OK, so you’ve cleaned and primped your house in expectation of family and friends for the holidays and in the process you found $3.84 in couch change. It’s time to put it to use…
You Can Help!
We only have a few days left to help out. Christmas is just around the corner and area families still need your help. Please join us to help “Fill the Truck”. We are collecting donations of all types at our warehouse retail store, or you can simply browse to http://fillthetruck.org . You can provide basic necessities like cleaning supplies, toilet paper or warm clothes to a family that needs it right now. You can even donate that $3.84 via PayPal and we’ll take care of the shopping, picking, packing the skids, and delivering the goods.
Ron Burgundy Parody Video
Ron Burgundy, disgruntled from his recent captivity covering the Fill The Truck charity campaign, fends off against the jolliest of them all: Santa Clause!
Please take a moment to check out the site, give if you can. We hope you enjoyed the video and have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Fill the truck has received some great responses lately, and we couldn’t be happier! From our YouTube videos to our appearances on local news stations and our corporate partners, we’re gaining great exposure for this great initiative. In this post, we will be detailing some information about Fill The Truck — some questions we’ve been asked, how to support Fill The Truck in this last week, and some details about how you can help (even if you can’t afford to donate.)
Fill The Truck is:
A 4-year old charitable initiative that began with Frame USA’s CEO Dan Regenold filling a single truck for the Healing Center. Since then, it’s hosted up to 11 trucks for 11 charities!
A great way to get involved in helping your community if you’re in Cincinnati. By donating online or attending any of our events (even promoting us on Facebook and Twitter), you’re helping more families in need than you can even imagine!
An initiative where companies give back to their communities. We at Frame USA understand that our communities empower us and give us countless opportunities. With Fill The Truck, our goal is to help everyone around us have a chance to succeed.
Fill The Truck is Not:
A separate organization. Fill The Truck is operated and organized by Frame USA with the support of several great corporate partners. You can find these partners by clicking here.
In any way affiliated with Wal-Mart’s campaign. Wal-Mart recently started a Fill The Truck campaign, even designating their own #FillTheTruck hashtag on Twitter. We’re good sports, though, but remember — it all began here! (We’d appreciate it even more if you tag our Twitter page along with the #FillTheTruck hashtag!)
A standalone charity. Rather, Fill The Truck is an initiative that collects food and personal care items for local charities, keeping them stocked for the winter season and beyond. Donations from Frame USA to the Healing Center typically last for around 6 months, depending on their needs!
We hope you enjoyed learning more about Fill The Truck! Be sure to check out our latest video of Ron Burgandy visiting Fill The Truck at Frame USA’s headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio! Also, be sure to have a look at our appearance on local Channel 5 news.
We’ve received some great feedback on our Small Business Saturday Initiative, and we’re more than excited for the opportunity to promote these wonderful artists and small businesses! If you have yet to make your holiday purchases, consider these wonderful artists and craftsmen for your holiday shopping. Remember, shopping small and buying local helps our local and overall US economy! At Frame USA, we’re 100% behind products that are made in the United States.
Susan Monty Fine Art
“I am a fine artist specializing in equine art. I draw and paint whatever captures my eye, but horses will always be my favorite subject. I strive to capture a realistic, but artistic and expressive, likeness of my subjects.
As a lifelong horse lover, I am pleased to donate a portion of sales from my Second Chances series to Pure Thoughts, Inc. Horse & Foal Rescue (www.pthr.org) or New England Equine Rescues (www.newenglandequinerescues.com). Both of these groups have saved the lives of numerous horses, and I am proud to use my art to help. Many of the prints in my shop are from my Second Chances series, an ongoing project in which I paint portraits of rescued horses and tell their stories.
I am also passionate about saving America’s wild horse and burros. I have started a series of paintigs of these magnificent animals. Unless something is done to protect them, wild horses will only be seen in photos and paintings. I will donate a portion of all sales of these mustang paintings, cards, and prints to Journey’s End Ranch Animal Sanctuary (www.jersanctuary.org).”
“Everyone needs just a little time and a few kind words! Shop our monogram quote prints for yourself or as unique and personalized gifts for weddings, nurseries, or friends. We print on high-quality card stock and frame in a white driftwood with an antique white mat. We can customize any order with different letters, quotes, fonts, and colors.”
“Decorative photo frames, wood letters and more. Great personalized gifts! Decoupaged and distressed so each item is unique. Any item can be customized.
Looking for a gift? I can mail items directly, and I’ll even gift wrap it and include a hand written note for free. Mark my shop as a favorite and come back often. I’m always adding new things. Thanks for visiting and be sure to “Like” me on Facebook to be the first to know about new items and promos. “
Click here to visit Junebug’s Creative Concepts on Etsy.
Name On Your Wall
“Name art photography, from Name on Your Wall, uses elements found in nature, architectural details and every day objects to create unique and personal works of art. They are the perfect solution for creative wedding gifts, shower gifts, housewarming gifts, new baby gifts, holiday gifts or for any other occasion. They are also the perfect way to showcase your name, or any word that is special to you, on your own wall. With so many different options for each letter, your creation will truly be unique.
My framed name art is elegantly designed with high quality photographs, custom cut mats, and custom made wooden frames. Your project will receive personal and professional attention from me, incorporating all of your preferences. These details will result in breathtaking and elegant works of art that both you and your loved ones will enjoy for a lifetime!”
“I’m a freelance photographer that specializes in outdoor entertainment and events. I have been a professional photographer for over 5 years. My main focus includes amusement parks, carnivals, ski areas, beach scenes and nature.”
We’ll be sure to keep updating this list as we continue to take submissions. Thanks for joining us in our goal to put America’s small businesses at the forefront of our economy! Small business owner? Leave a comment below and we’ll see what we can do for you!
Frame USA’s Annual Charity Campaign Gains a Great Community Ally for Fill The Truck 2013
This holiday season, Frame USA is continuing the annual FillTheTruck.org campaign, where we pick a few outstanding charities around the Cincinnati area that help a wide range of people who are down on their luck. Around the holidays, these situations are made worse by the drop in temperature and the need for food, warm clothing and supplies to get through the winter season. That’s where Frame USA and Fill The Truck come in. Springing from a company-wide charitable initiative started four years ago, Frame USA CEO Dan Regenold decided to keep filling supply trucks for charities all around the Cincinnati area.
Fill The Truck initially started as one of Frame USA’s monthly charitable initiatives, where we donate $1 for every online order (and ask our customers to join in.)
This year, Furniture Fair is joining the Fill The Truck 2013 initiative to spread the good cheer to even more charities. Our first year running, we mainly focused on supporting one charity. In our second run, we expanded to eleven charities and eleven businesses supporting those charities. Last year we supported six, and this year we’re planning to help a total of seven charities. Furniture Fair’s multiple locations in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area will be hosting storage units, ensuring that each charity will be receiving the means necessary to keep stocked during the winter season.
How to get involved
Helping “Fill The Truck” is actually very simple, and anyone can do it! Here are three ways that YOU can make a difference:
1. Visit FillTheTruck.org and donate to your charity of choice. Frame USA is donating to The Healing Center, but you can choose which of the seven chartities you’d like to support. On each “product” page, we have a list of supplies that are requested from all charities. Simply purchase any of these items and we will organize and distribute them. If you’re not sure what to buy, that’s okay! You can select “donate cash” and we will allocate the money into whatever that specific charity needs the most.
2. If you’re a Cincinnati local, you can drop off the listed donations at any of our truck locations. You can find information on locations by visiting FillTheTruck.org.
3. We understand if the holidays aren’t a great time for you to donate. The poor state of the economy is the reason we run Fill The Truck (as well as spreading some holiday cheer, of course.) If you “like” Frame USA and Fill The Truck on Facebook and even follow us on Twitter, that is a great way to help us out. Share our posts with your friends and help us spread the word that NOBODY should be cold or hungry this holiday season. We’d love to see as many families as possible have good food, warm clothes and the supplies they need for this season.
Online Custom Framing at Half of the “Big-Box” Retail Price
Custom framing has been a large portion of the work we do here at Frame USA for years. Our customers range from fine artists to large corporations, photographers to educators, advertising firms to small business owners. If there’s anything this has taught us, it’s that high-quality and affordable custom framing is in high demand. It’s why so many people won’t bat an eye at spending hundreds of dollars for a single custom frame job.
Here at Frame USA, however, we like to save customers their hard-earned cash by offering better alternatives. We’ve already announced our upcoming “Super Framer” / Build a Frame feature, but we wanted to take the time to explain what this feature is all about.
What exactly is Build A Frame? How will it help in custom framing?
Build a Frame is a web application designed to take the trouble (and expense) out of custom framing. With Build a Frame, you’re given direct control over how your frame looks. Everything from frame size, single, double or triple mats, the color of those mats, your glazing and backing and more! This feature brings the great prices of FrameUSA.com, Posterservice.com and MatDesigners.com into an easy-to-use web app that lets you create your very own personalized frame.
We encourage you to shop around and check out our competitor’s pricing as well. Frame USA’s prices are the best in the market–not only in wholesale picture frames, but in custom framing as well. Our goal from the very beginning was to produce an application that would be much easier to use while also offering a much lower price point. Based on our research, we think we’ve succeeded in every way! (Of course, we can’t name names… But we challenge you to find someone with better deals than ours!) Let us know what you think of our new feature! Give it a try by clicking this link: Build A Frame
If you’re a local to the Cincinnati area, this will be a great feature for you. With Build A Frame, you can build your frame online and pick it up from the store! (Though if you’re local, we recommend just coming by to see first-hand what frame and mats might be best for your piece.) You can also use the app to see which frame and mat combination will look best on your wall before coming in. We can even help make recommendations!
For the folks who want to go the extra mile, share you creations with us on Pinterest! Right-click the frame area of Build A Frame and click “save image as.” Pin it and let us know you gave it a try! You can also show us by posting a link to the image below in the comments.
Starting September 26, 2013, V+V (Visionaries and Voices) will host Courttney Cooper’s unique vision of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Cincinnati’s rich German heritage and Oktoberfest are reoccurring themes in the work of artist Courttney Cooper. During the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebration, the Northside Gallery will be decorated with over 60 beer steins created in conjunction with Funke Fired Arts and artists from V+V.
Join us as V+V’s Northside Gallery is transformed by John Stein, Courttney Cooper, and many other V+V local artists.
During this event a winner of the V+V Art Car will be given away to one lucky winner! Check ou the image below and you can see the V+V crew hard at work. Click on the image to go to V+V’s Facebook page where you can enter to win.
CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
+Golden German Beer In Rainbow Kool-Aid Colors
Thursday September 26 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM Continues through November 15, 2013
Beer provided by The Comet
T-shirts designed by Couttney Cooper
Shop at the New America of Arts Marketplace
See who wins the V+V Art Car!
If you go, don’t forget to take pictures! Then don’t forget where you can find some awesome frames for those shots…
That’s right, we said chimpanzee art – The Humane Society of the United States has just announced the winners of their Chimpanzee Art Contest. With more than 27, 000 votes, the art contest has helped create awareness for chimps and the Humane Society offered various grants to the winners and their resident sanctuaries.
The artworks were voted on by visitors to the Humane Society’s website and Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN messenger of Peace also judged and selected her favorite for an additional $5000 grant to go to the winning shelter.
Brent is 37 years old and has lived at Chimp Haven since 2006. He is protective of Grandma, Chimp Haven’s oldest resident. He loves to laugh and play. Brent paints only with his tongue. His unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.
Cheetah – Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL)Winner of 2nd place public vote: $5,000 grant!
Winner of judged prize (Dr. Jane Goodall’s selection): $5,000 grant!The Artist formerly known as Cheetah: Cheetah, estimated to be born in the 1970’s, lived alone in a laboratory for 19 years and endured over 400 over biopsies. He was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002 and has since discovered his passion for painting.
Ripley – Center for Great Apes (Wauchula, FL)Winner of 3rd place public vote: $2,500 grant!Like many chimpanzees used as actors, Ripley was eventually dumped in a roadside zoo. There, he witnessed the shooting death of his brother and two other chimp companions after human error resulted in the chimpanzees’ escape. Ripley found sanctuary at Center for Great Apes and impresses his caretakers with his resilience and forgiveness.
If you would like more information about the contest, or if you would like to read more about the Humane Society — Please visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/
The Humane Society of the United States has been the focus of our Charity of the Month on more than one occasion.
Top 5 Chimpanzee Paintings
Below you can find larger images of the top 5 chimpanzee paintings, voted on by Humane Society web visitors and selected by Jane Goodall:
The only way that we can think of to improve these wonderful works, is to add a nice frame that encloses the paintings and adds a nice clean separation from the wall and other art. Don’t forget, Frame USA manufactures a wide variety of wood and metal frames that are perfect for just about any work of art, be it painting or photography.
We are in the throes of summer and everything is nice and relaxing! But we all know what is lurking around the corner; it is there in the back of our mind. Some might be excited about it while some dread it. Some might even be shocked to see it already! But there is nothing we can do to stop the end of summer and start up the new school year (trust me, I tried for years!). However, no matter what your opinion on the matter is, one thing is for sure: School supplies are expensive! This can be a huge burden for many families here in the Cincinnati area.
This is where we come in!
We have a 20’ truck to fill with school supplies! The Frame USA family has the ability to help children succeed by making sure that they have the supplies they need for school. That is why Fill The Truck goes Back to School! Just like our December program where we collect different goods to fill a truck and deliver to a local charity before Christmas, we are collecting school supplies and summer clothing for children going back to school. Everything that we collect this summer will go to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center’s Back to School program, where they handed out over 500 book bags last year.
Frame USA has already committed to donating 100 book bags this year! However, that is not enough to help Valley Interfaith take care of all their families. We need your help too! Without you, we will not fill the truck! The brand new items we are collecting are: dry erase markers, tissue boxes, paper towels, two pocket folders, zippered pencil pouches, highlighters, backpacks, binders, composition books, single subject notebooks, pencils, wide ruled loose leaf paper, pens, glue, markers, crayons, colored pencils, shoes, t-shirts, shorts, and socks.
There are many ways you can help:
1) Spread the word! Post about FTT on Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube, Twitter, ect.
2) Check out the website. www.fillthetruck.org
3) Drop off items at Frame USA. 225 Northland Blvd, Cincinnati, OH 45246
4) Purchase items online. www.fillthetruck.org
5) Donate cash. www.fillthetruck.org
6) Buy something from Frameusa.com *We are still donating $1 for every order placed online! (Will you match our donation?)
We are including our Retail store in the action too! Every Custom Framing order that is placed in July will be worth $1 from Frame USA as well!
We have a 20 foot truck that we need to fill. We need your help! Please consider donating, and change the future for the children.
To find out more about Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center please visit their website at www.vifcc.org.
The Frame USA charity of the month for June is CDKL5 — Even though people have been studying the human body and medicine since man discovered fire, there are still many things we do not know about the body. CDKL5 is a genetic disorder that affects the X-chromosome, one of the sex chromosomes, girls have 2 Xs and boys have 1X and 1Y. This does not only affect girls, but boys as well, however it does seem more prevalent in females. This genetic mutation results in early onset and difficult to control seizures and severe neuro-developmental impairment. The CDKL5 gene controls provide instruction for making a protein that is essential for normal brain development. This leaves children unable to walk, confined to wheel chairs, unable to talk or feed themselves and have to depend on others for everything they need. They also may have scoliosis, visual impairment, sensory issues and various gastrointestinal difficulties. There is no known cause of CDKL5, however they do believe that it is not hereditary and occur spontaneously. This is a newly discovered disorder (2004) and they do not have all the answers about life expectancy, how and the ability to treat, and all symptoms associated with the disorder. The International Foundation for CDKL5 Research is aggressively seeking to inform the public, create a database, and start clinical trials as soon as possible. The first CDKL5 Center of Excellence in the US opened in Colorado in April 2013. For more information and stories of these brave children and families, please visit www.cdkl5.com.
Remember, for every picture frame purchase made on FrameUSA.com in the month of June, we will donate $1.00 to CDKL5. At checkout you have the option to match our $1.00 donation. We encourage everyone to pledge $1.00 to help this amazing organization. Thank you!
This month, Frame USA is sponsoring two AMAZING organizations who are helping out locally and nationally.
“Shady Pines, Ma!” Dorothy, played by the late, great Bea Arthur, would say this to her mother, Sophia (Estelle Getty), to get her to stop talking or straighten up her behavior in the classic TV show “The Golden Girls.” This was used as a threat to send her back to the nursing home she does not like. However, since the “Golden” heyday, nursing homes have become much nicer places to spend retirement or needed nursing care. I’m sure most people have had some experience with a nursing home in one way or another. I’m also sure we know that the cost of a nursing home is very high and can put a strain on most families’ finances. That is why this month in the Retail Store we are sponsoring Maple Knoll Village on Springdale Pike. Not only are they local, but they work extremely hard to make their residents have a healthy and pleasant experience.
And it is almost summer, if you can’t tell by the lack of grey outside, I’m sure you feel the change in humidity! That means that there will be more time spent in the sun, and more chance for the sun’s UV rays to attack your skin and potentially create cancerous cells. The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation strives to bring awareness and education to the fore-front of our attention so the choice can be wisely made to protect our skin. The epidermis is the largest organ in/on the human body and it not only protects the inside of the body from outside harm, but also regulates body temperature and keeps our bodies from drying out. However, just because Melanoma is on the outside of the body, it is NOT less harmful. In fact, it is the only skin cancer that can spread to the brain, spine, and other organs. Andy Caress, who lost his battle with Melanoma at the age of 24, created this foundation: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.” Along with passing out sunscreen, The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation holds a 5k run called the “Annual Block The Sun Run” and will be held this May on the 11th. If you are interested in participating, check out andycaress.org/5k for more information and registration!