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Beyond our Red Door people of all ages will gather to learn more about cancer, share their experiences with others, and true to our namesake Gilda Radner, and find opportunities to laugh along the way.
Gilda’s Club Evansville is a cancer support community for anyone that has been affected by cancer, those with a diagnosis as well as their family and friends. Our Program consists of social/emotional support, education, social connections, healthy lifestyle activities, && resources & referrals. Membership & all Program activities are free of charge.
Gilda Radner passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989. Her husband, Gene Wilder & friends opened the flagship Gilda’s Club New York in 1995 in her honor/memory. Gilda believed that life should be lived to the fullest even while facing cancer & anyone affected by cancer should have a place for support, strength, comfort & wisdom…and perhaps a laugh or two!! Laughter is good for the soul!
“There are those who open their hearts to others…who never think twice about giving of themselves. They are the wonderful warmhearted people who make all the difference in our lives.”
– Gilda Radner
At Gilda’s we recognize that social and emotional support is as essential as medical care when cancer is in the family. Beyond our Red Door you will be welcomed to our support community where we offer a variety of workshops, classes, groups, and activities in a non-residential, homelike setting – all FREE of charge.
Gilda’s Club Evansville serves as a community of caring individuals that provide social, emotional, and educational support to all people impacted by cancer.
As a non-profit, there is always a financial need to keep the red doors open to serve those impacted with cancer at any stage of their cancer journey. We serve those newly diagnosed, managing a recurrence, working through the loss of a loved one or celebrating long term survivorship. Our website (www.gcevv.org) has monthly options to support individuals and/or families through donations and/or volunteering. We also have a “wish list” on our website for clubhouse items needed. We change this list periodically as needs arise.
Not for a specific fund raising goal, but we do use it for general fundraising. All of the shirts have something to do with cancer awareness. We use the store so anyone can get a t-shirt, in the size, color and style they prefer. Any donations received are used for Program activities (over 40 activities a month) and clubhouse supplies.
We started our SellMyTees.com store back in 2015 at the recommendation of another nonprofit. We always wanted to be able to sale t-shirts. Thought it would be a great way to raise money and awareness. But we didn’t have any inventory space and the cost of having to order in bulk was just too much. Chip and SellMyTees.com offered us the perfect solution!
We’ve been thrilled with it all. SellMyTees has been really good do us and for us! We love having so many different options for shirts. If you are a nonprofit and looking for a great way to increase your donations – This is where you should be!
Melanie Atwood, Executive Director, asked her friend, Sabrina Newton, to write a song for cancer survivors for our Tri-State Cancer Survivor Day on 6/4/17. Sabrina wrote the song and went to Nashville to have it recorded. It was debuted at our event & is available for download & Chip created 3 t-shirt for us – some with part of the song lyrics on the front! It is a song about living life, regardless of your diagnosis. Really, everyone is a survivor of something, so “This Is My Day!” is for all survivors everywhere. The song has a very special place in my heart, as I am a 6-year breast cancer survivor. Sabrina came to the Clubhouse on 4/21/17 (my 6-year survivor date) & sang the song for us – first time we all heard it! We were all in tears – not a Debby Downer song – very uplifting!
You’ll never catch me swimming without a t-shirt on, and I’m a firm believer that more men should follow my lead. Why? Let me explain:
Has anyone noticed that men seem to be tossing off their shirts and pullovers at an alarming rate these days? From Justin Bieber to the lads from Magic Mike, it seems that modern men are more eager than ever to bare their midsections to the world. Am I alone in thinking it’s FAR more attractive for men to leave something to the imagination? I feel quite alluring in a large t-shirt during one of my dips in my local community pool. Give it a try, men. You might be surprised by the flirty looks you receive.
Not only is swimming with a t-shirt more attractive, it also improves one's ability to swim (through aerodynamics possibly?). I don’t have ‘proof’ to back this up in any way, but from experience, I can tell you that a waterlogged t-shirt cuts through the waves in a way bare skin never could. Much like a leopard gliding through the African savanna, a man in a t-shirt simply streaks through a pool. I imagine it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing Olympic swimmers in t-shirts at the 100m final!
Swimming with a t-shirt will mean that you will take longer to dry off. This might sound like a negative, but there are some positive aspects! That extra drying time can give you a chance to contemplate your life choices, plot out that book you’ve always wanted to write, or horse around with your chums in the locker room! (In the event you are not with any chums, horsing around by yourself is also an option.)
One thing that does NOT factor into my swimming with a t-shirt is the expression ‘saucer nipples’, often heard whispered back and forth among other pool patrons as they steal quick glances. Don’t these fools realize that I’m perfectly happy with the size and shape of my nipples? In fact, having an unusually large nipple circumference is a sign of intelligence and virility in some cultures. I’m proud of them, to be frank. My impressive nipples have nothing to do with my t-shirt choice. Nothing. Nothing at all.
One wise man once said that in order to know where you are going, you have to first know where you came from. Don’t panic – this is the first and last philosophical sentence in this article.
So...here are some cool...or not so cool facts about tees.
1. Every year, all around the world 2 billion tees are sold.
2. The first promotional t-shirt was printed for the movie “The wizard of Oz”
3. The most expensive tee costs 1.275.000 $ and it belongs to a Canadian hockey player.
4. The world record for most T-shirts worn at once is 247.
5. Up until the 1950’s, t-shirts were still considered underwear, until John Wayne, Marlon Brando, and James Dean shocked Americans by wearing their “underwear” on T.V.
6. “t-shirt” didn’t become a word in the English dictionary until the 1920’s.
7. About 62% of Americans claim to own more than ten t-shirts in their wardrobe.
Why Tees Matter
At a high level, understanding the typical culture at a high tech startup can be difficult for those who haven’t worked for one. The best analogy I can think of is to put yourself back in time, to when you were between 8 – 12 years old. Now, think carefully about the things that 8 – 12 year old boys like (at least, the geeky ones). Video games. Caffeine. Scooters. Toys. Computers. Bean bag chairs. Junk food. This should help orient you, and brings you to the right frame of mind about t-shirts.
T-shirts are a part of that culture. In part, t-shirts represent the ultimate middle finger to those unnamed sources of authority who wanted software engineers to dress like “Thomas Anderson” in the Matrix. Software engineers want to be Neo, not John Anderson.
This leads us to the reasons why t-shirts matter:
Empowerment In some ways, engineers delight in having found a profession where their intellect and passion for technology have enabled them to earn a great living and work at a company where – yes, you guessed it – they can wear t-shirts to work. Giving out t-shirts tells your employees, implicitly, that you get it. You hire only the best, and the best can wear whatever they want. It says you know that you value merit over appearance; a working prototype over an MBA.
Incentives Over the past decade, behavioral finance has taught us that people don’t value money rationally – it varies depending on form and context. You can bring a $20 bottle of wine to your girlfriend’s parents’ house and be thought a gentleman. Handing her Mom a $20 at the door isn’t looked on the same way. Let me just tell you, free t-shirts evoke some sort of primal response at a high tech company. I’ve often said that I would see less interest at a high tech company handing out $100 bills than handing out free t-shirts. High tech companies are filled with benefits that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, benefit a minority of employees, and are generally under-appreciated financially. You’d be shocked at what a $200 per person per year budget for t-shirts will do for employee morale comparatively.
Tribal Cohesion There are a lot of reasons why many institutions require employees to wear uniforms. Common appearance can be a reminder that the person represents the company. More importantly, common dress signals who is “part of the tribe” and belongs to the corporate family. Uniforms are incompatible with the “empowerment” aspect of how people want to dress, but t-shirts can represent a form of “voluntary uniform” if produced in sufficient variety and quantity. This effect can be had at a team level, when a t-shirt is made just to celebrate a new product, or at the company level. It has a profound effect on new hires, as well, who desperately want “a shirt” so they can fit in. It may sound subversive, but t-shirts can provide many of the same benefits of camaraderie and tribal cohesion that uniforms did, without the top-down oppression.
Tenure Based Seniority High tech companies are largely meritocratic, and as they grow they tend to define roles based on skills & experience rather than “time at the company”. However, there are positive aspects to rewarding those who have “bled for the company” over the years, and put their hearts and souls into building the business. T-Shirts, in an innocuous way, implicitly do this by almost always becoming “limited editions”. Want the t-shirt from the 2007 company picnic? You had to be there to get one. How about the shirt from the first intern program? The launch of a game-changing new product? Even shirts that are given out to the whole company will become rare at a company that’s growing rapidly. In a socially acceptable way, t-shirts subtlely communicate a form of tenure that is warm, and yet structured.
Branding As discussed under “Tribal Cohesion”, people want to wear the brand of their tribe. They will wear them out everywhere if you let them. Let them. While being careful not to interfere with the uniqueness of shirts given to employees, make shirts for your developers, your fans, your early adopters. Long before they become vocal advocates for your brand, they will gladly showcase it if you let them. This tends to work best in relatively inter-connected, dense, techy cultures like Silicon Valley, but you’d be surprised how far your reach might be. Of course, this assumes that you make shirts that don’t suck, but we’ll cover that in the next blog post.