Dermazone is committed to being a strong community partner. Each month, the company selects a nonprofit in the Tampa Bay community to receive a ‘Random Act of Kindness': products, volunteer hours or a financial donation.

Recent beneficiaries of Dermazone’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ have included the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation - Tampa Bay, eWomenNetwork, and Operation Care Package, among others.

Dermazone is an international sponsor of eWomenNetwork to support its mission of helping women business owners. As a women-owned business, Dermazone encourages business opportunities that allow women to achieve their dreams.

Additionally, Dermazone Solutions provided critical assistance in the launch of the Tampa Bay chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation. Dermazone is partnering with the women-only volunteer organization to work toward the nonprofit’s mission of providing financial awards to deserving university students working toward advanced degrees in science, medicine and engineering.

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Kara Vita is dedicated to making a difference in people's lives, and the community; sharing the Kara Vita story and the amazing difference our products are making in the lives of thousands of women and their families. 

Last month Kara Vita donated $500 to Brookwood Florida. Brookwood Florida provides a safe living environment, as well as education, employability skills, independent living training and therapeutic counseling to abused, neglected and at-risk teen girls. Their ultimate goal is to help the girls transition into a healthy and independent adulthood.

Brookwood Florida's, Cheryl Small, Development Specialist, sent a letter to Kara Vita’s president, Deborah Duffey, expressing her deep gratitude for the support and belief in Brookwood’s mission.  This donation will help them to continue to provide crucial services to girls who desperately need their program in order to prepare for a much brighter future.

For more information on the Brookwood Florida Program ...click here.

Click here to read the Thank you letter.


 
     

Kara Vita was honored to be among those who sponsored Love that Dress, a benefit for the Pinellas PACE Center for Girls. This organization’s purpose is to assist girls and young women who are considered dependent, a runaway, truant, or in need of academic skills, with educational and personal development.

Through education, counseling, and training, the girls (from ages 12-18) receive support in reaching the educational and social goals set for them. Upon completion of the program, PACE monitors their growth with three years of follow-up management. Since its inception 27 years ago, PACE has help over 21,000 girls.

http://www.pacecenter.org

 
     
 
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August is the time of year where the kids are preparing to go back to school. And while some have already started buying supplies, books, and clothes, not all have the means available to do so. Locally, in Pinellas County, nearly half of about 110,000 students attending school are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. This same group is also in desperate need of clothing.

That is where Clothes to Kids steps in. For almost a decade this organization has been providing wardrobes to low-income, school-age children… free of charge. In 2009, they provided 8,000 wardrobes; in 2010 they provided 12,000 wardrobes. This is their mission.

Clothes to Kids hopes one day that children will have the ability to focus on their academic accomplishments, without the burden of worrying if a lack of wardrobe will keep them from achieving their hopes, dreams, goals and successes.

http://www.clothestokids.org/
 
     
 
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Art for Autism - This non-profit organization offers programs and services to those touched by Autism.

The mission of this dedicated company is to increase awareness and provide resources for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Sharon Less attended this function.

http://www.autismone.org/content/art-autism

 
     
 
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Look Good...Feel Better! is a nationwide program offering women with cancer the ability to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. Since its inception in 1989, volunteers have set up individual or group self-help beauty sessions which leave the women with a sense of support, confidence, and courage.

Over the years more than 700,000 women in the U.S. have participated in the program, with workshops in more than 3,000 locations. Many well-known companies donate to this organization, and we were equally honored to make a contribution in support of its mission and its participants.

To learn more on how you can help make a difference, please visit www.lookgoodfeelbetter.org

 
     
 
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Hands Across the Bay presented Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of The David Lynch Foundation. This event supported soldiers who were diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving their country. Transcendental Meditation has been helpful for these soldiers’ recovery and Operation Warrior Wellness assists soldiers in learning and practicing the technique.

The event was held at Sheltair at St Pete/Clearwater Airport, where you could view Ronald Reagan’s limo, military tanks, a Vietnam helicopter and a WWII B25 airplane. A few brave people were able to take a ride in the B25.

Kara Vita donated a gift basket for the auction. It was great to volunteer and be able to meet some of the men who are serving our country and thank them.


http://handsacrossthebay.org/

 
     
 
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Victims 2 Survivors is an organization committed to serving as an advocate for child sexual abuse. They are also dedicated to promoting awareness and education. Kara Vita was proud to support this group at one of its recent fundraising events.

Victims 2 Survivors not only joins forces with other organizations to host fundraising events that are helping to fulfilling their mission of empowering survivors of violence, but founder Connie Rose is also the host of a weekly radio show which serves as another forum for discussions, stories, education, and support for the cause.

 
     
 
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Fun and Fashion

The ARCS Foundation Tampa Bay Chapter held its 2nd Annual Fun & Fashion: Down to a Science event last month, and we were thrilled once again, not only to have helped sponsor the event, but to also see a great amount of support from the community.

The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) advances science and technology in the United States by providing financial awards to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying to complete degrees in science, engineering and medical research. These grants are the largest of any private membership in the United States.

Kara Vita’s own Denise Walthers presided over the event, which held a silent auction and featured a fashion show in conjunction with sharing with guests the benefits ARCS provides to its recipients, as well as supporting the long-term growth and stability of the community.

http://www.arcsfoundation.org/

 
     
 
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Kara Vita is going to honor Kara Vita “animal stewards” and donate to a shelter in California. This shelter is called, "Dobie and Little Paws Rescue,".  It is owned and operated by Ardis, a lady who has not put her head in the sand.  For many years she has made giant strides in placing unwanted dogs and everyday she is determined to make a difference.

http://www.dobierescue.org/

 
     
 
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Kara Vita proudly donated sunscreen to Cure on Wheels. An all-volunteer that raises money to help individuals and their families cope with a diagnosis of cancer through an annual bike-a-thon. All of the proceeds are distributed locally to the Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital. This fundraising event supports cancer research and patient services.
 
     
 
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Missionary Ventures is the other organization we were delighted to support. This group partners with indigenous churches in poorer countries to aid in providing the necessary essentials to change their communities. This medical mission trip to Nicaragua will provide medical assistance, including exams, nutritional products and education, and vitamins to many families in need of treatment.
 
     
 
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Over the past 30 years, the Children’s Dream Fund has helped to fulfill thousands of dreams for local children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Our ability to fulfill the dreams of these children is contingent on the continued financial support and contributions from our community.

Dermazone Solutions is a proud sponsor of the fundraising event, Wine, Women & Shoes, held November 4-6, 2010.

http://www.childrensdreamfund.org/wws.cfm

 
     
 
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The ARCS Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles in 1955. This volunteer women's organization is committed to providing scholarships to academically outstanding U.S. citizens studying science, medicine and engineering.

The ARCS Foundation launched its Tampa Bay Florida chapter in March of 2010. The goal of this foundaton is to raise funds to support scholarships that will be awarded to graduate students in the Colleges of Marine Science and Cancer Biology.

Dermazone is a proud sponsor of Second Annual Eckerd College Science Symposium. The Symposium is a dynamic way to connect Eckerd students, faculty and alumni with each other and with the greater resources of Tampa Bay, area and beyond.

Click here for more information.

http://www.arcsfoundation.org/TampaBay/ARCS_2.asp

 
     
 
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In 1978, volunteers in Tampa, Florida started a modest outreach program offering baby clothes, toys and food to pregnant Moms in crisis. 

www.alphahouseoftampa.org offers a four-building campus with more than fifty bedrooms; a maternity home, and transitional housing for mothers with babies who don’t have a safe place to go after the birth of their child. The mission of Alpha House is to empower pregnant and parenting women in crisis to realize their ability to break the cycles of poverty and abuse, and create promising lives.  They provide safe housing, education and counseling, parenting and life skills training, vocational assistance and spiritual support.

Dermazone was made aware that the kitchen at Alpha House was in dire need of remodeling. While much of the project was covered by local merchant donations, a sizable sum was yet to be raised before the project could begin. Dermazone has chosen to make a financial contribution to support this project, and our company will be included in a plaque that will hang permanently in the new kitchen.

www.alphahouseoftampa.org

   
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While protecting ourselves from the sun on a daily basis is always critical, and something that the Dermazone divisions and Kara Vita educate customers on regularly, many people still limit themselves to only focusing on sun protection during summer months.

To help communicate the message of sun protection at all times, Dermazone recently donated 1500 full-size pieces of Kara Vita SPF 30 to the American Cancer Society.  Barb Ried, a Kara Vita Consultant, was instrumental in having each attendee of the society’s Discovery Ball receive our product.  Attendees included corporate executives from all over the country, and those whose goals include eradicating this dreadful disease. 

$1.5 million was raised for the cure, and 1500 influential supporters now know about Dermazon's amazing sun care products. Together we are not only making a difference, but we’re changing people’s lives.

http://www.cancer.org

   
 
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The gift of giving is one of the best contributions one can make. No charity is too small or too great to support.

The Big Cat Rescue sanctuary serves to rescue and provide a permanent home to a diverse population of exotic cats who have suffered abuse, abandonment, bred to be pets, retired from performing acts, or saved from slaughter for fur coats.

Additionally, it provides education to the public about the various animals and the issues presented to them in captivity and the wild.

http://www.bigcatrescue.org/

   
 
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October is celebrated nationwide as being DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS month.

For the past 30 years, CASA has been opening its doors to battered women.  CASA, formally known as the Center Against Spouse Abuse, is known today as Community Action Stops Abuse.  This organization serves the needs of the community by providing shelter to victims of domestic violence.  They also address the root causes of domestic violence through advocacy programs, education and training in the schools and the community.

Because of their service to the community, many lives have been saved.

On their website (www.casa-stpete.org), you will find the quote, “Our job is to help survivors believe in themselves – to dream a better life.”  Well, we here at Dermazone are all about building dreams, so we wanted to do our part and contribute to the effort.

We have chosen to make a sizeable donation of product to help heal the scars and lift the spirits of the survivors.  Along with the product donation, we collected clothes and household items to be donated.  

http://www.casa-stpete.org/

   
 
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Dress for Success’ Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the Professional Women’s Group, held its annual fundraiser last month in Tampa. Sharon Coleman from Kara Vita was invited to participate in helping touch the lives of disadvantaged women in the Bay Area. In attendance were approximately 150 women from around the Bay Area to support the efforts of Dress for Success.

Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization that was founded in New York City in 1997. Since its inception, Dress for Success has helped over 500,000 women worldwide. Its mission is to promote economic independence for women in need. This is done by providing job coaching and other essential career knowledge needed to obtain and sustain employment, helping to find employment, and by furnishing them with business attire. Continued career guidance and support is also given even after employment has been found.

Kara Vita donated samples of EyeWish Bioserum, Everyday Penetrating Lotion, and AllDay Suncare SPF 30 to show our support of improving peoples’ lives. It was a worthy function and we were able to make some great contacts for future business with independent business owners and professional women across the Bay Area.

http://www.dressforsuccess.org/

   
 
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The heart of eWomenNetwork is the eWomenNetwork Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and in-kind services, through grants and awards, in support of women and children.

Celazome and eWomenNetwork share a partnership of purpose. Together we are devoted to improving the lives of women through inspiring women in pursuit of their potential and dreams. A portion of each product purchased benefits the eWomenNetwork Foundation.

http://www.ewomennetworkfoundation.org/

   
 
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The Hospice Foundation of the Florida Suncoast

In our most critical time of need…when faced with life’s most challenging decisions…when we find ourselves most vulnerable and alone – the Hospice is there.

For the last three decades, the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast has been serving Pinellas County.  The Hospice is a community based not-for-profit agency committed to creating a caring and dignified environment for individuals suffering from chronic illness, facing the end of life, or grieving the loss of loved ones.  The Hospice offers comprehensive palliative treatment, emotional counseling, spiritual guidance and other services to the people of Pinellas County, without regard for race, creed, age, diagnosis or ability to pay.

As one of their annual fundraising events, the organization holds a Hospice Ball.  This grand affair offers dining, dancing, a silent auction, and fun for all who attend. The theme for the 2008 Hospice Ball was Bella Venezia, meaning “Beautiful Venice.” 

Dermazone Solutions is proud to share that we donated two beautiful baskets to be auctioned at this event – a Celazome basket worth $780.00, and a Kara Vita basket worth $1,200.00.  We know that the funds raised from this donation will help the Hospice to continue with their mission to provide care and support to patients and their families in our community.

http://www.hospicefoundation.org/

   
 
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Tampa Bay Ambassador: Deborah Duffey, Dermazone

Aug 07, 2014 - Tampa Bay Partnership

A native Bostonian, Deborah Duffey graduated from Stonehill College with a bachelor’s degree in industrial psychology in 1982. Soon thereafter, she stayed in the Boston area, leading a number of feasibility studies on how to support and sustain growth

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