Honoring a Special Olympics Coach

From brand exposure to product promotion, donations benefit our company in many ways. But the joy we get from them does not come from those benefits. It comes from knowing we have helped others in some way. Here at Coller Industries Incorporated, we take our responsibility to the community seriously. So, we are always looking for donation opportunities. Recently, we had the privilege of giving back to our local community here in Salt Lake County, Utah. Give a big cheer to our latest donation recipient: The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team.

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A Special Olympics team pays tribute to their coach a month after her passing.

The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Vertical Graphic Ribbons

A purple ribbon with a vertical orientation, imprinted with gold text and a heart graphic used for special olympics.

Made of quality satin, Vertical Graphic Ribbons are a popular choice for fundraisers, conventions and trade shows. While they are often used to promote products, services or sales, graphic ribbons can serve almost any purpose. And, they let you add a graphic or logo to go with your text. Customize the size, font, imprint and material colors to make these ribbons right for you. With different fastener options available, attach the ribbons to a piece of clothing or wear them with a name tag.

We donated 500 Vertical Graphic Ribbons to help the Panthers pay tribute to their former coach, Agnes Marino. A long time volunteer, she passed away September 17, 2019. Keith Tondro, an Assistant Equipment Manager for Special Olympics, spoke highly of Marino. “She gave many years of service and has been an icon for Special Olympics. These ribbons will be worn by the athletes as they compete in the Fall Sports Classic on October 18 and 19, 2019 in golf, bocce and soccer.”

The athletes wore purple badge ribbons to honor their coach as they competed in different locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ribbons included a heart with the name of their team and former coach. With the memory of Marino in their hearts, they played bocce ball at Northwest Middle School, golf at Rose Park Golf Course and soccer at Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex. They did Marino proud by placing third in soccer, even while playing in stormy weather. Tondro said, “The Panthers fought hard and played well.”

Tondro, whose son, Darrell Tondro, is on the Panthers team, describes how Special Olympics benefits people with disabilities.

“Developing skills, building self-esteem and having fun, all while participating in year-round sports training and competition, is the life of a Special Olympics Utah athlete. Whatever their skill level, with eight sports to choose from, plus the Motor Activities Training Program (MATP), Special Olympics Utah has something for every person with an intellectual disability.”

No matter what product we donate, it is always a privilege to support organizations like Special Olympics. And this time, we got to help pay tribute to a woman who, like us, wanted to give back to the community. For us, giving back through donations is a way of saying thank you to those who make our company successful. After all, where would we be without the people in this community, our customers. So, thank you Special Olympics Utah for letting us serve you and your remarkable athletes. Go Panthers!

The Panthers Special Olympics Utah Team honor a former coach by wearing custom badge ribbons during their Fall Sports Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 18 and 19, 2019.

Badge Ribbons for Every Event

So, you already have the event planned out? Did you get badge holders or name tags for your staff, but still need a way to make sure attendees know who they can go to for assistance during the event? Try out these handy identification tools today!

custom badge ribbons to wear on name tags and badge holders

Badge Ribbons are so much more than just a piece of satin ribbon used as a designation for an usher or sponsor. Yes, titles are important, but these ribbons are so much more useful. Don’t settle for only using titles; make custom ribbons with nearly any text and graphics. From full-color to imprinted text, badge ribbons are guaranteed to make your life easier, especially when it comes to events.

Here are four ways to use badge ribbons at your next event.

1) Stock and Custom Titles

While a name tag identifies the person, adding a little flair will make them stand out. Custom imprinted ribbons are designed to hang from the back of a name tag or name badge. Simply attach a ribbon to the name tag or badge to add a descriptive title or honor for the attendee.

Choose from an abundance of stock titles or create a new one. Identify sponsors, presenters or speakers with different colored ribbons. These ribbons can also be used to differentiate guests and organizations from staff or volunteers. If there are prominent members or VIPs at the event, set them apart with a ribbon that reflects their importance or position.

2) Advertisements and Promotional Materials

vertical full-color badge ribbons are perfect for any event promotional materials

Ribbons don’t just have to be for a name tag. Make your event the hype of the year with badge ribbons. Get the word out using full-color ribbons with your event name, logo or other graphic. Leave them at grocery stores, libraries and even hand them out in places near your chosen venue. The masses are sure to get excited to come to your event with such a color advertisement.

Not only do badge ribbons help as a valuable networking tool, but they are perfect for promotions. Customize each ribbon with your logo, add any sales items or text informing of the promotion. Then, place them all around your business or store. Make sure to hand them out before the sale or promotion starts to get the word out properly. Then, watch the masses flock to your business!

3) Inspirational Quotes and Sayings

Ribbons can be customized to express any desired effect. So, add uplifting imprinted text to any color of ribbon you want. These can be added to name tags to help those around your event feel more welcome and invited. And, don’t just let your employees or staff wear them. Give them to attendees to wear as well.

And, while uplifting is always nice, don’t forget to make your guests smile. Add silly titles or statements to make attendees laugh and get more involved in your event. These sayings can even be directions to a game they can play while at your event. Get creative in your text and graphics with these fun event tools.

4) Keepsakes and Awards

vertical badge ribbon as an award for a school event

Ribbons are the perfect way to say thank you for coming. They also are great for recognizing someone’s help with your event. Or, give them as awards for a game during your event. In any use, they are a growing trend to use wherever and whenever possible.

These event ribbons don’t have to remain at professional functions. Think of all that you can do with them at private and personal events as well. From parties to weddings, every event will benefit from the use of these incredible badge ribbons.

So, use badge ribbons at any event. Conventions, meetings and conferences are a few of the places where you can find badge ribbons. But have you ever thought of using them for fundraisers, fancy parties and other such events? Their uses are truly endless!

Best of Show: Festivals and Fairs

State festivals and county fairs have two things in common: the elusive best of show and award ribbons.

From incredible horse shows, food demonstrations and live music to fried food, butter sculptures and roller coasters, festivals and fairs can be an incredible experience. And, don’t forget the best part: those best of show ribbons! But, before we get into our favorite topic of ribbons, let’s talk about the difference between a festival and a fair.

a festival and a fair both have something in common: best of show award ribbons

FESTIVAL vs. FAIR

Briefly, a festival is a gathering of people to celebrate something, historically religious holidays (feast days), but now also secular ones, e.g., Kwanzaa, or the Burning Man, initially held to celebrate the summer solstice. Mardi Gras is a famous New Orleans festival, a religious one celebrated more quietly in other areas.

A fair is a gathering of vendors or tradespeople for the entertainment, commerce or other purpose. There are job fairs (hardly a festival), book fairs, farm shows (also called fairs) where people show their prized livestock or farm products for the entertainment (and often sales for charity) of both fellow farmers and non-farmers alike, county fairs (mostly just summer entertainment), etc.

So, now that we know the difference between a festival and a fair, we can focus on more important things. Things like how to win your Best of Show ribbon!

While we don’t have specifics, especially when it comes to things other than ribbons themselves, on what the best looking cow is or if you have the best tasting chili, we do have a little bit of advice. No matter your location, from Texas to Minnesota, the best thing you can do to win that coveted prize ribbon is to try your hardest. Work on your craft and put the required time in to make sure you know what you’re doing.

Here at Coller Industries, that’s exactly what we do with our custom ribbons (and every personalized product we sell). We have been working on our craft for nearly 25 years, and are top in our trade. So, while we can’t really award ourselves with Best of Show ribbons (judges consider that cheating), we might just try.

But, don’t take our word for it!

Jeff Halbach, a poultry judge at last year’s Minnesota state fair, said, “The birds that end up on champion row usually are sound in body, correct and bright in color, have been cleaned and prepared for showing by their owners. And, finally, they have that winning personality.”

Emily Griffiths, also a judge (beef cattle) at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair, said, “I have always believed that beef heifer shows are very comparable to a beauty pageant in that it is about combining desirable female traits in a well-presented form with poise and style. You want an amount of body and muscle that is proportional and well suited to the animal’s frame with excellent structure. What separates an ordinary cow in the pasture from a champion at the state fair are those heifers with an extra amount of class, style, and grace. Those characteristics are not just limited to people—cattle can have those, too!”

Okay, on to those elusive Best of Show ribbons!

best of show stock rosette ribbon from Personalized Ribbons

Rosette ribbons are seen everywhere at a fair. From giant pumpkins to those cute baby piglets, they are the classic touch at your local state or county fair. There are plenty of titles and stock ribbons from which to choose or make custom fair ribbons. They can have any award or honor imprinted to meet all of your needs.

From county fairs to holiday festivals, personalized ribbons are sure to bring home the Best of Show! And, no matter your ribbon choice, we have something to meet all of your festival and fair needs. Whether it’s a pie eating contest or a 4-H event, ribbon rolls are sure to amaze with the right customization. Rosette ribbons are available as stock titles (yes, Best of Show included) or customize your own. They are a great way to make sure all winners are recognized for any achievement.

But, enough about us, what about you? Are you planning on taking home Best of Show this year? Will it be your prized pig or your mom’s best blueberry pie?

Going Back to School with Ribbons

As parents shout for joy, many teachers preparing for their return back to school.

From pencils and pens to notebooks and rulers, school supplies are in abundance right now. Teachers and parents alike are preparing their children to return to the classroom to further their education. But, the hardest thing right now for teachers is getting their rooms prepared for students to return.

While we don’t have pens and notebooks, we do have something you need! Check out all of these different ribbons. And, find out why they are essential to have in your classroom and available for your students.

use any of our personalized ribbons for your back to school needs

Full-Color Achievement Ribbons

Prize ribbons fill this need perfectly. No matter why your classroom needs student awards, all achievements will be recognized equally with these ribbons. From “Great Job” to “Student of the Month,” every student will appreciate receiving these fantastic ribbon awards. Or, give honorary titles such as “Star Student” and “Super Reader” to deserving kids.

Outstanding, Awesome and Great Job may be an understatement when a child receives one of these fantastic ribbons. Everyone at school will light up with joy when they receive one of these bright stock achievement ribbons. Mix and match 17 fun, colorful titles to meet the minimum order quantity. These stock ribbons are already printed and are available to ship the same day as ordered.

And they are fun to collect! Students may decorate their desks, use them as bookmarks or take them home to display these awards proudly for all to see. So, help each person at your school see just how important they are with these incredible awards.

Custom Rosette Ribbons

Recognize early graduates and award outstanding behavior this school year with a fantastic gift. These ribbons go above and beyond expectations when it comes to awards. Every rosette has fancy pleats and a choice of multiple streamers. Customize each feature to make sure these will win the hearts of all of your students.

Add names, titles and even an image of your mascot to these ribbons when personalizing them. Whether it be for making the honor roll or choosing a student of the month, any child will be amazed by this impressive award. Or, recognize student athletes from your class. We also have several stock rosette ribbons with imprinted buttons to fit any sport or athletic event.

Custom Ribbon Rolls

From bulletin boards to presentation folders, your classroom isn’t complete until you have ribbon rolls. Choose from a variety of colors to match your school motto and mascot. Then get to decorating that classroom! The whole school is sure to be jealous of all the fun you will have while preparing your room this year.

Here’s a fun idea: when giving out welcome gifts to your students, make sure to wrap them with this fun ribbon. Your students are guaranteed a great first impression when handed trinkets with personalized ribbons wrapped around them. And, maybe they will even behave a bit better as a way of saying thank you for your thoughtfulness.

Custom Badge Ribbons

Whether it’s for a new teacher in your school or a way to identify different grades, badge ribbons are here to be the best solution ever. With double-sided tape ready to stick to anything (like a name tag), these ribbons are super easy to use. Great for labeling things in the classroom, these ribbons are incredibly versatile.

Use them as labels when storing classroom supplies like markers or crayons. Or, give them to students as you are trying to learn all the new names for this school year. So, no matter what you need these wonderful ribbons for, they are perfect for nearly everything!

So, get to it, and add some fun and creative personalization to your school and classroom with custom ribbons.

Ribbon Impressions: A Better Way to Blog

Ribbon Impressions provides information about everything from custom ribbon roll ideas for your wedding to badge ribbons for a conference or convention.

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And don’t forget about rosette ribbons for your award needs, such as fair or festival prizes. Find all your ribbon needs in one place and learn how to best use them at events, during promotions and for your corporate gifting. Discover inspiration for using personalized ribbons and find useful how-to articles.

Because We are so Much More Than News, We’re Now Ribbon Impressions

We started as “Ribbon News,” but over the years, we’ve branched out to so much more. And to keep in line with that expansion, we have changed our name to Ribbon Impressions. We have grown rapidly as Coller Industries Incorporated over the past 20 or so years, and our focus and mission have always remained the same “To Serve Our Customers.” We accomplish this mission by providing fast and friendly service with only the highest-quality products.

It isn’t just the ribbons, it’s the ideas and uses too!

Coller Industries Incorporated's personalized ribbons blog Ribbon Impressions

Yes, we sell badge ribbons, rosette ribbons, ribbon rolls, award ribbons, event ribbons and every personalized ribbon you can think of. But, we’re so much more. From corporate gifting to event planning, this blog shows just how much your organization needs personalized ribbons. Learn how to decorate your venue and recognize VIPs at your next event. Or, find unique ways to promote your brand from colorful ribbon handouts to add that special something to your gift wrapping. And let’s not forget awards for schools and local contests. No matter what you need your ribbons for, this blog (by Coller Industries Incorporated) has all the creative ideas you need to get started.

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Coller Industries Incorporated's event planning and informational blog The Learning Center

The Learning Center is full of articles about learning how to host the best event ever, networking with colleagues and so much more. We guarantee that the information you find here will help you and your business. With a wide range of products such as ribbon rolls, rosettes, name tags, lanyards and award plaques, we want to make sure that you know how and where to use them. Whether you’re planning the best conference anyone will ever attend or hosting a simple dinner party, The Learning Center is here to make sure you are using these tools in the best possible ways. https://www.nametag.com/learning-center/

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Influencing Identity is here to help you figure out how to use name tags and identification products. From name tags for your business to badge holders for your next conference, we have it all. Get all your identification needs in one place and find out how to use them at work, while networking and at any event you are planning. Use our how-to articles to get your ideas flowing for working with all of your personal identification. https://www.nametag.com/nametagexperience/