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A Good Time Was Had For a Good Cause at the 2014 Cattle Barons’ Ball

The 2014 Cattle Barons' Ball was held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek. {Image courtesy Rosen Shingle Creek.}

The 2014 Cattle Barons’ Ball was held at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek. {Image courtesy Rosen Shingle Creek.}

The 2014 Cattle Barons’ Ball was held last Saturday at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. The event is the signature gala for the American Cancer Society in Central Florida, and was chaired by Bags Inc. Senior Vice President Gene Muhart.

More than 1000 cowboys and cowgirls donned their finest denim, boots with spurs, and ten-gallon hats to kick up their heels and enjoy a hootin’ and hollerin’ evening to raise money in the ongoing pursuit of a cure for cancer. Guests, sponsors, donors, and volunteers helped raise funds that make the ultimate difference in the lives of those who are coping with cancer.

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The cast of Good Day Orlando get into the spirit of the Cattle Barons’ Ball. {Image courtesy Facebook.}

Guests sampled culinary creations from local restaurants such as K Restaurant and Wine Bar, Café Tu Tu Tango, Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, and B.B. King’s Restaurant & Blues Club. Central Florida resorts participated as well, including Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Rosen Plaza Hotel, and Rosen Shingle Creek.

Guests bid on more than 200 silent auction items and a live auction. Packages included two seven-night stays at five-star Six Senses Resorts in the Maldives and Oman. Another live auction package included round-trip airfare, hotel vouchers and VIP tickets to LIVE with Kelly & Michael!

The search for a cure for cancer is close to the heart of Event Chair Gene Muhart:

“My mother fought her battle with cancer for many years with great courage, strength, and faith. Unfortunately, she lost her battle when I was 18 and was unable to fulfill her dream of raising her children. I volunteer for the American Cancer Society in honor of my mother and to help put an end to the suffering that families go through when fighting this terrible disease.”

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Cattle Barons’ Ball volunteers gather before the big event. {Image courtesy Facebook.}

As the world’s largest single-night fundraiser for cancer research through the American Cancer Society, the Cattle Barons’ Ball is quickly becoming one of Central Florida’s most highly anticipated annual fundraising events. The evening’s festivities raised more than $425,000 that will go toward cancer research, patient support, prevention, education, detection, and treatment.

Bags Inc. is proud to support, through our charity efforts, organizations like the American Cancer Society. From searching for a cure to creating awareness to offering moral support, the ACS is making a difference in the lives of others every day.

Free Toys for ‘VIP Kids’ at Nathaniel’s Hope Toy Store


Courtesy of Nathaniel’s Hope

Bags Inc. is proud to sponsor the Nathaniel’s Hope toy store event this year. Nathaniel’s Hope, founded in 2002, provides vital services to children with special needs (VIP Kids) and their families. Programs include respite care for the families, “buddy” programs for the children, and Christmas and birthday events held at various children’s hospitals throughout Florida.

In December of each year, Nathaniel’s Hope runs its annual toy store event where families in need can pick up holiday gifts for their VIP kids. Bags Inc. will contribute to this event by picking up and delivering donated toys from 20 Walgreens locations throughout Central Florida. Additionally, we will be present on Friday, December 13th, and Sunday, December 15th, to prepare and serve food for thousands of individuals at the event.

In addition to the annual toy store event, Nathaniel’s Hope also runs two holiday programs called Caroling for Kids and Caroling Caravan.

Here are the descriptions of the events, taken from the Nathaniel’s Hope website:

  1. Caroling for Kids teams share hope and encouragement with patients, families and caregivers at children’s hospitals on Christmas Day through caroling and bearing goodies and gifts!
  2. Caroling Caravan are caroling teams that visit medically fragile VIP kids and their families who are homebound for Christmas.  They deliver Christmas cheer and toys from Nathaniel’s Hope Toy Shop.
  3. Nathaniel’s Toy Shop provides FREE toys at Christmas to VIP families with financial need.

If you would like to participate in any of these events, you can register as a volunteer here. Volunteer opportunities include becoming part of the caroling team, wrapping and delivering gifts, shopping, and child care. You can also help by donating gifts, Christmas treats, candy canes, and small beanie babies, or by providing financial support.

Do you have any stories to share about Nathaniel’s Hope? Do you have any other community programs you would like to recognize?

A Special Thanks to Our Community Partners

giving thanksBags Inc. has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving: dedicated employees, loyal customers, and a growing list of partnerships working to advance our mission to Make Travel Easier. But we are especially thankful for the organizations that work tirelessly in the community to enhance the quality of life.

This year, we wanted to give a special thanks to those dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with serious medical issues. From finding cures to creating awareness to offering moral support, these organizations fearlessly face the challenges of life-threatening illnesses — every day and often without recognition.

Bags Inc. is proud to support, through our charity efforts, many of these organizations, like Runway to Hope, Nathaniel’s Hope, American Cancer Society, Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, Kids Beating Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families, and Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, among many other worthwhile causes. We want to thank these organizations for the support they’ve provided for countless families.

Which organizations or individuals, making a difference in the community, are you thankful for?

*Image courtesy Flickr user Hey Paul Studios.


Dreamflight 2013 Arrives in Orlando, Fla.

DreamFlight2Each year, 192 deserving children from all over the U.K. travel to Orlando, Fla., for 10 fun-filled days at the amusement parks. Accompanied by health care professionals and other volunteers, seriously-ill yet courageous children aged 8-14 board a chartered Boeing 747 aircraft to begin a once-in-a-lifetime holiday experience.

Upon arrival in Orlando, the children are treated to a water salute aboard the aircraft followed by an Orange County Police escort from the airport to the hotel. The next 10 days are filled with adventures at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Discovery Cove. The entire experience is a wonderful and indispensable escape from the reality—with activities ranging from meeting Disney characters to swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove.

Since 2009, Bags Inc. has volunteered its services to this extraordinary cause. Each year, we retrieve and deliver all excess baggage between the airport and hotels at arrival and departure. It’s our small way of contributing to a valuable occasion where children can develop confidence, independence, and a new outlook on life as they develop relationships with other children experiencing similar challenges.

For more information about the event, visit Dreamflight.org.

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