Nerium Ripple Honored at Big Brothers Big Sisters

NBC Correspondent Kate Snow presenting the Big Brothers Big Sisters President’s Award to CLO Renee Olson and her Little Sister Ryan in 2015. Photo courtesy of Nerium International.
NBC Correspondent Kate Snow presenting the Big Brothers Big Sisters President’s Award to CLO Renee Olson and her Little Sister Ryan in 2015. Photo courtesy of Nerium International.

When companies give back to local nonprofit organizations, it shows that they care about not only their customers, but also the town they are in and their community. On Jan 28, Big Brothers Big Sisters is honoring Addison’s own Nerium International and its Nerium Ripple Foundation for outstanding dedication to mentorship. There will be a ceremony to award Nerium on Thursday at the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ offices.

Nerium International is a relationship marketing company that markets breakthrough anti-aging products validated by science. They have reached record-breaking sales since opening in August 2011. They are also the largest corporate donor to Big Brothers Big Sisters in the U.S., having raised $1.3 million in fundraising support for the organization in 2015. Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star alone received $125,000 to provide mentors for at-risk youth in North Texas.

“Nerium has been a powerful ally in the work of providing hope and a brighter future for children who need additional love and guidance,” said Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star. “I am proud to highlight Nerium as an organization that is truly passionate about improving lives.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network that provides children with strong, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives. This program model has been proven by independent studies and recognized by the federal government for keeping children in school and out of trouble.

Since 2012, Nerium has generated a total of $3.5 million in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters in the U.S. and Canada. These gifts came from corporate funds as well as donations from Nerium’s Independent Brand Partners, the company’s external sales force. The financial gifts have benefitted 3,500 at-risk youth through the guidance of a carefully monitored one-on-one mentor. In addition, more than 300 of Nerium’s independent brand partners have served as volunteers mentors with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Chief Leadership Officer Renee Olson has been a Big Sister to Little Sister Ryan for more than two years, and Co-CeO Jeff Dahl was matched with Little Brother Angelo a year and a half ago.

“The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and Nerium International are nearly identical,” said Nerium founder and CEO Jeff Olson. “Both organizations work to makelives better with caring individuals gently modeling the way.”

Because of its community outreach program, Nerium has won four PR News Community Social Responsibility Awards, the 2013 Big Brothers Big Sisters Community Spirit Award and the 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters President’s Award. Nerium’s goal for 2016 is to raise another $2 million in charitable giving. That would be great news for our community; if children succeed in school, then they are more likely to succeed in life and make our world a better place to live.

Sydni Ellis grew up in the great state of Texas, where she learned to love chips and salsa and hot weather. She has a master’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas, and she currently works in the College Communications, Marketing and Outreach office at Richland College. Some of her passions include writing, traveling and re-reading the Harry Potter Series every chance she gets. In the spirit of spontaneity, Sydni lives her life with a pen in one hand and her video camera in the other; ready to capture the next great story.

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