Michael Alan Home Furnishings Proudly Supports Local Organizations
We, as a Michael Alan family, have been active and positive contributors in the community for more than 37 years. Community service is not something we feel compelled to do, but rather it is a part of who we are as a company and individuals. We're continually encouraging our team to become Service Community Ambassadors by supporting payment of dues and expenses in clubs such as Rotary, Soroptimists, Chamber events, etc. Providing service to others helps us all to understand that there are many more needs than just our own personal desires. Volunteering is truly a team building experience. Through our generous charitable giving programs our success reaches out to our favorite local civic and non-profit organizations:
Soroptimists – Our General Manager, Vanessa Liesen, has represented Michael Alan within this group for over 27 years and is currently serving at District 3 Direct of this worldwide service organization that works to improve the lives of women & girls in Lake Havasu City.
H.A.V.E.N. (Havasu Abuse Victims Education Network) House – For 20 years we have supported this family advocacy center that provides housing to local families in crisis. Our Michael Alan family volunteers time and donates furniture each year. In April we will be holding a fund-raiser for their H.A.V.E.N. House landscape project to go along with a new set of patio furniture we donated. To date we have raised/donated around $18,000 for this great cause.
United Way – We are proud to say that 100% of all Michael Alan employees participate every month in donating to the United Way through payroll deduction. Over the past years we, as a Michael Alan family, have donated over $25,000 to this great program that benefits local families during hard times. We are also a Director of UW Pillar Events that are held inside the store.
Hospice of Havasu – Served on Fundraising Board for 11 years. Donated $48,000 through Live Auctions. Volunteer at local nursing home.
Sally's House – A safe-haven for abused women and children. Our staff volunteers their time and the store has donated over $21,000 in furniture over the past 5 years.
Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce – I've been a member for 36 years, served on the Board of Directors and was President of Chamber Ambassadors for 2 years. One of our designers, Mary-Lou, is currently serving as Chamber Ambassador.
Blood Drive– 2014 began a bi-annual in-store blood drive to help save lives locally in Lake Havasu City.
Women's Council of Realtors – Member for 10 years and past board member.
Cancer Association of Havasu – The fundraiser closest to our hearts is our "Michael Alan Sleepless in Havasu" event that has raised $258,000 over the past 9 years benefiting breast cancer prevention through low-cost mammogram programs. The "Sleepless in Havasu" 24-hour sleepless-a-thon has quickly become an entertaining annual tradition for many of the participants and a lifesaver for others. The event is open to participants who gather monetary pledges and donate silent auction items toward their sleepless evening in the store. Every year the Mayor kicks off our event (as it's been officially declared a Proclamation Day) as around 30 ladies gather at Michael Alan and stay awake for 24 hours. We keep everyone awake with lots of great food, drinks and fun activities like a midnight fashion show, live local entertainment, movies and games. We also have a contest for the most outlandishly decorated mattress. We wrap up the evening with chair massages for all of the amazing participants. After 24 hours we have local cancer survivors join us in announcing our new totals. There is never a dry eye in the house when it's all over and the totals are in. We couldn't be more proud to be a part of the Lake Havasu City community. With the help of caring customers, giving community members, active cancer survivors and key vendors like Serta and Ashley we are truly changing and saving lives!
Here is what one participant (Angie Saltzman) had to say:
Sleepless in Havasu sounded like an event that was fun but more than that helped woman get their mammograms. I was blown away by the money that was raised during the event and with the Silent Auctions. The second year I was preparing to participate, I found a lump just before the event. I of course said it was nothing. I participated in the event and we raised more money that year than we had before. Of course during the event, I wondered if I would become one of the survivors if indeed I had breast cancer. I decided I had to have it checked out. I had just had my mammogram in August with a clean bill of health. My doctor immediately sent me for a mammogram and ultra sound if the radiologist said I needed one. I have a very high deductible I went to the Havasu Community Foundation and they help me with both the mammogram and ultra sound. I was indeed diagnosed with Stage 2 Breast Cancer. I am so thankful for the great group at Michael Alan for they are helping save lives. I now am a cheerleader for early detection. I have 2 1/4 years CANCER FREE!!!! Thank you Michael Alan for all you do!!!!!!
- Angie Saltzman, Survivor
And our vendor sponsors had this to say:
The Serta and Michael Alan partnership on the "Sleepless in Havasu" event has really grown. Chris and the Team at Michael Alan have such a strong passion for this cause that providing some financial support doesn't equal that passion. I am proud to have Serta associated with such a great cause and doing it with such a great partner in Michael Alan. It really makes you feel like you are making a difference to so many people. Thank you Chris for asking us to join the cause!
- Scott DeSantis, South West Sales Manager, Serta
Passion, Commitment, and Dedication! When you talk to those involved you see the passion and commitment. With tears in their eyes you see the dedication. You know that cancer has touched their lives. This world is blessed to have people like Chris and Michael Alan doing good. We hear so much negative but the hero's go unnoticed.
- Sincerely, Bill Herrmann, V.P. Sales West Coast, Ashley Furniture