How Pink Phoenix Identifies With Swag

Today we are sharing our blog with one of our non-profit clients who does great things in the Portland/Vancouver area- not only for breast cancer survivors, but to help remind everyone to get mammograms and do monthly self exams.  Read on to learn more about Pink PhoenixTM from our guest blogger Ilene McMurray.


Pink Phoenix™ is the United States’ first dragon boat team consisting entirely of breast cancer survivors. A competitive team, it was organized in 1996 with the mission to enhance breast cancer awareness and to provide hope for survivors that there is quality of life after breast cancer. Our purpose is to demonstrate that special quality of life; to promote wellness, fitness, fun and camaraderie through dragon boating. We also provide social, emotional and spiritual support for breast cancer survivors. Through outreach activities, media recognition and public visibility, Pink Phoenix™ strives to provide hope to those newly diagnosed and to enhance breast cancer awareness serving as a reminder to women to have mammograms regularly and to do self-exams.  Teammates find strength and quality of life by paddling together while having the common thread of a breast cancer diagnosis. We treat each with respect, dignity, compassion and foster personal growth, teaching and learning.  Pink Phoenix welcomes all breast cancer survivors from the surrounding Portland/Vancouver areas, newly diagnosed to long-time survivor, all ages, and all abilities.

Pink Phoenix team.

      We participate joyfully and celebrate life


This year we have purchased 2 banners and a flag from Barefoot Swag.  They were selected so our location at whatever venue we are at can be easily located.  Our Pink PhoenixTM logo has been prominently printed on all of them in so our team is easily identifiable at all our race venues.  We selected a mesh banner that is more easily transported to away venues as it is lighter and dries more quickly in case of inclement weather.  We also use our banners at outreach events such as Race for the Cure, Row for the Cure, The Komen Breast Cancer Issues Conference, The Advancements in Breast Cancer Conference, The Healthcare Provider and Sponsor Paddle, and the Portland Pickles Breast Cancer Awareness Game.

pink phoenix banner

We have also used fun items like the pop open fans to cool us off at hot venues, fun sunglasses that turn pink in the sunlight and fandanas. These items are both functional to the team members at events and increase our visibility and help spread awareness.

For more information, including membership or to sponsor or donate, visit the Pink PhoenixTM website at  You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


If you would like ideas to raise awareness for your non-profit at events contact us today!


How TIP of Portland/Vancouver Increases Awareness of Their Services

Sandra Lutz-Rodrigues, who runs our Portland, OR office has been volunteering with TIP since 2001 and when she began to tell me of all the organization and the volunteers do to help those facing unimaginable tragedies I was amazed and completely impressed with her selflessness and generosity in the volunteer hours she gives and all that the TIP Organization does.

We love learning more about our clients and how they use promotional products and we are really excited to have guest blogger June Vining, Executive Director of TIP Portland/Vancouver, Inc. sharing the amazing work that TIP does, the ways they serve the community and  how they have incorporated promo items into their organization.

Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.”  TIP Volunteers know that to be true.

Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) is a group of specially trained citizen volunteers who respond 24/7, 365 days a year to support citizens in crisis.  Volunteers are requested by emergency personnel to show up on-scene to provide immediate practical and emotional support to families, friends, by-standers – anyone who is effected by tragedy.

TIP of Portland/Vancouver has 160+ Volunteers, who responded to over 2,838 calls in 2016 – meaning that 15,554 people were not left alone on the worst day of their lives, the saddest day of their lives.

TIP is prideful about the emotional support that volunteers provide to clients, but TIP Staff is also prideful of their volunteers!  Some special ways that TIP Staff can say “thank you” to the volunteers who selflessly give over 40 hours a month is by giving small gifts and “swag” to those who serve the community.

Some of our favorites that we’ve given to volunteers, and handed out as giveaways at community events are the red and black sunglasses (we also partnered with a sponsor to promote their business and support of TIP – F.I.R.E. Restoration), the TIP canvas-type notebooks that we gave to all TIP Volunteers as a holiday gift – and most recently, the “TIP Fans.”

This summer, we placed an order for red collapsible fans that were quickly shipped to us.  They are pocket size and perfect for carrying around for hot weather – and they perfectly display our TIP logo.  We’ve been having fun with taking pictures of TIP supporters (aka TIP “FANS”) with the red TIP fans… and posting those pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #tipFANSareeverywhere.

Tip picture

Trauma Intervention Program is excited to celebrate our 25th Anniversary next month – 25 years of “Citizens Helping Citizens in Crisis” in the Greater Portland Metro area… encompassing all of Multnomah, Clackamas and Clark Counties.  We are excited to partner with Barefoot Swag who help us brainstorm ideas to “promote” our mission, say thank you to the volunteers and creative “giveaways” at our Community Events.