FARA - Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance

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Wheel to Survive 2015

At our second spin at Wheel To Survive, the SEI Cares team cycled with ferocity, many riders relaying 2 hours or more! Wheel To Survive Dallas is an uplifting, 6-hour indoor cycle event benefiting the Be the Difference Foundation, which battles ovarian cancer through research dollars and support. Why do we ride? For Helen. For every mother, sister, daughter, coworker, friend. We ride to be the difference. SEI Cares raised over $17,000! To our contributors and supporters along the way, you are why we ride! THANK YOU!
KrysWheel to Survive 2015

SEI Cares 2014 Highlights

2014 DSG Buddy Walk - Southern Enterprises

During its inaugural year, the SEI Cares committee participated in several events to support our house charities! In total, the committee raised over $75,000 and donated countless volunteer hours to assist these four very important causes in 2014!  Here is a recap of some of our achievements and highlights from 2014. Be The Difference Foundation A total of 15 SEI employees rode in the 2014 Wheel to Survive event, an indoor cycling fundraiser that supports programs for women battling ovarian cancer.  Some of the team breezed through the ride, and for some of us it was a definite challenge, but the experience was so uplifting and inspiring! We also raised contributions for BTDF at two sample sales, one in the spring and one in the fall. September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and the official color for ovarian cancer awareness is teal.  The team helped to raise awareness by painting their toes teal and sharing pedi pics with the hashtag #SEITealToes through social media.  We also participated in Ring in the Cure, an awareness campaign where the team wore flashing teal rings to encourage others to ask what they were for – a perfect opportunity to spread awareness to our community about ovarian cancer. SEI’s CEO Michael Horowitz, aka “Ironman Mike”, competed in the Ironman Arizona: a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run.  He raised several thousand dollars for his Ironman in support of the Be The Difference Foundation!  Click here for more information on Mike’s Journey to the Ironman. Jonathan’s Place This was …

Jamie TaflingerSEI Cares 2014 Highlights

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

SEI Teal Toes Pedi Party - Ovarian Cancer Awareness

The SEI Cares crew went Toe-tally Teal this September for National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month!  We kicked off September with an office Pedi Party, and all of our employees were invited to join in on the fun! Why teal toes?  Teal is the Ovarian Cancer Awareness color, and it is most definitely eye-catching!  Many of our pedi party-goers have had someone comment on how pretty their toe color was – a perfect opportunity to tell someone what that teal stands for! Once our toes were dry, we shared them on our social media accounts and even encouraged our fans to share theirs too by offering an incentive.   For each teal toes picture shared with the hashtag #SEITealToes, SEI will donate $1 to Be the Difference Foundation.  On top of that, each person that shared their toes is entered to win a super cute teal writing desk! Another way we got the word out about ovarian cancer is by participating in Ring in the Cure with Be the Difference Foundation and Medical City Dallas Hospital.  On Friday, September 12th we each wore a large, light-up teal ring everywhere we went.  It definitely got the conversation rolling with the folks that saw our flashy bling! Thanks again to Be the Difference Foundation and Medical City Dallas for providing creative and fun ways for us to raise awareness of ovarian cancer!

KrysOvarian Cancer Awareness Month

Sidewalk Sale Raises Funds

As a way to earn additional funds for our house charities, SEI hosted it's very first sidewalk sale on April 4-5. Or should we say SEIdewalk sale? After taking inventory of our furniture samples we had left over from various markets, we decided to put it all out there to the DFW public and donate the proceeds to Be The Difference Foundation and Jonathan's Place. Many SEI employees rallied to volunteer for the event and more than a few partook in the furniture shopping extravaganza! It was blustery and cold, and it was a lot of heavy lifting, but well worth the effort. In total, we raised $6,369.00 to be given to our house charities!
KrysSidewalk Sale Raises Funds

SEI Spins at Wheel To Survive

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We had a wheeling good time this Sunday at the Wheel To Survive event benefiting Be The Difference Foundation! We split our team up across different bikes in a relay fashion, some employees rode for an hour, some rode for more than five hours, and few jumped in to provide relief when needed. In total we raised $39,773! This hugely surpassed our original goal of $12,500, so we want to shout out to everyone who contributed and say THANK YOU! We couldn't have done this without you. We're looking forward to next years ride and continuing to fight the battle against ovarian cancer.
Jamie TaflingerSEI Spins at Wheel To Survive

SEI Announces SEI Cares

SEI Cares Committee
Dallas, Texas – Home furnishings and décor supplier SEI, has launched a corporate giving program, SEI Cares and committed to raise $50,000. One of the guiding principles at SEI focuses on awareness and respect of community, which means contributing to the enhancement of our communities through activities such as volunteerism and charitable giving. SEI has always encouraged the spirit of giving and this year marks a pointed and dedicated effort to create a unified giving strategy. SEI Cares selected three organizations for 2014, most notably, Be the Difference Foundation, who’s mission is finding a cure for ovarian cancer. Throughout the year, SEI will be participating in and hosting events to raise $50,000 for this foundation. The first of those events will take place this February called Wheel to Survive, a six-hour indoor cycling event. Be The Difference is taking significant steps against ovarian cancer by making it their mission to improve the speed of detection and quality of treatment. Every year, 15,000 women, mothers, daughters, sisters, and wives will lose the battle against ovarian cancer. “This organization is very near and dear to my heart because my first cousin, Helen Gardener, is battling this terrible disease. Her journey inspired the Be the Difference Foundation, and in turn has motivated me to do more.” said Mike Horowitz, President. Southern Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) is a privately owned, Dallas-based designer and marketer of home furnishings and decorative accessories with over three decades of experience. Continuous market research, strong client relationships, and extensive industry ...
KrysSEI Announces SEI Cares

Wheel To Survive

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Get your blood pumping! We know we will! In our efforts to raise $50,000 in 2014 for Be The Difference Foundation, we’re going to be cycling our hearts our in the Wheel To Survive Cyclethon! For 6 hours, we will be smiling and spinning to end ovarian cancer. As a cycle team, the SEI Cares fundraising goal is $30,000 and so far we’ve raised $9,340. We have had 15 SEI employees sign-up to participate. It’s going to be a great time for all of us to get a little exercise and do some company bonding. We will ride as a team to change the staggering facts that are the harsh realities of women with ovarian cancer: Every 24 minutes one woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer (22,000 women, this year) Every 37 minutes one woman dies from ovarian cancer (15,000 women, this year) There is no reliable early detection test available for ovarian cancer. Please help us reach our goal by making a donation today. You can also help us reach our goal by sharing our page or link with your friends by email, or on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. Thank you for your generous support and joining us to Be the Difference in the fight against ovarian cancer. Click here to donate!
KrysWheel To Survive

SEI Cares

This January, we’re so excited to begin a new journey at Southern Enterprises to make a difference through SEI Cares. While we have always encouraged the spirit of giving at our company, we finally have found a way to unify our efforts under one umbrella to make an even stronger impact on our community. For 2014 we have selected three philanthropies to focus on. Be The Difference is 501(c) non-profit organization dedicated to to fund programs that will help women battling ovarian cancer today and to finding a cure. Realizing that their passion and the immediate need for making a difference in the fight against ovarian cancer extended beyond a yearly event, Jill, Helen, Lynn, and Julie founded the Be The Difference Foundation. Jonathan’s Place is a “home-style” emergency shelter. We began working with Jonathan’s Place back in 2011, and we were touched by the way the volunteers had such a passion for the kids. Offering more than just a place to lay their heads, Jonathan’s Places gives children specialized treatment for physical, mental and emotional healing. This year Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas makes it their mission to provide accurate and current information, resources, and support for people with Down syndrome, their families and the community. We have participated in the yearly fundraiser held by the DSG for several years now thanks to the efforts of our favorite employee Talor Milstein!

KrysSEI Cares

2013 Buddy Walk


On November 3, 2013 Talor Milstein led the charge for SEI to raise $15,000 for the 2013 Buddy Walk benefiting the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas. 2013 marked Talor’s 10th year to participate in the Buddy Walk. After several months of Talor handing out letters to everyone he met and emailing countless friends and family members, Talor surpassed his goal and came in with a total of $19,032 to donate to the DSG of Dallas. Fun was had by all. He would personally like to thank anyone and everyone that helped him reach his goal and says that he looks forward to an even bigger goal next year!

Jamie Taflinger2013 Buddy Walk