Baumhower: ‘This is Me’ sponsors Makeup-Free Friday on Aug. 30Written by Jeremy Baumhower | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Aug. 30, I am asking you to wear no makeup to work. I can hear the collective sounds of laughter from the other side of my keyboard as I type that, but I am serious.
Instead of wearing your favorite school’s colors the day before a big game, you and your fellow female co-workers wear zero makeup the Friday of Labor Day weekend. This Makeup-Free Friday is in support of This is Me, an art show benefiting Girls on the Run of Northwest Ohio (GOTR). Why not sleep an extra 20 minutes, all while raising awareness and collecting monies for a great cause?
In the spirit of “jeans day” or “casual day,” this team-building exercise gives your office a fun vehicle to raise money to help bring GOTR to an inner-city school, while showing the solidarity, strength and self-confidence in your staff.
We are hoping that offices would sell the privilege of working sans makeup for a small fee, similar to the way schools sell “jeans days.”
Depending on the size of the staff at your office, we suggest a small fee from $5 and above for this new tradition. Why not get the same amount of sleep as your male co-workers and demonstrate the strength it takes to do so? The office with the most money collected and who show the greatest This is Me spirit will get a prize pack including tickets from #thisismeToledo.
#thisismeToledo is not just an event; it’s becoming a movement. I never understood the strength and courage it takes for some women to leave the house makeup-free, until I started this campaign. As a man, my sole responsibility in getting ready involves a shower, an occasional shave and getting dressed, hopefully with matching clothes. The amount of time women spend applying makeup every day will amass to years in their lifetimes.
I am beyond thrilled at the community backing This is Me has been receiving. This is Me has gained support from media partners at Toledo Free Press and Clear Channel. The University of Toledo’s Athletic Department allowed the ladies’ soccer and basketball teams to participate, and the Toledo Mud Hens lent us Muddonna for a photo.
This is Me happens from 7-11 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Blarney Event Center in Downtown Toledo. This night will feature the art of Lee Ann Bates and music from The Rivets and Kristie Marie. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Girls on the Run of Northwest Ohio. For tickets visit www.thisismeToledo.com or call (419) 318-9211.
If your office is planning on participating or has questions about our Makeup-Free Friday, please message Jeremy Baumhower on Facebook.
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