Feel Good Friday

Written by Samantha Zepeda. Posted in Blog


As promised earlier in the week, today’s Feel Good Friday post comes from Christy – a Bay Area burn survivor who has been part of the Foundation for the past 10 years.  Be sure to check out her guest blog post that she wrote this past Wednesday.

What is it that you enjoy most about AARBF?

The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation is an incredible organization. I have grown up with the foundation’s support ever since I was burned at age 6 and the events that I have attended have changed my life.  Last summer, I had the opportunity to intern at the AARBF office in San Francisco. Seeing the behind-the-scenes of the foundation was really great! For a 17 year old like me, the foundation offers assistance in terms of scholarships, recreational events, an internship and most importantly, burn support.  Choosing one thing that I enjoy the most about this foundation is quite difficult; since this foundation has given me so much in the 10 years I have been a part of it.

What would you like all of the Growers to know about AARBF?

AARBF is not your typical foundation. It has helped so many people with the variety of things it has to offer. Every person is helped by this organization: burn survivors through recreational events and support, family and friends through support, and the general public through fire and burn prevention programs.  This foundation has changed lives and every Grower should know that those crazy mustaches, although they do get food caught in them and possibly anger your significant other, help raise funds for an organization that does amazing things.  Thank you so much for helping to fundraise for a wonderful cause!

Time to Rally!

Written by Samantha Zepeda. Posted in Blog

If you are not there already – it is time to move into Rally Mode!  With only 24 days left of the single largest fundraiser for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation – Grow Your ‘Stache is in full fundraising mode.  Time to rally in order to hit our $75,000 goal!

If you are in need of a few tips and tricks to help you reach and exceed your goal you are in luck – that is what I aim to do in dont-keep-calm-only-24-days-leftthis post.

1. Personalize your fundraising page – log into your account and edit your story to let others know why you are participating and what this means to you

2. Share your fundraising link with anyone and everyone – family, friends, co-workers – via e-mail, via text, on Facebook, on Twitter – anything and everything!

3. Call family, friends, and co-workers who you know want to support you, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet – remind them that the time is now

4. Do what is best for your supporters – if they want to give you cash or check, let them!  Then just use your credit card to put the funds towards your page -remember not everyone is comfortable giving online or they are just looking for an easier way to get involved

5. Share with them this website, www.growyourstache.com, so that they can see how many others are also behind the cause – as well as, read the blog posts about how their support helps


Thank you for already helping to send 21 kids to Champ Camp!  Let’s keep rallying to get them all there!  Happy Growing!