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May Charity of The Month: The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation

May Charity of the Month

I don’t think there is a single person alive that doesn’t enjoy a beautiful day in the sun. Sunlight makes you happy, it makes you feel better, it gives those that face harsh winters, hope, and there is a good chance that without proper protection it could kill you.

As a kid your mother would pin you down as you squirm and wiggle to slather on sunscreen to protect your precious skin. This wasn’t for her benefit, in fact if you ask her, I’m sure she will say it was her least favorite activity she did with you. As with many things in life, this is something that we all could learn from our mothers. Applying sunscreen, although an annoying task, is something that can save your life, especially for those that are fair skinned.

According to skincancer.og, each year in the US, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer. The deadliest and fastest growing type of skin cancer out there is melanoma. There is a common misconception that melanoma is one of the easy cancers to get. That is definitely not the case in fact, one person dies of melanoma every hour, 57 minutes to be exact.

In 2010 that one person that tragically lost his battle to melanoma was a 24 year old young man named Andy Caress.

Andy loved the outdoors and was never far from a tennis ball and racquet. In August of 2008 he finished near the top of his age group in a mini triathlon, with open lake swimming followed by biking and a run. He was considered to be in the best physical shape of his life. He was the definition of a strong fighter.

In October of 2008, Andy Caress was diagnosed with melanoma. Although his activities changed, his fight never faltered. In the midst of treatment Andy created a foundation called Mela-KNOW-More. As he was getting radiation treatments, surgeries and bio-chemo therapy he was fighting to change the misconception of melanoma to the public.

Throughout his treatment he never lost his fight or his drive to help find a cure for melanoma, but unfortunately he was faced with an opponent that he could not beat and died peacefully August 4, 2010.

Mela-KNOW-More is now The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation, whose volunteer members are dedicated to continuing to pursue the mission of this amazingly strong young man.

“His mission is simple: ”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.”’

The specific goals of The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

 

Frame USA has joined in their fight and has selected this fantastic organization as our charity of the month for May.

Please consider donating $1 with your order of picture frames, so that this foundation can continue to wipe melanoma off the face of the planet.

For more information about Andy Caress, or The foundation and its programs please visit andycaress.com.

 

April 2015

April Charity of the Month: Visionaries & Voices

April Charity of the Month

It has been an exciting past couple of weeks here in t the Frame USA offices, what with the basketball championship and a March madness type competition amongst the employees. As the excitement of both settles down we are reminded once again of a core value of Frame USA and Posterservice: Giving back.

In 2001, a unique idea was created. This idea was about an organization that would give members of the Cincinnati community with disabilities, an opportunity to make, market and celebrate their artistic talents. In 2003, this was no longer an idea but a full non-profit organization called Visionaries & Voices.

Visionaries & Voices holds a special place in our hearts over at Frame USA. They have been part of our team for 8 years. Using a corner of our warehouse, V&V opened up a satellite studio and started welcoming artists from Butler and Warren County to the new studio space.

The vision of this amazing organization is to:

“create a world in which artists with disabilities not only produce and share works of art, but are also given continuous opportunities to learn, develop professionally, collaborate, exhibit and celebrate with community members”

Visionaries & Voices started with a small group of artists and have now expanded to over 150 artists each week at their two studios. They provide studio space for artists to come and use materials they otherwise may not have access to. They then give those artists an opportunity to showcase that art in variety of exhibitions they host every year. One of their most popular exhibition is Double Vision. This is an art auction that gives V&V artists the opportunity to collaborate on a piece of art, with artists working in the regional arts community that will then be auction at the gala. The 6th annual Double Vision art auction is this Friday, April 10, from 6:30-11.

In celebration of the 8th year as part of our team, we have chosen V&V as our April Charity of the month.

Frame USA will donate $0.75 for every purchase of picture frames made on our website. As well as this donation our customers also have the option of donating one dollar when they check out online.

Your one dollar could be responsible in countless pieces of one of a kind artwork being created, will you help us spread beauty around the world?

If you would like to know more about Visionaries & Voices and the work they do or for tickets for their upcoming annual art auction gala, Double Vision, please visit their website at visionariesandvoices.com.

Final Match

Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Final Match

Update: The 2015 Frame USA Picture Frame Championship Winner is….

FINAL CHAMP.  

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

We started this championship with 16 different frame series to figure out which one is considered the Ultimate Picture Frame by our customers. After close games and difficult choices you have chosen the two series that will meet together for the first time to fight to the death to find out which one is the ultimate picture frame.

The Corporate Narrow picture Frame Series has been a favorite from the beginning winning the matches against Cafe Narrow, Architect, AND Glory Metal by a landslide. It’s easy to see why this frame has made such an impact on our customers! This series is quite possible the most versatile line of frames on frameusa.com. The moulding is classic and the colors are modern and fresh.

The success of the Shadowbox Showcase Picture Frame Series came as a bit of a shock to folks around the office right from the start. The first win came against the more popular traditional series, Shadowbox Elite. This was the start of the Cinderella story of this series. The fans of this series are going to really have to step up their game if they want to see it in the winners circle.

 

Its safe to say this is going to be one exciting, nail biting final match!

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. The Ultimate Picture Frame will be decided on 4/2/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

 

Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1

Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

The ultimate picture frame winner will receive its reward the evening of 4/3/15 so be sure to sign up for our mailing list so you don’t miss out!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 2, Match 2

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 3 is….

R2M2 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2, MATCH 2

The ultimate wood frame has been decided! We move on to match 2 of Round 2 to decide the ultimate metal frame. Glory Metal faces Metal I in this exciting match. Who will move on to the final four and fight for the chance at becoming the ultimate picture frame.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 2 of Round 2 will expire 3/28/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Glory metal Match frame Team Metal I Round 1 Match 1

Check back to see who will be the winner of this match!

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 2, Match 1

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 3 is….

R2M1 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 2, MATCH 1

Before we introduce the first two teams to go head to head to see who will win the first spot in the Final 4, let’s look back on where we began. This Picture Frame Championship started off with 16 different frame series from 4 different categories: Wood, Metal, Poster frame, and Specialty. These series competed against complimentary series in their respective category to find out which two would move on to the elite 8, or round 2.

Match 1: Corporate Narrow series defeated Cafe Narrow in a nail biting first match.

Match 2: Glory Metal series went head to head with the Heavy Metal Series and came out victorious.

Match 3: Architect came out on top when faced against the comparable CBG series.

Match 4: Two nearly identical teams, Metal I and Metal II were neck and neck for majority of the match but ultimately Metal I was just too good and defeated Metal II.

Match 5: The first of our poster frame matches put new comer, Simply Poly Series against the popular Budget Saver Series and proved that sometimes new CAN defeat old.

Match 6: Two of the standard Specialty certificate frames, Deluxe Certificate and Economy Certificate were paired up for this match. Deluxe certificate took the lead quite early in the Match and Economy Certificate just couldn’t keep up.

Match 7: Two of our most popular poster frames: Deluxe and Corrugated faced off but Corrugated just couldn’t keep up!

Match 8: Dueling Shadowboxes met for a showdown. Despite its title, Elite couldn’t match the showmanship of Showcase!

 

We have the elite 8 players for Round 2, now it is time for the first match. The first match for Round 2 features the winners of match 1 and 3: Architect and Corporate. The winner of this match is the ultimate wood frame. Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. The first match of Round 2 will expire 3/27/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Architect Frame Match 1 Team Corporate narrow Frame Match 1

Check back to see who will be the winner of the first match of round 2 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 8

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M8 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 8

This is it, the final match in Round one of the picture frame championship. 16 teams began, 7 spots have been chosen by loyal fans, one more spot remains. The two frames that will be facing against each other for the final match in round 1 bring us back to the specialty category. The past 7 matches have decided which two teams will be moving on from the wood category, the metal category and the poster frame category.

The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 6 to decide the ultimate Specialty Frame. In Match 8 our Shadowbox Elite series faces our Shadowbox Showcase Series for the last spot in the Elite 8. Shadowbox Elite series may be out numbered in players but they make up for it with their fan base. This match could shape up to be a real Cinderella story.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 8 will expire 3/26/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

Team Shadowbox Elite Frame Team Shadowbox Showcase frame

 

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 8 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship:Round 1, Match 7

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M7 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 7

We’re once again back to the Poster frames for match 7. The winner of this match will face the winner of Match 5 to decide the ultimate Poster Frame. In Match 7 our most basic poster frame the Corrugated Series goes head to head with a more prestigious poster frame, the Deluxe Poster Frames.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 7 will expire 3/25/15 at 3:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Corrugated frame series Team Deluxe Series Frame

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 7 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship: Round 1, Match 6

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

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FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 6

Round 1 of the picture frame championship is almost complete. We enter into the Specialty Frames category today with a match up of two of our popular certificate frames: Deluxe and Economy.

Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 6 will expire 3/24/15 at 4:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Deluxe Certificate Frame Team Economy Certificate Frame

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Round 1 Match 5

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

R1M5 Results

FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 5

The wood and metal categories are now complete for round one. Next round we will have The winner of Match 1 playing against the winner of Match 3 for the wood category. The winner of Match 2 will face the winner of Match 4 for the metal category. We move on to the next two categories of picture frames: Specialty Frames and Poster frames.

Match 5 is beginning the fight between these two categories. Our Budget Saver Poster Frame goes to head to head with a new comer in the poster frame game: Simply Poly. Fight for your favorite by casting your vote. Match 5 will expire 3/21/15 at 4:45 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Budget Saver Round 1 Match 5   Team Simply Poly Round 1 Match 5

Check back to see who will be the winner of match 5 in the Picture Frame Championship.

 

 

 

 

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Frameusa.com Picture Frame Championship Round 1 Match 4

Update: The Picture Frame Series That will be advancing to round 2 is….

Round 1 Match 4 Results
FRAMEUSA.COM PICTURE FRAME CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 1, MATCH 4

With the start of what will be a great March Madness earlier this week, Its only fitting that Frameusa.com is in the midst of an equally great Madness championship of our own. We started with 16 frame series and so far 3 of our series have been victorious against their competitors. Our Corporate Narrow Series and our Glory Metal series were the first to move on. The third series that will be advancing to the next round was decided by all of our readers just a few minutes ago. We are back to the Metal Frames category with Match 4.  Two series almost identical in style go head to head. Metal I Picture Frame Series with the six shiny players is ready to fight. Metal II Picture Frame series enters the court with one more player donning classic metallic colors.

 

Will the extra player be enough to advance Metal II to the next round or will they fall short of its lustrous competition? Help decide which of these lucky series will be advancing to the next round and vote for your favorite frame. Match 4 will expire 3/20/15 at 4:00 PM EST.

The ultimate winner of this championship will receive a BIG reward for being the best. Help your favorite frame advance and be victorious!

 

Team Metal I Round 1 Match 1 Team Metal II Round 1 Match 1

Check back tomorrow to see who will be the winner of match 4 in the Picture Frame Championship.

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