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Lin’s Linens: 2013 A Year in Review

As the notes of the familiar Auld Lang Syne fill the air once again we pause

to watch the passing of the torch from Father Time to Baby New Year with a

combination of nostalgia and hope. 2013 was a record and notable year for Lin’s

Linens, Inc and I’d like to share some highlights with you.


2013 was a year to rebuild after the devastation that we named “Sandy”. It was

a time for taking stock of what we had left after those briny waters destroyed so

much of the supplies and items that we had accumulated. Through the generosity

of many caring people we were able to begin to regroup but it is an uphill climb

which we continue to make. We thank from the bottom of our hearts all who

contributed to our mission.


2013 was a record year in the number of rooms that we were able to give to

deserving Program Sisters. Through the cooperative efforts of our wonderful

family of designers and volunteers we completed 7 Healing Sanctuaries for

women going through treatment for malignant cancer. We cannot adequately

express our gratitude to those who give so generously of their time and talents

to make the vision that is Lin’s Linens a reality. With a current waiting list of 9

women we expect 2014 to break this record in a very short time span. We will

depend on the continued support of caring people to be able to reach our goal.


2013 was a year to come together and have fun while we raised funds for our

cause. Our Halloween Party, “Lets Scare the Hell Out of Cancer” on October 19th

was a night of entertainment with a purpose. We marveled at the creativity of

the costumes, shared good food and drink and danced until our feet hurt to the

sounds of DJ Charlie O. Please watch for updates as we will definitely be planning

to repeat this event for 2014 and you will not want to miss out on a great time!!!!


But through it all 2013 was a year of hope and prayer. We hope and pray that

through the positive mind, body and spirit connection we can bring healing to

women in the fight of and for their lives. We hope and pray that through these

tough economic times that we can rely on the generosity of caring individuals to

help us to fulfill our mission. And ultimately we hope and pray that a cure can be

found for this dreadful disease and that we can become obsolete.


As 2013 fades to a memory, I leave you with the words that ring in the New Year.

“We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, For auld lang syne.”


May 2014 bring you and yours health and happiness.

Liz Balogh

January 7, 2014 in News by

Lin’s Linens: 2013 in Pictures

January 7, 2014 in News by

Scare the Hell Out of Cancer

A Halloween Party to benefit Lin’s Linens Inc

It’s Halloween! Time to get out the wigs, theater make-up and props! Come join Lin’s Linens in their effort to raise money in support of their mission by “Scaring the Hell Out of Cancer” this October. These semi-annual parties are a fun time for all who attend, and your ticket purchases help Lin’s Linens continue to make a difference in the lives of so many women.

On October 19, from 7 – 11pm, help us help others – get a group of the girls together for a costumed night out or organize some work colleagues to attend this benefit and show your support. However you get there, this will be all treat, no tricks. Food, DJ, silent auction and more.

Saturday October 19, 2013 7 – 11 pm
Cranford Elks Lodge MC 2006
951 Lincoln Ave East
Cranford NJ, 07016
Food, Silent Auction, Prizes, DJ and Cash Bar
$35 per ticket

Purchase Tickets for Scare the Hell Out of Cancer

$35 in advance

Can’t make it? Buy a “With You in Spirit Ticket” for $25

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September 11, 2013 in Events, News by

The Pink Ladies of Sherman Williams

The Pink Ladies group was started in 2011 in the NJ South district for Sherwin Williams. It is composed of 13 ladies that have varying positions inside the company. They range from sales reps, store managers, assistant managers, coordinators, and decorative product specialists. They began the group as a support system for the women in the district. A place to go for help or ask “that stupid question” without being hesitant. Their mission is to network with local companies and organizations to give back to the local community as much as possible. They also participate in events such as The Color Run and Polar Bear Plunge. Although small, they are a tight-knit group that also branches out to the women’s groups in metro-New Jersey and western New Jersey.

They heard about Lin’s Linens in a meeting with their boss while discussing their women’s leadership group and the organizations they potentially wanted to help. Their boss filled them in on the type of work that Lin’s Linens does and the people that would benefit from it. They thought thought that it was a prefect organization to put the “Pink Lady” efforts into! Although they are a smaller group of women, they wanted to make certain their time could be maximized to help as many people as possible. Lin’s Linens was a perfect match because their company has a very small presence of women, so the fact that 8 ladies could donate their time to affect one very deserving woman was the best reward they could ask for. They also have many women interested in the design process that Lin’s Linens does from start to finish, so the experience was very educational for our group. The Pink Ladies support everything Lin’s Linens does because it is personal, realistic, and has such a strong impact on local people who are not as fortunate as others may be. Thank you for including us and we look forward to the next project!

April 29, 2013 in Spotlight by

Autumn Spotlight: Karaoke Cat

Crafty Cat Creative for Good

Karaoke Cat is a DJ and Karaoke DJ company. Karaoke Cat was established by Cat Chez, hence, the company name. Cat has always had a passion for the arts, and music has always captivated her heart. Cat always states, “singing is a great form of therapy”. What’s a world without music? Back in the mid 1990’s Cat experienced her first karaoke night in Kentucky on the Mississippi River. She knew then this was something that she would want to have in her life! At the time of her travels she was busy in the sewing industry demonstrating special sewing techniques.  When she settled down, Cat started her own business doing karaoke in the Tri-State area. All the arts matter to her, as she spends a lot of time designing and costuming as well as singing and entertaining.

Lin’s Linens entered her life by chance when they were in search of a replacement DJ for their yearly fundraiser, and Cat was thrilled to be able to oblige them. Cat tries to give back whenever she can and does many fundraisers each year. Lin’s Linens touched her heart and even offered designing assistance whenever they need. There was an instant bond between Cat and Lin and the entire Lin’s Linens family, and immediately she was welcomed in.

Cat lives in Sussex County NJ, after growing up in California and moving here when in her mid 20’s. She is married to a wonderful trumpet-blowing musician and they have 6 children between them both. Cat has 2 step children, Travis 32 (the son she never had) and Jessica 25, who has also brought into the world 2 grand children, Nadia 3 and Karina 1.5. Cat gave birth to 4 daughters of her own, Morgan now 23 and a teacher, Michelle 26 a nutritionist and chef, Marie 28, a nurse, and Meika, 32 a store owner with her husband Warren, in Jersey City called “Another Man’s Treasure” an chic little vintage store on Grove Street. Meika is now juggling her store with her baby, Biba Harlow May, and Cat is excited to be not only Grandma, but the number one baby sitter.

Beyond Cat being an avid singer and DJ, she traveled the country teaching sewers and craftspeople the fine art of being artistic with fabric, as well as ways to make sewing simple. Cat comes from a family full of inventors; both her father and sister have invented amazing products for sewing and embroidery! In the late 1990’s you could catch Cat on the Home Shopping Network demonstrating her sister Clare Rowley’s Creative Feet and also some of her father’s products which are now being manufactured by her brother John Rowley.

With all her experience she finds herself dappling in every aspect of design and home improvement. She has plumbed, done electrical, roofed and more. But her biggest passions come from costuming and interior design. Cat has costumed many plays from pre-school all the way up to college. Cat and her sister Clare are working on a new project called Fabrically Speaking. Although Cat was not present for the sizzle roll, the plan is to add Cat to the show as well. Cat hopes to incorporat Lin’s Linens into the show as well.

Cat plans on staying apart of the Lin’s Linens family and looks forward to sharing her talents with the great organization she feels privileged to be apart of.

September 14, 2012 in Spotlight by

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