RENE MICHAEL - FOUNDER OF BEE-CAUSES

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIA IDEA?
17 years ago my daughter Alicia was battling bone cancer.  People were so good to her and while she was at the hospital she said she wanted to help other kids. In 2003, we started the Honeysuckle Foundation to help kids with cancer & their families. We support programs that help pediatric cancer survivors to maintain health & well-being beyond treatment & provide resources for child life programs. We provide supplies & resources that are part of therapy. Through play, art & music therapists work to help children deal & process their cancer diagnosis in an understandable, less threatening way.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR NAIL POLISH?
Alicia is now healthy and 24. Fast forward to 2017 and we were looking for an idea for a business and we wanted it to be a philanthropic company. We love cosmetics and beauty products. We love colors so we decided on nail polish. With nail polish, we are integrating beauty with philanthropy.  17 years after founding & running the Honeysuckle Foundation for Children with Cancer, we know firsthand the difficulties of maintaining awareness & support.  Unique & innovative ways to engage supporters are limited.  Bee-Polished Awareness Nail Enamel is our solution.

The nail polish is 10-free, cruelty free and made in Florida. 

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME?

We love Bees!  They are called social insects because all the bees in the community have to work together to be able to survive. Every bee is an integral part  of the colony & alone isn’t capable of much but together, creates a flourishing hive!

Causes~represent missions, teams, groups, occasions, themes, style or stories. The options are endless

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP CHARITY?
Charities can host fundraisers, brides can create their own collections, teams can rally fan support or anyone can design their own collection.  Colors can represent causes, themes, teams or seasons.  The choice is yours & is supporting charity because we donate 10% of all sales.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2020?
We want to continue building the HIVE. We want to give the opportunity to smaller charities to raise some money. As long as you are a 501c3 then we will donate 10 percent to your charity. We can make polishes in any color, any name, great for bachelorette parties, weddings and more! We also want to expand upon our product line and create other kinds of beauty products.

HOW DO YOU SUPPORT CHARITY?
Our two main charities we support are pediatric cancer through our Honeysuckle Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Some things we do are; placing comfort kits at hospital, help fund psychological testing for oncology patients and send care packages to kids in the hospital. 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MOTTO?

‘Adversity is opportunity”

“I will be philanthropic til the day I die”

 


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