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701 Brand New Winter Coats Donated to Cincinnati-Area Families

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701 Brand New Winter Coats Donated to Cincinnati-Area Families

There are 701 new winter coats on Cincinnati-area streets this winter.

“Since 2011, we’ve been raising money for, purchasing and donating brand new winter coats, hats and gloves to Cincinnati-area families,” said Poul Lemasters, owner of Lemasters, a consulting firm, based in Cincinnati.

A total of 2,526 brand new coats have been donated to local families since the coat drive began in 2011.

“Our goal this year was to donate 700 brand new coats,” said Lemasters, “We actually donated 701 coats…..and more than 500 pairs of gloves, hats and blankets too!”

Lemasters partners with the Blue Ash Old Navy Store to purchase the winter wear. The donation’s distribution is handled by St. Vincent de Paul. 

“What makes our coat drive different is that we donate brand new coats and brand new hats and gloves,” said Lemasters. 

Lemasters clients, friends, and partners make donations to the Lemasters Coat Drive Fund and Lemasters matches all of those donations. This year, Lemasters also donated all profits from the sales of its Charitable Merchandise—hats, t-shirts and a card game—as well.

“The retail value of our donation this year came to $36,662.29”, said Lemasters, “There’s nothing worse than being cold in winter and we’re grateful for everyone’s support. It’s so rewarding to work on this coat drive each year.”

Donors to the 2015 Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive included private individuals, deathcare providers and financial service providers.

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2014 Lemasters Coat Drive Results

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2014 Lemasters Coat Drive Results

Lemasters Coat Drive 2014Cincinnati-Area Families Received $34,000+ in Coats, Hats, Gloves this Winter Since 2011, the Lemasters Coat Drive has provided 1,825 brand new coats, 430 new pairs of gloves and 362 new hats to families in the Cincinnati area.

“We’re proud of those numbers and grateful for this yearly opportunity to make Cincinnati a little warmer,” said Poul Lemasters, owner of Lemasters, a consulting firm, based in Cincinnati.

Lemasters has been organizing a Coat Drive for several years with local Cincinnati–area kids and adults as beneficiaries. “What makes our coat drive different is that we donate brand new coats and brand new hats and gloves,” said Lemasters. “These families are wearing items that only they have worn.”

The Blue Ash Old Navy store has partnered with Lemasters and their Coat Drive over the past few years, this year included. They help the coat drive donations stretch farther…..a lot farther….through discounts and sales.

“Thanks to Old Navy, my clients, friends and partners in our annual coat drive, we were able to donate items valued at $34,956.54 this year” said Lemasters. “A little love from a lot of people can go a long way.”

Distribution was handled by Cincinnati’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul in early December of 2014.

“Our staff and volunteers work with many people throughout the year, and you have some of the best! It was truly an inspiring morning to unload those coats with you, your daughter and your staff, and immediately distribute them to neighbors in need of warmth,” said Liz Carter, Executive Director, Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Donors to the 2014 Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive included private individuals, deathcare providers and financial service providers.


 

Lemasters Coat Drive Statistics

Lemasters Coat Drive 2014

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2014 Annual Coat Drive | Gathering & Giving

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2014 Annual Coat Drive | Gathering & Giving

This is the 6th year of our annual coat drive where we collect donations in order to purchase brand new winter coats, hats and gloves for children in need in Cincinnati. We partner with St. Vincent De Paul and they distribute the coats each year in early December. This year, our distribution date is December 6. Old Navy also partners with us—they give us a generous discount to help your dollars go even further.  

Gathering & GivingIn 2013, 582 brand new coats, 76 pairs of brand new gloves and 123 brand new hats were donated. In total, the retail value of last year's donations was more than $25,000.

This year we want to exceed that goal!

We are extremely proud of our coat drive and the very real, immediate impact it has on the community. With another bitterly cold winter predicted, your donation can have a very real and potentially life-saving impact.

 

Please consider donating to this cause, all you need to do is click here to donate online:

You can also mail a check to "Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive Fund" at 3644 Werk Rd. #58413 Cincinnati, Ohio 45258. These checks need to arrive no later than November 21, 2013.

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Cremation Arranger Certification Program

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Cremation Arranger Certification Program

Cremation Arranger Certification Program

The largest growth market in funeral service is cremation. The question is, will the families you serve choose “direct cremation” or will they opt to have a tribute service and memorialization? The ICCFA Cremation Arranger Certification offers six hours of in-depth training on: how to arrange and create meaningful cremation tributes, how to create unique options for memorialization and how best to communicate all of this to your client families. Here's a look at the seminars included in the Certification training:

Myth, Mania & Misconception: Unearthing the Secrets of Cremation with Larry Stuart Jr., General Manager, Crematory Manufacturing & Service Attendees will leave with a better understanding of the technical and design aspects of crematory equipment and how this can directly affect the arrangement conference. Learn details necessary to dispel the myths surrounding cremation perpetuated by the uninformed, the media and the general public.

The Modern Consumer with Cole Imperi, Owner & Creative Director, Doth Brands & Victor Imperi, COO, Doth Brands Today’s consumer is a special one and you really can’t afford to stay in the dark. We’ll unlock the doors revealing what makes today’s consumer tick. Through this knowledge, we will help the arranger better understand the cremation consumer and ultimately how the arranger can make better arrangements.

Psychology of Pricing: How a Phone Number Will Make You Eat Chocolate Cake with Cole Imperi, Owner & Creative Director, Doth Brands & Victor Imperi, COO, Doth Brands Dip your toe in a little neuroscience! We’ll discuss how the brain processes and approaches pricing and value. When you understand how the brain works, you can make better decisions about not only how your cremation business might choose to price itself, but also about how you present those prices to your community.

Intelligent Marketing: How To Sell More Than Just a Cremation with Cole Imperi, Owner & Creative Director, Doth Brands & Victor Imperi, COO, Doth Brands This seminar will look at several modes of marketing and how you, the provider, can integrate them into your current marketing strategy. The seminar will also provide an in-depth look into a community outreach-marketing campaign that you will be able to take and use after the seminar.

Tips, Tricks & Best Practices in Your Neighborhood with James Altmeyer Jr., President Altmeyer Funeral Home & Cremation Cremation is growing—and changing—at a fast rate. As a provider and arranger, it is sometimes tough to keep up with more business, let alone more changes. In this session, we will look at the changes in your area and how some of the best have dealt with those changes. We will look at some of the best practices and consider some of the worst too. By hearing the best and the worst, you will be in a better position to improve your process, the families you serve, and hopefully your bottom line.

Reducing Your Liability to Add to Your Bottom Line with Poul Lemasters, Esq., Principal, Lemasters Consulting; ICCFA Cremation Programs Coordinator This seminar will focus on the Cremation Authorization Form, and educate the arranger on why each section is so critical. Participants will not only learn the importance of each section, they will also learn how to explain the sections to the family. There will also be examples of lawsuits that have cost providers millions.

Better yet, all attendees will get a 20 minute PowerPoint® Presentation ready for you to use with families.

INTERESTED? 

When: Thursday, November 14 • 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. What's Included: Continental Breakfast & Lunch Where: Embassy Suites Hotel Richmond • 2925 Emerywood Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23294 • 804.672.8585 Cost: $295 ICCFA/IFHV members; $349 non-members

Complete details and registration can be found at www.iccfa.com/cremation/tools/certification

Then, on Friday, November 15, 2013, there's a Crematory Operator Certification Program. Full details can be found here: http://www.iccfa.com/cremation/tools/certification

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2013 Coat Drive

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2013 Coat Drive

2013 Coat Drive

This is our 5th year of our annual coat drive where we collect donations which are used to purchase brand new winter coats, hats and gloves for needy children in Cincinnati. We partner with St. Vincent De Paul and they distribute the coats each year...this year the distribution date is December 7. Old Navy also partners with us—they give us a generous discount to help our dollars go further. Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive 2013

In 2012, we were able to donate 500 new coats200+ new pairs of gloves, and 100+ new hats. Last year's retail value of all donated items was more than $22,000.

This year we want to exceed that goal!

We are extremely proud of our coat drive and the very real, immediate impact it has on the community.

Please consider donating to this cause, all you need to do is click here to donate online:

You can also mail a check to "Lemasters Consulting Coat Drive Fund" at 3644 Werk Rd. #58413 Cincinnati, Ohio 45258. These checks need to arrive no later than November 30, 2013.

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