Developed in honor of Elizabeth Miller, the former senior vice president of textile design firm Mohawk Karastan, who lost her life to breast cancer in May 2010, the Elizabeth Miller Home for the Cure Web site is a place where advocates can learn about Miller and support her wishes: help find a cure by funding research.
Thanks to jewelry industry influencers including Todd Reed, Katey Brunini, Heather Moore, Honora, and Marcy Miller Jewelry, the Web site is also a place to Give Good, Get Good—a homespun concept from some of Miller’s industry friends that encourages people to donate. “Whether someone donates $5 or $5,000 through Home for the Cure, you get entered to win one of our fabulous prizes,” says Michelle Orman, president of Last Word Communications, which is helping to get the word out.
Anyone who donates through the Home for the Cure website is automatically entered into a raffle to win one of several prizes, including beautiful designer fine jewelry and luxury bedding. “Crossing industry lines to support the dream of such a fabulous woman brings such joy to our hearts,” says Elizabeth Bonanno of Elizabeth Anne Bonanno Consulting.
When Miller was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer, she began lecturing, raising awareness, and funds as well as supporting Susan G. Komen. Ever hopeful and committed to finding a cure, her teammates walked without her for the first time last year during the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in New York City, raising more than $40,000 in donations.
“This woman wore heels up until days before she passed away, she just did NOT give up!!” adds Orman. “She is the one who formed Home for the Cure, and now we want to carry on her mission by bringing together these two industries—home and jewelry—together.”