The following is excerpted from the 2009 Praise the Volunteers! blog post by Dr. Len Lichtenfeld of The American Cancer Society
” Without our volunteers…(we can) not support our core mission, let alone survive. We are fortunate to have many wonderful people … who are are devoted to our cause. They are what makes the American Cancer Society such a special place for so many of us….
Volunteers often labor for hours with little recognition. They do what they do from the goodness of their hearts and their belief in a cause. They offer their time and their skills because they want to make a difference, help someone who needs help, offer comfort to others in their time of need.
One of the ultimate stories… (is) how one volunteer can make a difference, and how one person with an idea can impact the lives of millions for years to come—both cancer survivors and those whose volunteer their time and skill to support those survivors and the mission of the American Cancer Society.
To all of our American Cancer Society volunteers, and to all of you who volunteer in whatever way you choose, from our hearts to yours, thank you for everything that you do every day. We are all blessed for your efforts.”
I’m the Merchant Support lead here for this year’s Expo. Nuala asked me if I would be willing to volunteer for the position, because of my prior experience as a coach and tool tester. My team ~Gemma Cleanslate, Michiko Avon, Stevie Basevi , Aphrodite Serin~ and I are here to help merchants get everything setup, and help out with anything else they may need during the Expo.
Second Life has enabled us to have a Relay For Life without boundaries and without barriers. We are able to reach people all around the globe. We are able to do things that just aren’t possible in “first life” Relays. Thanks to this virtual world, we have been able to unite in the world’s most unique and diverse Relay. Cancer affects us all, and SL has made it possible to involve us all.
Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this year’s Christmas Expo. Thank you to everyone who has supported this year’s Expo. Thank you to my Merchant Support team for your help. We are making it possible for cancer survivors to enjoy more Christmases. Let’s give cancer the boot!
Thank you to Madonna and her excellent Team for all they do for the Christmas Expo, Relay For Life and for their continued support of The American Cancer Society!
Xyza Armistice tell us the many hats she wears for the Expo. Listen up!
WOW… Where would you like me to start?
Nuala IMed me and said me, “Xyza, I need your help.” And of course I said, “YES” before I even knew what help she needed. “What do you need me to do, Nuala?” She said, “Christmas Expo… would you like to Volunteer?” I already said yes before hand not knowing what help she needed sooooooo…..guess no backing down now!!!
As the Special Events for the 2015 Christmas Expo Photos with Santa Coordinator, I schedule days and times for Santa and his Elves. I am also know as MAMA ELF.I am the Co-organizer for the Christmas Tree Lot with Dianna Wycliffe.
And also work with the Holiday Of Hope Gala-Support Staff – finding Sponsors to provide a gift or gift certificate for either the Holiday Raffle Basket or Random Door Prize.
My roles and job for the 2015 Expo are Organizer – Coordinator – Scheduler – pickeruperer – Host – Elf – ermmmm – Mind reader?
When we work together as one team we can make an impact through Second Life!
My personal message this holiday season is be kind to each other, love each other and be thankful for what you have.
We appreciate all that Xyza does for the Christmas Expo, Relay for Life and The American Cancer Society. Thank you!
Trouble Dethly is on the Social Media, Marketing and Public Relations Team. Here he introduces himself to us all.
My job for the 2015 Christmas Expo was to create was the guide book and visitor’s guide; essentially, one is an online publication, and the other an in-world publication. This job entailed creating a mini-magazine of sorts full of adverts, welcome letters, special areas and events to truly showcase all the amazing work the volunteers and content creators have done in support of Relay For Life. I also made an excellent Map and Teleport HUD because I’m all about ease of use and navigation.
I am heavily involved in the fashion industry as the CEO of both the fashion magazine ECLIPSE and agency .PENUMBRA. .PENUMBRA coordinated and produced the “Winter’s Dream Fashion Show.” All outfits in that show are semi-exclusives, where only 10 copies of each will be sold and a portion of all proceeds are donated to Relay for Life.
I more or less stumbled across my involvement in the Christmas Expo. The CMO of .PENUMBRA, Catalina Staheli, was asked to be the PR/Marketing lead, and it seemed natural that the rest of the organization lent their support 🙂 to the cause.
My message this Holiday season is simple: Be kind, even in situations that would typically dictate a different response.
Thank you to Trouble and everyone at Eclipse and .Penumbra for their creative productions and support of Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society!
Eclair Martinek is a volunteer in Design & Infrastructure Division as the primary landscaper.
“Nuala asked if I would like to volunteer, I said of course. Hours later, I asked – what did I volunteer for? “Ohhhhh!?!!” was my response when I found out! So … I am the Expo snow shoveler and tree & rock pusher. I love to create “pretty”; with a big inventory of “toys”, attention to detail and patience.
It has been an honor to be a part of Relay For Life of Second Life.
We make an impact through Second Life by creating an environment and ambiance, with a generous side of knowledge … we can create a place for people to be entertained and learn about Relay for Life. It’s not about the amount an individual gives but amount of people who give. If everyone gives a little – a lot gets done.
For this season and everyday have compassion, understanding, tolerance and care for each other. Make a difference by your actions and words. Make a difference in somebody’s moment, day or life…everyday!”
Thank you to Eclair for her part in making The Christmas Expo such a beautiful place and for her support of Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society.
I am the coordinator for the Snowman building contest. I set up everything that was needed, and I am happy to say that it already was a success. All 20 spots were taken and we have a real hodge-podge of unique snowpeople! I am very proud of our creators, everyone is a winner !
I strongly believe that unity is the goal to be successful. I want everyone to feel included, no matter how big or how small their contribution may be, no one can do this alone, but together we’re strong. I don’t see barriers, I only see people, no matter where they come from or what language they would speak. There is always a way to bring everyone together, and Second Life is a great place to do that.
My holiday message is: Kindness and mercy is the only real answer to violence and war.
S.I.D.~ Thank you for volunteering for the 2105 Christmas Expo and for your support of The American Cancer Society!
This year I am the Co Lead for Entertainment and Hosting along with Darkstone Aeon. We book the Live Performers, DJ’s, Tribute and Dance Shows with all the Hosts to help us. I have done a lot of volunteer work in RL, mostly with small children, thus I have an incredible amount of patience!!
I feel we can make an impact through Second Life by simply being kind to each other! YES this is a virtual world, but WOW, behind all the AVIs are real people and YES this is very cliché, but it is something so simple that so many forget. If we all work together as one big team just imagine how much more we can do!!
I am so thankful for my beautiful girls, they keep me young and sane, I have been incredibly lucky to have met some of the best people in SL, they have stuck by me through good and bad, have been my biggest RL cheerleaders, my strength and I consider them my RL family!
And I wish you all Bigger and Better in the New Year!
Thank you to Kammie and all of her hard work to help make the 2015 Christmas Expo a great success!!!
Today is the second day of the 2014 SL Christmas Expo! Check out our Exhibitors & Shopping guide to find out where your favorite Second Life designers and creators are located: https://slchristmasexpo.wordpress.com/exhibitor-list-shopping-guide/
Visitors and guests will be able to shop for holiday gifts, take photographs with Santa, participate in Naughty Or Nice, and Hunt for the Bells! In addition to the mentioned events, 11 fun and exciting days of entertainment awaits! And MORE!!!!
Hunt for the Bells – at this special hunt, you will be able to hunt for bells, which contain a variety of items from some of your favorite Second Life creators and designers! Each item will be for the low cost of 10 LINDENS!! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life. In addition, after the hunt, take at least 10 of the items you have found and use them in a photo to join the Hunt for the Bells Photo Contest. Gachas, Silent Auctions, & Raffles – many items and gift card bundles are up for auction and raffle in these events! 100% of the proceeds will go to Relay For Life of Second Life. Naughty Or Nice – Hidden around in many of the shops and in special event areas, Santa as left special sacks. You can click on the sacks and get a gift. If you get the naughty gift come back later and try again to see if Santa as changed his mind. All gifts in the Naughty or Nice boxes are 100% FREE!
And of course Santa and his elves will make an appearance throughout the Expo and Fair!
There are currently over 55 exhibitors at the 2015 SL Christmas Expo! This 4 sim event, which will take place December 3 to 14, has everything from clothing, shoes, jewellery, skins and nails to home and garden items, christmas trees, and of course breedables! There is something for everyone! Come for a peak and stay for a week! You can find a list of exhibitors below. Remember to keep checking back as this list is getting longer every day!
2015 SL Christmas Expo Exhibitor’s List (A to Z order):
The 6th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball will be held Sunday, Dec 13th from 3 to 7 pm SLT as part of the 2015 SL Christmas Expo. This year’s theme will be A Winter Wonderland and is open to all residents of Second Life. Sponsored by T1Radio, the formal ball will once again feature raffles and door prizes provided by SL’s premier merchants.
The annual Holidays Of Hope Ball, established in 2010, is one of Second Life’s brightest holiday season highlights and brings together residents from all corners of the virtual community to celebrate the holidays and to support the American Cancer Society. Holiday Gift Basket Raffle tickets, purchased via scripted kiosks, benefit the Relay For Life of Second Life. Past raffle prizes, and the door prizes which rain down on party goers, have included gift certificates and gifts donated by merchants from throughout Second Life, with values exceeding L$50,000. SL Merchants are invited to become Holidays Of Hope benefactors by providing Gifts and Gift Certificates. For more information please see below*.
This year the ball will be held at the Wonderland Ballroom, created by Darkstone Aeon of Stone’s Works, high above the Christmas Expo. There is no charge for admittance.
If you would like more information or would like more information about the Holidays Of Hope Ball please contact Trader1 Whiplash in world or email email@example.com .
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* How To Become a Holidays Of Hope Sponsor
If you wish to donate Gift Certificates, please be sure to enclose the certificate(s), a notecard with redemption instructions and a landmark to your store or Marketplace Link.
If you wish to participate in the Gift Basket Raffle, please provide a coupon to redeem the item, a graphic of the item and a landmark to your store. PLEASE DO NOT SEND OBJECTS. This will allow you to control permissions.
Please be sure to enclose a full perm business logo.
ALL COUPONS AND GIFT CERTIFICATES MUST BE TRANSFERABLE.
All donors will be recognized by signage at the event and either On Air by T1Radio or by “object shouts” as the items are dispensed by the random gift givers at the ball.
Contact Renee Riva or Xyza Armistice for more information or to provide a gift or gift certificate for either the Holiday Raffle Basket or Random Door Prize.
Not only do you get to make your own advertising / sponsorship package, you get to choose how much you will spend, and where you will have your store, club, group. team, organization, advertisement displayed!
Open to both those participating in the SL Christmas Expo, as well as to non participants who wish to show their support of the Relay For Life of Second Life and The American Cancer Society.