Jun

19

Happy Birthday Lou!

Lou Gehrig Birthday

 

June 19, 1903 Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig was born in New York, New York.  Why is this important, because Lou Gehrig would go on to become one of the most famous and beloved New Yorkers of all time setting records on the baseball diamond and setting examples for humans everywhere on how to be humble amid great success.  He is also the face of ALS, more commonly referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”.

Lou Gehrig was a 1st baseman for the New York Yankees from his first game in 1923 all the way through his retirement in 1939. He was a member of the famed “Murderers’ Row” batting line-up that also included Babe Ruth. He won multiple World Series Titles and League MVP’s.  His largest claim to fame however was his durability.  Lou gained his nickname “The Iron Horse” by playing in 2,130 consecutive games for the Yankees. (one of the long standing records until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995) This reliability is one of the reasons his departure from the game was so surprising.

Entering the 1939 season Gehrig had been experiencing serious dips in performance due.  Some just attributed it to a random slump, others could tell there was something physically wrong with him.  He was always an excellent hitter and a magnificent base-runner, but both of those skills had deteriorated drastically.  On May 2, 1939 Lou Gehrig asked to be benched, breaking his own streak, and effectively ending his professional career. He would never play in another game.

Gehrig then visited the famed Mayo Clinic where after several rounds of testing he was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the disease that would take his life only 2 short years later.  Everyone remembers what happens next, the retirement from baseball and one of the most famous speeches in sports history, the “Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth” speech. Lou Gehrig died only two years after his diagnosis on June 2, 1941. He was 37 years old.

Lou Gehrig’s Disease, or ALS, is a very serious disease that attacks the nerve cells in both the brain and the spinal cord leading to loss of muscle movement and paralysis.  This isn’t even the scariest part.  ALS has no clear cause, no cure, and no treatments available.  It is a disease that attacks, seemingly, at random and is unstoppable once diagnosed.  That is why we believe it is incredibly important to support the work done by organizations like the ALS Association, the only organization generating global research, fostering government partnerships, and actually providing assistance to individuals with ALS.  Let’s send Lou Gehrig a birthday gift that we know he would appreciate, a great big Socialvest donation to the ALS Association!

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Jun

14

World Blood Donor Day 2013

World Blood Donor Day

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Jun

13

Warby Parker Triple Giveaway Winner!

Warby Parker Contest Winner
Two weeks ago, we launched an awesome promotion with Warby Parker, a fellow social-enterprise that makes hip frames at wallet-friendly prices. But it’s not just their glasses that make them a company worth supporting. Warby Parker empowers international entrepreneurs to administer vision tests and sell glasses in their communities.  This approach addresses the wide-spread lack of access to basic vision care while strengthening local economies from the inside out.  Pretty cool if you ask us!

During our Warby Parker Triple Giveaway, any Socialvest member who ordered a free at-home try on kit from Warby would be entered to win a free pair of their choice. If you shared the promotion with friends on Facebook or Twitter, you earned another entry!

Now the entries have been tallied and we’ve got ourselves a winner (drum roll please)….. Megan M.! For more on Megan, her top cause, and how it feels to win, check out our quick interview below.

1. Congrats Megan! You won a brand new pair of Warby Parkers. What’ll it be- specs or sunnies? Sunnies for sure! Even though I could use a new pair of specs too! That will be by next purchase! 

2. With so many vintage-inspired looks to choose from, it’s going to be tough but what style do you think you’ll go with? It is going to be hard to choose! Right now I am really liking the Winston in Cream Soda.

3. Since you’re an active SV member, you obviously like to give back. What non-profit is particularly close to your heart? I get to give back to a non-profit that I work for (Nexus Energy Center) which helps me keep my job! So its helping with sustaining job growth in my area (: 

*For those of you who don’t know, Nexus Energy Center is an organization that works to educate Alabama residents about conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy.

4. Besides WP, what other Socialvest-approved stores are your favorite to browse and shop?  iTunes and JCrew. I shop there TOO much!!

5. What’s your favorite part about being a Socialvest member? Not only do you get awesome discounts at featured stores but knowing that you are giving back to the community is most important.

 

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May

31

Fashion Friday: When The Beach Bug Bites!

The temperatures are rising fast and it wont be long before you get bit by the beach bug.  To help you get prepared we have compiled a few of our favorites in beach must-haves this season and every item on this list gives back to the causes you care about with Socialvest!

 

Beach Kit

 

Striped Nylon Easy Tote at C. Wonder | $88 | 2.5% to your cause

Nate Berkus Surfside Beach Towel at Target | $18 | 2% to  your cause

Havaianas ‘Top’ Flip Flop at Nordstrom | $18 | 3% to your cause

Lauren Moffatt Dropshot Ruffle Bikini at Madewell | $184 | 5% to your cause

Persol 51mm Keyhole Sunglasses at Nordstrom | $230 | 3% to your cause

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30 at Sephora | $32 | 3% to your cause

Australian Gold Spray Gel w/ Instant Bronzer at Ulta | $7 | 35% to your cause

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May

02

Reduced. Reused. Bicycled?

How many parts do you figure go into a car? A couple hundred at least right. Now how many parts would you guess go into a bike? Maybe 10.  Well why can’t we pull the 10 parts we need to make a bike from an old junk car? No reason, and that is the theory behind Bicycled.

Bicycled is a project from the Spanish creative agency, Lola Madrid, and is dedicated to hand-crafted bicycles made entirely of recycled car parts.   You have transmission belts for chains, upholstery for seat covers, turn-signals for reflectors, and frames made of various car metal. Each bike is produced using materials from entirely different cars to ensure your bike is incredibly unique, and they are all handcrafted by bicycle shop owners to guarantee quality.

Want to be one of the first people you know with a totally unique, 100% recycled bike? (let’s not kid ourselves, the hipster in us definitely wants to be the first with a handcrafted, unique, recycled bike) Well take a look at the video below and head over to their site to add yourself to their mailing list that will keep you up-to-date on all things Bicycled!

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