Over 40 Decatur Businesses Will Turn DecatuRED on October 22nd

I just received this press release…

On Saturday, October 22, nearly 40 Decatur restaurants and retail shops will come together in support of 50 Cents. Period, a Decatur-based organization providing support for girls in developing countries and for refugee women in the Atlanta area.

50 Cents. Period’s mission is to help further the education of girls in or from developing countries by providing sanitary products, facilities and health education to young women who would otherwise miss a week of school a month during menstruation for lack of funds. The cost of these sanitary supplies at two pilot schools in Hyderabad, India, is just 50 cents a month per girl.

“50 cents can literally change the future for these girls,” said Ann VanSlyke of Mingei World Arts and a founder of 50 Cents. Period. “Typically, once the girls in poor communities begin their periods, they fall further and further behind in their studies, drop out and start having children. Something so simple as support for issues around menstruation can mean greater access to education, creating pathways out of poverty for whole families.”

Following the theme of the day, Turn DecatuRED, participating businesses on October 22 will devote proceeds from the sale of certain items for the day or donate a percentage of the day’s profits, among other creative ideas. The businesses will be flagged with red balloons and red sidewalk chalk. Volunteers for 50 Cents. Period will roam the streets as “reducators,” handing out information, answering questions and directing visitors to participating DecatuRED businesses. The gazebo on the Decatur Square will also be staffed with volunteers answering questions and the girls 50 Cents. Period. assists in India, Nepal, Uganda and the refugee community of Atlanta. “We will also be collecting packages of sanitary napkins to be distributed to local refugee women through our sister project Period at Home, “says VanSlyke. “If you bring a full package of sanitary napkins, you will be entered into a raffle for a gift card to Cakes and Ale!”

See attached for a complete list of participating Decatur businesses. Also, for video testimonials from some of the participating business owners, follow this link:http://50centsperiod.org/bizpromo.html For more information about Turn DecatuRED or 50 Cents. Period, visit www.50centsperiod.org.

Participating Businesses

  • Miscellaneous
  • Decatur First Bank
  • Food / Restaurants
  • No. 246
  • Brick Store Pub
  • Café Alsace
  • Cakes and Ale
  • Cookie Studio
  • Farmburger
  • JavaMonkey
  • King of Pops
  • Leon’s
  • Parker’s on Ponce
  • Raging Burrito
  • Sawicki’s
  • Siam Thai Restaurant
  • The Square Pub
  • Twains
  • Yogurt Tap
  • Retail
  • Alexia Gallery
  • Blue Elephant
  • Boogaloo’s
  • Boutique Karma
  • Decatur CD
  • Green Mosaics
  • Heiliotrope
  • HomeGrown
  • Kismet
  • Likerish
  • Little Shop of Stories
  • Mama Bath and Body
  • Mingei World Arts
  • Seen Gallery
  • Squash Blossom
  • Taste
  • The 17 Steps
  • Wild Oats and Billy Goats
  • Worthmore Jewelers
  • Salons
  • Natural Body
  • Terra Mater



  • ConunDRUMS
  • CORE Performance Co.
  • Crossover Movement Arts

7 thoughts on “Over 40 Decatur Businesses Will Turn DecatuRED on October 22nd”

  1. Blue Elephant has a fun way of doing it: They donate 50 cents to the cause for every book you buy with the color red in the title, e.g. “Red Sky at Morning”, “The Scarlett Letter”, “The Red Badge of Courage”, “The Red Tent: A Novel”, “The Hunt for Red October”, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish”, etc. They have “red” books ready for your selection.

    1. My mistake: It’s anyone buying a book with a red COVER, not red in the title. So a lot more opportunity to earn for DecaturRED.

  2. The number and variety of businesses supporting this effort is amazing to me. In the best way. Considering that not too long ago even the advertising agency for these products used a bizarre non-sentence for promotion. Remember “Modess…because”?

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