Thankful Thursdays is a series we started at the beginning of 2016 to bring awareness to our amazing BSB Vendors that Give Back and share how they use their businesses to serve the environment and their local and global communities!
Today we are sharing The Giving Back Story of one of our Tampa BSB vendors, Michele Renee The Studio. When I first heard about Michele many years ago, she was holding a fundraiser for wells to be drilled in India and I knew she was my kind of gal! Fast forward several years and I couldn’t be more honored to have a part of our BSB Vendor Family!
Photo by Amita S. Photography
Michele Renee The Studio
is an on location hair and makeup studio specializing in weddings. However, even though they are hair and makeup artists, they believe that beauty comes from the inside out. Not only is it important to have a “beat” face and eyebrows on “fleek,” but it is also important to do good in your community. Michele Renee The Studio
encourages giving throughout the year. Whether it is raising money for wells in India or collecting soup cans for Thanksgiving, Michele Renee The Studio
is committed to giving back 10% of their profits each and every year.
Photo by Jeanine Leigh Photography
One charity Michele Renee The Studio
is especially close to is a grassroots organization in Tampa Bay, where they’re headquartered, called My Hope Chest
. My Hope Chest
is the only national 501c3 social service organization focused on reconstructive surgery for uninsured and under insured breast cancer survivors. They are moved to ACT and our goal is to heal and provide closure to the breast cancer journey. By enabling those who desire reconstruction to have it, My Hope Chest
works to help all survivors return to a “new” normal with feelings of hope, self-worth and completeness.
My Hope Chest
was founded by Alisa Savoretti in the fall of 2003. A breast cancer survivor and Las Vegas Showgirl, she was 38 and without insurance at the time of her diagnosis. Following a mastectomy and only 5 months after finishing her chemotherapy, Alisa returned to the Las Vegas stage and her career as a professional dancer – this time however, minus one breast. Billing herself as the “Lop-sided Showgirl”, Alisa shared her personal story and plans for an organization as a result of it, gaining media attention through a news story on the local CBS affiliate. Alisa had to wait nearly 3 years to acquire her own reconstruction. She realized then that there is a huge gap in treatment that existed for “uninsured” women suffering from a mastectomy. “I realized how my own self-esteem, confidence and self worth, as a woman, returned when I could look in the mirror and see my whole “physical” being once again. It was my healing, a restoration in body mind and spirit.”
For more information about booking Michele Renee The Studio
for your next wedding hair and makeup needs, visit them HERE
. If you would like to get involved with My Hope Chest or donate to their effort, visit their website: My Hope Chest