Leukemia, Fundraisers and DYNA Ribbons

What does leukemia have to do with personalized ribbons?

Giving back to the community defines Coller Industries Incorporated’s mission of service. Through our motto of To Serve Our Customers and in maintaining our business practices, every donation helps us reach out to our community. Our most recent donation goes to a fantastic company who is supporting those who have leukemia.

Lisa Baynham, President of Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. describes the organization as “Dedicated, Enthusiastic and Fun.”

Ladies Leukemia League, Inc.Ladies Leukemia League, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to help find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. Founded in 1970, Ladies Leukemia League annually awards all funds raised to leukemia and lymphoma research scientists via a grant program. Over the past 48 years, they have raised over $3.7 million in the hopes of finding a cure for these diseases.

“Our only fundraiser is our annual FÊTE de NÖEL Luncheon held in December in New Orleans,” said Baynham. “This event is the premier opening to the holiday season, and over 1,100 attendees attend. The event features a New York-style runway Fashion Show by Dillards. It also features three or four area-children who are facing the challenges of dealing with this disease. The event also includes raffles, a parade of prizes and a silent auction.”

Personalized DYNA Satin Ribbon Rolls

dyna satin ribbon donation for Ladies Leukemia League, Inc.Value priced DYNA Satin Ribbons are perfect for tying bows, gift wrapping and product packaging. The high-quality ribbon won’t fray or tear and has a slight sheen. Made from 100% polyester with fused edges, this ribbon is available in a variety of sizes as well as a large selection of colors.

Coller Industries donated personalized ribbons which we will use to make jingle bell necklaces for our fundraiser attendees,” said Baynham. “This donation helps reduce the overhead cost of this event so we can maximize the profits donated to leukemia research.”

Every donation we give becomes a part of who we are. And every organization we help, such as Ladies Leukemia League, Inc., defines why service is a must for our company. So, as we get to know those who help with fighting this disease, this donation makes us even more grateful for every opportunity to give back to our community.

A Brief History of Ribbons

The history of ribbons didn’t start with a bow; it started with money.

the history of ribbons doesn't start with a bow; it starts with money.Stemming from their almost exclusive use by nobility and the upper-class as a symbol of wealth, the history of ribbons is quite extensive. By the 17th and 18th centuries, ribbons had become a regular part of the fashion industry. Adornments of ribbon on men and women’s clothing became a popular trend.

However, this history reaches far beyond clothing and fashion adornments. Now, in the 21st century, ribbons are everywhere. From awareness tokens to holiday decorations, ribbons have become a staple in almost every household.

So, let’s start with the question, “What is a ribbon?”

A ribbon is a narrow, woven strip or band of fine material which is finished off on all edges. Different types of fabrics fashion each ribbon. The most common are organza, satin and polyester. These materials are frequently used for ornaments, decorations, bow-tying and accessories.

A History Lesson

As early as the Neolithic period, people wove narrow and dense strips of fabric on small portable looms. Impressions of warp-faced plain weave bands dating back to 6000 B.C.E. were excavated from the Turkish archaeological site of Catal Huyuk.

As early as the 11th century, St. Etienne, France made lighter-weight ribbons. This town remains the headquarters of the ribbon-weaving industry. While a ribbon’s primary purpose at this point was functional, there is some evidence which suggests a decorative use for these bands.

References to ribbons occur with increasing frequency during the 14th and 15th centuries as more tailored clothing developed. In the 16th century, ribbons became even more popular due to their usage and acceptance by French kings and nobility. Eventually, in the 17th and 18th centuries, male usage began to decline, and women were the only ones wearing these ribbon adornments.

The history of ribbons continues throughout the centuries. From the earlier usages on clothing and functionality to eventually taking on roles of a fancier use, ribbons are here to stay. They now hold medals in place as well as bestowing honor on those most deserving. Decorating and gifting are now a common use for ribbons.

Understanding Why the History of Ribbons is Important

While ribbons are still manufactured and can be found trimming hats and other clothing, they are no longer an important element of fashion. Their place as commemorative tokens and in the work of crafters has ensured the continued production of ribbons.

The history of ribbons is essential to us because we sell them, but it should also be important to you. Without ribbons, clothing, hats and other adornments would not have been so important to our history. And, without ribbons, gifts would be less exciting, decorations would be a bland and weddings wouldn’t be so fancy.

the history of ribbons includes decorations used at events like weddings
the history of ribbons includes awareness ribbons for all walks of life
the history of ribbons includes ribbon awards and recognitions

From donning an awareness ribbon to decorating for a corporate event, all ribbons are worth learning about. So, whether it is something personalized for a wedding or an award at a school event, all ribbons have a place in history.

Safety and Going Green Using Ribbons

This week, going green has a different meaning from recycling. It means remembering the importance of pedestrian safety.

Whether it’s wearing mismatched socks, having crazy hair or merely wearing a green ribbon, many schools this week are reminding their students about pedestrian safety. While it seems a simple task to tell people about street safety, sometimes a physical device like a green ribbon can make a huge impact.

While these awareness ribbons are used year round, some of the most prominent reasons for wearing awareness ribbons happen around the starting of the school season. Many schools acknowledge Red Ribbon Week during the last week of October. Others include breast cancer awareness, literacy awareness and cultural diversity awareness. For a full list of awareness ribbon colors and months, a simple reference website is https://www.fundraisingforacause.com/ribbon-meanings-by-month.html.

And, green ribbons are no different.

wearing green ribbons help promote pedestrian safety

From awareness and awards to wedding and event decorations, all ribbons have one thing in common: they create a social atmosphere. Ribbons are a perfect way to create fun. Whether it be part of a craft project or using them for decorations at your next party, they inevitably accomplish the same things. They drive your need to socialize.

Getting everyone involved is key to this socialization. Parents and kids alike all need to be aware of their surroundings. And by dressing in green or wearing a colorful ribbon, everyone starts actively seeking safety. Parents can pledge to be more careful when driving, and students can promise to watch when they are crossing a street.

Wearing Your Ribbon

Badge ribbons are a great tool when showing support and awareness for something like Green Ribbon Week. Many people wear name badges at work, so it is easy to attach a ribbon to an existing uniform piece. From blank badge ribbons to custom printed ribbons, design something that helps to get out your safety message.

Rosette ribbons are a fun way to show off your chosen color. Add these fancy ribbons to outfits, notebooks or backpacks to show support and promote safety. From a place ribbon proclaiming safety as number one to a custom rosette, these ribbons help to pledge everyone’s awareness.

ribbon rolls make great awareness ribbons to help promote safetyRibbon rolls make wonderful awareness ribbons. They are easy to make and perfect to attach to anything. From car antennas to backpacks and people, tie a green ribbon around anything!

So, wear your green ribbon today to help promote safety.

Grosgrain Leftovers & Ways to Use Them

Leftover ribbons are great, aren’t they? Especially when they are of the grosgrain variety!

use grosgrain ribbon leftovers for all sorts of homemade crafts and DIY projectsThese unique ribbons are a great way to add some depth to any homemade confectionery. Due to their unusual ribbed design, grosgrain ribbons are super fun to work with. From scrapbook page decorations to adding some character to a table runner, here are some fun and creative ways to use these textured ribbons.

Preserving Your Memories

From photo borders to pretty little flowers, grosgrain ribbons are a fun addition to any scrapbook. Line pages with these ribbons to create a bit of depth and character to your memories. Or, create little embellishments to add to each page in a memory book.

Other ribbon rolls are fun additions as well. Use satin ribbons for a refined touch, or use full color ribbons to remember specific details about different events. Remember to be as creative as you want when adorning your scrapbooks. Uniqueness is where it all lies.

Home, Office and Party Decor

use grosgrain ribbon scraps for DIY projects in your home or officeWhether it is for use in your home or elsewhere, grosgrain ribbons are sure to add character to any event or party. Use scraps of ribbon to decorate lamps and other fixtures around each room. Small ribbon strips are perfect for hanging pictures and greeting cards. And, with the ribbed design on a grosgrain ribbon, any embellishments are sure to stand out.

Or, spice up your office decor with ribbon flowers or other trinkets made from this fun ribbon. Add them to picture frames, mirrors and anything else your heart desires. Hang strips of ribbons leftover from fun events you have attended to remind you of the good times. Or, tape them around your computer monitor for a creative look.

Homemade Awards and Identification

grosgrain ribbons are perfect for homemade awards and other identification needsMake awards using personalized ribbon rolls fashioned into a lanyard with a candy bar attached at the end for a medal. Or create a fun lanyard for your keys or a name badge with grosgrain ribbons. They provide a different look for your identification needs.

But, no matter how you decide to use these fun, unique ribbons, remember to keep your imagination active. The possibilities are endless!

Have you created something fun and useful with grosgrain ribbon leftovers? Let us know in the comments.

Custom Top Ribbons (Product Highlight)

From sales and special events to branding and awards, these custom top ribbons are sure to meet your every need.

With an endless list of possibilities, use these custom top ribbons for almost anything! And they are perfect for every venue. From schools to offices and even wedding halls to government facilities, these ribbons have a place. And, while there are only four of these custom top ribbons, here is a list of what they are, and how to use them.

square custom top ribbons are great for remembering how much fun you had at an eventSquare Top Ribbons

Perfect for any event these ribbons have a square top, a record card on the back and an eyelet with a hanging string on the top.

Use these fun custom top ribbons at summer, school and any other event you are holding. They make perfect award ribbons and come with a record card attached to the back. And, with the string hanging from the top, display them on a wall or use them as a bookmark. Any recipient will be pleased with this award for their job well done.

These square top ribbons are also great for promoting your events. Hand them out before the event date as an easy reminder. People can hang them from a key rack or even on the fridge to help them remember to come to your event.

use pointed custom top ribbons for participant awardsPointed Top Ribbons

Great to use for prizes, these ribbons have a pointed top, a record card and an eyelet with a hanging cord on the top.

Participation awards are all the rage right now. And these custom top ribbons are perfect for letting everyone know they are appreciated. These ribbons come with a record card and a hanging cord as well. But, with the fancy pointed top, they grab more attention!

clean cut hemmed custom top ribbons make great bookmarks and event remindersHemmed Top Ribbons

Each hemmed award ribbon has a square sewn top for a clean, finished look with a record card attached to the back.

These clean-cut custom top ribbons are sure to please your most picky attendees. The nice, crisp look to the hemmed top makes these ribbons a bit more classy and professional.

Help create memories by presenting these custom top ribbons to your most prestigious participants. They make great announcements for a celebration, promotion or sale. And, no matter how you use them, these ribbons are an outstanding way to make sure your message is heard.

use pinked custom top ribbons for bookmarks and other flat ribbon needsPinked Top Ribbons

Make everyone feel like they are a winner with these colorful and vibrant, custom full color award ribbons.

Quotes, awards and messages all look great on these custom top ribbons. The pinked edges make it so the ribbon won’t fray and they will always lay flat. Print nearly anything on these personalized ribbons from full color images to almost any text.

Use these ribbons easily with name badges or work as a meeting agenda or other convention handouts. They are perfect for any event, great for promoting a sale and for building a company’s brand.

No matter how you use them, these custom top ribbons are perfect for all of your needs!