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'Party With Moms' Blends Fun and Philanthropy

Leveraging social media to create a brand, raise funds for Breast Cancer Alliance


It started in 2010 when Remy Cook graduated from Dickinson College and returned home to Greenwich. He escorted his mother Anne Martine Cook to a beach-themed fundraiser at Putnam Indian Field School, where she has taught for 37 years.

Making light of escorting his mom to the fundraiser, Cook put together a t-shirt that said "Party With Moms" in bright pink letters.

“At the fundraiser a bunch of moms loved the t-shirt and asked for their own,” said Cook. Working with local vendor ASF Promotions, Cook filled the requests as well as subsequent ones, sending them into the nursery school via his mom.

Asked why he thinks his shirt strikes a chord, Cook said matter-of-factly, “Sometimes moms forget how they like to go out and have fun with their friends.”

This observation brings a smile to any exhausted mom’s face. And therein lies Cook’s charm. Plus, he actually gets along really well with his mother.

And, like other good slogans, “Party With Moms,” is versatile. It’s a noun. It’s a verb. It’s a theme. It's a clothing line.

According to Cook, whether it’s at the beach or the grocery store, the t-shirt is an icebreaker. “In the summer when we visit Block Island. Also, when I went to Miami, and even in Italy, strangers would come up to me to ask about my t-shirt.”

Cook also made the observation that since social media exploded, he thinks moms have a different relationship with their kids. “There was more of a gap 10-20 years ago. Facebook and Twitter connect moms and their friends, but they also connect them to their kids,” said Cook.

Fun and Philanthropy: Collaboration with the Breast Cancer Alliance
Building on his momentum, Cook is planning a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Alliance on Nov. 1 at The Ginger Man Restaurant in downtown Greenwich.

Yonni Wattenmaker, the executive director of Breast Cancer Alliance, said it was a wonderful surprise when Cook contacted her.

“Remy’s enthusiasm is contagious and the Party With Moms is very clever to combine socializing with philanthropy,” said Wattenmaker. “Because people can go out with their friends, meet new people and feel good. It’s a win-win situation.”  

Dovetailing with Breast Cancer Awareness month of October, the Nov. 1 event will feature a full bar and hors d’oeuvres from Ginger Man. 

Tickets for the Party With Moms Breast Cancer Alliance fundraiser can be reserved via the website or at the door.

“It’s a way to be with your friends, make new friends and raise money for a great charity,” said Cook.

Asked what he sees in his future, the 24-year-old who also has a year of work experience at a venture capital company replied, “I am learning a lot and having a ton of fun,” said Cook. “ I love working from home, working for myself and managing my time. The worse case scenario is that I learn a lot and try something else.”

"I’ve had support from family and friends especially my mom,” said Cook. “My uncle Gene of Martine & Company in Greenwich helped me with the logo and all the graphic designs on different products. And of course, my mom, and Marianne and Mike Riess who are my godparents, as well as my former boss for his ongoing advice.”

“I hope Party With Moms grows in popularity so eventually I can build a full apparel brand similar to 'Life is Good.''"

T-Shirt and a Bumper Sticker
Popular indeed. Party With Moms has 2,786 followers on Twitter and more than 1,000 Facebook friends. Shirts can be ordered from the Party With Moms website.

And, because people in Greenwich love bumper stickers almost as much as they love social media, Cook inserts a free bumper sticker when he fills each order.

Suzze October 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Love it! Good causes and good design! I"m ordering a shirt (and will follow on Twitter!)
SJH October 24, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Looking forward to supporting this wonderful line and breast cancer at the Ginger Man!
Suzze October 24, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Good cause, sounds like a fun night...perhaps I will attend!
Sandy Grodsky October 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Wonderful article - I have loved Anne since she taught my son, Carter, at Putnam Indian Field so it's no surprise to me that she raised such a lovely and thoughtful son. Luckily my three children who are in college and out on their own now love to hang out with me too. I will definitely buy some shirts to support this cause!!
Marianne Riess October 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Great cause! Love the shirt, and the idea behind it. Love Remy, and Anne and the Putnam Indian Field School connection. I will definitely be at the Gingerman event.
Party with Moms October 24, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Thanks so much Susan! Hope to see you there.
Party with Moms October 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thank you so much for the kind words and support Sandy!
Margaret Callahan October 24, 2012 at 10:22 PM
This idea has a lot of potential! Moms are tired, want to have some fun, and like to make a difference!
Karen October 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
Congratulations Remy... you are still the sweet boy who went to JC, I remember you well and your Mom Anne, please say hi to her from me.... Hope to get to the fundraiser at Ginger Man, and I just ordered my T-Shirt... they are adorable. I am sure your Mom is very proud of what a wonderful young man you have become!! Karen Martin JC Media....
Party with Moms October 25, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Hi Karen thank you so much! I am flattered that you remember me, I remember you too. Glad you like the shirts! Thanks again for the support and shirt order, hope you to see you next week too! Take care, Remy.
Matthew October 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Nice article
Debra ann Tracey January 04, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Just finally had a moment to look at this wonderful article! What a great thing to have mom and son involved in! Best wishes for this to be as successful as you both are! -Debra

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