Congratulations to the Seattle 3-Day Top Fundraisers

The Susan G. Komen Seattle 3-Day® began yesterday among gray skies, but the clouds only helped magnify the beauty and excitement of our pink-clad walkers, who were ready to embark on their 60-mile journey. After a wonderful day out on the route, we celebrated our last walker’s arrival to the Komen 3-Day camp, and then a fun and inspirational camp show. Our friends from Bank of America took a few special moments to recognize the top fundraisers for the Seattle 3-Day®. Please join us in congratulating all of them!

Top Individual Fundraiser: Loretta Englishbee; $19,580 raised

Top Individual Fundraiser Loretta

Top Individual Fundraiser Loretta

Loretta is the Team Captain of Team Bee, and this is her 9th year and 10th event with the 3-Day. Loretta lives in Alaska, and said, “My job work-site is located 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle and a mere 1200 miles from the North Pole. I work there 14 consecutive days each month. After working there 26 years, I’m still trying to catch a sighting of Santa! I’ve seen him on the 3-Day, but never up there!”


Top Crew Fundraiser:
Pamella Whitham; $7,140 raised

Top Crew Fundraiser Pamella

Top Crew Fundraiser Pamella

Pamella is a realtor and lives with her hubby, Bob, in Malibu, California, where they have lots of birds, chickens, rabbits and ducks. This is Pamella’s 11th 3-Day event, and she’s raised a lifetime total of $38,140.

 

Top Fundraising Team: Valley Girls & Guys; $342,221 raised

Valley Girls & Guys Team Captain Tina

Valley Girls & Guys Team Captain Tina

This is the Valley Girls & Guys 6th year as a team; and they’ve raised an extraordinary lifetime total of $1,696,989 in that time. The captain of Valley Girls & Guys is Tina McDonough (also this year’s Milestone Award Winner), and the team has 177 members.

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Susan G. Komen 3-Day Top Fundraisers

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Day 1 of the Philadelphia 3-Day has come to a close, and our 21.5 mile journey was filled with beautiful moments, like a perfect flock of geese flying over Opening Ceremony against a brilliant blue sky, smiling community members cheering us on through out Philadelphia, and a lovely end of the route that wrapped up through downtown Philadelphia, past the famed Rocky Steps and Philadelphia Art Museum. We ended the day with an exciting Camp Show, where we stretched, heard from inspiring speakers, played games, and celebrated some very special people. Please join us in congratulating the top fundraisers for the Komen 3-Day this weekend.

Top Individual Fundraiser

Congratulations to Julie Copaken, who’s raised $29,370 for the Philadelphia 3-Day, and in her lifetime has raised over $149,794 for the 3-Day. This is her 7th year participating and her 7th event, and she’s a member of the Breast Friends of Pennsylvania team.  Julie has been involved with the 3-Day in numerous ways since 2005, and is an identical twin. Julie’s adventurous life goes beyond fundraising and training for 60-mile walks; she’s also a certified scuba diver, marathon runner, and an avid traveler. Hats off to Julie!

Congratulations to Julie, the Philadelphia 3-Day Top Individual Fundraiser.

Congratulations to Julie, the Philadelphia 3-Day Top Individual Fundraiser.

Top Fundraising Team

Congratulations to the Breast Friends of Pennsylvania, who raised an astonishing $200,951 for the Philly 3-Day, and in their second year as a team, have raised a lifetime total of $330,621 toward fighting breast cancer. The Breast Friends of Pennsylvania team has 83 members.

Breast Friends of Pennsylvania Team Captain Vivian Vega Schoch collects her team’s prize.

Breast Friends of Pennsylvania Team Captain Vivian Vega Schoch collects her team’s prize.

Top Crew Fundraiser

Congratulations to Priscilla Rawlins, who raised $11,609 for the Philly 3-Day, and in her lifetime, has raised $41,968 for the 3-Day. This is Priscilla’s sixth year participating in the 3-Day and her 7th event. Priscilla has been involved with the 3-Day since 2001, is a member of Team Girlapalooza, and is a dedicated lover of Starbucks.

Priscilla and her daughter. Priscilla fights breast cancer so her daughter won't have to. (Photo credit: Priscilla R.)

Priscilla and her daughter. Priscilla fights breast cancer now so her daughter won’t have to. (Photo credit: Priscilla R.)

 

Congratulations to all of our amazing fundraisers for their incredible dedication, along with all of our participants, for helping us get one step closer to the cures. To learn more about the top individual, Crew and team fundraisers in Philadelphia, as well as our eight series walkers, check out the framed table-top displays in camp.

The Life Cycle of a Matching Gift

There are hundreds of fundraising tools, tips and ideas available to Susan G. Komen 3-Day® participants who are working toward their fundraising goals, but I am consistently surprised at how underused matching gifts are. Matching gifts are a way for a donor to double his/her donation, but for some reason, many people don’t pursue the option. Perhaps it’s from a lack of understanding about how the process works, or a misconception that it’s too complicated or time-consuming. I’m hoping to clear some of that up here.

In general, a Komen 3-Day matching gift works like this:

  • Meet Petunia.
  • Petunia has just made a $100 donation to her sister Daisy, who is raising money for the 3-Day®. She’s very proud of what Daisy is doing, and wants to support her as much as she can.
  • Petunia works for Awesome, Inc., which has a company matching gift program. Many companies (especially larger corporations) offer matching gifts as a way to inspire their employees to give charitably.
  • So, Petunia goes to the Matching Gifts info page on the 3-Day website (The3Day.org/Matching) to look up Awesome, Inc., and confirms that they do match with the 3-Day. Hooray! The Matching Gifts page has info about how Awesome, Inc.’s matching process works, so she submits a request for Awesome, Inc. to match her $100 donation with $100 of their own.
  • Every company’s matching gift process is unique, but in most cases, the company will use an online matching gift portal (such as EasyMatch or CyberGrants) to process requests. Some companies use paper forms that must be mailed in. Petunia confirms that Awesome, Inc. uses an online process, so she logs in and enters the correct information about her gift. She makes sure to specifically designate the Susan G. Komen 3-Day as the recipient of the matching gift (as opposed to her local Susan G. Komen® affiliate or Komen headquarters), and includes Daisy’s full name and the city where she’s walking, to make sure Daisy gets credit for the match.
  • The 3-Day matching gifts team receives notification of the match request from Petunia/Awesome, Inc., and once they have verified Petunia’s original donation, they will approve the match and send approval notification back to Awesome, Inc. This process can take up to 4-6 weeks, but is usually much faster.
  • Even though Awesome, Inc. may not send the matching funds to the 3-Day right away (many companies only pay out matches once a quarter, or twice yearly), credit for the matching gift will be added to Daisy’s fundraising total as soon as the match is approved.
  • And just like that, Petunia’s $100 donation has doubled, and twice as much money goes back to Susan G. Komen® and the fight to end breast cancer – the cause that the sisters care so much about.

The number one piece of advice we give to participants who are raising money for the 3-Day is to ASK, and that advice carries over into asking about matching gifts too. When you send out your fundraising emails or post on Facebook, be sure to remind your donors about 3-Day matching gifts and ask them to inquire with their employers about getting a match.

You can find more detailed information about the matching gift process, and a searchable list of companies that currently match with the 3-Day, at www.The3Day.org/matching. And as always, the 3-Day coaches are available at 800-996-3DAY to answer any questions you might have about the matching gift process or the status of a request that has already been made.