Massage Envy and Arthritis Foundation Together Win Cause Marketing Forum Award

Halo Award win recognizes “Healing Hands Bring a Powerful Punch Against Arthritis” campaign achievements

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. and ATLANTA, Ga. (June 2, 2016) – Leveraging the strength of a five-year national partnership, Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation have been named winners of a Gold Cause Marketing Halo Award in the Best Transactional Campaign category for their Healing Hands Bring a Powerful Punch Against Arthritis campaign. Supporting the 5th Annual Healing Hands for Arthritis® event, both Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation were honored for the campaign today at the 14th Annual Cause Marketing Forum in Chicago.

The Healing Hands for Arthritis® event is an epic one-day national fundraising and awareness campaign that took place at over 1,000 Massage Envy locations across the country on September 16, 2015; each Massage Envy location had a fundraising goal of $2,000. To successfully accomplish this, Massage Envy and the Arthritis Foundation created an integrated cause marketing campaign plan incorporating advertising, digital, public relations and individual in-clinic outreach.

“This year, we really wanted to take awareness of the Healing Hands for Arthritis® event to another level to maximize fundraising and share how massage therapy can enhance the lives of those affected by arthritis, help them cope and better deal with stress and pain management,” said  Debbie Gonzalez, chief brand officer at Massage Envy. “The Healing Hands Bring a Powerful Punch Against Arthritis campaign was a joint effort between us and the Arthritis Foundation and we are so thankful and thrilled to be recognized as a Gold Cause Marketing Halo Awards winner for a cause that is so meaningful.”

In total, more than 62,000 total in-clinic services were performed on Sept. 16, 2015 for Healing Hands for Arthritis Day, raising $1.1 million. This total includes $473,207 in “fish bowl” donations and $11,717 donated by Massage Envy retail partners who donated 10 percent of Massage Envy retail sales from Murad, Performance Health (Biofreeze and Bon Vital) and Wyndmere.

“For five years our partnership with Massage Envy has aligned perfectly with our mission to be the “Champion of Yes” for those who live with arthritis and bring awareness to the benefits and relief massage therapy can provide,” said Ann M. Palmer, president and chief executive officer of the Arthritis Foundation. “Healing Hands for Arthritis is such a successful event for the Arthritis Foundation and Massage Envy, and to have the annual campaign be recognized by the Cause Marketing Forum validates the power of this type of collaboration.”

To date, Healing Hands for Arthritis® has raised more than $4 million. The partnership has provided the Arthritis Foundation an entirely new network of individuals to reach through Massage Envy members to know the Arthritis Foundation is available as a resource. In turn, the Arthritis  Foundation has provided Massage Envy with access to educate their 25,000+ therapists and estheticians on arthritis and how to care for those with arthritis when they come in for a massage or facial.

“Gone are the days when adding a charitable angle to a consumer- or employee facing initiative was new and novel,” said David Hessekiel, president, Cause Marketing Forum. “The Healing Hands Bring a Powerful Punch Against Arthritis was recognized for going beyond the basics to offer a unique partnership able to draw attention and engagement.”

About Massage Envy

Massage Envy, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a national franchisor, and through its franchise locations, is the leading provider of therapeutic massage and skincare services. With its membership model, Massage Envy believes total body care is an integral part of everyone's well-being journey. The Massage Envy franchise system is, collectively, the largest employer of massage therapists and estheticians, with more than 25,000 dedicated professionals that provide best-in-class service to over 1.65 million members. Founded in 2002, Massage Envy has more than 1,100 franchise locations in 49 states that have together delivered more than 100 million massages and facials. The company was recently ranked No. 1 Best Franchise with an initial investment of $500,001 and up by Forbes. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @MassageEnvy and Facebook

About the Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes. Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections. The Arthritis Foundation’s goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life – and making each day another stride towards a cure. The Foundation also publishes Arthritis Today, the award-winning magazine that reaches 4.2 million readers.
About the Cause Marketing Forum

Now in their fourteenth year, the Cause Marketing Halo Awards are North America's highest honor in the field of cause marketing. They are presented to US and Canadian companies by the Cause Marketing Forum, a company dedicated to providing business and nonprofit executives with the practical information and connections they need to succeed. All Halo finalists can be seen online at: