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Right to Fright 5K to benefit
Hugs and Kisses nonprofit

October 1, 2014


Nadia Sorocka,

View Article at Sun Sentinel


Grab your family, friends and even pets. Throw on your best costumes and strap on your sneakers. It is once again time for the annual village of Royal Palm Beach's Fall Festival 5K Fun Run – Right to Fright 5K on Oct. 25.


Each year the race benefits different nonprofits and this year proceeds will help Royal Palm Beach-based Hugs and Kisses, Inc. The local nonprofit helps families battling cancer pay necessary bills from utilities to mortgages that can be difficult to cover with the cost of medical treatment.


"This is the first race we are a part of and are hoping for at least 200 runners," Hugs and Kisses, Inc. founder Jean Morris said. "This is a family affair and want people to know that not just runners can come out, but everyone in the family can - even pets."


Since 2009 the nonprofit has raised more than $270,000.


"The money we raise goes to families here in Palm Beach County," she said. "We are a local charity, helping local families."


Registration is ongoing for the race. Fees are $25 for runners/walkers and $20 for seniors at Runners and walkers will be able to register the day of the race for $30.


Medals will be awarded by age group and gender. Each registered runner will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Morris also added that since it's a Halloween-themed event prizes will also be awarded for the two best costumes.


"We are going to give two tickets to Fright Nights as a prize for the best costumes," she said.


There is still room for sponsorship, which varies from $100 bronze to $1,500 platinum. Information on the different sponsorship levels may also be found on Hugs and Kisses, Inc.'s website.


"There is always a cost to putting on an event," Morris said. "With this race we will be able to use 100 percent of the proceeds to help local families."




What: Right to Fright 5K raising money for local nonprofit Hugs and Kisses, Inc. This family and pet friendly run will offer runner and walkers a chance to wear their costumes and run.


When: Check-in begins at 6 a.m. and race begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 25


Where: Royal Palm Beach Common Parks, 1050 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Royal Palm Beach


Cost: $25 online, $30 race day


Information: or call 561-667-8105


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2013 Philly Fashion Fundraiser Promotional Video





Cancer Support Has Never Been More Stylish. Hugs and Kisses’ Fashion Fundraiser: Everything from FUN to FABULOUS WEST PALM BEACH 3/2/2013 – For the first time ever, a charity designs and manufactures accessories for a fashion show. Hugs and Kisses, Inc. teamed with TJ Maxx and Sigma Alpha Omega sorority at Palm Beach Atlantic University to present high fashion outfits and accessories while also raising funds to fight cancer immediately. The team brings you the first annual Hugs and Kisses’ Fashion Fundraiser. Only 275 seats are available for the event to be held at Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Weyenberg Hall from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on April 7, 2013. “… Our ‘Everything from Fun to Fabulous’ theme includes attire and accessories for business, beach, bridal, formals, and a lot more,” says Jean Morris, founder of Hugs and Kisses, Inc. “Now your passion for fashion will help save lives. Our great secret is that we provide an opportunity for you to find gifts you already plan to buy for someone (or yourself) that will also help local cancer patients.” In addition the the many products available for fund-raising, drawings and auctions for world class resorts in Orlando, Saint Augustine and Palm Beach among many other prizes will boost support for local cancer patients. For ticketing or other information, contact Hugs and Kisses, Inc. at 561-819-9471.

Join us and “ONCE-A-MONTH CHARITY” to Kick-Off Support of 7 Palm Beach County ...



With help from "ONCE-A-MONTH CHARITY", Hugs and Kisses VOLUNTEERS and DONORS are invited to an appreciation event featuring a LIVE BAND with FREE FOOD and DRINKS (including FREE BEER for adults). 1:00 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2012 Mike and Mike's Restaurant and Sports Lounge / 3801 10th Avenue N / Lake Worth /FL / To get in, just print ONE COPY PER PERSON of the admission ticket for each person. Click here for Flier with Admission Ticket. Your admission ticket is also your raffle ticket for find-raising items. You'll meet volunteers and staff at these charities:

We'll see you there.

Palm Beach Post Covers Hugs and Kisses



ROYAL PALM BEACH — Peter and Jean Morris know the problem they're trying to address is huge. And their charity is like a raindrop in the ocean, making tiny dents in the vastness of cancer and the dollars needed to fight it. But to the patients they've helped, those raindrops, those small cash donations, were salve on the wounds that cancer inflicted to so much more than their physical health.

Hugs and Kisses, Inc. on NBC / WPTV Channel 5 News
Palm Beach Post Covers Hugs and Kisses



Tonia Rogers of NBC / WPTV Channel 5 interviews Founder, Jean Morris of Hugs and Kisses, Inc.

Hugs and Kisses, Inc. on ABC News / WPBF Channel 25



Tiffany Kenney visits Hugs and Kisses, Inc. in Royal Palm Beach, Florida - an organization run by a husband and wife team who manage student volunteers who raise money to pay urgent living expenses for cancer victims. Watch it here:

Local Family Thanks YOU for Your Support of Hugs and Kisses



Students also get community service hours for school

I am a 48 year old mother of three beautiful girls. My husband Gary was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008. It was devastating news to me and the girls. The diagnosis was harsh, yet the prognosis was promising, so we kept our hopes up. I remember that day I admitted Gary in the hospital for a 30-day induction of his first protocol of chemo-therapy. I was confused, anxious, and fearing for how I would take care of my family, home and bills. Gary had always been the primary source of income. I had been a stay at home Mom for 20 years. Gary was put in remission and life went on as normal, until the following March 2009 when we got the devastating news of his relapse. At that time, there was another 30 day induction which landed us in ICU, dialysis and many more complications. One day, I left the hospital wandering around to purchase necessities for Gary's stay. Almost as if it was meant to be, I ran across the Hugs and Kisses Center - a place where Palm Beach County residents go to support families like mine who battle cancer. Once again my husband managed to overcome the treatment and the disease; we thought it was over. It was during his second remission when we were asked if Gary would do a stem cell transplant to help keep him in remission. The risk of the transplant was minimal considering the benefit. So, of course he jumped at the chance to prolong his life with his children. During the first stage of the transplant, we lost Gary. It was devastating, the doctors were shocked and our family in disbelief. His death on August 14, 2010 was a shock to us all. But the harsh reality was the fate of me and my girls. What was I to do? How would I get by? No income! A home! No vehicle! My community stepped up to help us, including everyone who donates buttons, time or money to Hugs and Kisses, Inc. They were able to help me by paying a month of my mortgage which was a lifesaver. It’s been five months since my husband’s death. We are still strongly emotionally and financially distraught - in ways I cannot begin to describe. But, during some of our darkest moments, when the worrying was unbearable, we were able to get relief from Hugs and Kisses. My life is still not in order, and I am still trying to make ends meet, but when I do get on my feet I will be sure to remember the help that I received. In time, I hope to be more active in raising money to help others through Hugs and Kisses. My family thanks all of you who've donated buttons, money and time at the Hugs and Kisses Center which enabled them to help us during our trying time. With Much Love, Jean Lauer

Bride and Groom Support Hugs and Kisses at Wedding



Button Bouquet from Shannon and Randy wedding

Special thanks to Ava Kate Photography for use of these images of Shannon and Randy at their wedding. SEE IMAGES HERE For this tax deductible donation, the bride received a bridal bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 groomsmen boutonnieres, and a cake top for use in her wedding and as gifts for the wedding party. How cool is that? Volunteers at Hugs and Kisses, Inc. designed this wedding package to compliment the bride's vision. Traditional or eclectic designs are available to suit any occasion. If you're planning a wedding, we encourage you to discover how a donation to help cancer patients can also provide you with a beautiful, one-of-a-kind wedding package that will last FOREVER. Just call us: 561-819-9471

Get Our Gifts - How To Choose Your Gift



All of our products are gifts for donations. These products are made from buttons donated from families and businesses. For that reason, we are unable to predict what we receive. However, we do have a wide selection of colors and your requests are likely to be met. Please note that you are not "purchasing' a commodity. Rather you are "requesting" a particular gift that we are very likely to satisfy. We hope this guideline is useful. We welcome your call to 561-819-9471 should you wish to discuss further.

By Donation By Type of Gift Images
$7.00 Basic Bracelet
Most button colors available

$12.00 2-Strand
2-strand leather with choice of gold or silver Hugs and Kisses logo button

$27.00 3-Tier
Most button colors available

$27.00 Designer
Each is a one-of-a-kind bracelet

$32.00 Braided Leather
Any color leather, silver or gold button

Donate Time


For those who want to join our mission, we accept adult and youth volunteers aged 7 and over. Once they've completed orientation and training, volunteers may attend as often as they wish. We offer age-appropriate tasks and challenges based on volunteers interest levels and our work-flow. Mentoring includes accounting, marketing, design/production, distribution and more to give our students a broad spectrum of business experiences. Volunteer time is tracked for all ages and documented for student curricula. Note: Community service at the Hugs and Kisses Center is proactive only. We do not offer opportunities for court-ordered community service.



Get Help

Hugs and Kisses offers financial aid to cancer patients who are in dire need. If you are in need of assistance, you can request help here from Hugs and Kisses.

Give Help

Cancer patients need your help. Volunteers can make a tremendous difference. From donations to button drives to volunteering your time, find out how you can help if you would like to contribute to our cause.



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