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2014 Bump Club Year in Review

By lindsay

Holiday Card Image 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!  It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to a close—it feels like just yesterday we sent this note out and already a year has passed!  As we move into 2015, Bump Club is about to celebrate our 5th Birthday!  We have SO MUCH planned as we gear up for next year, we can’t wait to share all of the exciting news with you!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five whole years since BCB began.  Without each and every one of you—your support, your friendship and your belief in what we do, our community and all that it provides would never be possible.
This was the first year that Bump Club and Beyond really went NATIONAL!  In addition to our permanent communities around the country, we took Gearapalooza, our signature event with TheBabyGuyNYC, to twelve cities across the USA.  We cannot thank you enough for welcoming us into your communities and making us feel at home.  It was so incredible to meet so many of you, your significant others, and your babies  in person.
Whether you interact with Bump Club and Beyond through our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, or you join us on a regular basis for events in your hometown, thank you for making us a part of your pregnancy experience and journey to motherhood. You have welcomed us into more cities than we ever thought possible, and your enthusiasm for what we do keeps us going and striving to enter more of your communities in 2015 and beyond.
With your help in 2014:

  • We hosted another 154 jam packed events in Chicago, making our grand total 570+ events since we started in March 2010!
  • Bump Club Twin Cities held BCB’s largest event to date!  GROWING GREEN BABIES IN APRIL HAD 1,000+ PARENTS AND PARENTS-TO-BE IN ATTENDANCE!
  • Bump Club Austin held 60 events in 2014 and held their 200th event as they celebrate three years in ATX!
  • Bump Club Twin Cities held their 100th event this year since they launched two years ago!
  • Bump Club and Beyond launched our first ever MAGAZINE in partnership with Chicago Parent magazine!  Hey Baby Chicago debuted in November and will come out again in November 2015!  We are SO PROUD to have printed the Essential Guide for New and Expecting Parents here in Chicago! (Make sure you pick one up when you are out and about at many of our partners OR in any public library!)
  • We combined ALL Bump Club Facebook pages to make one giant hub for parents and parents-to-be on Facebook!  ALL of our information, sweepstakes, contests and of course, the 3am Feeding club can be found in ONE PLACE from now on!
  • We gave away nearly $40,000+ in holiday presents from the BCB Gift Guide to a “Windy City Live” audience filled with deserving moms. What an amazing way to kick off the holiday season in 2014! A special thank you to our friends at the following companies for making this possible: Monica + Andy, The Land of Nod, Paperculture.com, Glazed and Infused, Itzy Ritzy, Skip Hop, Summer Infant, Stokke, Erin Gallagher, Freshly Picked and DMK Burger.
  • The  BCB Community helped collect 1,000+ presents for our annual Holiday Gift Drive  More Than Milk benefiting The Night Ministry and New Moms Inc. in Chicago.
  • This holiday season, we hosted our third Holiday BCBazaar with The Land of Nod—a HUGE shopping event bringing together many of our local retail partners, all under one roof to benefit four amazing causes: More than Milk, Share Our Spare, The Night Ministry and New Moms Inc.
  • Bump Club Chicago raised over $10,000 for organizations close to our heart through our BCBenefit workouts at lululemon every month.  2014 benefactors included: The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Bright Pink, Share Our Spare, Health Connect One, The Night Ministry, More than Milk, New Moms Inc., House of Good Shepherd, March of Dimes and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • We took GEARAPALOOZA: The ULTIMATE BABY GEAR AND REGISTRY EVENT with The BabyGuyNYC to twelve cities across the country.  For 2015, LOOK OUT—Gearapalooza is going to 15 cities across NORTH AMERICA as we are adding our first ever CANADIAN STOP TO THE TOUR!  We will be announcing all tour dates and stops next week!
  • For the first time ever Bump Club and Beyond had a team at Bright Pink’s FabFest to support early awareness and education for breast and ovarian health.  We are VERY proud that among the hundreds of teams we came in third place per capita in fundraising for this amazing cause.
  • We launched our signature partnership, BCBasics for Target in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Austin, TX in addition to the events we are already holding in Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul.  We look forward to growing this partnership and making all of the resources from BCBasics for Target available in MORE cities in 2015!
  • Bump Club and Beyond co-hosted The Honest Company launch party at Target in Los Angeles, CA complete with appearances from THC co-founders Jessica Alba and Christopher Gavigan.
  • We hosted our 4th Pregnancy Awareness Month® celebration month in Chicago, culminating with The Best of Bump Club and Beyond at the Marriott Michigan Avenue, attended by 500 parents and parents-to-be last May. We are proud to say that we outgrew the Marriott and will be holding Best of Bump Club on May 30th, 2015 in a new larger location:  The Swissotel Chicago!
  • With the company of hundreds of your families, we played, sang, danced and had fun at our annual BCBash celebrations: BCB’s Ultimate Birthday Bash in March, The BCBbq in August, The Little Monster Mash Halloween Bash in October, and our Holiday Hoopla in December!
  • BCB contributed to 25+ TV segments with our favorite products, gear and advice for parents in Chicago, Minneapolis St-Paul and Austin, TX.
  • Bump Club CEO and Founder was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business Top Entrepreneur’s of 2014. 
  • We hosted our fifth ever BCBeauty Bash with Nicole Pear, Thebeautygirl.com in Chicago and for the first time took Nicole to another BCB market for an event!  This fall we had our first ever BCBeauty Bash ATX with nearly 100 Austin moms and moms-to-be!
  • Bump Club CEO and Founder contributed to a national campaign, along with many notable faces in the baby industry and celebrity moms, for new and expecting moms hosted by our friends at 4moms.
  • Bump Club and Beyond helped to shape the launch of new products in the baby industry as our CEO and Founder served as a judge in the Juvenile Products Manufacturer’s Association Innovation Awards this fall.
  • Bump Club and Beyond was featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, the Sun-Times Splash, Cricketscircle.com, Project Nursery, Monica + Andy Blog and more!
  • We have and will continue to bring you the best resources in our cities to prepare you for all that parenthood has to offer. A special thanks to our Resident Experts in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Austin, TX for filling our events with the BEST information possible for parents and parents-to-be.

On a personal note, it is CRAZY to me that BCB is about to celebrate it’s 5th birthday (and that my daughter turns FIVE this year!)  From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for making Bump Club what it is today. There is no other community in the country connecting moms and moms-to-be with the best resources, best information, best experts and WITH EACH OTHER on a daily basis in so many places.  It’s because of YOU that we are able to do this in the first place.  THANK YOU.
All I have to say is LOOK OUT 2015…BCB will be back after the break in a BIG way! We are VERY excited to share the news that TODAY we signed our first ever lease on official corporate office space!  Additionally, we are adding to our team so that we can continue to bring you the BEST events across the country in the BIGGEST way possible.  We’ll be announcing our 2015 Gearapalooza Tour Schedule within the next ten days AND some other MAJOR news within the first month of the year.
Get ready as #NewYearNewGear2015 kicks off at the end of January …we can’t wait to tell you more soon!  Until then, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy New Year!
See you in 2015, Lindsay Pinchuk, Founder + CEO and our team:
Erin, Nicole, Katie, Ushi, Lindsay F. and The BCBrand Ambassador Super Moms
 

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