May 2008 Hot Button Winners

Congrats to our
May Hot Button of the Month Winner!

May's Hot Button of the Month Contest Winner is…Peggy Walker from Kenosha, Wisconsin. Peggy's "I've Been Frogged" and "The Frog Be With You" buttons are showing up all over the United States!

Peggy is part of a national motorcycle group. Some of the men in the group, while on a ride, found a quaint town called Toadsuck. The men gathered up some toy frogs and secretly placed them on their lady's cycles. The frog became a symbol of a "hug" while away from home at a rally. While the tradition began in Wisconsin, within a year, toy frogs began showing up on motorcycles across the United States, mostly within the same national motorcycle group.

"I decided to make up some buttons to add to the fun. Ladies have frogged the men back - and frogged other girlfriends," Peggy said. "It's really caught on and the buttons have gone over well. Ladies (and men) proudly wear their buttons showing that they have been frogged!"

Peggy has been "frogged" in the states of Wisconsin, Washington, Utah, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Colorado and Georgia. Frogging has even expanded into a few other national motorcycle groups, Peggy notes.

As the May Hot Button of the Month winner, Peggy will receive a $100 gift certificate to
May's Hot Button winners featured a variety of animals from frogs to mice to dogs to bears - with a robot thrown in to add interest! For May, we awarded the title of Hot Button to 5 designs. Winners receive a coupon for 10% off their next purchase at

Don't be shy! If you have a favorite button design or idea, send it in! Remember: you can enter as often as you wish. We LOVE to hear from you and look forward to sharing your masterpieces with the Badge-A-Minit family.

Need some summer button-making ideas?
- The 4th of July is just around the corner. What better way to show your patriotism than with a red, white and blue button?
- Baseball tournaments abound in summer! Support your favorite Little Leaguer, softball player or professional team by cheering them on with buttons.
- Do you like to run? 5K races and walks are great places to sell and/or share your buttons.
- Family reunion coming up? Make a button name badge for each attendee, so everyone can recognize those children that have grown up - and those that have grown old! Better yet, add a photo from the last family reunion of each person along with their name.
- Going on vacation? Collect souvenir napkins or brochures. When you get home make buttons to remember the trip (and proudly wear the photo of you surviving the Towe of Terror!)
- Add flower petals to your buttons for a one-of-a-kind design.
- Put your political views on a button for the world to see!

We want to see all your ideas! It only takes a few minutes to enter the Hot Button contest - do it today!
"I Sponsored Amos"
Craig Sucharda of Wauconda, Illinois, volunteers for Young At Heart Pet Rescue in Northern Illinois. The organization rescues and finds homes for adult and senior dogs and cats - and relies on donations to support their cause.

By incorporating buttons, the group has managed to triple their normal fundraising at some of their events - and the buttons help get the word out about their work!
Hastings Earth Club
The Hastings Earth Club has been creating buttons to promote their group for the past 10 years or so, according to Phyllis Steffek from Houston, Texas, who submitted this entry. Each year, the club creates a button to give to faculty and staff members at Hastings High School. The group members also give buttons to second graders at Youens Elementary when they go there to tallk to the students about protecting the earth. Phyllis says that the buttons go over well, "The faculty love getting the buttons. Some have all of the buttons we've made. And the children enjoy wearing their buttons as well."
Relax and Enjoy!
Ed Cherny of Clayton, Wisconsin, submitted this button, whose purpose is to promote the local Clayton Cheese Days Festival. All of the girls who compete for the title of Miss Clayton sell the buttons to raise money for the royalty program and scholarship - and the girl who sells the most buttons also gets a savings bond from a local bank. "This is the button design that generated the most income in the past 8 years that the program has been going on," said Ed. "My wife and I made just under a thousand of these that sold - to a small community of only 500 people!"
The Whale Hunt
When a local band that had just finished recording their first CD wanted to get the word out, Jessica Bain of Ontario, Canada, designed these buttons to help. "The buttons were a fun way to help with word of mouth and the band has been having lots of positive feedback from the button," Jessica said. By the way...Jessica wanted to be sure to clarify that the band is AGAINST whale killing, not for it!
More than 200 of the "Robotics" button were given out this year by the West Islip Robotic team from West Islip, New York. Denise Stephenson, who submitted the button, notes that the team "has given out a different button every year for the past 7 years." The team had fun making the buttons together and the buttons help promote awareness of their team.