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As some of you may know I had the pleasure of meeting Folorunso Alakija  this past weekend at The World Cancer Day event in Albany, NY.  Folorunsho Alakija is a Nigerian businesswoman, one of the richest African women and also one of the richest black women in the world. In 2014 she unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world. She is a business tycoon involved in the fashion, oil and printing industries.

It was an amazing experience and one I won’t soon forget. She was gracious, humble and very engaging. She patiently waited while photos were taken and even got out on the dance floor with the vendors and visitors to the event.
I had the honor of presenting her with a gift, one of Velvet’s Totes for Hope. It is so exciting to think that one of our totes has made it to Nigeria!
Check out our FB page for more photos from the event.






Wow, what a year it has been! We celebrated our 1 year anniversary on 12/5/16! Our locations in the Capital Region, NY and York, Pa have been very busy with end of the year distribution to treatment centers and survivors.

Thank you to Daniel Mozzes for an amazing night. Fashion for Life raised $500.00 for Velvet’s Totes for Hope!

Schuyler loved her tote!

Our York location had a very successful Bingo Vendor event. Thanks to the bingo players and vendor  came out to support our mission. We raised $2900.00

A big shout out to the Capital Region Rotary for choosing Velvet’s Totes for Hope as their partner for their 1st fundraiser. They donated $814.00 to our mission!

Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday to our 1st Annual Family Fun Day. We raised $500.00 which will go a long way towards our mission! I want to thank all of our volunteers and my York team for another successful event!

A special thank you to Brown’s Orchard for allowing us to use their beautiful venue and our Events Coordinator Gretchen who always goes above and beyond; and all of the vendors who donated their services to make this a truly FUN day!

Our York team is hard at work fulfilling our mission. Missy Miegle and Gretchen File assembled and delivered 45 totes to cancer patients in York County this week!

All loaded and ready to donate!
Adam is a cancer patient in Hershey , PA. He loved his tote. We wish Adam all the best!

Our Luau for Hope in York, Pa in April raised over $9700. Our profit was $6300.00. A huge shout out to Missy Miegle and Gretchen File for making this event a success. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our mission.

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Gretchen File, Missy Miegel and Velvet Kyle at Luau for Hope 2016.
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Karen and Ed Warner

Our Spring Mixer was a success, we raised $400.00 Thanks to everyone who came out to support our event.

Good friends Dani Klahr and Rachel Stark
Courtnee Kyle and Corporate Sponsor Quan Liddell of Spartan Fitness



I was recently interviewed by Tune Into Wellness Today TV check out the video on our video page.

Velvet’s Totes for Hope will be the Non-Profit Spotlight in a future edition of Clifton Park Neighbors Magazine. We will share the article once it has been published.

WE FOUND TOTES! You may think with everything you need at your fingertips on the web finding a tote to meet our needs would be an easy task. Well let me tell you nothing could be further from the truth. After weeks of searching numerous websites and looking at hundreds of totes we have finally found one to meet our needs. Watch for black and teal to be launched sometime in May.

Save The Date! September 24, 2016. Daniel Mozzes of Daniel Mozzes Designs has chosen Velvet’s Totes for Hope as the charity for his fall fashion show. Details to follow.