One DAY at a time – One TIE at a time

a look back at National Pink Tie Day 2016

National Pink Tie Day

On Thursday, October 20th A Tie That Binds, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization I founded to honor my Mom’s battle with breast cancer celebrated our fourth official National Pink Tie Day. #NationalPinkTieDay is one day a year we ask men to make a bold statement of support by wearing a pink necktie or pink bow tie in honor of women in their life who have been touched by breast cancer.

THANK YOU for your notes of encouragement, your donations, your pictures, your tweets and your prayers!

Mom and I had the opportunity to spend the entire morning, noon, night, even past midnight together. The following is a snapshot of how we spent our time sharing with others how breast cancer changed our family for the better!

7:00 AM: Arrived at WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, North Carolina

7:23 AM: We were ‘Live” with Lauren Melvin of the Good Morning Show – Click here to watch our Good Morning Show segment

7:30 AM: Drove from Greensboro to Charlotte, North Carolina

9:11 AM: Arrived at WBTV Channel 3. My youngest brother, Scott joined us at the station.

9:34 AM: We were “Live” with Coach LaMonte of Morning Break – Click here to watch our Morning Break segment

10:00 AM: After several pictures, and a stop to say hello to WBTV’s Alexis Mitchell Scott, Mom and I headed out for brunch with the one and only Ditra Miller!

Ditra is the owner and founder of Ditra Creative Media a creative communications agency centered around creating public relations and marketing strategies that increase the visibility of both corporate and personal brands. The interviews with WFMY and WBTV were all orchestrated by Ditra’s skills, talent, and network. She knows what she is doing and makes it happen – we highly recommend her to your brand! Thank You Ditra!

A special thank you to the team at Men’s Wearhouse, specifically Kara (Marketing), Julie (Public Relations) and Austin (Store Management) for their teamwork and support. We are excited to be partnering with such an important and influential brand to men and look forward to what we can accomplish together in the future. Watch Out #NationalPinkTieDay2017

11:15 AM – 1:05 PM: Bunch, Blessings, Brussel Sprouts and Bow Ties

1:35 PM – 4:00 PM: Phone calls, emails, social and digital media correspondence and a 20-minute nap.

5:30 PM – 11:25 PM – A big thank you goes out to my father-in-law, James Whitley, as he arranged for Mom and I to have the “VIP” treatment at the 2016 North Carolina Music Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony held in Kannapolis, NC. We attended the VIP Cocktail Reception, were then shuttled to the 3+ hour Induction Ceremony where we were treated to live performances by The Avett Brothers, Band of Oz, Chairman of the Board, David Holt and The Carolina Chocolate Drops (Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson).

What a night! What a day!

1:15 AM – Home Sweet Home 

Hearing from so many of you this past month has been an incredible blessing! Your encouragement has inspired not only me, our board, but so many who need to know and hear they are not alone!

Consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of A Tie That Binds and National Pink Tie Day.

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A Tie That Binds
415 Pisgah Church Road #193
Greensboro, NC 27455

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The 26.2 Group formed in 2008 to provide coaching, training, and motivational speaking to people about personal and professional growth, social marketing strategies, and client engagement.

For the previous twenty years, I’d served in various executive leadership positions including a Fortune 500 company, mega-church, large nonprofit organization, and several small entrepreneurial companies.

I hold a Masters from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. My current service positions include the Susan G. Komen NC Triad Board of Directors, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Alumni Association Board of Directors, and the Online Brand Camp leadership team. I teach part-time at the Guilford Technical Community College Small Business Center.

I’m also a son, brother, husband, dad, coach, and storyteller.

I created A Tie that Binds Foundation and National Pink Tie Day in 2013 with colleagues to provide resources, support, and hope for men who face breast cancer alongside the women they love. Learn more about breast cancer awareness resources and education organizations at

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