Posts Tagged ‘Charity’

Saving A Heart on Valentine’s Day

February 12th, 2018

Valentine’s Day creates time and space to reflect on those that we love. We are taking one more step towards love and compassion this year. This Valentine’s Day, we are sponsoring a child to receive life-saving heart surgery. Learn more about the loving soul we sponsored below and how his outlook on life has completely transformed in the most positive way.

Background of our Involvement

Dr. Rick Hodes - Saving a Heart on Valentine's Day

Source: Rickhodes.org/about

Throughout the years, we’ve connected with Dr. Rick Hodes who is an American doctor who has dedicated nearly 30 years of his life serving the underprivileged in Ethiopia. Dr. Rick Hodes is a CNN Hero and JDC’s Medical Director. Dr. Rick Hodes mainly treats spine, cardiac, and cancer patients. We’ve been privileged enough to donate over the years to give back and help save lives through Dr. Rick Hodes’ work. Dr. Rick Hodes sends his patients from the Mother Teresa Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to either India for cardiac surgery or to Ghana for spinal surgery. In India, heart surgery is about 10% of the price in the United States.

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Whoever Saves a Life, Saves the World

Samson, pictured above, is the boy we sponsored to receive a life-saving heart surgery. He arrived in Dr. Rick Hodes’ care at age 10 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He was born in Wello province, however his dad, a policeman, was transferred to Addis Ababa. When Samson arrived to the clinic, he was tired and weak. Samson was diagnosed as having a ventricular septal defect (VSD). VSD is a hole between the 2 ventricles of the heart. Untreated, it would lead to death. In Samson’s case, the blood flow between the 2 ventricles was revering and going from left to right (expected) to both directions (which is not supposed to happen). This would soon become irreversible. He needed corrective surgery as soon as possible. Dr. Rick Hodes put him on Viagra 3x daily to lower his pressures, and the shunt reverted to left-to-right. This gave a window of surgical opportunity.

Samson was sent to India, along with a dozen other heart patients. Samson underwent surgery to repair his heart at AIMS Amrita Hospital in Kochi, India. The surgery went well and he returned to Ethiopia after his recovery. Samson is now going to school and playing with his friends. Samson would love to play soccer and become an engineer when he grows up.

How Can You Help this Valentine’s Day?

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Instead of buying a gift, consider making a donation on behalf of your loved one for Valentine’s Day. You can help a patient get closer to having a healthy heart. The JDC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! We hope you spend your day with someone (or a cause) that you love.

A Time For Heroes 2017 Recap

November 8th, 2017

We had an amazing time at the 28th annual A Time for Heroes event by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDs Foundation (EGPAF). EGPAF is an incredible foundation with an even more impressive mission. A Time for Heroes raises awareness and vital funds aimed at ending AIDS in children. Since inception, EGPAF has reached over 26 million women around the globe with lifesaving services. A Time for Heroes is such an entertaining event full of celebration and fun organized, designed, and meticulously executed by the wonderful team at Simply Troy! Check out a couple of the stations below!

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This Galactic Universe Room was out of this world! Our Space Backdrop adorned the wall and set the stage for this intergalactic experience. This room was full of fun and unique arts and crafts stations. The kids could choose between making their own slime, being transformed into Aliens with funky makeup, or decorating mini Space pumpkins. To top it off, the room was filled with Space-themed music and dancing. What a space-y time!

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From Space to taking a road trip! Take a drive on this highway in the stunning Tesla below. The smaller Tesla replicas were driven around a race track by eager and excited kids. While the children were racing on the track, their parents could check out the brand new Tesla with all of its features and amenities. It was so much fun to see so many children and their parents loving this interactive station!

A Time For Heroes - Highway 2

A Time for Heroes - Highway 2

Overall, this impactful event was such a fun and entertaining day for everyone who attended. We love giving back and being part of an event that raises awareness and funds for such an important cause. Every year we look forward to this amazing event and we love all of the new ideas that are incorporated at each event. We already cannot wait for next year’s event!

Backdrops Beautiful Gives Back | A Time For Heroes 2016

November 9th, 2016

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) has quickly become one of our favorite organizations with an incredible annual event that raises awareness for pediatric aids.  The EGPAF annual event, ‘A Time for Heroes’ Family Festival  was filled with fun, games, and celebrity heroes. Some good old fashioned face painted was also involved. This incredibly meaningful event was held at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, CA. We love giving back to a great cause. Check out some of the images from this wonderful event below.

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With the event being so close to Halloween, it was so much fun to be a part of this Mad Science area of the event. Our Lab Interior backdrop was featured as the background to an exciting plethora of activities. The skeleton below was quite the complement to our hand-painted backdrop. This part of the event was completely transformed into an spooky interior of a laboratory. Kids and adults alike had so much fun at this remarkable event.

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Check out these awesome professional images from the event below. Hint: you may recognize some of these celebrity heroes! We already cannot wait for the #ATFH2017 event to take place next year!

CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Entrepreneur and model Heidi Klum attends Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation "A Time For Heroes" Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

CULVER CITY, CA – OCTOBER 23: Entrepreneur and model Heidi Klum attends Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation “A Time For Heroes” Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: A general view as seen at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation "A Time For Heroes" Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

CULVER CITY, CA – OCTOBER 23: A general view as seen at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation “A Time For Heroes” Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

CULVER CITY, CA - OCTOBER 23: Katee Sackhoff attends Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation "A Time For Heroes" Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

CULVER CITY, CA – OCTOBER 23: Katee Sackhoff attends Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation “A Time For Heroes” Family Festival at Smashbox Studios on October 23, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/Getty Images for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation)

Backdrops at #SafeKidsDay at Smashbox Studios in LA!

April 26th, 2016

We had the privilege of being a sponsor for the #SafeKidsDay event in Los Angeles. This charity fundraiser created by Simply Troy was a star-studded event to raise awareness for Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Kids Worldwide is, “a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States.” We were honored to provide our hand-painted backdrops for the event.

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The basketball event at the #SafeKidsDay Event was SO much fun. Our Spectator backdrop let everyone feel as if they were center stage for their NBA Playoff debut. The stadium is packed and the crowd is cheering! All of the spectators are vying for a picture of their favorite players. The basketball event created an opportunity for all of the attendees to feel like a professional athlete for a day. We love how it turned out.

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This City Streets backdrop is not your average street. Think of that favorite part of any neighborhood that makes you smile. The vibrant colors and the animated essence of the backdrop create a fun and playful atmosphere. We loved the look of this backdrop with the colorful accents of the tables and umbrellas. This showed us that you truly can never go wrong with bold colors.City Streets 2 Backdrop

Our Pop Art Duck backdrop provided an instant burst of vibrancy, fun, and playfulness.  This backdrop is one of our well-loved masterpieces that was a product of our Custom Rental Service. Our graphic designers and talented artists work directly with our customers to design and create the perfect customized backdrop to rent. We’ll simply rent the custom designed backdrop & add it to our ever-growing inventory. Check it out & create your own backdrop to RENT here.

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It was a pleasure providing our Jungle Animals backdrop for Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventure. Below is our very own Client Services Manager, Donna, with the wonderful Jack Hanna himself! We had such a fun time providing this backdrop for his area. It truly transformed the space and brought the jungle to life!

Jungle Animals 3 Backdrop Jack HannaOverall, it was such an amazing day for an incredible cause. We truly felt honored to be a part of this event. We had so much fun providing the backdrops to enhance the different areas and to transform all of the spaces. Giving back is part of our core mission and we love being a part of meaningful charity fundraisers such as this one. See how you can give back & get involved with Safe Kids Worldwide here.

Backdrops Beautiful Gives Back! – A Time For Heroes 2015

December 14th, 2015

Woodlands 6 backdrop - A Time for Heroes 2015

It was such an honor to be a sponsor of such a meaningful cause. We jumped at the idea of being a sponsor of The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) annual event, ‘A Time For Heroes‘, at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, CA. A family-friendly event dedicated to spreading awareness of pediatric AIDS while providing a fun atmosphere for all of the attendees.

This was a fun and adventure packed day with such important intent. There were so many options for all of the families and kids. We loved all of the activities! Some of the highlights were the Nickelodeon Animation Station, King of Harts Lake Tahoe camping experience, Cinema Makeup School play station, science room exploration station, gift bag screen-printing, basketball, and virtual surfing.

Woodlands 6 Backdrop - A Time For Heroes 2015

We sponsored the King of Harts booth by Melissa Joan Hart in which were honored to be part of the Tahoe camping experience to introduce their new line of clothes for kids! We loved seeing Melissa, Tori Spelling, and other celebrities read by the campfire! We had the pleasure of providing our Woodlands backdrop as a perfect complement for this Lake Tahoe camp-inspired King of Harts booth.

Woodlands 6 Backdrop - A Time For Heroes 2015

This was definitely a star-studded event full of celebrities including Melissa Joan Hart, Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Hannah Simone, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, James Van Der Beek, Alyson Hannigan, and many more. We all joined EGPAF to celebrate its 26th annual ‘A Time for Heroes’ family festival, which was truly such a blast for all that attended.

Woodlands 6 Backdop - A Time For Heroes 2015

EGPAF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing pediatric HIV infection and eliminating pediatric AIDS through research, advocacy, and prevention and treatment programs. This is such an important and significant cause. We’re so proud to be part of this amazing event that brought awareness to the attendees and greater community at large. It is time for the everyday heroes to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Get involved by giving back here.

Backdrops at the LOVE Benefit!

June 19th, 2015

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We had the honor of being involved in the Love Benefit on June 2nd at the Morgan Run Resort and Club in Rancho Santa Fe, CA. It’s always a pleasure for us to give back to the community, especially when it affects someone so near and dear to the Backdrops Beautiful family. We were among 150 companies that came together to show our love and support for Aaron Feldman, CEO and Founder of True Photography. Aaron is a true visionary and has made a strong impact on our industry and our community, which was evident by the attendance and support at this amazing event.

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We had such an incredible night being apart of this event, full of libations, delectable cuisine, a silent auction, opportunity drawings, games and live entertainment. It was so special for us to witness our Beatles 7 backdrop as a main element to the night’s festivities and it was so wonderful to see so many people that care so much about Aaron. 

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Everything really came full circle for us as our Director of Sales and Marketing, Jonathan Goldstone, used True Photography to document one of the most important days in his life – his wedding. We jumped at the chance to be apart of this event as we viewed it as an opportunity to truly thank and give back to Aaron and his company for all that they did in capturing Jonathan’s wedding. It is incredible how connected all of us are and using our community as a place to give back is essential in facilitating a loving and supportive network.

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All proceeds from the event went towards Aaron Feldman’s recovery and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Follow his journey at http://howibeatmycancer.com/. Thank you Aaron for letting us be apart of this meaningful event and thank you to True Photography for these gorgeous photos.

Holy Cross Mothers Guild Fashion Show and Luncheon

May 16th, 2013

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Once again Backdrops Beautiful participated in the Holy Cross Mothers Guild Fashion Show & Luncheon on April 27, 2013 by donating a backdrop to their event.  We donated our London Skyline 2 Backdrop.  This years theme was A Knight in London.

They are a group of mothers at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, CA that raise scholarship funds for students who have lost a parent.  It is a very worthy cause that we are privileged to participate in.

Donating A Heart on Valentine’s Day

February 9th, 2012

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This Valentine’s Day give from your heart to help save a life.   Backdrops Beautiful is sponsoring a heart transplant for a patient in Ethiopia.  As we move forward on this journey, we will share our path with everyone, bringing you face-to-face with the patient through our very own experience.

HOW WE GOT INVOLVED:

Shaun Goldstone is the reason why Backdrops Beautiful is sponsoring a patient in need of a heart.  If you’re wondering if he’s related to our owner Ilana Goldstone, you are correct.  Shaun is one of Ilana’s two sons; Shaun is the youngest, Jonathan the oldest.   Shaun graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with high honors in June of 2010.  He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in molecular and cellular biology and has taken a year off to make a difference in Ethiopia before going to medical school.  He joined JDC’s world-acclaimed medical director, Dr. Rick Hodes in his home town of Addis Ababa as his assistant were he provides medical care to patients of all religions and ethnicities, from all over Ethiopia.

Shaun Goldstone

Dr. Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has dedicated over 28 years of his life serving the underprivileged in Ethiopia. Dr. Rick Hodes mainly treats spine, cardiac, and cancer patients.  At the moment, there is no known explanation of why Ethiopia hosts an abundance of patients with tuberculosis of the spine.  As far as cardiac issues, they’ve encountered almost everything including a patient with Ebstein’s Anomaly which is an extremely rare condition.  From the Mother Teresa Clinic in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Dr. Hodes sends his patients to either India for cardiac surgery or to Ghana for spinal surgery.

Dr. Rick Hodes, Shaun Goldstone and 13 Spine Patients

WHY WE GOT INVOLVED:

Dr. Rick Hodes ensures that 100% of all donations are for the patients’ well being. He is an exemplary humanitarian as he himself has donated significantly to the project including adopting 5 children.  Ilana Goldstone was moved when she visited her son in Ethiopia and saw first hand some of the things her son Shaun does for Dr. Rick Hodes and the JDC.  Upon her return she decided that Backdrops Beautiful would become involved, and started with our first heart.

In India, heart surgery is about 10% of the price in the United States. This Valentine’s Day instead of buying a gift, consider making a donation on behalf of your loved one and help a patient get closer to having a healthy heart.