Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Why am I impressed???

The sheer outpour of support and strength in our community demonstrated on March 30 at the Shop - that's why. I expected a crowd, but I guess I did not anticipate the Marriott Grand Ballroom to be packed with a HUGE crowd that was so very excited to hear about the clients served through Inland Agency's Breast Health Progams. Thank you - all of you - for coming out to shop.

Thank you for your inventory donations (lots of high quality re-gift items) and cash donations.

Like I told the Shoppers, Inland Agency has raised over $100,000 with this event in the last 3 years. Your support is amazing and makes me so happy to be a part of this fun event.

For those who did not make it, the OPPORTUNITY DRAWING WINNERS are:

Kathy Wright: She won the much coveted Breakfast at Tiffany's Basket
Ann Gore: She will enjoy the Brunch for 2 at the Mission Inn

Thanks to all of you!!! You make fundraising FUN!!!
- Rina

Friday, March 27, 2009

$24,065 - Only $15,935 To Go...

Yes, that's right all of YOU have helped Inland Agency to raise $24,065 that will save lives. As a reminder, here is a photo of the Shop from last year - I hope you're getting as EXCITED as me!!!

I know that over the past few weeks I have continually indicated our stats - well here are new stats that are of vital importance.

Over 45 Mammograms have been donated. What a wonderful gift! In the first two months of this year Inland Agency has screened 120 young women, and 5 cancers were detected among them. Without our program, chances are these women would not have been screened until they reached the age of 40, at which point their odds of survival would have been slim.

What does this mean? Your donations are crucial, they help to SAVE LIVES through Inland Agency's awesome Breast Health Programs.

We set our GOAL of raising $40,000, we can still do this!!! If you know of any generous individuals/companies/foundations, please encourage them to come and enjoy the event and if they have money to donate to a very worthy cause all the better.

Thank you and have a terrific weekend. I'll see you at the Shop on Monday!

- Rina

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What's in the Shop & Brunch!!!

Good news - today we cleared $20,000.00 of donations to the Shop. We are over half way to our goal of raising $40,000.00 this year. We still have room for more shoppers, so register now at www.inlandagency.org

Here is a preview of a cool item - Kitchen Time - in the Shop!

We have another OPPORTUNITY!!!

The second prize to our fabulous opportunity drawing will be...

Tickets are: 1 for $10 or 5 for $25
Email me if you want to buy tickets.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ready to Shop? Here's an OPPORTUNITY...

We couldn't resist - we have the most tempting OPPORTUNITY DRAWING that will be on display and the winner will be picked during the Shop ceremony (however, the winner need NOT be present to win)!!!

What you ask?

A Splendid & Luxurious Tiffany's Basket (Value $360) including:
- Return to Tiffany Heart Tag Charm Bracelet
- Breakfast at Tiffany's DVD
- Perrier Jouet handpainted flower glasses & bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne


Opportunity Tickets: 1 for $10 or 5 for $25

There are still a few Shopper Spots left!!! Register today!
- Rina

Monday, March 23, 2009

Save the Ta Tas - T-Shirts are BACK!!!

Back by popular demand... our "Save the Ta Tas" t-shirts will be available for sale next Monday, March 30th at Inland Agency's Shop to Stop Breast Cancer. We also have some incredibly fashionable key chains that will be on sale too!!! Make sure to come and Shop til you drop - and do a great thing - raise $$ for Inland Agency's Breast Health Programs - now that's a DEAL you cannot pass up!!!

Here are our GOALS stats:

Inventory: $46,437.23 (as of 3/20), Goal is $60,000
Donations to Shop: $15,940 (as of 3/20), Goal is $40,000
Mammograms(new this year!): 44 donations, thank you!!!

Remember how beautiful the room looked!!! The countdown is on... only 7 more days til we Shop!

- Rina

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Did someone say TIFFANY & CO.?

I did.

Yes, this year the Shop will feature Tiffany & Co. products, including:

Tiffany Bamboo Bowl (6 inch diameter): Retail Value $75
Tiffany Lidded Glass Box: Retail Value $125

You may be asking yourself what other high quality items and services the Shop will feature on Monday, March 30th - well, stay tuned as I will be emailing you with more exciting details.

What can you do NOW?

Register to Shop at www.inlandagency.org

Interested to hear how we're doing on our GOALS???

1. Donations from registrations: $14,315 (as of 3/17/09), GOAL is $40,000
2. Inventory for Shop: $44,475 (as of today), GOAL is $60,000
3. Mammograms donated: 39 so far, Thank You if you donated!!!

Like I said... I'll be back in a few days with more exciting news on Shop items!!!
- Rina

Monday, March 16, 2009


Yes, you read right MORE "COOL" STUFF is being added to the Shop Inventory everyday.

A lot of people are talking about the Shop and how they plan to attend, at this time I am asking you to please send in your registrations asap because the Shop is going to sell out soon!!!

Here are some "COOL" details about the status of this event:
1. Amount raised to date: $11,635 (well on our way to our Goal of $40,000 in donations!!!)
2. Inventory to date: $42,000 (we still need $18,000 more); thanks to all of you who have/will drop off (sites listed below)
3. Mammogram donations (New this year!!!): 27 donations, again thank you!!!

"COOL" new Shop inventory...
- Magic Castle tickets
- Beautiful fully decorated Christmas Trees (from ornaments to tree skirt, Value $300)
- Scrapbook Gift Certificates & Scrapbook Day Admission from Creative Memories Consultant Christal Pennington
- Adorable Baby Gift Baskets
- For the Cure Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf basket incl. $50 Gift Card from Beth Wright, Manager of Coffee Bean on Mission Ave
- Donation from Riverside Mission Florist
- Freshly handmade candles
and many more "COOL" things, too numerous to list...

Looking forward to seeing you soon... only 2 weeks away now!!! - Rina

Thursday, March 12, 2009


That's right - Inland Agency's Shop to Stop Breast Cancer is Riverside's FREE FUNDRAISER!!!

How so? Purchase your shop entry (minimum $50 entry) and we give you ALL of your money back!!! If you donate more than $100 you get more than your donation back.

Why donate/register today? This event is going to SELL OUT FAST. Most of you know we got the front page of the Press Enterprise Local Plus this past Monday (3/9/09) - the response has been amazing. Tune in to KOLA 99.9 and you'll hear the DJ encourage you that this is a MUST ATTEND EVENT, we're also on their website!

So, ACT NOW... We still need your help to reach our goals!!!

- Register online at http://www.inlandagency.org/our_missionSTSBC.html

- Donate your re-gift items (click here for donor form) ASAP
-- Our Goal is $60,000, currently we have $41,210.23. Help us meet this GOAL!!!

- If you can't attend, please donate a mammogram!!! We have 27 donated so far!!!

Thanks for your attention and support.
You make all the difference to our community!

- Rina

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Are you ready to Shop?

Dear Friends:

I'm excited! We are getting closer to Monday, March 30th and you will finally see the many fabulous items the Inland Agency Board has been collecting over the past few months.

Today, I'm really proud to announce that we are up to 22 donated mammograms. To those who have selected this option THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

As for our Inventory - we still need your re-gift donations (donation form is attached). As of today (3/10) we have $39,621.23 in Inventory items, our Goal is $60,000.

Please drop off your re-gift items to any of our drop off sites at your earliest convenience.

As for a Preview, here are some items recently added to the Shop...

- Tiffany & Co. items - 2 beautiful glass pieces
- Photography Session (incl. Framed 11x14) from Jenny McMasters Photography
- 1/2 hour massage(s) from Massage Envy - Riv. Orangecrest
- Haircut & Deep Condition from Great Hair Day by Gladis Contreras
- Gift certificates to Palms Day Spa
- Lladro pieces
- Hilmer's Luggage donated over $1,000 in products
- Starbucks (3rd and Market Sts) donated $750 in products
- An evening at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

So, now are you excited? Are you ready to Shop til you Drop?
I hope so... stay tuned for further updates. - Rina

Monday, March 9, 2009

Ready, set, shop (for charity)

10:00 PM PDT on Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Press-Enterprise

What if you could do something you love and benefit a good cause?

Inland Agency will be hosting an event that does just that. Shop to Stop Breast Cancer takes donation dollars and turns them into "shopping bucks" that can be spent on merchandise, with money raised going to breast health programs.

The fund-raising event, which includes a happy hour with wine and appetizers before the shopping begins, will take place March 30 at the Marriott Riverside in the Main Ballroom. RSVP by March 25; last year's event sold out.

"This is our third year doing this ... we've had such a great response in the past, so we're really optimistic about it," said Becky Foreman, executive director at Inland Agency. "It's kind of a re-gifting concept ... we all have a lot of stuff we don't need or use, or haven't even taken out of the box. People are donating that stuff to sell at the event."

Businesses and restaurants have donated gift certificates for outlets and vacations. Original art pieces will be included in the sale.

"We set our goal at $60,000 for the event, which would match what we did last year," Foreman said. The minimum donation is $50, which gets a person $50 in shopping bucks. People who give $100 and up get more to spend.

"This is for women who have some type of breast health concern," she said. Inland Agency partners with the Riverside Community Health Foundation and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to provide free mammograms, particularly for women ages 39 and younger.

"Fundraisers like this help raise the additional funds needed so we don't have to turn anyone away," Foreman said. "We've already gotten a lot of donations, but we are still accepting more. We've been happily surprised by the turnout so far. People know it's going to support our breast cancer program, so someone will be getting a mammogram that normally wouldn't be able to get one."

Shop to Stop Breast Cancer

Participants can preview the merchandise online at www.inlandagency.org during the wine and appetizers happy hour from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.

Where: Marriott Riverside, 3400 Market St., Riverside

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., March 30

Cost: Minimum donation of $50

RSVP: 951-697-6565 Ext. 224

Original art work and sports memorabilia are some of the items that will go on sale.
Many insurance programs will not cover mammograms for women under 40.

Friday, March 6, 2009

24 days til we Shop!

Only a few more weeks and you will be there with me at the Riverside Marriott Grand Ballroom for Inland Agency's Shop to Stop Breast Cancer on Monday, March 30.

Here are the newest "stats" on our progress:
Inventory for the Shop: $37,000 as of 3/5/09, our goal is $60,000
Sponsorships: $19,896.50, our goal is $20,000

Again, thank you for helping us to reach these goals - WE CAN DO IT!!!

We already have many many of you sending in your RSVPs - THANK YOU for that as we do expect this event to SELL OUT.

For those who cannot make it, please consider sending a donation ($50) to sponsor a mammogram. Many are selecting that option and as of today we have 18 sponsored mammograms!!!

Please keep your re-gift donations coming (be sure to use the donation form) to our drop off points, send in those RSVPs and/or mammogram donations!!! See you soon.

- Rina