple MacBook), we pay for all administrative costs.  This is why we are able to give 100% of the money raised directly to the families at Rainbow.
  • You can subscribe to this website page by clicking “follow” in the lower right-hand corner.  You will then receive all blog posts/updates for EHH.
  • You can find us on FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007.

Fun facts about Emily:

  • Emily’s favorite color is orange.  EHH’s logo color is green somewhat corresponding with the holiday season when it was established.  We like to combine these colors for our brochure, sponsor booklet, EHH bracelets, etc. in order to personally represent EHH.
  • Emily is in 9th grade and loves her new sport of tennis.  As a Freshman, she has made both the JV and Varsity Tennis Team at her High School! We are very proud of her. 
  • Emily was diagnosed at age 7 and her cancer treatments lasted 2 years and 2 months.  She is a very happy, healthy and silly young woman. Thankfully, she does not remember a lot about her childhood cancer.
  • Emily recently celebrated her FIVE YEARS OFF TREATMENT on June 15, 2014!  We also received the wonderful news that her check-ups will now be on a yearly basis.  The first time in almost 8 years!  God continues to bless our family!
  • Please see below this post for all our videos on EHH!

 

 

 

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Emily’s Hopeful Holiday Videos

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 27, 2011


 

Our Newest Video from November 2012

 

Here’s a video about Emily:

 

And, our video on how it all began….

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EHH2015 PLANNING BEGINS! We need your help!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on June 19, 2015


Time to market Emily’s Hopeful Holiday for 2015…Our Mission: Raising money for families who have kids with cancer.  We give 100% of ALL money raised DIRECTLY to families who have kids with cancer. 

I’m in the midst of planning EHH2015 and am now accepting both raffle baskets & items as well as sponsorships for ads for our annual event at Ziggy’s on November 8, 2015.  

If your business would like to place an ad showing your support for EHH, please email me and visit our website (https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/coupon-sponsor-recognition-booklet-info/) and check out the sponsor book tab for all info. If you are a representative for any type of direct selling business and would like to donate raffle items, or you would like to go in with family/friends as many of our wonderful supporters do and donate a themed basket, please let me know. Some wonderful people donate in memory of a loved one lost to cancer or simply donate as a family to show support to these children enduring cancer. 

We had 80 raffle items last year which generated A LOT of money for EHH and I’m working very hard to come close to that again this year. As we always say, we could not do this without the help of our community, family and friends. Please email me with questions and/or commitments for ads/raffles and please share this post and help us spread the word to make EHH2015 another huge success.   Find us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007 and LIKE us. 

***Monetary donations always accepted/paypal donation button available on website. 

Thank you in advance for your support, The Zichi Family

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UPDATE!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on May 11, 2015


UPDATE:

ALL sponsorships for the Apple Macbook have been obtained!  Thank you so very much for your continued support.  If you’d like to support us with either a donation to our raffle or placing an ad in our sponsor booklet (if applicable) please message me with your commitment. We say it every year, we couldn’t do what we do without  everyone’s generous support. It may sound early, but 80 raffles takes a long time to obtain and a lot of asking :)  Emily will be celebrating SIX YEARS off treatment on June 15, 2015!  We are forever grateful for her health and our blessings. Thanks for your consideration in supporting the 9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday. Please share and help us spread the word.

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How To: Donate to Emily’s Hopeful Holiday

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on May 5, 2015


EHH RAFFLE WISH LIST

(This year’s event is November 8, 2015 at Ziggy’s in Amherst, OH)

Every year, so many people tell me they “want to help” us with EHH. What I need most help with is obtaining raffle items. So…if you have any connections to business owners who you think might be interested in supporting us, please let me know and I will get in touch with them or you can coordinate the donation on our behalf.

Also, we are fortunate that many people volunteer to donate a basket/raffle item to our annual event (every November).  Many ask what we are looking for – below are some ideas but you can also come up with your own themed item/raffle donation.   We like to have a wide variety of raffle items and our raffles are a huge money maker at our annual event.

Please use the contact me button if you can help!

Below are things we like to include and try to obtain every year:

  • Golf Package
  • Photography Package
  • Workout Package
  • Restaurant Gift Certificate
  • Salon/Spa Gift Certificates
  • Massage gift certificate
  • Hotel/Bed & Breakfast overnight stays
  • Sports Memorabilia/autographed

Donations to the wine basket

  • Bottles of wine
  • Wine accessories (stoppers, wine glasses, etc)
  • Gift certificate to wine establishments

Themed Baskets:

  • Italian
  • Lottery
  • Pamper me (spas, etc.)
  • Family night baskets
  • OSU
  • Browns
  • Golf
  • Baking
  • I love my Dog basket
  • Themed Baskets from Vendors from: Tastefully Simple, Mary Kay, Scentsy, Avon, Tupperware, etc.

For those wanting to donate Big Ticket Item, here are some ideas:

  • Cedar Point – 4 family pass
  • Popular Concert Tickets
  • Sporting Event Tickets (OSU, Browns, Indians, etc.)
  • Jewelry, watches, etc.
  • Big Screen CURVED TV
  • Electronics (Garmin, Kindle, IPAD, Camera, etc.)
  • Lastly, monetary donations can be made by using the paypal donation button found in the upper right-hand portion of this website.

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CHECK US OUT!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on April 30, 2015


Please check out our website!   If you would like to help us in any way, please contact me.  

Visit our Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007.

We are always looking for donors for monetary donations or raffle donations and cannot raise money without the support of generous people.   We just kicked off our fundraising campaign for 2015 and can use your help!

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Need your help for a successful EHH2015!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on April 22, 2015


UPDATE: 2! Need 2 MORE $100 sponsorships for the Apple MacBook! Please email me if you are interested in helping in any way. Thank you to all who have stepped up and committed $100 toward our biggest raffle prize which generates A LOT of money at our annual event. Any suggestions on another big item? I’m hearing pros and cons on the big screen tv. What would YOU like to see raffled????

EHH2015: November 8, 2015 at Ziggy’s! We are still looking for 7 more $100 sponsors for the Apple MacBook AND….this year, I’d like to add another raffle of a BIG SCREEN TV as our second big ticket item. Anyone with connections or would like to donate to help make this lofty goal happen, email me. Thanks! For more info, please visit https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007

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Need your Help!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on April 17, 2015


UPDATE! You wonderful people! I now need only 7 $100 Sponsors for the Apple MacBook….EARLYBIRD ALERT! Just a little something to put in the back of your minds…..EHH2015 – our 9th Annual Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Childhood Cancer Family Financial Relief Fund — we are looking for 10 $100 sponsors of the Apple MacBook again this year for our annual event in November. This item generates A LOT of money for us at our event in November. Please message me if you are interested in being a part of EHH2015 in any way. Last year, we raised over $24,000.00, bringing our grand total to over $116,000.00 since 2007. 100% of that money goes DIRECTLY to families who have kids with cancer — all due to our very generous sponsors and donors. Fingers crossed for another successful year. Visit our website: https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/ and Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007?ref=bookmarks

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EHH2015! EarlyBird Alert!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on March 25, 2015


EARLYBIRD ALERT! Just a little something to put in the back of your minds…..EHH2015 — we are looking for 10 $100 sponsors of the Apple MacBook again this year for our annual event in November. This item generates A LOT of money for us at our event in November. Please contact me if you are interested in being a part of EHH2015 in any way. Last year, we raised over $24,000.00, bringing our grand total to over $116,000.00 since 2007. 100% of that money goes DIRECTLY to families who have kids with cancer — all due to our very generous sponsors and donors. Fingers crossed for another successful year. Visit our Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/EHH2007?ref=bookmarks

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Looking forward to EHH2015; How YOU can help EHH

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on December 31, 2014


We are still receiving checks in for Emily’s Hopeful Holiday. UPDATE: 2014: $23,432.09 and Grand total: $116,148.61 since 2007. 100% of this money goes DIRECTLY to families who have kids with cancer. We could not do this without YOU. Thank you to everyone who continues to support EHH.

If you or your business want to be part of EHH, please email me and let’s make it happen!

Some ideas on how you or your business can become involved with EHH and DIRECTLY make a difference in the lives of families who have kids with cancer:

  • Become a sponsor by placing an in our Sponsor Booklet for our annual event; see https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/coupon-sponsor-recognition-booklet-info/ for more info.
  • Provide raffle donations at our annual event.  This is one of our biggest money makers!  (Annual event is the second Sunday of November in Amherst, OH).
  • Monetary donations are accepted throughout the entire year.  Use our convenient Payal donation button on our website or contact me for further info. 100% of your donation goes directly to families who have kids with cancer.
  • For business owners, have a work-related fundraiser with your employees.  Example of what others have done for us:  $1 – $2 dress down day with proceeds going to EHH, donate to EHH on other’s behalf in lieu of sending out gifts during the Holidays, etc.
  • Spread the word!  We’ve made some amazing relationships with businesses because the employee has taken the initiative to start the process of connecting their boss or their connections to us because our cause has spoken to their heart!
  • We’ve been very fortunate to have other individuals, groups, and businesses host a fundraiser on our behalf.  The sky is the limit with your creativity!  Some fundraisers on our behalf include: A a Fashion Show with a lovely lunch, Bible Study Groups making EHH the benefiting charity of their holiday donations from their group members, etc.

We can’t wait to see what EHH2015 has in store for us! Happy New Year!

The Zichi Family

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EHH2014 Year End Totals! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on December 18, 2014


We are still receiving checks in for EHH. UPDATE: 2014: $23,432.09 and Grand total: $116,148.61

It gives me great pleasure to announce our end of year totals for EHH2014: $23,232.09, making our grand total since we began in 2007, $115,948.61 – 100% of that money goes DIRECTLY to families who have kids with cancer. Thank you EVERYONE who continues to support Emily’s Hopeful Holiday – Childhood Cancer Family Financial Relief Fund and for making a difference in the lives of families who have kids with cancer. MERRY CHRISTMAS! See you next year!

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EVENT TOTALS ARE IN! RECORD CROWD AND RECORD TOTALS!

Posted by emilyshopefulholiday on November 13, 2014


We are still receiving checks in for EHH. UPDATE: 2014: $23,432.09 and Grand total: $116,148.61

EVENT TOTALS ARE IN! We have hit a new record for EHH this year! Just from the event itself on Sunday — all raffles, Gracie Girl’s cupcakes, EHH Bracelets, donations at event + Kohl’s employees who volunteered (Kohl’s Cares For Kids gives EHH $500) + Ziggy’s 15% gave us $1135 (which is almost $500 more than last year) + pre-sales were $645.75….our grand total for SUNDAY’S EVENT is 10,399.75! Our Sponsor Booklet brought in another $3200…bringing us to $13,599.75! My early calculations from all the previous fundraisers we’ve had this year, paypal donations, other donations, etc. is that we will be over $22,000 for the year. 100% of that money goes to families who have kids with cancer. 100%! I will keep you posted when the final amount is known. Again, thank you to everyone who supports EHH in any way and thank you to all our amazing volunteers! This would not happen without all of you! We are always accepting donations…so it’s not too late to donate through our website at any time. Lastly, thank you for letting me hijack your facebook the last several months with all my posts. It’s for a good cause https://emilyshopefulholiday.wordpress.com/

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